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…

Living Legacy

Last week, an ambulance took away my next door neighbor, Don. Last night, he entered hospice care. How can we honor the legacy of those who went before us?

I’m Just Blowing Off Steam… Is That Okay?

We tend to get a little confused about anger, and how to express–or not express–it. While delivering a workshop recently for a group of healthcare leaders, a participant asked my business partner and me, “Is it ever okay to be angry in the workplace?” This led to a rather spicy conversation which led us completely…

Can You Hear Me Now? Branding in Your Own Voice

“Moooooommmmmyyyyyyy!” my daughter, Sierra, 6, shouts from the opposing end of our one-story rambler as she prepares for school–having already devoured her overly sweetened oatmeal (we’ll work on that habit later). 1,2,3, I count, holding my breath as I wait…No answer from Mommy, I tell myself (intentionally, because as I tell the kids, “I’m not…

The National Employee Engagement Conference!

Do you know what one Black Sabbath founder demonstrates about EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT? How about the connection between EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT and the movie Scarface with Al Pacino? Are you ready to take your engagement–and the engagement of your organization–to the next level?

Start Where You Are

Two and a half years ago while high on hot dogs at a minor league baseball game with a large group of friends and our kids, a girlfriend challenged me to sign up for a half marathon. It seemed like a great idea at the time (despite the fact that I’d never run more than…

Avoiding headless dolls and counterfeits

Last night, my six-year-old, Sierra, and I were having “Mommy time.” Usually, we read a book about mice or foxes, but last night, she wanted to play dolls. We headed to her over-sized dollhouse (frugal me thought it could be a bookshelf later), and I picked up the first doll I could find–which was a…