If you happen to be lost and alone in the jungle with only a box of crayons and 3 paperclips, your to-do list is pretty short. A. Survival To-Do List: Find food. Find water. Find shelter. Avoid danger. Get un-lost. All your energy and creativity should be spent on these five things. If you are … Continue reading 6 Keys to Escaping Survival Mode
“Lincoln’s story confounds those who see depression as a collection of symptoms to be eliminated. But it resonates with those who see suffering as a potential catalyst of emotional growth. “What man actually needs,” the psychiatrist Victor Frankl argued,”is not a tension-less state but rather the striving and struggling of a worthwhile goal.” Many believe … Continue reading 8 Ways Your Pain Can Propel Your Leadership
“Life is a long lesson in humility.” ― J.M. Barrie Every day more news of some powerful man or woman humiliated by the revelation of a story they believed they could hide or a problem they did not want to admit. It didn’t have to end that way. At some point in their lives, perhaps … Continue reading Humility is Inevitable. Humiliation is Optional.
Morning selfie. Across from the couch where I pause each morning to drink my coffee sits an empty picture frame. It once contained a picture of me from years past. I removed it in frustration a while back because I felt stuck in an identity that I wanted to leave behind. The empty picture frame … Continue reading Picture This – Photos as a Metaphor for Life and Work
We’re always looking for a better mousetrap. I share our natural inclination to seek plug-and-play solutions to the challenges and choices we face as leaders. Books, blogs, coaches, and seminars abound with step-by-step recipes for our most complicated problems. The sheer volume of these solutions is pretty compelling evidence that we like to streamline our … Continue reading Challenging Our Leadership Habits