July 30, 2020

Chaos creates distractions. Chaos creates more chaos. It seems to be the odd world we live in today. And as things close or open, we social distance, and listen or read the news, we often get more confusion or chaos in our brain. To me, two things happen or have been happening. 1 is, even for me, it can be difficult not to tune in to the news and the fear that they create. It’s like an addiction. I have been good about not tuning in to the news because it presents l...

July 22, 2020

Social media is driving our bus.  Social media and media are establishing the direction of our world.  Think about that for a minute…Let that sink in…  30 years ago, we as humans determined our daily direction.  We went about our day, working, parenting, taking care of the daily details.  Not today.  Today, we all, me included, we consume some form of social media, media news, social media news at frequent rates equaling multiple times a day.  We often can’t pull ou...

July 1, 2020

In the book “Good to Great” by Jim Collins, there were 5 recognizable traits of successful businesses lasting over time that separated themselves as “great” businesses vs “good” businesses. One of those 5 key traits of great businesses was having a set of non-negotiable core values. These core values are a set of rules for the actions and behaviors of its people that allow the organization to pursue and attain success over multiple generations.

  

There are some...

June 24, 2020

After last week’s blog post, there were some comments, and some communications to me as to why we don’t ask for help, and after some further stimulating thought, I think we should talk about some of the reasons why we don’t ask for help. The following are what I believe to be our top reasons as to why we don’t ask for help!

1. We don’t want to look stupid to anyone we may reach out to. How many times have you sat in a meeting or a classroom and had a question on your...

June 17, 2020

Man is it not some of the craziest wacko times you have ever seen!?! We have the uncertain times of a virus, and then on top of that, we have the protests, destruction, and occupations taking place. I have always said that we need to pay attention to our surroundings, daily events, and be aware, but the reality is, most of the “noise” out there we can’t change. Reality is, almost all of us don’t have the answers. It’s confusing, and if focused on enough, it is well...

June 10, 2020

In the late ’30s and ’40s, I had two sets of grandparents finding their way in life, in marriage, and beginning to have kids. 70 to 80 years ago they were in the same spot in their life my wife and I are in today. I often think back to them and my parents to compare where we are and what we are doing at similar points in time of our journey’s. I think back now, to when my parents would have been 12 years old, for my dad would have been 1957 and my mom 1958. Both set...

June 3, 2020

This just all sucks right now. That’s all there is to say about it. I never say that really, nor do I ever think that hardly at all. What happened to George Floyd we have all watched on television, and I’d say almost all of us agree it was terrible. And if you don’t, you likely have a mental illness.  

Racism is ignorance, violence is stupidity, looting is incomprehensible, and it’s all not ok. I’m not black so I don’t know what it is like in those shoes, and I don’t...

Celebrating milestones is something I am terrible about! I have purposefully worked on setting reminders on my phone for various events such as birthdays of family and our people, work anniverseries of our people, dates of marriages or dates of lost loved ones. But there are also opportunities in celebrating many other achievements be it at home or work with our teams or families. And we must all get better at celebrating our people’s or family’s achievements.

At thi...

May 13, 2020

Who has felt the pressure to have a difficult conversation lately? Have you had something you needed to tell a member of your team that is underperforming and needing some words of clarity on expectations? Have you needed to tell your spouse something you know they don’t want to hear? Or does your child need some firm words of love on discipline or boundaries in a current situation between the two of you?

I talk on this routinely, because no one ever taught us how to...

May 6, 2020

There are many things that affect the lifespan of relationships and businesses. We all have had many different friendships and a number of us have been in business for a good number of years or been able to observe businesses. In any relationship, be it a marriage or friendship, or any business where there are partners, the health of those relationships typically ebbs and flows based on one thing. There is one thing that leads to the typical growth and continued dev...

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