Set New Hires Up For Success

Set new employees up for success. Take ten minutes to write down clear expectations and measureable goals. Ask yourself the question: if this new person completely knocks it out of the park in the next six months, what specific things will they have done in the first 30, 90 and 180 days? Write Continue reading “Set New Hires Up For Success”

End With the Beginning in Mind

When a carpenter wraps up the electrical power cords at the end of the day, a decision must be made which end to wrap from. The smart carpenter starts wrapping from the female end and finishes with the male end, because in the morning the male end will be unwrapped first. On the job site Continue reading “End With the Beginning in Mind”

The Value of Constant Preparation

I met another musician at a wedding several years ago who shared a perspective that has been formative for me not just as a musician but also as a leader, a father, and a friend.

He said once you’ve taken your place on stage with instrument or Continue reading “The Value of Constant Preparation”

Focus on the 90

Volunteering at one of the Lighten Up Boulder events. Standing on the corner of a busy intersection during rush hour. Giving away free bike and pedestrian lights to anyone passing by, no strings attached! Just free lights to promote safety.

30% of the people who stopped came right up and asked what was going on. Continue reading “Focus on the 90”


Part of being a leader is being a coach. I struggle with this. While I’m willing to take responsibility for the results of my own actions, I second-guess or question how my perspective is valuable to another person. I’m coming to realize this perspective is incorrect. Coaching is not about giving advice or influencing; it’s really about helping another person move forward toward their best selves. Continue reading “Coaching”