Yes, You Can Relax and Challenge Yourself En Route to Success

Ever find yourself in the middle of a project, a workout, or maybe even a master’s degree, concentrating on getting through the experience so you can finally get to the finish line, thinking you can relax and enjoy after you’re done? You put your head down, minimize distractions (sometimes to the detriment of other areas of your life), and force Read More >

Leadership: Here’s How Simple it is to Promote Team Cohesion

Why do leaders struggle to create collaborative work environments where team members step up and do whatever it takes to create remarkable results? Is it because they haven’t set a vision that is compelling enough? Maybe. Is it because they haven’t counseled their team enough about the importance of working together, despite the weekly—no daily—reminders? Probably not. Is it because Read More >

Why Establishing Core Values is a Waste of Time and Money

Company culture experts urge leaders to establish clearly defined values to serve as a guide for decisions and behaviors throughout an organization. To ensure they have the best representation of the values shared among those in leadership, companies often spend gobs of cash and time on experts who ultimately produce a document aligning the most common ideals. Mounted on the Read More >

Intendaware: How to Systematically Increase Your Self-Confidence

Confidence comes from the Latin word confide, which means to entrust. Self-confidence, then, is about learning to trust yourself with yourself. Just as it takes experiences over time to trust others, trusting in your own experience of life requires that same kind of intention and attention. Remember the first time you sat behind the steering wheel of a car to Read More >

How To Use Anger To Strengthen Trust

Seeking understanding is the last thing we want to do when someone has offended us, tainted our reputation, or put us in harm’s way. It’s far easier to hold tightly to our beliefs, keep our anger, and strengthen our story by gathering all the necessary data and buy-in from others. It’s risky to seek their perspective and listen openly and Read More >

The Danger of Crying at Work

During the Q&A session of a panel discussion I was a part of recently, a woman stood up and asked, “Is it okay to cry at work?” Previous to that moment, I would have said, “Of course, it’s okay to cry.” But I held my tongue because of the words I’d heard Freeman Hrabowski, President of UMBC, say during a Read More >

How To Turn Your Team Into Hustlers

Not in my wildest dreams could I have ever imagined that a young man, in a hoodie, talking hoodlum to his buddies through his wrist phone at a local coffee shop, could ever turn me into a hustler for his business. But—it happened, and here’s how… With 17% battery, he squeezed in right beside me at the tall table facing Read More >

10 Quick Tips to MOTIVATE YOUR TEAM and PROVOKE THEIR GREATNESS – Tips 8, 9, and 10

Over the past two weeks, we covered tips 1-7.  You can gain access to 1, 2, and 3, here. You can gain access to 4-7 here. Provoke Their Greatness Tip #8  Our DNA is already wired for success. While their performance and perceived attitude might not always be up to par, remember they are wired for success. Sometimes fears (humanity) Read More >


Last week, I covered tips 1, 2, and 3—You can gain access to them here. Provoke Their Greatness Tip #4 Get your hands dirty. Recently, I took my car in to get the brakes and rotors replaced. While I had an appointment, it was clear that they were behind schedule. After learning it would take two hours to finish the Read More >


As the author of Provoking Greatness: Unleashing Hidden Potential (Which Seth Godin says is “a generous book about stepping up to make art, to matter, and to contribute,” I’m often asked to coach progressive and passionate leaders. In fact, I’ve had the chance to work with and speak for leaders at Johns Hopkins, NASA, and Johnson & Johnson, just to Read More >