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Geezers, Fools… and Ignoring Greg Allman

How fine is the line between optimism and delusion? Do you respond when reality taps you on the shoulder, or do you wait until it hits you over the head? Those questions played out personally as I tried to apply the works of leadership consultant and author Dr. Henry Cloud. My thought process was impacted by, of all things, a press release by quarterback Philip Rivers, and some lyrics penned by Greg Allman. Go figure. Continue reading “Geezers, Fools… and Ignoring Greg Allman” »

A Legacy of Effort and Excellence

“Carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.” Shannon L. Alder

The pursuit of excellence. Wouldn’t we all like to say that it is our daily focus?  Ah, but life always seems to get in the way. Deadlines. Conflicts. Guilty pleasures like reality TV or Krispy Kreme doughnuts. It’s easy to get lost online for hours between tweets and posts, pings and pokes. Before long, we’re making excuses or compromising. It just happens. Continue reading “A Legacy of Effort and Excellence” »

You Want Him on That Wall

“Nothing so conclusively proves a man’s ability to lead others as what he does from day to day to lead himself.” — Thomas J. Watson

Second Lieutenant Juan Pinzon

Second Lieutenant Juan Pinzon

I recently heard a speaker urging a group of CEOs to identify leaders at all levels of their companies.  “Look for people who have already assumed the responsibility to lead. Promoting them is merely a validation of the job they’re already doing.” Continue reading “You Want Him on That Wall” »

The Person You Think You Know

Next time you’re riding the subway or sitting in a restaurant, look at the people around you and imagine their stories. Where did they come from?  How did they meet the person they’re with? What was their big, life-changing event? If there are ten people around you, there is one story in your midst that is so inspirational, or painful, or just plain mind-numbing, that you couldn’t breathe until they finished telling it. And that one person may be someone you think you know… Continue reading “The Person You Think You Know” »

Following the Blind Lady Through the Brick Wall

Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people. – Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Like most people my age, my body reminds me occasionally, that yes, I am 50+ years old.  Last year, I had a neurosurgeon look at the four herniated disks in my neck tell me my MRI looked like that of a 75 year old… who’d been in an accident.  Like a good, near- Octogenarian, I promptly ignored him.  Despite some wear and tear on the body, I’m still 22 years old in my mind.  In my fantasy world, I can still make hearts melt, shut down anyone alive on the basketball court, and party as hard as anyone on South Beach. Actually none of those were ever the case, but the fantasy has remained intact all these years. That is, it had been intact until Continue reading “Following the Blind Lady Through the Brick Wall” »