There’s a scene near the end of the movie Miracle about the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey team, which won a surprising gold medal and defeated the then-dominant Russian team who had held a worldwide dominance for 2 decades. The coach, played by actor Kurt Russell, walks into the locker room Continue reading “Essence of Leadership”
No need to worry about whether your thoughts are groundbreaking. No need to be concerned if your notions are filled with insight, or if you possess the perspective that will win the day. These things are not important.
Every musician I’ve played with cares about the music. To play to the best of our ability, or create the right vibe, or reflect back the energy of the crowd, or do right by the original artist. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we aim for quality and the music matters. The notes matter.
The world is changing at an unprecedented rate. There are many reasons to look at what you’re doing day to day, and how you can begin doing it differently. This is innovation.
Imagine a guitar player who plays the same chords, the same note patterns, Continue reading “Innovate Every Day”
When a picture is worth more than thousands of words.
Every person has a passion. What’s yours? Mine’s helping every person understand their life can be EPIC. Not just in a handful of moments, but every day. Barc Simpson once advised (paraphrasing) to find what you’re passionate about and start doing something with it, today. If we all do that Continue reading “Next In Line”
Leaders have new ideas. They want to improve their organizations. They roll out programs and communicate expectations. Too often, they do this once and expect the organization changes, instantly, because they willed it.
(This fable was found on an anonymous door in an engineering hallway at the University of Wisconsin. Captured in a photograph, transcribed, then forgotten for 20+ years. If anyone knows the origin or author, please let me know so I can credit them.)
One sunny day a rabbit came out of her hole in the ground to enjoy the fine Continue reading “The Graduate Student Thesis”
Any construction worker will tell you a 20-oz framing hammer, the perfect size and weight for driving structural nails into solid wood framing, is not the right hammer for finish work. For finish work, use a lighter weight hammer with a specific clean finish head. And no one would use a finish Continue reading “The Right Hammer”
Some people – men and women alike – get into long-term committed relationships, have a family, and spend their lives managing day-to-day logistics in a home life that is packed with activities not always of their own choosing. These people may find themselves giving up personal freedoms in Continue reading “Frustration vs Loneliness”
My son wore a costume to school today for Halloween. He is a high school sophomore, and he wore a costume last year as a freshman only to discover that virtually no one else in the school wore costumes. This year, he was pretty set against standing out and was not planning to dress up. But the Continue reading “The Halloween Hump”