What could yard work possibly teach me about leadership?

How is it possible that I learned one of life's greatest leadership lessons from doing yard work as a kid?  Like most kids, I hated doing yard work.  I grew up in a beautiful house with an incredible landscape with a huge yard that my father insisted we could maintain ourselves.  My father's attention to detail was unprecedented.  My brothers and I used to joke that he would make us cut the grass with scissors … Continue reading What could yard work possibly teach me about leadership?

It’s time to embrace the “good idea fairy”…

Why is it that so many leaders in today's world view unsolicited input from those they lead as a threat to their leadership authority?  I've experienced this in both my civilian and military careers.  For some strange reason, leaders are unwelcoming to advice from their subordinates and I just can't understand why.  Is it because it makes the leader feel inadequate in some way?  Is it because leaders expect themselves to be the sole source … Continue reading It’s time to embrace the “good idea fairy”…

Hell yes I’m nervous to be a dad! Here’s why…

As many of you already know, my wife Kelsey Rose and I are expecting our first child (a daughter) in the next week!  As ecstatic as we are to welcome Isabella Rose into this world, the nerves are finally starting to set in.  The room is painted, I've hung the shelves in the nursery closet and the furniture is all put together which makes this feel so much more real.  A few weeks ago, a … Continue reading Hell yes I’m nervous to be a dad! Here’s why…

Here’s what happens when we apply one of life’s simplest lessons to our leadership approach but…in reverse order.

As I'm sure is the same for many of you, my parents constantly stressed the importance of one of life's most valuable lessons; saying please and thank you.  I was taught to say please before I asked for something and thank you after I received it.  Sounds familiar, right? But if I'm being honest, this was one of my least favorite lessons as a kid.  Despite being so simple, somehow it was also so difficult … Continue reading Here’s what happens when we apply one of life’s simplest lessons to our leadership approach but…in reverse order.

Stop running from conflict. In fact, it’s time to embrace it.

If your childhood was anything like mine then you've likely heard the phrases "take the high road" and "be the bigger person" more than once.  Like many of you, I heard those phrases after an "argument" with my brothers or   friends or after someone mistreated me.  But I must admit, I struggled to understand how it was my responsibility to "be the bigger person" if I was the one being wronged.  I understood that … Continue reading Stop running from conflict. In fact, it’s time to embrace it.

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