Leadership Lessons from Squirrel Management

During my years in leadership, I’ve learned that most leaders spend a disproportionate amount of resources dealing with squirrels (problem employees) instead of birds (superstars). How about you?

“Best Product Review Ever!”

I don’t want to dwell on the fact that I apparently have a SUCKER label slapped across my forehead. Instead, let me just share the review I posted on Amazon moments after I used my Pocket Hose for the first and only time:

Acquiescing: Buzzards Behaving Badly…

You’re going about your day, and someone responds negatively and forcefully to you when you haven’t done anything wrong that you’re aware of. Maybe you were in the wrong place at the wrong time.If you’re like most people, you apologize and backtrack as if you recognize the error of your way. And then later, it may occur to you, “Hey! What did I do? That person jumped down my throat for no good reason!”

The Lady in my Smart Phone has a Thing for Me…

Human evolution can’t keep pace with the evolution in technology. Humans appeared in the Stone Age 2.5 million years ago, and we still look and act pretty much the same. Contrast that to the telephone that, in less than 15o years, has gone from fixed, hard-wired devices requiring 1.5 billion miles of cable in the US alone to wireless, anywhere/anytime capabilities. Has the time come when technology can provide better leadership than humans?

Calling All Losers!

Maybe we should all spend a little less time writing our Oscar acceptance speeches than we do practicing how to lose with our esteems intact and our heads held high.

Life is a Spelling Bee!

My 9-year old daughter recently competed in a Spelling Bee at her school. While I watched from the audience, it dawned on me that the Spelling Bee contained some critical lessons to success and happiness in life. The first thing I noticed as the Spelling Bee began was that, just like life,  — It’s so…

The Truth about Feedback (and Criticism)

When someone gives you feedback or criticism, their words may be accurate, and perhaps you should listen. But use discernment. Before you take any feedback and criticism to heart, understand that everything you hear comes from a position of bias: bahy-uhs (noun): a particular tendency or inclination, especially one that prevents unprejudiced consideration of a…

I Captured Your King! Chef Nate!

The other day, four-year old Sierra watched as I played chess with Sascha, her seven-year old sister. I know what you’re thinking. Yes, it’s pathetic that I have to play chess with a seven-year old in order to find someone that I can beat. But she’s very good. She started chess lessons when she was…