When Good Habits Aren’t Good Enough

I recently went on a hiking adventure with my son, Clay. We first traveled to New Mexico, where we met up with my nephew and his girlfriend and hiked to the top of Wheeler Peak. At 13,115 feet, Wheeler Peak is the highest point in the state. Clay and I then drove to Colorado, where…

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Empty Your Mind

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a lot on my mind. If I’m not careful, then pending deadlines, pressing issues, personal commitments, and my grocery list will take up simultaneous residence in my grey matter. When this happens, their good friends, anxiety and distraction, aren’t far behind.   I recently had the…

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Recognize and Reward Go-to People

This past Sunday, I went to the Nashville Predators hockey game against the St. Louis Blues. As a Preds fan, it was a tough game to watch. The Blues broke the game wide open when they scored seven times in the second period. That’s a lot of goals. In fact, it was the highest number…

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Right Standards for the Right Reasons

I was out for a walk the other day and I came across a scooter on the sidewalk. It was a rental scooter that a user can access via a smartphone app, ride around town, and then leave behind for someone else to rent. The last renter had finished using the scooter and decided to…

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Win in the Turns

In auto racing, there’s an expression that drivers win races in the turns. Unlike straightaways, where most drivers can keep their vehicles reasonably competitive with one another, curves upset the status quo. When a driver hits a turn, that’s when the unexpected can occur, when people make mistakes, and when a racer can gain an…

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Be Present. Be Mindful. Be Selective.

This morning, I jumped in my car on my way to work, opened up a coffeeshop app on my phone to preorder a drink, and learned that I had “earned” a free cup of coffee. My attitude was great at that moment. Fast forward an hour later, and I’m getting ready for a presentation. Every…

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Brady and Gronkowski $1,000,000 Leadership Lesson

In their final game of the regular National Football League (NFL) season, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers created a stir. USA TODAY reported that “Tom Brady refused to leave Buccaneers’ Week 18 game until Rob Gronkowski got his $1 million bonus.” The USA Today story continues, “…Rob Gronkowski went into this game with the possibility of…

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Position Yourself for Success

We all fulfill several positions in our lives. I am a business owner, a professor, a father, a husband, a dog owner, an author, a speaker. You may be an accountant, a sister, and a choir director. Throughout the year, we can take on a new position without fully understanding performance expectations or examining the…

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How to Deliver Bad News

Did you see the video of Better CEO Vishal Garg firing 900 people over Zoom? The video and associated commentary are all over the news and social media. Here’s how CNN described it: “Better CEO Vishal Garg announced the mortgage company is laying off about 9% of its workforce on a Zoom webinar Wednesday, abruptly…

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