How I Chose My Word of the Year and My Three Words

When I first heard about choosing a word of the year, the process reminded me of the work I was doing in strategic planning. Strategic thinking and planning, by design, should bring to the forefront what is most important.  Identifying values, articulating your purpose or mission, and looking forward [...]

2019-01-21T08:11:35-05:00January 3rd, 2019|

Choosing a Life of Grace, Hope, and Excellence

What will you choose? Every life has its challenges. None of us are immune from daily distractions and annoyances.  My friend, Linda, described these events as “lumps in the oatmeal.” We have a choice. Do we let the mundane, the lumps in the oatmeal, overtake us? Or, do we [...]

2018-12-11T09:51:23-05:00December 11th, 2018|

Who Is the Enemy of Achieving Excellence?

On my bookshelf sits a small book with a powerful message. We sabotage excellence. Harry Paul, John Britt, and Ed Jent have given us an intriguing story in Who Kidnapped Excellence? The mystery opens with a kidnapping and a ransom note left in the administrative conference room. “We have taken [...]

2018-12-11T09:19:33-05:00December 8th, 2018|

What If We Built Kindness into Companies?

What if?  What if we built workplaces, one process at a time, that allowed us to do many excellent things? How could instilling respect and kindness make a difference in what we do each day? I often try to imagine that workplace. Fortunately, I have worked in some of those [...]

2018-11-19T08:20:58-05:00November 17th, 2018|

Perspective-How to See Through the Eyes of Others

Perspective changes everything. How can we see through the eyes of others? Why would we want to? When I can stop and consider how someone else sees the problem or lack of a problem, the new view can change my perception. Perspective or perception? Let's keep this simple. Basically, [...]

2018-11-19T08:21:26-05:00November 13th, 2018|

Take Small Consistent Steps To Be Your Best Today

Being and becoming your best is hard work. Hard doesn’t mean impossible. Rather, it requires commitment, a goal, and most important, consistency. I love the way Seth Godin described the difference between persistence and consistency. As he put it, “persistence is annoying.” I see his point. Excellence, improving, getting [...]

2018-11-19T08:22:20-05:00November 5th, 2018|

What Kind of Garden Are You Growing to Be Your Best?

My thanks today to Austin Kleon for his blog post, “The garden where ideas grow. “ In the post, Austin quotes music producer Brian Eno who compared the process of making music with gardening. My own gardening skills remain a work in progress. But since my days as a [...]

2018-11-03T11:46:35-05:00November 2nd, 2018|