Category Archive: Taking others higher

Creating connections

Life-opportunities are directly proportional to the number and quality of personal connections you create. Some suggest it’s not the quantity of connections but the quality. I suggest both quantity and quality are relevant.… Continue reading

Frailty and what matters

Today (June 10, 2010), my wife and I are attending the funeral of Tracy Garis, a 20 year old college student who died tragically in a car accident. She was a Resident Assistant… Continue reading

Explosive personal growth

Growth can be gradual. We often grow like plants, imperceptibly. Gradual growth is stable growth that tracks along the same path. Gradual growth is more of the same only better. For example, learning… Continue reading

Growing Powder

Wide-eyed, our two oldest grandchildren hung on every word as I explained the mysterious power of “growing powder.” I explained that I just found the last little bit of the powerful powder my… Continue reading

De-motivation

Young leaders frequently ask me to explain motivation techniques because they work with unmotivated employees or volunteers. We discuss carrots (rewards) and sticks (punishments) as motivational tools. In addition, we discuss the power… Continue reading

In praise of systems

A system can be as simple as your Monday morning check list or the Tuesday afternoon team meeting. Managers build systems. On the other hand, leaders break systems. Personally, I don’t like systems.… Continue reading