A Message of Encouragement

June 26, 2023

Have you ever had one of those days that is just excruciating? The kind of work day that takes the wind out of your sails completely? On days like that, I think we could all use a big of encouragement. Here’s what I try to remind myself of on those types of days.

The Dad List 2023

June 19, 2023

Am I an parenting expert? Far from it. I’m just an extremely blessed 41-year-old dad doing my best (along with my wife) to raise three kids. I’ve been a dad for 11 years now. Here’s a sampling of things I’ve figured out. What would you add to this list?

“The Process is Fearless”

June 12, 2023

What can a leader of a plastics company learn from baseball manager Joe Maddon? As it turns out, quite a bit. One of Maddon’s famous catchphrases is “The process is fearless.” Here’s how I use Joe’s catchphrase to remind myself to stay in the moment during a time of year when things can feel like they’re going a bit off the rails.

The Identity Mall

June 5, 2023

How do you soothe yourself when you’re feeling low? If you’re like me, you end up “shopping” in the Identity Mall, where shops like “Success”, “Approval”, and “Pleasure” all offer their wares. But oftentimes, what you get costs far more than you actually pay.

Memorial Day Thoughts from a Veteran Who Made it Back Home

May 26, 2023

As we fire up the grill and enjoy the long holiday weekend, here’s a guest post about the REAL meaning of Memorial Day from my friend Captain Matthew Mason, United States Marine Corps.

The Leader Layer 

May 22, 2023

Effective leaders are those who not only give feedback but also regularly solicit, listen to, and act on the feedback of others. Here’s why I think it’s important to develop your leader layer, and how a solid leader layer differs from a “thick skin”.

Mothers: The Original Leaders

May 15, 2023

Leaders are those worth following, those who do things with and through other people. But who else does that describe? Mothers! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms; those leading their families, those balancing careers and motherhood, and all moms in between.

Leadership Failures Part Four: Failing to Lead from the Front

May 8, 2023

As a leader, it’s tempting to do the work — after all, doing the work is likely what helped you earn your leadership position! But your leadership role means you must step out of the trenches and into the front line. Here are the three things you need to focus on when leading from the front.

Leadership Failures Part Three: Failing to Affirm

May 1, 2023

As a leader, I’ve realized one area where I need to improve is in affirming those I work with. After all, work is human — and humans crave affirmation. Learn why I think effective leaders are those who can unveil the last 5% of themselves.

Leadership Failures Part Two: Failing to Give Direction

April 24, 2023

Leaders: what’s the secret to doing a good job of communicating? Don’t make your followers be mind readers. Learn more about what I think clarity and affirmation are the keys to effective communications.