Learn to love change

“You didn’t come this far to only come this far.” –The internet is undecided about who said this first “What got you here won’t get you there.” –Marshall Goldsmith These two inspirational lines have been on my mind lately. It’s easy to roll your eyes and dismiss them as cliches – unless you hear them spoken aloud by Denzel Washington … Read More

Your employees can’t read your mind

The client on the other end of the phone was on the verge of tears: “My employees are driving me crazy!” Carrying the weight of small business ownership is no small feat and you can’t do it alone. Even if you don’t have W2 employees, you likely still employ contractors to make your enterprise work. Unfortunately, every person you hire … Read More

Do the first thing last

I don’t know if I’ve ever been “cool,” but I know for a fact that any chance I had is in the rearview mirror. How can I be so sure? Well, one of my favorite things is to have the laundry done before I go to bed on Friday. Yeah. But here’s where that decidedly uncool pastime can help you … Read More

 Do this next time you’re stuck

I heard a story recently about a mysterious sound reported by the Swedish navy in the early 80’s. The sound occurred frequently in the waters along their coastlines and the military set out to determine what sort of threat might be behind it. They suspected submarines and literally dropped bombs into the water to destroy this mystery threat.  Nothing worked. … Read More

Interrogate your mistakes

I once leased a very expensive software product and then abandoned it because our operation wasn’t in a position to integrate it in a productive way. It still makes me mad that I paid THOUSANDS of dollars for a software product that was never put to use, but I couldn’t afford to waste more time and money trying to make … Read More

Fix your systems before they embarrass you

One of the most hilarious and poetically perfect videos on the internet is a clip of 90’s rockers Rage Against The Machine playing live on the BBC.  The clip focus on the ending of their song “Killing In The Name,” which features frontman Zach DeLaRocha sing-screaming “F*** you I won’t do what you tell me” seventeen times on the studio … Read More

This is how you win

I was watching John Wick Chapter 2 the other day and the opening sequence features John laying waste to an army of henchmen in a warehouse. As he is cracking skulls (and being struck by vehicles) below, two crime bosses discuss what makes John so absolutely terrifying: “John Wick is a man of focus, commitment and sheer f***ing will.” Nothing … Read More

What do you need to stop doing?

If you are like a great many people, you likely just made a list of resolutions or goals for this brand new year. Fantastic! Here’s a way to make that list even more effective: add at least a few things you will STOP doing. It is likely that you won’t realize the resolutions and goals you’ve outlined if you don’t … Read More

Are you making things more complicated?

When everything seems complicated, which is probably most of the time, consider the problem-solving principle called Occam’s Razor. It can be distilled, roughly, to mean that when all things are equal, the simplest solution is usually the best one. Here’s what the existence of Occam’s Razor – and my experience with dozens of incredibly capable leaders – leads me to … Read More

You should be further along by now

The idea that you should be further along by now is absolutely distracting you from doing what you need to be doing. You probably can’t fire up your favorite social media site, attend a networking event, or stream your favorite show without being confronted with someone who *appears* to be doing the thing you want at a higher level or … Read More

Your boss is just a person

I know you have high expectations for your boss. You should. I also know that they let you down sometimes. That’s frustrating. The thing that I hope you will remember is while your boss should be expected to operate with a high level of integrity, competence and care, they are also just a person and they are going to screw … Read More

Simple ways to carry gratitude with you

Thanksgiving was a few days ago here in the US and I’m intentionally ringing this bell AFTER the holiday because I want to reinforce that the act of giving thanks should be a consistent practice, not an annual event. Considering the things you are thankful for changes your brain chemistry for the better and elevates your perspective above the immediate … Read More

No rest, no impact

The Thanksgiving holiday is this week in the US and I’m guessing many of you are gearing up for one or two extra days off. Enjoy! You could probably use the rest. Turn the computer off. Bake a pie. Stop checking your email on your phone. Watch some football. Forget about work for a minute. Read a book. The impact … Read More

I’m looking for a model

I want you to consider something you want. Maybe it is a promotion, an experience, or an object. Do you have something in mind? Okay, now I want you to think about the kind of person who already has that thing. What is different about the way they ACT and the way you ACT? Skip the part about how their … Read More

Is it time to introduce tension

I used to think it was the role of a leader to diffuse tension. When tempers flared or circumstances became overwhelming, it was the leader’s job to turn down the dial on the tension so that everyone could operate with less stress and frustration. It sounds good on the surface, but sometimes we actually need a leader to turn the … Read More

How to get something for nothing

I was recently at an event that featured a boxed lunch for each participant. Upon opening my lunch I discovered my box contained an objectively horrifying flavor of chips called “jalapeño.” (It might be important to understand that I really don’t like flavor of almost any variety) I told my neighbor that I had an extra bag of chips if … Read More