Heading Towards the Pile of Goo

Posted Thursday, May 12, 2016



I used to be smart. Really smart. My life depended on it. My inner life anyway. I competed with my classmates in physics and calculus to get the highest score each exam. As a young leader in business, I needed to have the best idea, the best team, the most innovative take on the idea. And I often thought I did.

I had learned as an adolescent that if I knew the right answer, I would garner praise from all the important people in my life. I was told that if I worked hard and got good grades, I would get a good job. I was told I would get promoted if I got the advanced degree or if I knew how to do all the right things better than anyone else.

This all worked out just as they had said. I was the A student. I got the good job. I got promoted. I led big teams of people. It worked.

Until it didn’t.

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The Case For Love At Work

Posted Thursday, March 17, 2016




I was nervous to ask him a question. Ken Blanchard. He is the founder and owner of an organization with such a big impact on the world. His books have sold millions of copies and his companies' training courses have been delivered to millions of clients.

It was the winter of 2003 in San Diego. I had just spent 3 days learning how to lead teams using their Situational Leadership II model and as a special treat on the final day, Ken Blanchard was stopping by to say hello to our class.

I finally rustled up the courage and asked him how this model related to his book on servant leadership. He said it was love. Being a situational leader or being a servant leader is exactly the same thing. They are both based upon love.

When as leaders, we make the needs of our people real and truly give them what they need to succeed, we are loving them. When we put aside our own style for the style that best fits the situation, we are loving them--we are loving ourselves, we are loving our organization.

Harvard Business Review recently came out with a study that tells us more about love. When associates feel loved at work, they are more productive, more engaged, and of course they get more results.

I'm not surprised. I'm sure you aren't surprised either. Love. It's one of those words that's taboo at the workplace. I imagine partly because in English--love can mean so many different things.

In order to clarify--my definition of love is simple--love is doing what is best for the object of your love--including yourself. HBR defines love as warmth, affection, and connection.

What would our workplaces look like if we all loved our associates, loved our co-workers, loved our bosses? They would be radically different that is for certain. It starts with me though. It starts with you.

My mission in this world is to create more love in this world. My mission is to teach people how to give and receive real love--including myself. That's why, bring it full circle, this week I'm getting certified to teach the course that Ken Blanchard was talking about years ago. I've chosen this program because of his words 13 years ago. It's all about love.

How about you--what are you doing to bring more love to your workplace, to your life.

Here are five options:
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You Are Richer Than You Think

Posted Saturday, March 12, 2016




I met this man the other day. The man in the photo above. He lives in San Juan La Laguna in Guatemala. He is a farmer who has some of his own land and also works for others who don’t have time or the skill to plant their own land. 

All of the farming is done by hand—with a simple hoe and no other technology besides the cool pouch he has created to carry the corn seeds that he is planting. I can just imagine him frustrated by carrying the bucket of seeds, setting down the hoe, and then picking it up again between every single planting. What a leap in productivity it must have been when he created the pouch out of an old plasticy burlap bag.

He is reminding me of how ridiculously full my world is. Full of material resources. Full of education. Full of connections. Full of friendships. Full of fullness.

I sat down with a client the other day to dream about what was possible. We made an expansive list of all the hopes he had for creating a life of deeper meaning and sustaining his family. We then dreamed the impossible. What if we stopped letting our dreams be stunted by reality—what if we just simply stated them out loud? Then his dreams got interesting.   Read More »




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