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?

Managing Murmurs

As we dropped 4-year old Sierra at school this morning, one of her fellow-classmates stood in the playground uttering a robotic, staccato chorus that sounded like this: I. Don’t. Want. To. Go. To. School. It was funny in a sad sort of way. I remember being that little boy a lifetime ago, but, in truth,…

Got Drama?

Queens, Drunks, and Thespians. Who are those who love drama? That is correct. For those of us who strive to be normal, we typically try to distance ourselves from unwelcome, unnecessary drama in our lives. Why? Drama is a cancer that eats away at our time, our energy, our emotions, our thoughts, and even the…

Cleaning House

“So who’s coming over?” my daughter asked. “Do you think the only time we need to clean the house is when we’re having company?” I countered. “Mostly,” she nodded. “Who’s coming over, and why does he need to come into my room?” my son asked. “Just keep my door shut.” “Your room is in MY…

Improving Your Communication

From the time we enter the world until we leave it, we perpetually communicate. So why is it that communication is SO HARD? Even more importantly, what can we do to improve the effectiveness of our business and personal communication? When my friend Marlene Chism asked me to share some simple communication improvement tips during…

The Truth about Failure…

If you want to succeed, you need to be smart and work hard, right? And if you accept that premise, the opposite must be true also: people who fail are stupid and lazy. That’s a load of crap. People succeed or fail largely because of the stories they tell themselves, the stories they believe, and…

Becoming Battle Wary

You need to learn to pick your battles carefully, both professionally and personally. If every situation you confront in life puts you into battle mode, prepare to be exhausted. Sometimes it’s better to roll with events, to just let things play themselves out. When my son, Jack, approached his fourth birthday, he made an interesting…