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...

January 15, 2020

How many times have you made a mistake? How many times have you said something and when it was all said and done, you realized you just said “too much” or you “said it mean”. I think if we are all honest with ourselves, we can all say we have done it many times. And when we do those things, we often have a sick feeling somewhere inside our soul. Or we at least recognize through some visceral mechanism that the conversation or interaction didn’t go as you would like...

November 13, 2019

Do you find yourself checking your phone while waiting in lines, or while waiting for your food to come at a restaurant? Or maybe you check it on breaks at work or while waiting at the veterinarian’s office. This last Saturday while I was working, a couple came with a couple of pups for vaccinations, and as I observed them, it became apparent to me that both had their phones glued to their hands for every single minute, and with virtually every non-eventful minute,...

October 2, 2019

I was driving down the road a couple of weeks ago when a song came on that I had not heard in quite some time. It was one of those songs that comes on the radio and you can sing virtually every word even though you haven’t heard it in over 20 years. The chorus goes like this.

        Gonna hold who needs holdin’
        Mend what needs mendin’
        Walk what needs walkin’
        Though it...

April 17, 2019

We live in a fast-paced world and the fastest communicating world ever lived in.  You may have experienced or been told about how when you get to a place like New York City it is extremely fast-paced and never stops.  Then most all of us living in a rural area or the south, know there is inherently this slower pace.  We aren’t living in a cement jungle where streets and sidewalks are crowded with people moving in a determined if not rude direction in a hurry to get...

January 2, 2019

Do you have aspirations of being a leader?  Or maybe you are a leader now?  Regardless, we can all lead in our own way from where our feet stand currently.  We don’t have to be the President of a company or the Principal of the school, or own the business, or be the Head Coach.  We have influence on those around of each day and with that comes the opportunity to lead.  But if you want to be a leader, it needs to be for the right reasons and we must purify our reason...

November 28, 2018

Recently at our weekly 7:00 AM veterinarian meeting, we had a discussion on submitting to a process, to an organization, or even to your spouse. And along with it, the process of committing to the same relationships. As I shared in that meeting, I had fully committed to my wife since we had started dating, but I hadn’t fully submitted to her and the greater good of our marriage until about ten years ago. Basically around the same time that our twins were born. When...

November 14, 2018

Have you ever worked in a workplace where your boss or direct report was inconsistent in their daily actions?  Was it an environment of you never knew which version of Boss X was going to show up at work?  Was it going to be the Happy Boss X Version or was it going to be the Jekyll Boss X version?  Many of us have been in those unpredictable environments and most all human beings don’t perform optimally in those environments because it creates an eggshell environmen...

October 24, 2018

I remember when I began to hear the phrase, “Life isn’t about what you know, it’s about who you know.”  It was when I was in college, learning about life every day, and I had a strong distaste for that statement, as my plan was to outwork anyone I could to achieve success regardless of who I knew.  And partly in part to my personal real definition of that statement in my mind had to do with “ladder climbers”, and those types doing everything within their power, with...

August 8, 2018

We recently started an exercise at our clinic called “Gratitude Exercises”, in which we start a meeting and go around the room and everyone must share one thing or person they are thankful for.  It all started with listening to Rachel Cruze on a radio show one day where she recommended it.  The huge impact of this exercise is that it is difficult to be hateful when you are grateful.  We also asked people to start a Gratitude List on their phone or a piece of paper,...

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