development

April 10, 2018

Is It In Your Nature To Prevail

Is it in your nature to prevail? When you noticed that headline what was your initial reaction? Your response will say much about how our brain is trained. If you are comfortable in a victim status, you don’t expect to prevail. Dealt a bad hand so-to-speak. How can you win? […]
March 14, 2018
The Fat Man Theory

The Fat Man Theory

Are you familiar with the fat man theory? I consider it a good analogy to bear in mind regarding work, family, or public policy. The fat man theory rests on the concept of one man carrying another on his shoulders. When a large man carries another large man, they will […]
February 28, 2018

Three Minutes to Absorb the Meaning of Life.

Responsibility is what gives life meaning. Start with that. Responsibility. An example of responsibility that makes me smile involves the student managers of the Duke basketball team. They travel with the team. Basketball’s pace means player sweat bigtime. When they fall, they leave wet and potentially slippery floors. The home […]
January 4, 2018

Only A Fool Will Expect Others to Respect His Work If He Does Not Respect His Own.

No one looks impressive holding a Super Big Gulp. Yet I do it. My substance abuse problem with Mountain Dew is unhealthy and bad personal branding to boot. When I cheerily call out “honey, I’m home!”, Woman is quietly disgusted with my cargo. Enormous sugar content, the highest caffeine of […]
December 1, 2017

It’s My Life

There is no sense addressing motivation without acknowledging there has to be a link between what you feel and what you do. You can feel that your life is important, that you’re not going to live forever, that you have one chance on this rock. Yet if it doesn’t translate […]
October 20, 2017

Belief in Yourself is the Soul of Attitude

Not all promotions are linear. The next role might be obvious and organizations move in that direction naturally. Loads of obstacles can arise. Some bosses don’t readily promote from within. Lack of turnover can repress movement, and often the lackluster are the ones who are willing to hang around. Then […]
October 9, 2017

Philosopher or Farmer

“What does his dad do?” or “What does your husband do?” are common initial questions you might ask a son about a friend or a neighbor about her husband. Some folks disguise the intent more gracefully but just about everyone seems to search for this critical data point when discussing […]
September 21, 2017

3 Steps to Building Self-Confidence.

The best approach to building self-confidence is captured in one word: achievement. Building self-confidence comes down to stringing together a series of achievements. It is not 3 steps. I put that in the title as clickbait. No, if you want to build self-confidence you need to plan achievements so that […]
September 7, 2017

The Path of Least Resistance is Well Travelled; It Leads Nowhere. 

I am working on a first-time event and am targeting 2000 attendees. Perhaps this goal represents the triumph of hope over experience. 2000 attendees for a first-time event with no funding beyond my personal resources. Yet I learned early in my career that effective goal-setting requires aggressive, albeit attainable, aspirations. […]
June 27, 2017

Effective Leadership Can Dress in Many Outfits.

A great manager must eventually choose a philosophy. Core elements for the boss holding a stick approach will vary from the fellow dangling a carrot. For control freaks, the difference between filter and bottleneck can be hard to distinguish. Type A’s can be recognized by their self-assuredness; a blessing albeit […]