Leadership & Entrepreneurship in Ireland – Day 1

We arrived in Dublin a bit sleep deprived, but anxious for what lies ahead the next two weeks.  We're not the only ones with plans for Ireland this May.  The Queen of England will be here this week disrupting traffic patterns, and President Obama will...

Thanks Mark Twain

"I conceive that the right way to write a story for boys is to write so that it will not only interest boys but strongly interest any man who has ever been a boy. That immensely enlarges the audience."  Letter to Fred J. Hall from...

Hard Hogback Hike

Actually, a regular hike would have been easy, but this one involved snowshoes and heavy, thick snow.  Every year when it snows heavy and I can't run or ride, I strap the snowshoes on and head for a saddle in the Hogback that rises about...

The Diary of a West Point Cadet

I recently read "The Diary of a West Point Cadet" by Captain Preston Pysh, and had the good fortune of meeting the author. Captain Pysh just returned from Afghanistan where he commanded an Apache helicopter company in the 101st Airborne Division providing support for our...

“Reflect a bit”

At the end of an email I received before Thanksgiving, someone wrote, "Enjoy a few days away from the action and reflect a bit!"  I thought that was clever, but with family and guests at the house, today was the first opportunity I had to...

How to sell nothing at a tradeshow

If the two basic business functions are marketing and innovation, entrepreneurs must engage customers as individuals… with their permission… even at tradeshows....

No View from the Top

I put Mount of the Holy Cross on my calendar a year ago, and I recently climbed it with my son and son-in-law. Mount of the Holy Cross is an iconic Colorado 14er. That is, it's a mountain with an elevation over 14,000 feet, and occasionally...

What Leaders Can Learn From Nurses

The word leader doesn't usually conjure up an image of a nurse.  When I met Mary with her small stature, red hair and glasses, I wasn't thinking leader either.  What I found in watching Mary interact with her patients and their families was a woman that has...

Change Management in 11 Hard Steps

I am preparing to teach a class in a few weeks called Communication for Change Management where my job as the teacher is to prepare students "to be effective change leaders in their organizations."  The description of the course says that we'll focus on "understanding critical...

Is your team compliant or committed?

I was cycling with a group of riders yesterday, and there were times when we were taking turns on the front to increase the pace while riding into the wind.  Most of us had ridden together before, and some of what we were able to...

Permission-based Questions

I've noticed a surge of bloggers writing about questions we should be asking ourselves.  Questions like, "Are you realizing your full potential?  Is there value and fulfillment in your work today?  How do you define fun; and are you having any?"   I think that's all...

A Message to Millennials

I think I am tuned in to the job market for Millennials as my daughter is graduating with her Masters in Biomedical Science this month, and is "on the market."  She has a variety of career opportunities before her, and we have had a number...

Everything is a Priority…

While doing business research recently, I came across a number of websites that were tremendously cluttered.  It got me thinking about the correlation between a cluttered web site, and an organization where everything is a priority...

Passion and Stamina

I had the opportunity today to ride with some of cycling's greats, and I was impressed that after nearly thirty years, they still have a deep passion for the sport. They love talking about racing tactics, and mostly, their kid's accomplishments. They have...