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 →

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 →

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 →

The Fail John Quincy Adams was the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829, for only one term. After losing the second term election to Andrew Jackson, Adams wrote in his diary, “The sun of my political life set in the deepest gloom.” Although Adams was an outstanding secretary of state under James Monroe from 1817 toRead More →

It is not always easy to be the new person in the room, but we know you always want to make the best impression when attending a meeting with a new group of people for the first time. Do you know how to have a positive impact when you are the new person invited to a meeting? We do, andRead More →

Are you tired, confused, or overwhelmed? Both professionally and personally, these feelings are commonly experienced and expressed verbally and nonverbally. We all repeatedly experience these states of being. In fact, we cannot completely eliminate these feelings. Our bodies are designed to get tired. Our minds get scrambled with confusion when things do not make sense. Our emotional state ignites withRead More →

The words people say and actions people do on a consistent basis define the culture of a group. I was sitting in the lobby of a company for the first time. During my five minutes of waiting, three people looked me in the eyes, smiled, and greeted me. One person walked up, introduced himself, and welcomed me. Based on theseRead More →