My seventeen-year-old daughter and I were talking last night about social distancing and quarantining our family for the next couple of weeks to support the community efforts to reduce the spread of the Covid-19.  She said, “We need something to look forward to.  With all our routine activities being canceled, what can we schedule as a family to do together?” Read More →

In last month’s blog, I started a five-part series on creating a positive performance culture.  In the first blog, I focused on “We know where we are going!”  To know where we are going, we must have a clear purpose, vision, and goals.  I will now turn our attention to the second guiding principle:  We own our commitments!  To ownRead More →

Veronika Scott was compelled to solve a problem in her Detroit community.  There is a homeless population that lives on the streets and in abandoned buildings.  When winter comes, they need warmth.  Veronika, a clothing designer, had an idea.  She created a coat for homeless people that is extremely warm, waterproof, converts into a sleeping bag, and transforms into anRead More →

This post is written by Dana Schwartz, Career/Leadership Coach and Strategist with Leadership Innovations. Songs can be quite relatable to our lives. Take, for example, the infamous song by David Bowie “Changes”. I can hear the chorus now- “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes. Turn and face the strange, Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes…”. In addition to its catchy melodic line, the lyrics remind us that change is inevitable,Read More →

This post is written by Jim Davis, a trusted colleague whom I have worked with for nearly ten years.  He draws from a wealth of unique experience and is passionate about inspiring people to be confident and authentic leaders. ~ Todd I officially “retired” eleven months ago. “Retired” is in quotes because when you work for yourself, primarily as aRead More →

Coerce – To cause to do through pressure, force, or necessity. In my last blog, I introduced the idea that there is a higher chance of someone feeling coerced if he is given a directive or mandate. I focused that blog on how to receive a directive well. If you have not read last month’s blog, The Art of CoercionRead More →

Coerce – To cause to do through pressure, force, or necessity. There is an exercise I facilitate in our leadership workshops where participants think about and respond to two words: coercion and inspiration. Predictably, under the heading of coercion, there are always statements such as “you must do this, in this way, by this time, and with these restrictions.” TheseRead More →

Frequently, I meet with new or existing clients to help them think through an organizational or team challenge having to do with people. I come to this conversation with my passion and expertise of leadership development. My goal is to help find an answer to the challenge. However, the difficulty is that I want to solve the problem through myRead More →

My family sat on our backyard patio last night just hanging out. The sun was setting. The temperature was a perfect 70-degrees and dropping slightly with a mild breeze. The younger kids jumped on the trampoline while my wife and older kids just talked about life. Eventually, I built a small fire to gaze upon and warm us. Darkness settledRead More →

The ball came flying at me with lightning velocity and a wicked spin. My counter move was critical. The instantaneous mental processing of forehand or backhand, low angle or high angle, top, side, or backspin all colliding in my mind at once. To my demise, the ball ricocheted off my paddle and into the wall giving my opponent the prizeRead More →