People, Not Servants or Objects

People, Not Servants or Objects

Increasingly, I’ve observed behavior that disturbs me. In fact, I’ve realized that unless I catch myself, I actually act like this, too (from time to time). What I’ve witnessed is that other people are quite often treated like servants or objects in the eyes of people rather than human beings with lives and stories. Think […]

In Seth Godin We Trust

In Seth Godin We Trust

Anyone that is around me for very long learns that I’m a pretty big Seth Godin fan or maybe even more. Seth probably inspires more of my inspirational thought than anyone else in the business community. I read his blog daily and reference his books and teachings on a regular basis. Last Saturday, he posted a blog that […]

Challengers and Cheerleaders

Challengers and Cheerleaders

I’ve been doing some deep personal leadership exploration over the past month or so. I attended a retreat in Wilmington, NC with Grinnell Leadership in May and last week I was in Michigan with the Edward Lowe Foundation. Each had a different focus and a different way of going about the personal development that took place. I love […]

When Bridges Blow

When Bridges Blow

For some reason I don’t make too many little mistakes.  When I make mistakes, I make big ones.  When I fall, I don’t scuff my knees, I break bones.  When I do damage to bridges in relationships, I don’t burn the bridge, I blow it up.  This way of life really kind of sucks, to […]

Fictional Hero

Fictional characters don’t make mistakes that they can’t overcome.  Real people do.  Fictional characters don’t have secrets.  Real people do.  Fictional characters don’t have traits that we don’t know about that suddenly come out to the public.  Real people do.  And unfortunately, this “real people” aspect often causes us to feel defrauded as fans of […]

2 Suggestions for a New Year

2 Thoughts/Suggestions as you approach 2012. 1. It’s not about change – but improvement.  Change is tough.  It involves a complete shift, probably changing environment, habits, behaviors, and a lot of other resources and variables that may or may not be within our grasp.  What we should all really trying for is improvement.  Rather than turn […]

Turn Up the Quiet

It is way too easy to surround ourselves with noise.  And we try to for some reason.  I think that most people are afraid to sit in a quiet place and actually be with themselves.  Most of us don’t like to be alone nor sit in silence – left with only our thoughts.  I’m not […]

Givers and Takers

Givers and Takers

A year before Riley was born, Allison and I had a miscarriage. For a young married couple trying to have children, it was absolutely devastating. We walked into the doctor’s office that day, expecting to see and hear our first child for the first time. There are very few worse feelings than not hearing something […]

Fewer and Deeper

Fewer and Deeper

I have a theme that I’ve adopted for at least the next year or so of my life. The theme is “fewer and deeper.” What I mean by this is that I’m looking to have fewer priorities, fewer relationships, fewer obligations, fewer commitments, and fewer expectations. I need less so that I can go deeper. I want […]

The Father Problem

My second child – Brady – was born a month or so ago. As you know, I have a daughter, Riley, who is 4 years old.  Ultimately, Brady’s conception and birth have led me (amongst other recent events) on a thought journey around a deeper dive into fatherhood; in particular, the following: My main thought […]

The Invisible Phone

I have a problem. It turns out that it is probably more serious than I thought or than you might expect. It might actually be an addiction. Also, turns out that many others have this same problem and many worse than I do. I am addicted to my “smart” phone. It made a noise – […]