Treat the Cause Not the Symptom


  Recently I was on a call and the tables were turned on me- Instead of doing the coaching, I was the one being coached. -Which by the way is always a valuable exercise if you ever want to improve your skills. When was the last time you switched roles with someone on your team…read more.

3 Simple Rules Learned in Pre-School


I’ve been doing some work with a non-profit here in my home state of Michigan and recently had a conversation with a pre-school director. She mentioned to me how at the beginning of the school year it’s extremely important to lay out the rules for the children but also the importance to keeping it simple…read more.

Start Thinking Back Inside the Box


  How often in your meetings or workplace do you hear someone say, “We really need to start thinking more Outside the Box”?   It’s become such a business and innovation cliché over the years that the statement almost feels useless and redundant. In fact many times the statement is a sign of the hopeless…read more.

How Coachable Am I?


  Think about this. A person goes to a doctor because they have some knee pain after a particularly busy weekend of work in the yard. As part of the normal exam process, the doctor discovers the patient’s blood pressure is higher than it ought to be. The doctor mentions it to the patient and…read more.

The Final Third


  Don’t look now but the summer is just about to come to a close. Hard to believe isn’t it? I trust that you’ve had the opportunity to take some time off, visit with family and friends, take in some new sights, and unplug from the matrix to recharge your internal battery.   Guess what?…read more.

Aches and Pains are Part of the Process


Like a lot of people I’ve made health and fitness a priority in my life. That means I enjoy running, biking, playing golf and just about anything else I can do on a consistent basis to keep myself active. If I could just cut back on the french fries and ice cream I could probably…read more.

The Great Myth of Employee Engagement


  The hottest topic for most organizations this year is “Employee Engagement.” How are we keeping our employees and team members engaged and excited about their work? How do we increase team member productivity without increasing our costs? Study after study tells us engaged employees work harder, stay longer, perform at higher levels, and overall…read more.

Ask For What You Want


How silly would this be? A server in a restaurant asks a guest for their order. The guest replies, “Well, I don’t want the special, and I don’t want the salmon, I don’t like fish. I certainly don’t want the pasta, as I’m avoiding carbs. The chicken won’t work, don’t bring me that. I don’t…read more.

6 Months Gone- 6 Months to Go


  In case you haven’t been paying attention 2016 is already halfway gone. I’m not even sure why the accelerated passing of time surprises me anymore, but somehow it still does. So before your check out and enjoy your Fourth of July holiday weekend this would be a great time to grade yourself on how…read more.

Going Places to Find Your Place


Graduation season is in full swing. Over the past few weeks I’ve attended four ceremonies and six graduation parties and still have a few left to get to. So far I’ve heard good speeches and bad speeches, happy speeches and sad speeches. My favorite speeches tend to reference one of my favorite authors – Dr.…read more.