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 […]
September 7, 2018

The Antidote to Pessimism and Paranoia (and Some Very Bad Advice)

In the book pictured above, novelist/journalist gives his pretend audience of new graduates this advice: “Lowering your expectations will inoculate you against serial disappointments. It will […]
September 4, 2018

Core Values are the Underpinning of Good Health Behaviors

This booklet created by Midland Health helps people cope with illness and injury with inspiration from the Values Coach course on The Twelve Core Action Values […]
September 3, 2018

Happy Labor Day – and an Important Question about Your Work

How will you spend the last 4 months of 2018 – cutting stone or building a cathedral? I imagine you have heard the story of the […]
August 31, 2018

Creating a Cultural Blueprint for your Invisible Architecture – The Interior of Attitude

The Self Empowerment Pledge at Values Coach Inc. “The culture of your organization is shaped by the collective attitudes and behaviors of the people who work […]
August 30, 2018

Creating a Cultural Blueprint for your Invisible Architecture – The Superstructure of Culture

Southwest Airlines and United Airlines buy the same planes from Boeing, but the experience of working for or flying with either airline could not be more […]
August 28, 2018

Creating a Cultural Blueprint for your Invisible Architecture – The Foundation of Core Values

Can you imagine seeing a check-in counter like this at any airline other than Southwest? “Identifying the core values that define your organization is one of […]