The Power of Stopping

We are conditioned to think mostly about what we should be ‘doing.’  Certainly, most jobs reward based on what we do.  I understand this.  I have found over time that there is a subtler, and often more powerful, action that is of more value – the act of stopping...

A Failure of Leadership; a Failure of Values; Both?

Lessons of Leadership – A Note to Michigan State University: Remember Penn State In January, 2012, I wrote the following as part of a larger piece on the painful lessons  of leadership. “It is a great and painful lesson.  When we put on the mantle of leadership we are...

Creating Memories

I received a very cool gift from my daughter for Christmas this year.  I’ll get to that in a minute. Now that I am a grandparent, I realize even more how much effort is involved in being a parent of young children.  With both parents working there are always...

Leadership Under Stress

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2018!  As I sit in my office reflecting on 2017, I am amazed by the ground covered, the changes and adaptations that were made, and the transitions that have occurred in 2017.  Many of you know that a big transition for me was the move to...

The Christmas Letter

Raise your hand if your family sends out a Christmas/Holiday letter?  Wow, that’s what I thought, about 10% of you.  This is a bigger crisis than I thought.  I’m being a little facetious, but read on and you will understand. For more than 20 years, I have continued a...

Be Still and Know

For the last month or so I have sensed that I didn’t feel quite ‘centered.’  When that occurs for any length of time, I will reflect on what my ‘habit(s)’ of care have been for my Physical, Intellectual, Emotional and Spiritual (PIES) energy centers.  To do my...

Beginnings Depend on Endings

 “It isn’t the changes that do you in, it’s the transitions.”  William Bridges, Author of Managing Transitions I am in the process of ‘transitioning’ from full time work to something else.  A general description of ‘something else’ is a state where I play more than I...

How Big Is Your World?

My wife and I just returned from two weeks in Italy, Slovenia, and Croatia.  It was an incredible trip; a trip of a lifetime.  Every day I found myself overwhelmed by either the art, the architecture, nature, the people, food, or all five!  Each day involved some...