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…

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…

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.

Depression: Raise Your Hand If You Need Help! (Part 2)

It wasn’t hard to raise our hands for help when we in grade school. Most of us didn’t want to be seen as ignorant or clueless, so we had little shame in requesting help when we got stuck or needed a little extra time understanding abstract concepts. But somewhere along the way, it gets harder…

4 Lessons Humans Can Learn from Puppies

Professor Puppy One of the happiest days of my life was when I brought home Bruno, a dog of my very own. I couldn’t wait to teach Bruno so many tricks that he would be the envy of every other dog and dog owner. But it didn’t take long for me to realize that it…

Invest Like a Successful Leader

Talking with several financial successful business owners and leaders over dinner, the discussion started on how to invest in solar and wind energy before straying onto another energy investment: emotional energy. Invest In The Right Things If I’m honest, my earliest pictures of success look a lot like Daddy Warbucks and Ebenezer Scrooge, two guys…

So Sorry About the Emails!

Sometimes growth can come with pain. We are developing a new website to be launched soon, which led to a glitch causing a painful amount of emails to escape from the test environment into our subscribers’ inboxes today! We’re so sorry, and the issue has been resolved! We hope to connect very soon–but with a…

What Color Are Your Glasses?

When someone asks, “How’s it going today?” you can say “It’s Heaven!” or “It’s Hell!” And you know what? You’ll be right.

The Temptation of Easy

Yesterday I ran the Occoneechee Mountain Trail near my house. It’s not really a mountain as much as a series of switchbacks and a couple of moderately steep hills, the type that require me to scramble forward with my butt low and stuck out like I’m entering a Kardashian backside-lookalike contest. On the steepest ascent,…

Your Work, Your Self-Portrait

Just like art is a reflection of the artist, work is a reflection of the worker. What does the quality of your work say about your value as well as what you value? Does it fill you with pride at the end of your day because you know that you did your best? If everyone followed you’re example, would your organization be more profitable, your customers more satisfied, and your coworkers more engaged?

Why Going Away is Often the Best Way to Get Close

I had a professor in college say, “Sometimes you have to go away to get close.” I don’t even remember the context. He was Welsh, and known for being so engaged in his teaching of British and Russian history that you didn’t want to sit in the front row, because he’d surely spit on you…