Last December, I spent time with my long-time friend, Dave Dravecky. Dave was the major league pitcher for the SF Giants, who in 1989 threw the “pitch heard round the world.” Dave was diagnosed with cancer in his pitching arm and was forced to leave the game he loved. But he fought back and against all odds, played again. While

I’ve said it before; I will say it again. The organizational culture you experience at your work will impact the performance of team members more than anything else. As Peter Drucker eloquently said decades ago, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” So, if culture is so important, leaders must guard it at all costs. They must recognize these truths about culture: You

Yesterday, I hung out my dirty laundry. I blogged about five mistakes I made in 2016 as a leader. They were: focusing so much on outcomes that I missed some outcasts and outliers; assuming I could do more than possible in a day but less than possible in a year; becoming so enthralled with the new and novel that I

I spend time each January processing the mistakes and progress I made the previous year. Like many, I find January is a great month to make adjustments and course corrections on my life. Below, I’ve included five mistakes I made this past year. I hope my transparency will benefit you and prevent you from some of the same mishaps. Five Mistakes

I write often about the ever-evolving world we live in today. The way “things get done” is transforming before our very eyes. Often, a teacher in a classroom cannot keep up with the way kids connect, share, transmit and get to a goal. In his book, Here Comes Everybody, author and media theorist Clay Shirky explains a useful hierarchy that has

I have observed an interesting evolution in people, during my career. Our stress levels are rising—and it often requires far less to stress us out. We get stressed more quickly and more easily today. Our expectations of life being easy or convenient are higher today. We tolerate less frustration. Our coping mechanisms vary but we don’t cope as well without help

Can you guess the number one reason of why teams lose at the Division One level of intercollegiate athletics? According to an informal poll we’ve done with NCAA Division 1 coaches, the number one reason they believe their teams lose is: “We didn’t have enough leaders.” One athletic director after another has invited our Growing Leaders team on campus to invest in

January is a month when millions of people decide to become more disciplined. We commit to losing weight, focusing better, eating right, exercising more, etc. etc. Of course, those resolutions fade by March for most of us. Ugh. Our problem is that most of us misunderstand the art of being disciplined. One of my favorite Habitudes® images is called “The Discipline Bridge.”

My children are both young adults, in their twenties. They have grown up in a world almost altogether different than the one I grew up in—fifty years ago. We were talking recently about the “norms” for their peers in society today. My conclusion? We are moving from the “information age” to the “intelligence age” where our appliances and devices may

Once in a while, I post a list of the books I read during the previous year. I try to read two books every month, selecting the titles from a list of topics I desire to grow in over the course of that twelve-month period. This past year, eight of the twenty-four books I read were profound. Most of them surrounded