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 →

The Roadtrip Leadership Lessons Guide contains step-by-step instructions on sharing the videos with your team and leading valuable discussions that will encourage them to be more mindful of themselves and their interactions with others.Read More →

In my last blog, I introduced the idea of “babies” in an organization. These are the young people. As inspirational influencers, our proper response to the “babies” is to embrace, stretch, and nurture them. The focus of that blog was on embracing young people’s innocence, joy, and curiosity. In this post, I will focus on the concepts of stretch andRead More →

Love Babies I love babies. Ever since I was a kid, I have been drawn to little ones who have so much potential. Even now, when I see a baby, I move in close, look her in the eyes, smile, and talk with a caring tone. “Hi there, it is so good to see you. You are such a beautifulRead More →

As we enter a new year, setting goals is a common practice. I want to challenge your thinking. I propose we should all stop setting goals as a New Year’s resolution. What’s the point of establishing goals? We feel bad when we don’t accomplish them. They give power to managers to show how poorly we’ve done. Most of the time,Read More →