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4 Things That Make for a Successful and Meaningful Life

I turned 60 this past year and I am just now feeling that I am acquiring some wisdom— not a ton, mind you, but I know some things now. I think as we get older, we question our lives, what we’ve done, and what we’ve failed to do. Speaking for myself, I have questioned, “What […]

The Doctor is In: Treating Team Dysfunction

Over the 12 years that I have been speaking and engaging with audiences, on several occasions, I have been asked to come in and work with a team struggling with dysfunction, low morale, or some other ailment. And although this request is a departure from my typically delivered product, I always say yes. I enjoy […]

It’s Not That I don’t Like You

I learned the hard way about the importance of professional distance. At 23, I was a young, enlisted US Navy Petty Officer onboard a 60’ wooded minesweeper stationed in Charleston, SC. I had a young engineering oiler (technician) that reported to me. I, unfortunately, allowed that relationship to get too close, too chummy, too familiar, […]

You’re Being Watched

When I speak to audiences on the topic of leadership, I early in the presentation remind them that they are being watched. I’ll ask, “They’re watching you for what?” Invariably, someone will yell out, “Everything!” and that person is right—everything. As leaders, your conduct and behavior are constantly under scrutiny, and people determine what they […]