Someone recently said to me, “Taste like chicken isn’t a compliment.” What they were saying is that unless it is remarkable, it won’t stand out. A leader leads toward what is exceptional. Leading in the direction of remarkable is what makes them a leader. Leaders create movements that move people beyond complacency. Leaders help us … Continue reading Taste Like Chicken Isn’t a Compliment
John Maxwell tells a story about a grandfather sleeping on a couch when his young grandchildren decide to play a trick on him. They go to the refrigerator and pull out some extra smelly cheese. They take the cheese and quietly rub a little on their grandpa’s mustache. After a few moments, the man’s nose … Continue reading Something In Here Stinks
If we are not self-aware, we can approach someone with a differing opinion with an arrogance that assumes we know more than they know. We convince ourselves that we have insight that someone who thinks different from us does not have, which forces us to talk when we should instead be listening. Too much arguing … Continue reading Opening Up the Mental Suitcases
If we are honest, some individuals drain the life out of us. The nosey neighbor did not wake up and decide to be nosey. The annoying aunt did not set out to be annoying. The obnoxious co-worker did not choose to be obnoxious. They are necessarily not trying to make our lives miserable. They just … Continue reading What Is It Like To Be On the Other Side of Me?
We should all be kind. We should all be truthful. But here is the thing, kindness without honesty is not kindness. It is not wrong to be honest with people but it is wrong to lie in the name of “being kind.” We can be honestly kind to people when speaking the truth. Matter of … Continue reading Speak Truth in Love
I cannot think of a single advantage I have ever gained from being in a hurry. But I can name a few opportunities and memorable moments that I missed out on because I chose life in the fast lane. What drives many of us to live life rushing from one thing to the next is … Continue reading Moving Out of the Fast Lane
How do you react to conflict? How do you respond when a crisis occurs in your organization? In your family? If you are anything like me, you want to hide behind your desk, close your office door, take the telephone off the hook and ignore emails. When dealing with a crisis, a good working rule … Continue reading Be Visible and Approachable
If we are honest, there are some people we would like to put in their place. Or, as we want to say, “They have gotten out of their lane.” Before we say something we regret or do something we must live with, it is essential to understand the relationship from the other person’s perspective. Why … Continue reading Grace and Humility