March 21, 2019

Singing a Great Culture into Being – Because Work Should Bring Fun and Fellowship

One of the many incredibly creative decorated pickle jars with which the team at Tri-County Health Care launched The Pickle Challenge for a more positive workplace […]
March 13, 2019

A Simple Promise that Changes Cultures – and a Process that Sustains that Change

Tri-County Health Care, a critical access hospital in Wadena, Minnesota, launched a Values and Culture Project late last year. As we always do when starting a […]
March 10, 2019

Alexa, Skip – Creating a Mental Manager to Get You Out of Stuck

When I’m listening to music on my Amazon Echo and a song comes up that I don’t like or am not in the mood to hear, […]
March 8, 2019

Surprise Me!

When I’m ordering coffee and am asked what kind I want, I’ll often just say “surprise me.” Almost without exception, what I’m surprised with is better […]
March 3, 2019

The Power of Enthusiasm – and the Most Important Choice You Will Make in the Week to Come

Which one of these Vietnamese school kids is most likely to be a leader as an adult? I took this picture at an elementary school in […]
February 28, 2019

Honey and Glue: RecruitingandRetention is Not Just One Word

Managers often say the words “recruiting and retention” as if it’s just one word – as in “our company’s recruitingandretention strategies.” But the motivational hot buttons […]
February 21, 2019

The Most Important Email You Can Receive Every Day

I received this email earlier this morning. It’s my Youroscope for today. It was sent to me by the person I was last evening. It’s an […]
February 20, 2019

The Paradox of Hurt, Pain, Agony and Why it Pays to Go to the Extreme

Having just won an Olympic gold medal, Michael Phelps hardly looks winded Back when I was in high school I was on the swimming team. At […]
February 18, 2019

The Values > Behaviors > Outcomes Continuum

Values inspire behaviors which achieve outcomes Because of the work we do at Values Coach, we have the opportunity to review many organizational statements of core […]
February 14, 2019

We Need More Words for Love!

I love my wife and I love hot dogs – but those are two very different meanings of the word love! Work is (or should be) […]
January 18, 2019

A Plea for Civility

Iowa Senators liberal Tom Harkin and conservative Chuck Grassley in an earlier and more civil age Yesterday I posted an article comparing John F. Kennedy’s signature […]
November 5, 2018

20 Key Success Factors for Positive Culture Change – A Special Report

Bob Dent, COO/CNO at Midland Health in West Texas, recently asked leaders from the organization for the one word that best describes the culture of their […]
November 3, 2018

The Power of Pounce – A Real World Success Lesson from TV

A simple pounce created big opportunities for Saul Goodman and for Cinnabon My friend Gary Ryan Blair, creator of the 100 Day Challenge, loves the word […]
October 31, 2018

Business do not fail – owners quit: Questions to ask yourself before you throw in the towel

“Brick walls are not there to stop you, they are there to make you prove how much you want something.” – Randy Pausch: The Last Lecture […]
October 24, 2018

Not perfect? So what – start anyway!

“Hardest of all [fears for writers to overcome] is to accept that the world one has created won’t be as good as the world one dreamed […]