Tag: Change the World

A Little Friendly Research (My Turn)

I asked you a series of questions, and your answers appeared in the last 7 posts. Your answers were vulnerable, honest, funny, serious, and clever. Your answers inspired questions, discussions, and honest conversations about friends, and friendships. Your answers inspired some actions, as friends…

Disqualified

  You were not good at math. You were easily distracted. You got an F. You got more than one F. You lost your temper. You messed up. You lost the account. You didn’t get into college. You didn’t tell the whole story. You…

Sung Heroes

It was a simple label on that bottle. Just two words. Unsung Heroes. A spark of an idea. Why do heroes go unsung? Heroes make a difference. Heroes make an impact. Yet we do not sing. Heroes reach out in our time of need. Heroes care…

Wired for Problems

Understanding our own behavioral styles is essential to our long-term success. Knowing that you have a tendency to follow the rules, or that you can connect with others helps you leverage those strengths in your style (maybe you have a passion for finance or you…

More Flexible, Less Fear

The other day someone asked me to describe my two biggest goals in life. Once I got over the “Hey, I thought this was going to be a casual conversation!” I spent some time thinking about my response. The reply didn’t come right away,…

Rusty Connections

(Image Courtesy of http://www.angiesroost.com) A friend recently reached out to make sure we were okay. Nothing specific happened, just a little time passed since we last connected. “Are we okay?” “Yes. Why, do you think something is wrong?” “No, just sometimes when time passes…

Is it Dan?

  (Image Courtesy of http://www.comedybunker.co.uk) I got together with some friends I met during a regional leadership program to serve a local non-profit a few months ago. The day was spent mostly covering ourselves (and some of the walls) with paint, and catching up with…

I Will Be There Someday

(Image Courtesy of Angryjogger.com) Coaching someone is an interesting adventure. You are trying to help someone develop themselves, establish and accomplish their goals, and encourage them when the journey becomes difficult. A typical coaching session includes checking in and checking up on any progress…

I Stink at Positivity

When you listen to people, you can hear the funniest things. We were connecting with a friend the other night and were talking about being positive. “I stink at positivity!” They blurted out. We all laughed. For the remainder of our time together I kept…

Inspired Vision or Dictated Standard?

(Image courtesy of my daughter who loves to snap photos while we drive.) While working with a group of senior leaders they described some compliance issues especially with those further down within the organization. Procedures were not being followed, routine issues were on the…

The “Everything is Okay” Phone Call

Most of the phone calls that come my way are from people who need something. This seems like an obvious occupational hazard for a consultant who is trying to help others. However, I began to think that this pattern is deeper than just my…

Internal Customers

A few weeks ago, I was teaching a customer service class. One of the exercises split the group into small teams and they were asked to identify all of their customers. The lists grew, and the flip charts filled. As I walked from group…

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