Five Simple Steps for Better Conversations

“Everybody’s Talkin‘” is a song written and recorded by singer-songwriter Fred Neil in 1966. One of my favorite renditions is by Harry Nilsson. The first line goes like this: “Everybody’s is talkin’ at me, I can’t hear a word they are saying. Only the echoes of my mind…” Reminds me so much of what I… Read More

What do you do when the score is 12 – 3 for the other team?

What do you do when the score is 12 – 3 for the other team and there is still a period to play? Just got back from watching a G-kid play in his Pee-wee hockey game. To say it was a little lopsided is a bit of an understatement. They were outskated, outplayed and that… Read More

Because you are human – you will fail.

One night at Toastmasters a member presented a reading of a commencement address that was dated back to 1983. After listening to her passionate presentation, I felt that the words while very significant, not only for the time period to which it was written, but for today too. Ursula K. Le Guinness addresses the graduation… Read More

Your Passionate

Driving down the highway towards our next destination, my eyes were on the road and my ears were concentrating on the anticipated voice from the GPS announcing our next exit. It was a little surprise when my wife in a calm voice said to me, “Your passionate.” I thought it was rather strange for this… Read More

Got an Idea or a Dream? Ask yourself these 10 questions first.

We all get inspired at times. In fact if you are anything like me, inspired ideas hit me usually at the most inconvenient moments. Either I’m driving or walking and can’t get to a piece of paper to write the idea down to remember it when I get home. For whatever reason, many of those… Read More

Monkeys & Culture

I heard someplace that if you are stuck on a problem, to go clean something. That’s what I did the other day and came across some old files and found this inside one of them. The author is unknown however it does speak to that age old question. “How do we change the culture?” or… Read More

Five minutes to better management!

It has been a very interesting week and while I was organizing and sorting out many files in my drive I came across this… I can’t take credit for it and I don’t know how to give it credit, but it does have some good albeit humorous thoughts. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend! THE… Read More

Faith, Trust and the Micro-Manager

This was a speech that I did at our last Toastmasters meeting. The group got a little chuckle from it and so I thought I would share it and maybe you might too. Well it’s happened I have become a micro manager. At first I didn’t notice it too much…little hints there and there of the… Read More

You “might not” be a leader if…

Jeff Foxworthy does a bit on “you might be a redneck if…” and I thought maybe it would be fun and do one for leadership only slanted towards “what it is not”. Like most things we tend to recognize the negative behaviors when we see them even though most articles and books are written is on the expected behavior. “To… Read More