A Pitfall Of Drumming Up Opportunity

Clarifying your target market (or desired opportunity) can be immensely helpful in growing your business. The process can aid greatly in focusing your time and energy on building mutually beneficial relationships with the right people. The problem comes in when the main focus is your benefit, not theirs. In this way, targeting specific people in hopes of landing opportunity is Read More >

You Want Employees Who Act Like Owners

Ever hear negative comments about your business, team, product or service and think, “They (your employees or colleagues) know better than that. We have a protocol for a reason. If it were their business—their reputation on the line, they’d put forth more effort and make better decisions.” How do you find employees who act like owners? On a twenty-minute boat Read More >

Doing Work That Matters To You

“I want a job that feels like I’m doing work that matters!” Doing work that matters to you seems like it should come naturally.  But it can take some work to find the right work for you. While you may not need to look for a new career to find meaning or purpose, finding a job that will make you Read More >

The Secret To Getting The Kind of Results You Crave

Ever find yourself thinking, “If they would just do _____, then we can make progress and I can feel good about the direction we’re headed.” Concerned that you’ll keep getting the same results with a particular person (or people), you keep trying to get them to show up earlier, stay later, put more effort into each project, communicate better, and Read More >

What To Do When Fear Keeps Stopping You From Doing Work That Matters

How do you pursue the work you’ve been put on this planet to do when the work you care about causes, at times, surges of adrenaline that make rest nearly impossible? Why go through the painstaking process of putting yourself out there when it might not work? With these types of “what if’s” going through your mind… “What if… …it Read More >

4 Critical Questions You Need To Ask Before Giving Critical Feedback

Ever find yourself desperately wanting to give another person feedback, but also struggling with the possibility of their defensiveness? You want to help them get better results, but you don’t want to waste your time or energy with someone who may be reactive. This is exactly where I found myself when I first met David Addi of Big Daddy Addi Read More >

How to Stop Wasting Your Valuable Energy

Where in your life do you spend your time and energy focused on trying to get other people to change, rather than challenging and changing yourself? In December of 2017, we headed up to the Catskills in New York. It’s not exactly the right direction to travel from Maryland during that time of year, but I figured some time with Read More >

The Key To Staying Focused When Your Motivation Is Low

Ever find yourself wanting to stay motivated, but struggling with the sheer amount of work that needs to be done as you reach for your third cup of triple espresso? Your heart and body are ready to run fifteen marathons, but your brain is… still tired. What gives, and how do you keep your energy and momentum vibrant with a Read More >

Questions That Get To The Heart Of Confidence

As I mentioned last week, Ashley, a serious student of confidence, asked some key questions in an email exchange about practical techniques for strengthening confidence. The following are Ashley’s specific questions, along with helpful ideas: “What strategies helped you to become more confident?” “How do you handle negative people?” “What encouraged you to tell your story?” “(I know everyone is Read More >

The Truth About Growing Your Confidence

Immediately following a speech I delivered at a local high school, Ashley, a sophomore, cornered me and whispered, “How did you get so much confidence?” The intensity of her body language and eye contact told me she was serious about figuring out how to get some confidence for herself. The desperation in her tone, along with a deep desire to Read More >