Monday is a State of Mind


I love Mondays—and most days of the week—but Mondays are my favorite!  The reason? I choose to love Mondays!  Unfortunately, too many people I know despise Mondays. They associate Mondays with more work, sweat, grind, and a lack of freedom. They say Mondays rob them of their fun and relaxation.  I say Mondays are energizing, full of potential, and an opportunity to do great things. To me, Monday is a new beginning and a fresh start. A chance to improve, reach my goals and make a significant impact on the world. So who is right? Of course, we [...]

Monday is a State of Mind2019-11-18T10:12:03-06:00

Helping Others Reach Their Potential


What are your expectations for those you lead? Is the potential you see in them made clear? Too many people feel unsure of what their leader expects of them at work. And too many leaders feel frustrated by the lack of progress being made by their team. Could there be a correlation?  People normally don’t lack capacity or potential to do good work. What they do lack is a leader who communicates clearly that they expect great things from them and that they believe in them.  A leader should strive to be a person who shines a light [...]

Helping Others Reach Their Potential2019-11-11T08:23:19-06:00

The Key to Unlocking Motivation


Does it feel like your team may be lacking motivation?This is a common concern I hear from leaders—that they can’t seem to get their team motivated.So what is a leader to do?Recently an executive I was working with set a goal for his team to achieve a special designation that exemplified excellence in their industry. He knew it would require hard work from his entire team to achieve it, but he was certain it would really help their business grow. Soon after he shared the goal, he quickly noticed a lack of enthusiasm around achieving it. Feeling frustrated he [...]

The Key to Unlocking Motivation2019-11-01T12:47:28-06:00

Results-Driven or Relationships-Driven?


Are the best company cultures results-driven or relationship-driven? The answer is both! Organizations with healthy company cultures have a superior blend of being both results-driven and relationship-driven. They place an emphasis on building relationships while driving performance. Most organizations struggle with this concept. Most are lopsided and either focus primarily on results or primarily on relationships, making their cultures less effective. I’ve worked with both kinds of organizations. The results-driven organization was full of disgruntled leaders, unhappy customers, and staff who felt burnt out. Though results were achieved, it came with a heavy price tag. As you might [...]

Results-Driven or Relationships-Driven?2019-10-25T18:08:34-06:00

Bring Your Dreams To Work Please!


A good boss is the one who allows people to bring their dreams to work. A great boss is the one who actively encourages them to do so. Let me explain.   Imagine you have a great idea. One you are certain will have a big impact on your organization and team. You’ve spent time envisioning how to accomplish it and how things will look once you do. Though you don’t have all the details ironed out yet, you are really excited about the prospects. Now imagine you share this idea with your boss. You feel certain she will [...]

Bring Your Dreams To Work Please!2019-10-21T13:09:12-06:00

Accountability or Kindness?


As a leader, which do you choose: accountability or kindness? Which of the two is more important and which will best get you the results you desire? Unfortunately, too many leaders face this decision on a regular basis. They tell themselves they must choose one or the other. The reality is a leader can do both. In fact, a leader should do both. Holding people accountable does not mean being unkind just as being kind does not mean you don’t hold people accountable. The two are completely unrelated. A leader can take any action with kindness or without [...]

Accountability or Kindness?2019-10-14T13:33:46-06:00

A Powerful Tool for Wise Decision-Making


Picture this. Two high-ranking executives disagree on an important decision within their organization. Both seem to have good reasons for their point of view and both seem very entrenched in what they believe is the right decision. Both appeal to the leader to join their side of the debate to put the issue to rest.  What is a leader to do? This is a common scenario played out in most organizations across the globe. Often a leader will make a decision and move on causing one executive to feel like they’ve won and the other like they’ve lost. [...]

A Powerful Tool for Wise Decision-Making2019-10-07T13:51:27-06:00

3 Essentials For a Well-Crafted Mission Statement


A Mission Statement is an essential building block to developing a strong organizational culture. When a mission statement is well written, it can inspire a team and give them purpose. Unfortunately, too many mission statements are poorly written and thus do little to help align and motivate an organization.  It doesn’t have to be this way! Below are 3 essential elements to creating a well-crafted mission statement that will have a tremendous impact on your organization. #1 Answers the Critical Question First, the mission statement should clearly answer the critical question: why do people go to work each [...]

3 Essentials For a Well-Crafted Mission Statement2019-09-27T14:44:25-06:00

Obliterating Job Misery from the Workplace


Today I’d like to invite you to join me in a cause.  The cause is to obliterate job misery from the workplace. Job misery is the dissatisfaction people feel at work. It’s the leading cause of the Monday morning blues.  Too often people go to work feeling uninspired, unfulfilled, and indifferent.  It doesn’t have to be this way. Job misery is an epidemic that plagues our world. Not only does it negatively impact productivity, engagement, and results at work, but it also bleeds into other parts of life.  When people are unhappy at work, they are more likely [...]

Obliterating Job Misery from the Workplace2019-09-23T13:04:36-06:00

Finding Balance


Finding balance as is an ongoing battle most leaders struggle with constantly. It is also a question I am asked frequently from far too many leaders who are feeling burned out or overwhelmed. Though there are no easy answers to this leadership challenge, here are three simple suggestions that have helped me find balance in my career. #1 Start Unbalanced Every new leader or executive needs to put in the work upfront. What I mean is that leaders should go in to new opportunities with the expectation that for the first few months life will be busy and [...]

Finding Balance2019-09-16T14:57:37-06:00