Your Values Today Can Become Your Destiny

Speaking on the power of values, Gandhi famously said these lines: “Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” As people across the globe remain on high alert due to the COVID-19 pandemic,…

Three Small Gifts in a Crisis

I’m sure you’ve heard that the optimist looks at the glass as half-full, the pessimist sees it as half-empty, and the pragmatist looks and asks, “What’s in it?” Even when the news seems to be full of half-empty reports these days about the COVID-19 crisis, and we are still preparing for the worst, I remain…

Resilience in Times of Change

When a crisis (like COVID-19) takes over every news story, it’s easy to become full of gloom-n-doom. But don’t stay stuck. Your energy follows your focus. So look for the upside. Because there is always an upside. For example, I’ve been wanting to launch more content using video and podcasts, but I’ve never found the…

Replacing Uncertainty with Action

Six months ago, I went to the dentist for a check up, filled up the gas tank, and then went to the market to pick up a few things. After that, I returned home to work on a new presentation for a client. No fireworks, no catastrophes, no uncertainty. Average days tend to blur. Fast-forward…

Dr. Maya Angelou on Fear

Several years ago, my wife and business partner, Jocelyn, had the honor to interview the late Dr. Maya Angelou, respected poet laureate and author, about how she overcame fear and remained courageous and positive despite uncertainty. Below are highlights of their talk, which I think are as appropriate today as they were then. (Your legacy…

COVID-19, Meet James Stockdale

COVID-19 has focused attention of people across the globe. The scary news reminded me of James Stockdale, a nearly-forgotten American hero, and how he approached fear, isolation, and uncertainty. Stockdale Didn’t Lose Hope On September 9, 1965, Stockdales’ A-4 Skyhawk was shot down over Cambodia by friendly fire. Seriously injured, he was taken prisoner by…

Social Media Beats Typical Managers

Reading about the most popular world leaders of all time, Mohandas Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Julius Caesar, Martin Luther King Jr., and Abraham Lincoln all made the list. But today, the most popular world leader isn’t even a person: it’s social media. What can we learn from social media to become better leaders? 7 Areas in…

Got Empathy? It Matters…and It Can Be Learned

What Is Empathy? Coined in 1909 by German psychologist Edward Titchener, empathy is  the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. It means putting yourself in the shoes of another to feel what the other person must be feeling. Empathy can take on 3 forms: emotional, cognitive, or compassionate. People with emotional empathy…

Fueling Your Power with Meaningful Downtime

Scanning various social media outlets recently, I read several posts from people saying things like, “I’m so tired!” or “What a LONG day!” Fairly universal feelings, right? Comments underneath these posts were mainly suggestions on what kind of alcohol to go drink. None of the suggestions told people how to get refueled by investing in…

We Are ALL Snowflakes!

Snowflakes exist in every generation, gender, and political party. You are one of them, and so am I. If you have found yourself offended, here are 3 tips…

We Are All Piñatas

We are all piñatas, and life is going to come swinging at us at times. When we are hit hard, that which spills out of us is what’s been going into us.