December 4, 2018

Stop the Anxiety-Depression Ping-Pong Game and Expand the Boundaries of Your Comfort Zone

I was recently trying to help somebody who has been careening between anxiety and depression. This inner emotional ping-pong game has her paralyzed. She knows what […]
November 23, 2018

You Don’t have to be the Lead Dog to be a Leader

Have you heard the saying that unless you’re the lead dog the view is terrible (or some variation)? As you can see from the picture above […]
November 22, 2018

Symphony for a Hungry Old Man – A Thanksgiving Message

Every year on Thanksgiving day I share this story. I hope you will enjoy it. The blue jay and the cardinal made their livings in the […]
November 21, 2018

What to say when someone calls you Pollyanna

Thank you. Now go read the book, or watch the movie, about Pollyanna. In that story, you have a community that’s been torn apart. There is […]
November 20, 2018

If You Lose Hope, Look Farther Down the Road

The 23rd Psalm says to walk through the valley of the shadow, not to take up permanent residence “Hope” is the thing with feathers / That […]
November 19, 2018

Detox Your Culture, Detox Your Life

Decorated pickle jars from The Pickle Challenge for Charity at Shenandoah Medical Center in Shenandoah, IA Consider these two facts. The Institute for Healthcare Improvement recently […]
November 18, 2018

Gratitude is the Platform for Optimism, so Check Your Attitude!

“We moderns have an arsenal of tranquilisers (sic) and pain killers at our disposal, but our expectations of ease and pleasure, and our intolerance of inconvenience […]
November 14, 2018

National Pickle Free Zone Day for a More Positive Workplace

Enjoy eating your pickles – just don’t look like you’ve been sucking on one! According to the billboard at my local bank, today is National Pickle […]
November 13, 2018

Why Do You Do What You Do?

Conversing with my little friends at Children’s Hospital of New Orleans reminds me that the ultimate purpose of all the presentations, meetings, rounding, and writing are […]
November 12, 2018

Leadership Job #1 – Maximizing Human Potential with Values

“We first looked into Values Coach because we liked the concept of a culture of ownership that embraces people at all levels of the organization. After […]
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 […]