Motivating Your Team

Three Principles for Motivating Your Team A great exercise for leaders is to step back and evaluate how you are motivating your team. Are they: – Distracted? – Busy? – Discouraged? – Tired? It’s so easy for us to slip into a demotivated mode. Maybe the first thing that we need to do in motivating…


Leadership Improv

Leadership Improv Remember the TV show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” It’s an improv show packed with wild and funny sketches, recorded in front of a live audience. The comedian actors and actresses are hilarious. The show came to the US from the UK if I recall. Both series are side-splitters. Leading any organization can…


Unbroken Leadership

For quite a while now, my wife has been recommending I read Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. She’s a librarian and a voracious reader. I seem to have managed to read everything I ever wanted to by the time I escaped graduate school (a long time…


My New Lifestyle

Metabolism is not my friend. When I was young I could eat or drink anything I wanted. As a matter of fact I tried to gain weight for most of my young adult life. My twenty-year-old son can eat anything and everything, and he often does, without any consequences at all. Recently my wife and…


Too Much Talk

I talk too much. There, I said it. Most people that know me would probably say that it is about time I admitted it. But realistically most of us have this problem. Even the most introverted among us tend to use way too many words to describe our thoughts and feelings. One thing I have…


My Values Wake-Up Call

My Values Wake-Up Call Have you ever looked back and realized that pretty much everything has changed? I have kept a journal for the better of my adult life. The many journals that I have written in over the years are filled with wandering thoughts, prayers, and even the processing of my life. I still…


Leadership Must Haves

When I was growing up, one of our annual family gatherings was during the early Spring. We would all arrive at our family farm dressed in long sleeves and sturdy shoes. Each person had some sort of bag hanging from their pocket or fastened to their belt. We would spread out at the entrance of…