September 19, 2016

Smile from the Outside In…

In my last Spark Plug article I asked “What’s Your State of Mind this Weekend?” (click here for archive link). I mentioned the well-known TED Talk […]
September 16, 2016

Last Call: Seeking Culture Stories for Our New Book

  Bob Dent and I are in the final writing stages of our new book Building a Culture of Ownership in Healthcare: The Invisible Architecture of […]
September 12, 2016

The Right Bus is the Wrong Metaphor for Culture

Jim Collins is the brilliant bestselling author of Built To Last, Good To Great and other books on leadership and culture. One of his best-known metaphors […]
September 9, 2016

Courageous or Crazy?

The bigger and bolder your idea, the certain it is that people will think you are crazy for trying to execute it. Unfortunately, the will have […]
September 7, 2016

Good News and Bad News about Your Brain

“Of all the self-help concepts I have uncovered, the concept of ‘programming’ the brain with a more successful ‘new’ picture of yourself is the most sensible… […]
September 4, 2016

What you need to know about work but won’t learn in school

Not only did you not learn everything you need to know in kindergarten, it’s highly unlikely that you will ever be offered college classes on those […]
September 2, 2016

Why People Leave – and Why They Stay

  All Hands on Deck is available at Amazon and most other booksellers.
September 1, 2016

Two Great Books and AONE Election Endorsement

AONE President-Elect Endorsement Today voting was opened for officers of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE). My friend, colleague, and coauthor Bob Dent – COO/CNO […]
August 29, 2016

DAISY Foundation Transformed Grief of Founders into Gift to Hospital Cultures of Caring

The DAISY Foundation team with the first INSPIRED Award for Values and Culture Excellence to be given to an organization other than a hospital   The […]
August 27, 2016

Contribution – 2 Laws of the Universe

Many years ago, when I was between jobs, I spoke with one of the best-known authors of job search and career related books. He told me […]
August 25, 2016

The Most Important Thing to Know about Success and Failure

So before you start striving for success or worrying about failure consider the ways that you need to change yourself. And because culture doesn’t change unless […]
August 24, 2016

The Values-Behaviors-Outcomes Continuum

Whenever someone suggests that we’ve left something out of the curriculum for our 60-module course on The Twelve Core Action Values, they almost always say that […]
August 22, 2016

Remember Yourself a Better Past

Every historian knows that “the past” is what you choose to remember, and how you choose to remember it. A Union artillery officer and a Confederate […]
August 19, 2016

Leonardo’s First Flight, Steve’s Last Words, and Your Plans for the Weekend

Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most creative human beings who ever lived. His journals are filled with drawings and sketches of flying machines. Now, […]
August 17, 2016

Screensaver for Taking Action in the Face of Fear

Right-click on the image then “save as picture.” You will have a great reminder for your desktop image.   Wednesday’s Promise of The Self Empowerment Pledge is […]