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December 29, 2018

My wife and I trekked in Nepal recently. 

It changed the way I see things about myself, about others and about leadership.

May I share 3 lessons about trekking and its relationship to Leadership?

Leadership over the past year has taken on a new depth of understanding for...

November 30, 2018

The “chicken switch” is the ejection cord inside the cockpit of an F16 fighter jet. 

The F16 is a $50 million-dollar piece of machinery that blares through the sky at speeds faster than the speed of sound.  Pilots are often faced in the moment with highly charged, high...

October 5, 2018

Victor Hugo produced many memorable works.  He is thought to also coined the phrase, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.”

I’d like to share an idea with you…...

The idea: We can fundamentally get better results in life if we follow through on our...

September 19, 2018

Between 1984 and 1986, my brother and I (I was 13 and my brother 12) co-owned a massive piece of junk go-kart. 

We practically worshiped this endlessly broken-down pile of metal, bolts and rubber.  We did not care that it was a piece! 

This contraption was our wheel...

August 31, 2018

Question: Have you ever justified an unwise action at work or in your personal life based on credit from an earlier wise action?

What if I boldly state that we do it all the time?

This kind of behavior is called moral-licensing.

Statement: Moral-licensing contributes to P...

July 28, 2018

Liver and onions again! …. Ugh! 

In 1981, I lived in Gervais Oregon, nestled in the Willamette valley, the land of ‘milk and honey’ in terms of agriculture, Gervais was and still is a wonderland.

The Willamette Valley grows and touts a huge range of delicious food stuff....

July 1, 2018

“Until one is committed…. there is hesitancy,” written by, William Hutchison Murray, a prominent climber whose first book was scratched on toilet paper scraps while being held for three years in one of Hitler’s concentration camps during World War II.

As I reflect on th...

May 25, 2018

Had I been born earlier in world history, my time on earth would have abruptly ended at 18 …… and then again at 25 .....and yet again at 27.

In truth, like most of us, we risk and maybe cheat death each day as we do normal things like drive to work, run on the road, wal...

April 28, 2018

The Dilemma: You’re not getting done what you committed to.

The Fallacy: Choosing not to believe that follow through is strongly linked to desire.

Hypothesis: If you are not following through on commitments you’ve made to reach a goal (whatever that goal is) …. then your...

March 22, 2018

Reason One:

You move closer to what it is you want.

Reason Two:

It builds mojo.

Let me explain with a story.

Victor Hugo was a French poet, novelist and artist. Victor was the author of many books, including masterpieces like, “Les Misérables.”

In the summer of 1830, after...

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