My day started out completely unfocused and demotivated. It felt like walking through six-inches of mud in high top tennis shoes. (Yes, I have done that.) I would like to blame it on daylight savings, but that would be deflecting the truth of the choices I made leading up to this morning. As I struggled to get focused and findRead More →

As a new manager, Jordan was excellent at facilitating team and one-on-one decision-making meetings. Her boss praised her for creating an environment of mutual trust, open sharing, creativity, and energy. However, Jordan was continually disappointed in the output of the team. Work was not getting done when she was expecting it to get done. Instead of letting this frustration getRead More →

Group decision-making and planning does not have to be painful, time-consuming, and unproductive. There is a simple process you can follow to make this experience enjoyable, efficient, and productive. This experience involves three primary steps. Start with What What? Hasn’t Simon Sinek been telling us for the past few years to “Start with the Why”? The why is important. However,Read More →

In school, I ran the 100-yard dash on the track team. It was like most races. There was a clear starting line, a finish line, and a lane for each person. I knew what I had to do to reach the destination; run fast and stay in my lane. Measuring progress was simple. As I have matured and faced moreRead More →

Recently, I was part of an open discussion entitled “Leading Generational Differences.”  This was a topic the group generated during a leadership forum a colleague and I were conducting.   With all the attention being given to this topic by authors, researchers, and speakers, it seemed like a valuable use of our time.Recently, I was part of an open discussion entitledRead More →

Recently, I asked participants in a leadership workshop to think about types of terrible leaders and give them a catchy name. We had a delightful interaction defining, and mildly joking about, the disruptive behaviors that are exhibited by some people in influential roles. The results of our dialogue are shown in the image within this blog. From our class listRead More →

This past Spring I was inspired to get my motorcycle license. I was motived by a desire to increase my skills in this activity and also to spend time with my dad who has been riding and rebuilding motorcycles most of his life. Handling curves was one of the early lessons in my two-day class. Curves are potentially dangerous spotsRead More →

On August 4, 2017, my co-facilitators and I were completing the last day of a leadership academy in Bangalore, India with a group of fourteen thoughtful, energetic, and talented people. As I watched the group collaboratively interact together in pursuit being inspiring leaders, the beauty of the experience compelled me to write the following poem. An innocent joy Filled withRead More →

In this ToddCast, Todd Long, of Leadership Innovations, discusses the difference between Transactional and Collaborative Relationships. Transactional Relationships are characterized by: Quick interactions Surface Communication Lower trust Lower care   Collaborative Relationships are characterized by: Deeper communication More time Higher Trust Higher care   Watch the full ToddCast to learn more about these types of relationships and why they areRead More →

Recently, I had a meeting scheduled at the River Market in Kansas City. I rarely visit this part of the city. A prior meeting finished early, so I had time to spare. I decided to go to the River Market, look around, and grab some lunch. As I stepped out of my car on this sunny 65-degree day, I wasRead More →