7 steps to Uncovering your Vision

A very special “Thank You” all of your for asking such awesome questions! You can submit yours here. Your question, answered: How do I craft and communicate a compelling vision?  First, what a great question—the three C’s make it even more fun! It never fails to amaze me how quickly leaders (people, in general) give up on discovering their vision. Read More >

Why Guzzling Gallons of Chlorinated Water is Good For You

About this time last year I first started learning how to swim. While I had a mean doggy paddle, I had no idea how to put one hand in front of the other. Well, I mean, I could, I just wouldn’t make much progress. With the support of the Swim Across America coaches, I managed to complete my goal (which Read More >

Improve Your Chances of Getting Them to Hear/Listen

In a recent survey, I asked for your most pressing questions about giving and receiving critical feedback. The following are a few of the specific questions I seek to answer through this podcast: Which is more important – immediate feedback or feedback that is thought out and approached in a “softer” manner? Is feedback ALWAYS important? How do I give Read More >

Why They Don’t Want To Help You Improve

Generally, I am up for the challenge of giving difficult feedback. Helping someone understand how they may be getting in their own way can be rewarding, particularly because few like to give feedback and most want to learn from it. It’s for this reason that I push through my discomfort and offer my perspective. That said, a few days ago, Read More >

Get People to Take Action NOW: Interview with Mark Goulston

This interview is filled with valuable insight for executives, those striving to be in a leadership position, and those ready to discover proven strategies for winning people over. Beyond a business advisor, speaker, and coach who honed his skills as an FBI/police hostage negotiation trainer, Mark Goulston is down to earth and shares practical strategies for: Using conversation deepeners to Read More >

No More Management, Mayor Rawlings-Blake, #Lead The Way

I’m not much of a political person. I vote, but I don’t follow politics, generally. That all changed for me as I inadvertently sat, stuck in my car, just blocks away from the riots on Monday, April 27th here in Baltimore. Having completely forgotten about the significance of this day for Freddi Gray and his family, I decided to cut Read More >

What Negative Reviews Really Tell Us

I recently traveled to Vieques, a small island off Puerto Rico, and found myself using Trip Advisor, searching for restaurant recommendations. While touring I noticed a restaurant called Roy’s. Open from 9-1, conveniently located and with low prices, it would be perfect for breakfast or lunch. While the Trip Advisor comments touted the beverages at Roy’s, the food got poor Read More >

The Key to Receptivity When Getting Negative Feedback

    In a recent survey, I asked for your top two questions about influence and growth. As with most survey’s I’ve sent, receiving negative feedback was one of the top questions. Here was the specific question: How do I be receptive to getting constructive, but seemingly negative, feedback? Begin with the end in mind. Do you know what your Read More >

What To Do When Your Team Is Letting You Down

When polled, 99.999% of people will tell you that they want to succeed. They are doing everything they know how to do in order to achieve excellence, gain approval, make friends, and get picked for advancement and opportunity. So, what gives? Why do certain members of your team continue to let you down? It’s clear— they are loaded with potential, Read More >