Purpose means you show up anyway

Purpose means you show up anyway

Motivation is not enough This morning, I took a red-eye flight home from a conference that was several time zones away. It was a terrific but intense conference for entrepreneurs, and I am bone-tired. Yet I am sitting here at my computer anyway, taking a risk that...
The lost art of apologizing

The lost art of apologizing

Apology is a lovely perfume; it can transform the clumsiest moment into a gracious gift. – Margaret Lee Runbeck It doesn’t have to be the hardest word. I was surprised by a recent news item noting Ohio’s Governor John Kasich had issued an apology to a local...
“It’s complicated” Is True

“It’s complicated” Is True

Dishwashing plus camping equals context. When I was a kid, one of my family chores was washing the dishes in the evening several times a week.  I grew up in a farming community back in the 80s, when almost nobody had a fancy electric appliance called a “dishwasher.”...
Accountability: Plan Implementation – Mistake #5 of 5

Accountability: Plan Implementation – Mistake #5 of 5

Implementing plans is hard for teams. I get it. I see it all the time. Struggling to implement plans is one key roadblock most teams have in common. I’ve worked with countless teams over the years to overcome planning issues.  I’ve noticed they all seem to get caught...
Fuzzy Plans: Plan Implementation – Mistake #1 of 5

Fuzzy Plans: Plan Implementation – Mistake #1 of 5

Implementing plans is hard for teams. I get it. I see it all the time. Struggling to implement plans is one key roadblock most teams have in common. I’ve worked with countless teams over the years to overcome planning issues.  I’ve noticed they all seem to get caught...
Critical skill: interpreting body language

Critical skill: interpreting body language

Matteo Vistocco on Unsplash Alison Henderson, CEO of Moving Image Consulting and nonverbal communication expert, has been a friend of mine for many years. I asked Alison if she could answer a few questions for me about how teams can learn to interpret body language...
Confession: I learned the hard way about perspective

Confession: I learned the hard way about perspective

Freddy Marschall on Unsplash I have a confession to make: for more than the first half of my life, I saw yes or no as the only choices in life. I couldn’t see the value of other opinions because I was so busy trying to sort everything into only the two piles I could...