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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…

A Founder’s Role

I’ve worked with hundreds of founders in my three-plus decades of executive advising. Men and women representing all shapes and sizes of organizations.  Massive nonprofits and hometown businesses, …

Three Guys, Three Chainsaws

Who’s the best worker you know? Not the hardest worker, but the best worker. I’ve got a candidate. A few months back, a storm came through northwest Arkansas, and it did a number on some lake prop…

The Fine Art of Swapping

Does your stomach start churning when you survey the avalanche of work waiting for you? Perhaps you let out a defeated sigh that first time you check your email each morning or power up your phone aft…

Books for the Summer

Do you have your summer books stacked and ready to read? I do. I typically go into the summer with an ambitious pile of books to read that usually carry over into the fall and the end of the year. For…

Turning 30

On March 2, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors sprained his ankle for the third time this season. On March 8, he sprained it again. On March 14, he turned 30. Any connection? When you’re in …

4 Metrics of Childrearing

A recent conversation with a friend about business recruiting actually highlighted a couple of parenting insights. I was meeting with a CEO who was evaluating his internship program. In determining wh…
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