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.

5 Tips to Stay Focused Over the Summer


Summer is officially here and with it comes drastically altered schedules, parties, barbecues, events and hopefully a vacation. It’s easy to understand why we all have a much harder time being focused on our work, when there is just so much happening outside the workplace. To allow you to actually enjoy your summer without feeling…read more.

Lessons From Ninja Warrior


Wow, do I love the American Ninja Warrior show! Hundreds of “warriors” navigate through a variety of obstacles designed to test the athletes’ ingenuity, endurance, strength and balance. Viewing the obstacles, I find myself contorting my face in disbelief, thinking, sometimes aloud, “Are you kidding me? Who even thought of that? There’s no way!” When…read more.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving


  Everyday we are given an amazing gift. In fact we receive 86,400 of them on a daily basis. The great news is that no one gets more of this than anybody else. It doesn’t matter how much you earn, what country you live, your family history, ethnicity, none of this matters when it comes…read more.

Lessons From the Purple One


Last week on a long drive to a client in Chicago, I heard the news. Prince is gone at age 57. Like many I was shocked and saddened by his death. As the day progressed I found myself becoming more and more unnerved by this event.   Being a huge music fan, it’s easy to…read more.

Do You Have a Pre-Shot Routine?


  My oldest son has decided to play for his high school golf team this spring. While I’m a bit sad that this has effectively ended his baseball career, golf is a sport that we can both play together for many years to come.   His golf coach likes to forward articles and tips on…read more.

What’s Your Dream?


This past Monday night I witnessed not just one, but two young mens’ dreams come true. One of these dreams only lasted about a minute or two. The other young man’s dream will most certainly last him a lifetime and beyond. Obviously, if you are a sports fan you probably know by now that I’m…read more.