How do you determine if a new year will be a good one? As we have discovered through the example of 2020, there is much that is out of our control. For many, that made the parts we can control feel unstable. For the most part, 2020 did more than test our resolve, and many … Continue reading How to plan with hope in 2021
Not always, but often.Collaboration can be a good excuse for people to do less work, hide inadequacies, and demand more of others, and receive the same level of credit or honour as the rest of the group.It can also be a source of frustration for those with creativity and multiple abilities, mixed with a leadership … Continue reading Collaboration is a Team Effort
I was a part of a great discussion on Twitter last night, all about resiliency and going against the odds. There is a lot to say about feeling like the odds are stacked against us. Too often that has more to do with perception than reality. We train ourselves into believing our lives and efforts … Continue reading Go against the odds
Purpose. Joy. Care. I believe these are the 3 most important hidden desires of anyone involved in teamwork. Any kind of team. Any kind of setting. Think about these questions for a moment: Do you know why you do what you do? Do you find joy in what you do? Do you feel loved in … Continue reading 3 Tough Questions
To clarify, I have said in past posts that change is inevitable. We all know it, we just all have to find ways to deal with it. Now that we have that out of the way, let's move on to what you wouldn't change. So what are some things that have occurred during this pandemic … Continue reading Top 5 things you won’t change
There are plenty of great ideas and thoughts out there for how you should, or should have, responded to the Covid-19 crisis. No matter how great we are, we probably could have done better. But that's the thing with crisis. You don't get the privilege of planning ahead for it. So what is your metric … Continue reading How was your pandemic response?
I love Southern Comfort Zone by Brad Paisley. So much so, I made my kids listen to it repeatedly on a trip through the American south a few years back. They will never be the same, and they tell me so every time I bring it up. The song brings up a good reminder for … Continue reading What’s your southern comfort zone?
The title is a little misleading. I don't believe in purgatory. But this isolation during the Covid-19 isolation may change my mind. For some of you it is Holy Week, the days leading up to Good Friday and then Easter. It is a week of reflection and consideration of the work of Christ. For others, … Continue reading Purpose in Purgatory? (Downloads…)
Well, I try to. This new year I wanted to find ways to incorporate some of the tools I share about in even more practical ways. The one I talk about the most is the 7-4-3-1 method. I talk about setting a vision more than just setting goals. In the process, you discern what you … Continue reading Do I practice what I preach?
"Your boss isn't paid to see you succeed." Really? Interesting view on leadership from a high school grad. This was part of a valedictory speech at my son's graduation. It struck me immediately. In this age of collaboration and soft skills training, this young man came away with this insight for his classmates. Ok, he … Continue reading A young man’s view of leadership
I love taking assessments! I am also a skeptical person, so maybe I am just trying to find one that is wrong or I enjoy the surprise at the end. Here's a great little assessment I found from Harvard Business Review, which aligns very well with the fourth 'letter' of your Myers-Briggs type. I am … Continue reading Are you productive?
"So how's it going" "Busy!" Have you used that line before? I know I have. I so grew to hate that line as a state of being. It does not make sense, and it is not a statement of who you are right now. You will not have it on your headstone, so stop using … Continue reading You are too busy