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...

September 25, 2019

Servant leadership has become a buzzword in the leadership arena over the last number of years. And I often talk about how leadership is servant work, so I’m not sure why we put the word “servant” in front of the word leadership. Leadership doesn’t occur without serving others, it should just be automatic, otherwise, it isn’t leadership. But to dive just a touch deeper, servant leadership goes beyond serving others, it takes on the perspective of “having the other p...

September 11, 2019

I often tell people that if you truly want your people to follow your lead you must first take a long look in the mirror for a long opportunity of self-reflection, an evaluation of your journey, followed by an almost cathartic process of communicating your journey to your people.
  
For me, I started this process of a long look in the mirror in about 2007 after an explosive meeting in which my immature leadership skills failed my team through a tongue lashing g...

March 6, 2019

Many of us have been members of organizations, maybe the Boy Scouts, maybe 4-H, or as adults something charitable like The Elks, or Lions Club, the Masons, or Red Hat Society, and in all of those organizations there are dues to pay to keep the organization moving forward with the finances to sustain and even thrive for the good of its members and others receiving benefits from the charitability of the organization.  But without paying your dues, the organization fai...

February 20, 2019

Each day there are many details that occur with or without our attention.  It may be how observant we are as we drive to work on the events around us on our drive, like my kids waving at the cross-walk attendant each day by Jefferson school.  Other details may be the next meeting of the day and getting there on time.  Or maybe it is your next workout and your level of energy isn’t what it was yesterday so you cut it short by skipping a few sets.  Or it could be you...

February 6, 2019

In business, we have the privilege of hiring people to join our teams.  The trouble is, most all of us have never hired anyone before, and most all of us had no training, teaching, or mentoring on the hiring process.  And as most of us know, we fail at the hiring process as a consequence.  We don’t take enough time, we don’t do enough interviews, we don’t know the right questions, we focus on a resume too much rather than the person, our onboarding process is not in...

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...

December 6, 2018

We often have many things we have done for years in business, at home, or at school.  Some of those things we have done are tradition, and some are just because.  On the family farm, at home, or at work, we have processes and procedures we do daily to accomplish our daily goals and tasks to keep things moving forward.  I always say that we must humbly ask ourselves “why” we are doing any certain process or procedure, and if we can’t answer the “why”, with an answer...

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...

October 17, 2018

We all have missions, personal items, personal values, downfalls and pitfalls, personal behaviors and habits we must work on.  At this point, we recognize some and we don’t recognize others.  Some of those behaviors, attitudes, and actions will be easy to work on, and others will be very difficult to work on.  But the first key is recognizing those attributes we need to work on.  And sometimes it takes some painful adversity, titanic challenges, and even a “rock bot...

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