September 28, 2017

Time is running out to sign up for the 100 Day Challenge for Q4 of 2017

My buddy Gary Ryan Blair tells anyone who will listen that a key to success is to Start Fast and Finish Strong. For the current year […]
September 28, 2017

The Mixed Messages of a Culture of Accountability

Responses from senior hospital executives to the word association game – accountability Last week I presented at the annual conference of the Wyoming Hospital Association. The […]
September 19, 2017

Leaders Are Cairn Builders

Photo by Joe – Cairn by Anonymous A cairn is a pile of rocks that marks the path of a trail. It is not an overstatement […]
September 15, 2017

Choose to Do Work that Really Matters

Nobody gave Joan of Arc the job of leading the hitherto battered French army on to victory against the English invaders at Orleans; Florence Nightingale did […]
September 14, 2017

Please stop and say hi if you will be at one of these events!

These are the books that will be at conference bookstores. They are also each available on Amazon.com It is always a treat to meet Spark Plug […]
September 13, 2017

Organizational Values Define Strategy but Personal Values Shape Culture

The great management philosopher Peter Drucker coined the aphorism that culture eats strategy for lunch. Of course, the most successful organizations compete with both strategy and […]
September 11, 2017

Don’t Forget to Breathe

Eugen Herrigel journeyed to Japan to study archery with the world’s greatest masters. As he recounts in his book Zen in the Art of Archery (first […]
August 31, 2017

The Pickle Challenge for Victims of Hurricane Harvey

In 2014 Midland Memorial Hospital in Midland, Texas was the first organization to take The Pickle Challenge for Charity (see more at www.PicklePledge.com). Since then, 30 […]
August 29, 2017

How to Create a Virtual Accountability Buddy

The best advice I ever got from the best accountability I ever could have asked for When Bob Dent and I were on a tight deadline […]
August 28, 2017

How to Start and Sustain a Positive Movement, Part 1

New Midland Independent School District Superintendent Orlando Riddick with some of the Pickle Pledge reminders that are going up across the school district. Something amazing and […]
August 23, 2017

You Change Culture with Stories, Not with Rules

“Stories are data with a soul.” – Brené Brown I recently had a conversation with the Director of a VA Medical Center about fostering a more […]
August 21, 2017

Be Today, See Tomorrow: A Useful Formula for Overcoming Fear

This message will be especially helpful for anyone who is enduring the proverbial dark night of the soul and struggling to overcome anxiety, fear and worry. […]
August 16, 2017

What Servant Leaders Do

One of my favorite books is Gates of Fire, an historical recounting of the battle of Thermopylae in 480 BCE. In his description of Spartan King […]
August 11, 2017

Complaining and Being a Victim, and a Challenge for Your Weekend

My colleague Bob Dent and I wrote Pickle Pledge as a manifesto for creating a more positive workplace environment where toxic emotional negativity is not allowed […]
August 6, 2017

Sometimes Good Enough is Good Enough

You might have heard the saying that “good enough never is good enough,” perhaps spoken by a manager or a parent (maybe even one of yours). […]