Category: Random Thoughts

Why I Don’t Like Working With Me (and how it explains why others don’t either)

Understanding the patterns of self-imposed standards and the impact on others.

Comparison, tribes, and the right standard

We are born into small tribes. Each tribe has its own rules, and its own standards. These standards shape the tribe, and set expectations of the members. These standards aren’t usually written down, but they shape who we are and who we become. Tribes…

The Distorted Lens

It was almost the same day. Three separate conversations. Three inspiring people. One common theme: the distorted lens. The distorted lens is similar to the Hubble’s Mirror Problem that resulted in distorted and out of focus images, but in this case the distorted and out of…

The Ownership Dilema

Ownership is something many of us want, but it may cause a Dilemma we do not expect.

Why do we do these things we do?

We start businesses when we already have a job and a full plate. We go back to school while juggling work, life, and home. We write stories, and more stories, and sometimes books. We get other certifications and trainings. We side hustle on our…

First Place

There is something special about being in First Place. You worked hard, put in the time and effort, made sacrifices, and you took the lead. This First Place status may be with your customers, your employees, your team, your family, or your relationships. They…

A Hope-Filled Plan

We make plans all the time. One of best parts of coaching is helping leaders, organizations, and people make and carry out plans. Over the years, I have noticed two distinct types of plans. Plan type one is the safe bet. Rooted in “reality”…

The Outsider Perspective

Sometimes we gravitate towards people who are similar to us, or have had similar experience. They have “walked in our shoes” and we assume they understand us, our issues, and our struggles. This gravitational pull becomes stronger during training or workshops when you ask…

I Do It: The lesson from a 3-year old

Meeting new people is great. Meeting this particular group was great because they are new (so you can ask a ton of fun questions and hear new stories) and they are going to be connected with us moving forward. As I reflect it was…

A Changed Mind

It started out like any other goal setting session. One person was a little late. When they arrived, there was instant credibility as they entered the room. They took their seat at the head of the table. Head of the Table. Introductions. Head of…

Historian or Futurist?

  We seem to like history, especially our own history. Our history was created through a series of events. We get comfortable telling that story. We have told that story many times. We keep telling that story. We like telling that story. The pain,…

The Spillover of Failure

It was a privilege last week to work with a group of people trying to launch big, scary & creative ideas into the world. They have ideas. They want to make a difference. They brought their big, scary & creative ideas. We discussed what…

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