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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…

Watch Out For Snowballs

He could have told the truth the first time a reporter asked the question. He had multiple chances. He could have come clean during his famous Larry King interview. He could have owned up when a forme…