Recently, I was traveling through Arizona with my family and took a few moments to admire the beauty of Oak Creek Canyon. One trail took us underneath a bridge. From the top of the bridge, travelers were provided spectacular views of the red rocks and canyons. My vantage from underneath the bridge provided a different perspective. It’s impossible to see under a bridge while you are crossing it. But those who were crossing the canyon had sufficient trust in the construction to complete the span form one side to the other. Think of today as a bridge that stretches from yesterday to tomorrow. DoRead More →

“Choosing to remain on The Shore of Status Quo consistently yields a life of quiet misery. It represents those areas you find unsatisfying, unfulfilling, and yet you’ve chosen to settle there. In the shadow of the trees near the shore lies a private cemetery—a place dreams are buried and hope is laid to rest. You don’t want to visit it often, but you know it’s there.” The Reality of Change by Fred Johnson and Paul Metler Two people wake up on January 1. To Liz, it’s not just another day. It’s the crisp dawn of New Year’s Day. She makes her way through the kitchenRead More →

There is a predictable, observable pattern that accompanies the undertaking of any significant change. –The Reality of Change by Fred Johnson & Paul Metler A few years ago we made a change in our home. We exchanged our carpet for hardwood. For us, it was a positive change. Our response to the change was very pleasant. We loved the change. However, we are not alone. We share our home with a Maltese named Vanilla. Her response to the change was immediate and decisive. She hated the hardwood. To this day, she refuses to walk on the hardwood. She leaps from rug to rug attempting toRead More →

You have talked about change. You have acknowledged the need for change. You feel sure you are ready for change. You haven’t made the change. You are not alone. This is a frustrating cycle. It can lead to anger. It can lead to despair. It can lead to more talk about change. It’s a crowded space. But, it doesn’t lead to positive change. When you’re stuck in a repetitive cycle that fails to yield results, the energy drain is significant. The feelings that accompany resignation in the status quo are not healthy. So what’s the answer? Do you need to call in an icebreaker toRead More →

Change will come, there’s no escaping it. Remaining stuck in status quo mode, fearing and avoiding change like the plague, only ensures you won’t be ready for the inevitable. Mastering positive change, however, is key to extraordinary leadership and optimal business outcomes. So what can you do to harness the power of change as both an individual and a leader of a high-performing team? Mastering positive change involves navigating emotional shallow water and relational collisions: resistance from within and without, blame, victimhood, false barriers, and other change-busters. The Reality of Change takes a unique approach to change leadership: anticipate and overcome the inner and outerRead More →

Clayton Christensen poses a serious question: “How will you measure your life?” Business leaders are accustomed to certain measures that translate into bottom line results. Such metrics can offer a concise financial snapshot. It’s an executive summary of how things are going and a quick answer to big questions. But, quick answers seldom supply an adequate picture. When you are alone with your thoughts. How do you measure success? Where does your mind take you? Chances are, you think beyond a singular focus on profits and losses. There is more than one dimension to the bottom line. It’s more fulfilling to think in terms ofRead More →

Leadership Keynote Speaking

I am always amused at the sign holders that attend football games. If you have ever watched pre-game coverage, then I’m sure you understand. Hours before the kick off, commentators gather to break down the keys to success and the sign holders are there. Just when you begin to focus on the interviews your attention shifts from offense and defense to the large poster board obscuring several people and boldly declaring “I’m Single!” Sign holders jockey for position. They extend their arms and lift high their pictures, slogans and messages. Some are funny. Some are serious. All sign holders share the same goal. Get noticed.Read More →

I was in my mid twenties when I faced my first challenge as an agent of change. I was the architect of a bold new initiative. Perhaps you are imagining a merger of two global enterprises. Not quite. I was charged with a significant internal transition in the office. It was new furniture. The “powers that be” had decreed that old was out and new was in. It was time to transform the space. We were making a change from the old desks to new modular furniture. Most were excited. One was not. The new furniture was comfortable, functional, and attractive. Almost everyone agreed. Almost.Read More →

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. It’s the tale of two meetings. Collaboration is rewarding. True synergy is exhilarating. A meeting of hearts and minds around a common purpose and a compelling vision is among the best of times for leaders. The other side of the coin is ugly. There’s nothing like an early afternoon meeting that siphons your day while your mind wanders and you nod off to sleep. Some meetings need a funeral and a proper burial. Some meetings can and should find new life with a few strategic moves. Before you kill your next meeting, try theseRead More →

It seems like everyone I know is running a race. The popularity of running marathons or half marathons is growing. Over 2 Million runners finished half marathon races in 2014. There are some striking similarities between those who run well and those who lead well. It’s Monday morning. It’s race day. The course is set. You plan to finish the week strong. But, will you finish well? Maybe it’s not really fair to compare your workweek to a marathon. There are some important similarities and some important differences. But, you can borrow a few training lessons that will make your day better. Great runners understandRead More →