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 […]
October 18, 2018

Competing with Values – A Lesson from Sysco Corporation

Sysco Corporation’s audacious goals for 2025 “Customers on a mass scale are seeking out vendors who share their values and are making purchasing decisions based on […]
October 8, 2018

The Only Way to Accomplish BIG Goals – Or, Would You Give Me 50 Bucks?

“You’ve gotta keep control of your time, and you can’t unless you say no. You can’t let other people set your agenda in life.” – Warren […]
October 5, 2018

Don’t Chase What You Don’t Really Want

If you don’t want to be a writer who’s never published your work, stop chasing social media and pick up your pen. If you don’t want […]
September 29, 2018

Complaining Will Ruin Your Life – This Promise Will Change Your Life

The other day I was standing in the McDonald’s line at the Denver Airport. The woman standing next to me was vociferously complaining about how long […]
September 24, 2018

Spark a Bias for Action to Close out the Year and Set the Stage for 2019!

I recently finished reading Leadership in Turbulent Times, the new book by historian Doris Kearns Goodwin – which I highly recommend. She traces how four of […]
September 19, 2018

Finish Your Year Strong – 10 Essential Strategies to Nail Your Goals

Earlier this week I interviewed Gary Ryan Blair, creator of the 100 Day Challenge, about strategies to finish the year strong. Because we had serious challenges […]
September 17, 2018

Got Joy? Why do you do the work you do?

“Joy in work – or the lack thereof – not only impacts individual staff engagement and satisfaction, but also patient [and customer] experience, quality of care, […]
September 13, 2018

Nobody is Justa Just a… Never Apply that Word to a Human, Including Yourself

When it is applied to a human being, the word “just” is the most unjust word in the English language. As in “He’s just a janitor.” […]
September 11, 2018

Ist Dieser Platz Frei? The Courage to Ask for What You Want

Do you have the twenty seconds of insane courage it would take to ask “Ist dieser platz frei?” at one of these tables? The summer after […]
September 9, 2018

The Storms on the Inside are more Dangerous to Your Dreams than the Storms on the Outside

The first thing I do when starting on a new book project is to ask my brilliant book designer Lisa Peterson to create a cover that inspires […]