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

John Wooden on Learning

John Wooden, America’s greatest basketball coach died June 4, 2010. He was 99.  He presided over the greatest basketball dynasty of all time. Under his leadership the UCLA Bruins won 10 NCAA National… 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

Creating passion with managed emotion

Passionate leaders are intensely focused on clear targets. Emotional leaders express unmanaged feelings that typically hinder progress and hamper relationships. Leaders need passion. On the other hand, unmanaged emotion is counterproductive. John Maxwell… 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

Put the oxygen mask on you first

Flight attendants still tell you to put the oxygen mask on yourself before attempting to help others. If you don’t take care of yourself first, you become part of the problem rather than… Continue reading