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Are You a Lifelong Learner?

Even now, I’m still learning from my mom. She was in town visiting with us over the Christmas holiday. One morning, we were sitting together and she told me a story. It was one of those stories that…

41 Deposits

One blueberry bagel, double toasted, with fruit spread on the side. This morning I was eating a bagel in the same local cafe where my son, Kile, and I talked about life over breakfast for more than th…

Get Going in the Gig Economy

It was the Panera in San Antonio that brought it home to me. I was in San Antonio recently for some meetings. After a breakfast meeting, I had a couple hours to kill before the next one, so I made my …

Are You Exposed Enough?

How many of your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, LinkedIn connections, etc., think differently from you? Are all your friendship circles a “footprint of one”? In other words, are all of your …

“My Pleasure”

Chick-fil-A is revolutionizing the cable repair business. Maybe that’s a tad overstated, but the other day, the cable repairman at my house answered my “thank you” with a “my pleasure.” And …

Let Your Best Employees Go

Anybody who knows me knows I love to fish. I agree with Chuck Clark, who said, “Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord int…

5 Tips for Parents of Graduates

300 feet. 2 seconds. These numbers may not mean much to you, but if you were a pilot sitting on the deck of an aircraft carrier, they would mean a great deal. 300 feet. That’s the entire length of a…

Don’t Miss this Daily Double

When I hear the phrase Give me a double, I don’t think of alcohol. I think of my buddy Mark. No matter which restaurant, no matter the type of food, no matter the time of day, he always ordered a do…

Three Tips to Change Behavior

Albert Einstein supposedly said, “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” I say that kind of thing to my clients all the time. Most of my coaching work incl…

Leaving A Leadership Legacy

“Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.” That’s what the inscription on Sam Walton’s grave reads. Not “Wal-Mart founder” or “Billionaire philanthropist” or “Man who transfor…

New Wineskins for Faith at Work

Two good friends and I started a magazine in the late 1990s. Over the years, I’ve been a part of plenty of things that didn’t go well, but this one was a smashing success. The magazine was called …

5 Ways to Kill Your Impact

As an executive coach, my job is about impacting people who impact companies and communities. In other words, my whole business premise is helping people increase their leadership, strategy, and impac…

A Tale of Two Funerals

AA few months back, two funerals occurred in the same week in our community. Both were men I knew who had lived a long life and had great community reach. I assumed the funerals would be pretty simila…

The Ol’ DMV Experience

Here’s what I learned at a Christmas party during the holidays: everyone has a DMV story. We were making small talk around our kitchen table and the topic turned to what people were hoping to squeez…

A Picture of Integrity

He’s the retired international marketing executive that’s been featured on the Today Show, CNN, USA Today, ABC and Newsweek. Even Peopleand Inside Edition&n…