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Posture for Success

Posture for Success

In today's world, there is a lot going on to which you can have all sorts of responses. Ideally, we will live our lives from a place of confidence, trust, and commitment to create our own path and destiny. However, sometimes each of us can "forget" what we are truly capable of accomplishing and give our power up to circumstances around us which can be totally outside our control. In my work, I often hear people describe their responses or strategies in physical terms.

Generosity and Gene Simmons

Generosity and Gene Simmons

Last weekend found my wife Justina and me at Comic Con in San Diego. What an experience that was! It started out with our good friend Matthew inviting us to go to the conference to see his sons' business Radical Publishing and their booth at the convention. Now, I have not been much of a comic book fan, but I am a fan of family and seeing people succeed. I am also a great fan of creativity, and was this ever a place to see that! Top it off with a party on Saturday night, and we were good to go. Now, what does Gene Simmons (yes, the one from Kiss) have to do with this?

Lessons from Sarah Palin

Lessons from Sarah Palin

Most of us have now seen the news covering Sarah Palin and her decision to step down as Governor of Alaska. While we can question her motive, agree or disagree, what I would like to talk about today is simply the leadership action involved. First of all, as anyone who has listened to me for very long will know, I am a huge advocate of stepping into a desired state of change.

What's Your Story?

What's Your Story?
The are many references to storytelling in leadership journals, and to the importance of using stories to capture the attention of groups of people. Stories are the oldest form of teaching that we know of in human history. This oral/aural tradition of communication has fueled us and given us a collective sense of meaning. Stories teach us in every arena of life. When I look back over the years of my education, the storytellers stand out. They made everything real.

Years ago I worked as a process operator in an oil refinery.

When is a Bad Story Good?

Good Story Bad

Last week I talked about stories, and the power they have to engage people. It was one of my most popular offerings to date. One thing got more attention - both in comments and questions - and that was the part about how engaged people can become in the awful story and what we can do about it. Many of you know that I am a pilot. Part of that journey through aviation involved becoming a flight instructor. One thing I learned about people who love to fly is that the next best thing to flying is talking about flying.

Farther, faster, higher

Farther, Faster, Higher
Here's a bit of trivia. The Wright brothers' historic first powered flight traveled a total distance that is less than the wing span of a 747. That was in 1903. In 1911, the Wrights' Vin Fiz was the first airplane to cross the United States. The flight took 84 days, stopping 70 times. Now, the last time I was in a 747, I was traveling to Hong Kong. Those are dramatic increases in the space of 100 years.

Prioritize Your Time or Your Energy?

Prioritize Your Time or Your Energy?

 Recently I was asked if it is more important to prioritize your time or your energy. The more I think about it, the more I see an interesting dilemma in a schedule driven world. I have been through many physically intensive times and roles. I have been with people who lived their lives through their physicality. These Many have taught me ways that they managed their energy in order to apply it where it really counted.

What's Your Headline?

What's Your Headline?
Last weekend I opened my news page and noticed two different headlines for the same event listed side-by-side.

Here’s what they said.

Headline 1: Philippines ferry passengers rescued

Headline 2: Philippine Ferry Sinks; Five Dead, 63 Still Missing

Living Through Transformation

Living Through Transformation

To those of you who are living through transformations, and especially those who are leading them, here are some thoughts directly to you. Real transformation means that we change the rules of how we engage, how we make decisions, and how we do business. Transformation means seeing the world through a different set of lenses and using a different set of responses than we have used before. It is a culture change.

What Would You Do?

What Would You Do?
Recently one of my past clients told me that his business has encountered a sudden increase in demand. So much so that it exceeded the organizations capacity to deliver. Additionally, the demand is from a different (basically new) market sector than before the downturn, it seems to be sustainable, and it is inexplicable based on what they know about the current market. Additionally, his existing long-standing customer base is still operating on reduced demand, but based on what they think, is expected to return at some point and also deliver some pent-up demand.

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