When taking command of my first Army unit, my battalion commander told me: "Captain, your responsibilities are simple, you are responsible for everything that does or does not happen in your unit." No excuses, no deflecting blame to someone in my unit, no dodging responsibilities. As the leader of the unit - I was responsible … Continue reading

know what you believe

Too often, I encounter people who seem to shift their opinions and standards based upon the prevailing winds of the media or others - they seem to be anchorless, unsure of what they really believe. A few questions that I was asked years ago that I have found to be life-changing are so simple, yet … Continue reading know what you believe

is your culture transforming or deforming people?

Organizational culture is currently a hot topic and it should be in my opinion. Much is being written about the challenges of developing a healthy organizational culture, but I am not sure that I am seeing much change. Organizational culture is important, of course, because it has been shown to have a direct impact upon … Continue reading is your culture transforming or deforming people?

what is the one thing?

Well - it's a new year. What are you going to do with this precious gift? One of my favorite books seems to intersect with a tradition we began in our family about five years ago. The book is The One Thing by Gary Keller. Gary asks what is called the focusing question - "What's the ONE … Continue reading what is the one thing?

learn to say yes

One of the popular mantra's now is learning to say no to what we consider to be unimportant things that will hinder our "success". I agree to a point, but a friend reminded me that we need to learn to say yes to being selfless, to loving, serving, caring for, and helping others. Maybe there … Continue reading learn to say yes

are you stopping to breathe?

Are you stopping to breathe? We all need time to stop, rest, and reflect on things of importance. This is a great season to do so for many reasons. Take some time to reflect on the major areas of your life with gratitude over the next few weeks. Spiritual Relational, especially your family Service to … Continue reading are you stopping to breathe?

good books on leadership

If you are like me, I thoroughly enjoy learning from others about leadership and I have found one of the best ways to learn from them is to read their books. On the FYI.to site, I have listed many of my favorites. Check out my Leadership Books. I would also appreciate your suggestions as to … Continue reading good books on leadership

do you have the right focus?

Do you have the right focus? This is a question I struggle with, as so often, when my focus is off, it can lead me down paths that are not helpful. Basically it comes down to is our focus on what we have or what we don't have? A focus on ourselves and what we … Continue reading do you have the right focus?

Five Levels of Communication to Improve Understanding

Communicating effectively with family and friends is incredibly difficult as we all know. When it comes to a leader trying to communicate with their team, it seems to become exponentially more difficult! At one point in my career, I was the chief of staff for a very intelligent CEO. He is one of those people … Continue reading Five Levels of Communication to Improve Understanding