What’s Your Legacy?

My father left me quite a legacy, but it didn’t come in the form of an endowment or a trust fund. His legacy came from how he lived his life, a life that left a mark in the lives of so many others after he left us. Most legacies aren’t financial With all the DNA…

Leaders at Work: Raise Your Hand if You Need Help!

He should have raised his hand and asked for help. He didn’t. Instead, he shredded thousands of documents in an attempt to destroy the evidence that he was in over his head. How did that work out? The manager went to prison where he died.

The Poisonous Stick Interpretation

The other day on a hike, I jumped out of my skin when I came across a stick that had the same coloration and shape of a copperhead. Obviously, I could only interpret that observation as any sane person would: the stick, wishing to protect itself, used a camouflage design to resemble a deadly snake….

Success Secrets from a 1,300 Year-Old Family Business

What are the success secrets to keeping a business in the family…and keeping it successful…beyond one generation? What success secrets are you passing down to the next generation of leadership in your organization?

Expanding the Team: Orientation and “Fit”

Fit is Everything A few months ago, my wife and business partner, Jocelyn, and I knew we needed to expand our team in the upcoming year. Our top priority was finding the right “fit,” especially since ours is a lifestyle business with periods of frequent travel and a blurred line between work and play. Orientation…

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…

Creative Leadership

Years ago, a boss praised my creative talents in my role as leader. I scoffed inside, telling myself that I was the least creative person in any room. “I just have great, innovative employees,” I told him. Then, to reinforce my believe that I was lacking in that department, I married a highly artistic woman….

Little Things…Big Differences

Ever get so caught up in the big things that you lose sight of the little things that deepen your relationships and make you a better, happier person?

The Leader as a Lion…or a Fawn

The lion makes a lot of noise and attracts a lot of attention. But when it comes to responding to criticism and attacks, sometimes it’s the fawn who lives to lead another day.