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64,000 tickets per minute. That is the rate at which Mega Millions tickets were being sold leading up to the historic $1.6 billion in October 2018.   Why? Why did so many of us rush out to purchase a…

What Kind of Boxer are You?

The best boxing movie ever made is…(drumroll please)… Cinderella Man. You might have thought I was going to say Rocky (or perhaps Rocky II, III, IV, V, or VI), but as much as I love a good Rocky B…

The Art of Disagreeing

It can happen at dinner with family, or chatting with friends at the gym, or maybe just making small talk with a co-worker. Someone registers an opinion or point of view. The chit chat turns up a notc…

Steering High Performers

I get a decent number of emails every week tied to a friend or client asking my point of view on something. Sometimes I have a quick answer. Other times, I ponder it for a bit, research a little, and …

The Art of Contextualization

I needed a simple cotter pin. You know, the pin that holds your bike rack or boat trailer securely to the hitch of your car. My wife and I were all set to head out on our local bike trail, but as I lo…

Both/And Decision Making

Often, the most difficult decisions are not between black and white but between two shades of gray. A CEO friend who owns a family business is pondering firing his unethical sister. Another buddy is w…

Crisis Management 101

Is it just me or does the idea of “crisis” dominate contemporary media? Seemingly every time you turn on the TV, pick up the newspaper, or check your phone updates, you’re greeted by an announce…

Turning 60

Are you turning 60 soon? You might feel a bit like this person—the economist Milton Friedman said, “Now that I’m 60, every day I wake up, look in the mirror and say, ‘I don’t know who you ar…

Walk Toward the Barking Dog

My next-door neighbor has been building a pool. Now, I like my neighbor and this is certainly not a National Lampoon’s sort of neighbor situation. But the building of the pool is an absolute mess. I…

Three Benefits to Delegation

Delegation can be tough. It’s gut-wrenching to give up decisions or projects you care strongly about, and then it’s doubly gut-wrenching when it goes wrong. See what happens when one city manager …

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…

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 …

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…

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…

The Down Side to Ambition

Ambition. It’s a concept loaded with meaning and starving for clarity. It’s been abused, neglected, misunderstood, and misappropriated. While baby boomers embraced ambition without hesitation, mak…

Can Anyone Become a Manager?

The coaching carousel happens every winter after the records are in and the alumni are clattering for something new.  I remember last year when Lincoln Riley was named head coach at Oklahoma and repl…
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