Can you learn humility? This is a question that comes up frequently, and my quick answer is not easily. Humility is not necessarily a character trait to be learned or a skill set to be developed. You have it or you don’t. The longer answer is that we can grow in our existing humility, and … Read More
Several months ago I was talking with a young speaker about how to improve his craft. He is a gifted story teller, an amazing thinker, and he draws his audience to conclusions that help reframe their way of thinking. After listening to him speak several times he asked me for some advice: “How can I … Read More
Feedback is a gift, and it isn’t always friendly. I have talked with some leaders recently who are getting some tough feedback from their teams. They don’t necessarily like what they are hearing, but they know that they need to hear it so they can grow and improve. We all know we’re supposed to say … Read More
I see people working in jobs that are not fulfilling and for companies they don’t like. The mundane Mondays are more common than I would like to see. If all you have to live for is the weekend, something is wrong.
“For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” Matthew 16:26 Whether you read the Bible or not, this verse is powerful and has great personal implication. In our Strategy of More world it has become nearly impossible to, as Stephen Covey puts it … Read More
During one of our leadership development sessions, the newly appointed CEO addressed the group saying, “Anytime someone says that ‘you can do anything you set your mind to,’ I tell them to dribble a football for me.” I wanted to yank him from the front of the room and yell “LIAR” to protect this group … Read More
The “Strategy of More” is everywhere around you. We are doing more with less resources, seeking more opportunities, taking on more responsibility, and unless you are “crazy busy” you are not doing enough. So what are you to do when you find yourself crazy busy with more commitments and priorities than you should have? … Read More
I’ve witnessed too many leaders who struggle with multiple priorities. They have 5 top priorities and don’t know where to put their best energy. The “Strategy of More” is blindly depleting people of their effectiveness in their lives. The strategy of more shows up in all areas of our life. We see it at … Read More
Boundaries are good, they are necessary, and they help us succeed. The problem is our need to control our lives. Our natural tendency is to want freedom without restriction. In our desire for freedom and control we experience roadblocks. Things don’t go our way. We don’t like what we hear and are surprised when we … Read More
I grew up on a ranch in eastern Colorado with cattle, horses, a few dogs, and plenty of cats. My best friends were my cow-dog named Louie and my pony, Fireball. The three of us were comrades in the daily adventures of rural life.