Optimism

Optimism I have a friend who refers to me as the “terminal” optimist. He is not. We laugh about it. From time to time in my life I have had to temper my optimism with a dose or two of logic; or talk to someone that was more of a ‘realist.’ By and large, however, I...

Being Present

I have been aware for quite some time the amount of ‘busyness’ that we deal with. Work, school, before and after school activities, before and after work activities, children, older parents, church, play, responsibilities, house, social media, 24-hour news cycle,...

Compliance or Commitment

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say thank you. In between, the leader is a servant.”  – Max DePree, former CEO of Herman Miller I was talking with my son yesterday about his job. He is a supervisor in a high transaction...

Humor

As much as I talk about leadership and personal development, there is one subject that I don’t write much about – humor. It has been an integral part of my life and my work. I have found that a well-timed humorous comment can often be just what the situation needs to...

Road to Independence and Responsibility

The Coach is In… Raising confident, independent, and happy children requires us to give up the amount we do for them and help them to be more self-responsible and accountable. This past weekend I experienced my daughter going through the process of finding the...

What Is Your Intention…

The other day I was thinking about the legacy of the life I live. Actually, I was thinking about my mother, father, and brother’s legacy in my life. I always come away from these thoughts with gratitude for the people I come from. This time was no exception. At about...

Reconciliation

Have you ever been hurt so deep by a friend or family member that you didn’t want to reconcile? I’m thinking most of us have. It can be a very hard and difficult process. For me, reconciliation is about “bringing back together again.” It takes both parties to...