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...

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...

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...

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...

June 20, 2018

Conflict is around us every day.  I routinely talk about conflict to repeatedly remind people around me that we can all grow and better handle conflict that occurs each day. Conflict is everywhere. And at its core, conflict occurs because there is a negative energy that is created by the gap between what we want and what we experience in any given situation. We may see this with our spouse in how we handle parenting. One parent may want their child to finish the foo...

May 9, 2018

In today's world, there is routinely a lot of talk about the millennial generation, which happens for several reasons. Mostly we like to do the easy thing, which is to point out the negative aspects of the generation and the insufficiencies they bring as a stereotype. But also, many employers face challenges with millennials on their teams. More than 33% of our current workforce is made up by millennials, and by 2025 that number will increase to more than 75% of our...

February 28, 2018

The power of prayer is a wonderful, miraculous intangible thing offered and afforded to all of us, yet if you are like me, wasn’t truly embraced for the better part of my life until the stresses of various life events, business events literally dropped me to my knees in times most of us have been through. And in those times being, when there is no one else to turn to, it can be dark, and often even lonely, and you reach to your core for help, and often being late in...

February 14, 2018

I was reading an article on hiring practices over the weekend, and it was talking about hiring practices both old and new, and the article rang a bell with me in a number of ways, the first being the discussion on Grit.  But to take it a little deeper, I have the privilege of interacting with a good number of college kids and I love to talk to them, find out who they are, where they are from, and what they want to do.  And in these conversations over the years, I ha...

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