Finding your vocation – three questions to ask

What should I be doing? That is a question that many young people are asking. Interestingly enough, it is also a question often asked by middle-aged, and older, people. What should we be doing with our lives vocationally? This is an important question and there has been much written on the subject. Over the last… Read More

Friday photos and a few ramblings

Here are a few stories/links for you to check out and enjoy. Standing far below a roof of green pine needles, wisps of light wafting through said needles, the air warm and muggy around you, and the smell and crunch of pine straw beneath your feet. This is my idea of forest bathing and it… Read More

Leadership at the intersection of three authors

“In total, workplace environments in the United States may be responsible for 120 thousand excess deaths per year – which would make workplaces the fifth leading cause of death – and account for about $180 billion in additional health-care expenditures. approximately 8 percent of total health care spending.” Jeffrey Pfeffer, Ph. D. | Pfeffer, J.… Read More

Leadership, Virtues, and Classical Literature

So, what do Leadership, the Cardinal Virtues, and Classical Literature have to do with each other? Well, quite a lot actually. One of my favorite books is On Reading Well (2018) by Karen Swallow Prior. In this excellent book, Dr. Prior, discusses the 12 Virtues and how you can learn more about them in great… Read More

Responsibility-centered leadership versus Reward-centered leadership

“Some leaders fail to achieve organizational health because they possess an almost unconscious unwillingness to do the difficult tasks and confront the challenging situations that are required to bring it about. This unwillingness flows from a flawed – and dangerous – motivation for becoming a leader.” Patrick Lencioni in “The Motive“ In his excellent new… Read More

Questions Often Drive Innovation

“But I want to focus on why questioning is a particularly important tool for introverts. Indeed, asking questions is the quiet person’s secret weapon—if we can learn to appreciate and exploit that gift more than we might already.I’ve studied hundreds of successful artists, scientists, and entrepreneurs known for their curiosity and questioning acumen. Most are… Read More

quotes from a young man that is changing the world

Good morning, Sunday, I finished an excellent book by Adam Braun entitled The Promise of a Pencil. Other than a few places where he uses some less than best language, the book is excellent. He has several quotes through the book I want to highlight for you. They are not new – many are rooted… Read More

three ways you might be demotivating your staff

“The point is not to become a leader. The point is to become yourself, to use yourself completely -all your skills, gifts, and energies- in order to make your vision manifest. Enjoy the process of becoming.” – Warren Bennis (from Susan Cain) Motivation is something that we read about a great deal. Most of what I… Read More