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

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


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