Motivation

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. […]
August 23, 2017

Use All Your Strength

If you found a Starbucks cup 100 feet in the ground could I convince you that it had happened naturally? Could I explain to you that a combination of time, pressure, temperature and other natural factors over the millennia had occurred in such a way that the cup has the […]
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 […]
June 6, 2017

Who Is Your Team’s Designated Drinker?

Send a youth sports team to an out-of-town tournament and what happens? Maybe some stuff you don’t want to know, but among other things you have a better team coming home than the one the parents waved goodbye to. Better in terms of teamwork, better in terms of relationships, better […]
May 9, 2017

It is Hard to Be Negative When You Are Being Useful.

I did not develop this opinion from statistical analyses or formal education. If pushed, I would have little beyond anecdotal vignettes to support a contention that it is hard to be negative when you are being useful. Yet I am confident in believing just that. That productive people are typically […]
April 13, 2017

Starting a New Job, with Staff Reporting to You?

Is there EVER a time when your team is more acutely listening to you than the first time you meet them? I suspect not. Don’t waste this chance. Don’t wing the introductory meeting. Have a plan. Sincerity is crucial. Tell your team what your goals are in this job. Not […]
April 6, 2017

Endurance is the First Virtue of a Soldier

“Endurance is the First Virtue of a Soldier. “ “Valor is only second”. A Napoleon quote, and it acts as the backdrop to my theme today. Work ethic, that tenacity for acting now, is a wonderful virtue. If married with a great attitude, a world class work ethic can and […]
February 24, 2017

Goals are Like Rainbows; They Escape You Quickly

This is the theme for an upcoming retreat I have planned for a group of middle managers. We will review 10 tactics for managers. It is hard to do justice in a couple sentences, but here you go: They that cannot govern themselves cannot govern others. You cannot insist upon […]
February 1, 2017

Your Career Lifecycle in Three Stages

The career lifecycle a college student can anticipate upon graduation goes like this: Title- you will chase this first as it seems so validating. Money- you develop a need for true self-sufficiency of all needs and most wants. Security- you embrace patterns. When you first graduate, you measure yourself against […]