Back before the coronavirus shutdown, I took Brenda to dinner at a treasured restaurant in Cincinnati. Let’s call it Fancy Place. It started as a birthday celebration, but… Read More

How do you spot the most powerful person in the room?

typically, the most interesting person in the room isn’t fully aware of the power they possess. They achieved it by being interestED, asking great questions, learning, and searching… Read More


I invited you to finish the last post, and you surprised me.

It’s easy to forget. Even when we’re sharing the same experience with someone, we’re not having the same experience.  I invited you to finish last week’s blog post… Read More


The high achiever’s worst nightmare. Plus, will you help me finish this post?

There’s an invitation to help me finish today’s post below. I can’t wait to hear your ideas. High achievers (like you) often possess some extreme qualities. Some of… Read More

How has life changed you? Your invisible shifts of 2020

Sometimes life shapes us like a chisel cutting stone. Sometimes it changes us more subtly like a smooth running stream. Unless you were living UNDER that stone, you’ve… Read More

Leadership 401: Turning to jerks for wisdom

The squeaky wheel may get the grease, but the skilled driver reaches their destination. Whether you’re trying to upgrade your business results or you’re a new President of… Read More

3 fresh leadership strategies for a zombie apocalypse—and for 2020

The challenges of 2020 are real. A zombie apocalypse, at least so far, is unreal. Who knew that we could glean wisdom from a zombie apocalypse to be… Read More

Are You Quiet or are You Calm?

An expert dog-trainer gave me an insight about stress-sensitive dogs that we also need to apply to ourselves during this extended period of high stress. Resilience-building 101. Read More

First, I lost my cool. Then, I lost my power.

Today, I’m re-sharing one of my most popular posts. With just a couple of edits, it seems highly fitting for these COVID19 times.  If you are feeling any… Read More

How is trust-building in crisis different? One subtle shift.

Summary statement: One key component of trust-building takes on greater meaning during a crisis. Some leaders think they’re already doing it, but they’re confusing it with another, easier… Read More