How Many Goals Should You Set?

  • May 04, 2016

The title of this post is a great question and the answer is … It depends. Actually, there are, I believe, two answers that may seem in disagreement at first, but...

The Danger in Leading Questions

  • April 11, 2016

I’m a big fan of the power of questions. I’ve written about that on this blog, and my blog on my website many times. But there are times when questions can...

The Biggest Barriers to Team Innovation

  • March 14, 2016

Most leaders profess to want innovative teams. And, while I believe that is what they want, they don’t necessarily act as if that goal is important to them. Not...

Keeping Your Leadership Enthusiasm Alive

  • February 29, 2016

I was recently asked how to keep the enthusiasm for leading alive. This is an important question, because if you are “feeling” enthused, it is likely showing...

The Myth of Work/Life Balance

  • February 16, 2016

Everyone seems to be seeking work/life balance. And no one seems to desire this more than leaders, managers and supervisors. I doubt there is a person who reads these...

The Meaning of the Word

  • January 08, 2015

I love words. They are at the foundation of our ability to communicate, and they are a significant part of my life, both spoken and as a writer. As a leadership...

On Silos and Accountability

  • November 19, 2014

I was at my farm recently, and I was looking at the silo you see a picture of here. Erected in 1979, it was the “Cadillac” of structures of its type. Today,...

Questions are Like Diamonds

  • October 09, 2014

Questions are like diamonds — they are extremely valuable and can be used in many different ways. While we mostly think of diamonds in jewelry, most people think...

What’s Behind the Question?

  • August 21, 2014

I’ve long felt and taught that one of the best ways to learn better questioning skills was to watch great interviewers. In the past, I’ve often suggested...

Goals Aren’t Enough

  • June 26, 2014

If you have read a lot of my posts here or on my other blog, you have seen me write about the fact that too much emphasis can be placed on goal setting. Not because...

Helping People Become More Creative

  • June 12, 2014

One of the commonalities among all highly creative people is that they believe they are creative. The belief itself, along with strategies, techniques, structures and...

5 Thoughts on Persuasion

  • May 29, 2014

I’m taking a different approach this week. When I start teleseminars (like the ones at RemarkableLearning.com), I often begin with quotations from others to...

Persuading the Person Who Won’t Budge

  • May 15, 2014

I thought today I would give a short answer to a question I get asked regularly. It gets asked in a variety of forms, but it all comes down to something like this...

Creating Customer Partnerships

  • March 20, 2014

Last week, I asked you to walk in the shoes of your Customers for a minute — and closed by asking you four questions with easy answers … but without helping...

Taking a Walk in Someone Else’s Shoes

  • March 13, 2014

Let’s say you decided to start a business (I know, some of you have, stay with me). There are lots of things to think about — marketing, sales, production,...

My Lessons in the Coal Mine

  • March 06, 2014

This week, I had the incredible opportunity to tour one of the most productive coal mining operations in the United States. The River View Mine outside of Waverly, Ky.,...