March 25, 2019

How The Pickle Pledge Saved My Colon – And Lessons for Your Culture

The Pickle Pledge, The Self Empowerment Pledge, and other favorite inspirations on the whiteboard in my hospital room After forty years of working in, with, and […]
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 […]
January 12, 2019

Embrace the Suck – deal with it or live with it but don’t whine about it

Embrace the Suck: To consciously accept or appreciate something that is extremely unpleasant but unavoidable (Wiktionary) While flying back home from our Certified Values Coach Mentor […]
January 7, 2019

Prepare for What You Pray For

You have no doubt heard the saying “Be careful what you pray for because you just might get it.” Peter Drucker, the man who is credited […]
January 4, 2019

The Passing of a Uniquely Authentic Leader Who Set a Very High Bar for Cultural Excellence

Herb Kelleher was a first class leader who created an airline that did not need a first class section If I see something I really like, […]