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Honest Leadership

We generally think of honesty as in telling the truth, not telling lies. There is a deeper kind of honesty, the integrity to tell the truth with the way we live our daily lives. Army…

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If not now, when?

(The fourth in a series of blogs appealing, beseeching, imploring YOU to design a written life plan for the coming year!) Life happens. Time passes.…

No one needs a smile more than someone who has none left to give

There is a tendency to fight fire with fire, to return sullenness or rudeness with anger, to do unto others as they have done unto…

What Do You Think Is Impossible?

What do you think is impossible? What do you think is impossible for you to do? To accomplish? To change? To become? To start? To…

Excuse Me! Your Life is Waiting!

(Third in a series of blogs urging, begging, pleasing with YOU to turbocharge your existence with a WRITTEN life plan for the coming year!) I think you…

The Transmission of Emotion: Contagious Happiness?

Can the happiness of people you don’t even know impact your happiness? Can the happiness of your friends’ friends’ friends affect your happiness? Yes. A…

“I don’t want your apology – I want you to be sorry.”

How many times have you heard someone say in a loud or aggrieved voice: “I SAID I was sorry, didn’t I?” Those words may say…

Expectations Can Create Reality: On the Self-Fulfilling Nature of Social Stereotypes

Once, some social scientists, as they are wont to do, ran an experiment. They asked 51 women to chat on the phone with men they…

Intelligent Criticism, Effective Feedback

How to give useful feedback? How to make a helpful observation that does not make a person defensive? I recently received some highly effective feedback,…

Yesterday you said Tomorrow

 (The Second in a Series of Blogs Prodding, Pushing, and Poking You to Get Moving on Your Life Plan for Next Year) The clock is…

Cheerfully Executing Plan B

“For a long time it seemed to me that real life was about to begin, but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something…

Two Words

Two words of power, two words that trap. A young man sought out an aged mentor after a series of disastrous setbacks. After he, with…

Officers Eat Last

“Stewardship Leadership.” “Servant Leadership.” These terms speak of leadership as a trust, a fiduciary responsibility. At its highest meaning, leadership carries a sense of duty,…

Time to START…

Time to START… Time to start what? Time to start thinking about your roles and goals for the coming year. It is mere days until…

Choosing Your Reality

There is a story about a man piloting a small boat in an early morning deep fog on a large lake nestled in the forests…

Some people always find a way, some people always find an excuse!

A friend of mine told me about his trials and tribulations in completing a renovation project. He concluded his tales of contractor woe by saying,…

What do you look forward to?

Self-knowledge* can be an elusive goal. I find I still have “built-in” assumptions about myself that are untested or even untrue about what will make…

We have wings we know not yet of…

“A recession is when your neighbor is out of work, a depression is when you are out of work.” We are living in “interesting” economic…

The Ten Wisest People I Know

This is a short post about a process, not a result. I ran across the phrase, “The Ten Wisest People I Know,” in this morning’s…