Focusing on the Right Things

Posted by on Sep 13, 2013 | One Comment

You know how here are moments in your life that are frozen in time – that no matter how many years pass, the movie in your mind keeps the memory in full color, with every detail preserved, to be replayed in an instant?  There was a moment…a lifetime ago, that I will never forget. So […]

More Than Meets the Eye

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 | 3 Comments

Every time I lead a session of OnStage Leadership, I’m always astounded by the stories my participants share.  Stories of resilience, endurance, courage, tolerance, patience, heartache, loneliness, regret.  Of a hunger for learning, of kindnesses received, of self discovery.  Stories filled with heroes and villains.  Of joy and pain.  Of wins and losses. So many […]

Who’s in Your Corner?

Posted by on Sep 11, 2013 | No Comments

I don’t know if I could have had the success I’ve had launching my business, if I hadn’t started in Dallas.  One of the things I so love about Dallas is that the lines between business and friendship are blurred.  I’ve lived in places where you don’t talk business with your friends – it’s taboo.  […]

Give Us Something to Go On

Posted by on Sep 4, 2013 | 2 Comments

Several years ago I was working with a group of managers and their direct reports for a company in Chicago and one of the guys in the session filled with the direct reports told me he was angry that he had received a bonus.  As you might have been, I was a little surprised to […]

The Impact Your Presence Can Have (Part 2)

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 | 4 Comments

Yesterday I wrote about two very different leaders (you can catch up on that blog post here).  The first leader had the uncanny ability to disengage a room full of people managers in an instant.  The second leader invested about 30 minutes of his time to ignite a passion for growth, build trust, and plant […]

The Impact Your Presence Can Have (Part I)

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 | One Comment

Awhile back I was leading sessions for small company that had recently been acquired by a large multinational based in France.  There were culture issues, communication issues, and because of the vast amount of change they were experiencing, fear and mistrust were rampant.  Overnight this small band of technical leaders that had proudly grown their […]

For the Sake of What?

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 | 6 Comments

I’ve had the privilege to work with a lot of senior executives who have found themselves in transition.  Amazing men and women who have been in workforce 20 – 30 years, and for a multitude of reasons have found themselves, often for the first time in their careers, looking for “what’s next”. Most have accomplished […]

Capturing the Moment

Posted by on Aug 23, 2013 | One Comment

Last day of vacation.  This has been my view in the mornings, sitting on the deck writing my blog.  I sit here this morning, savoring the moment.  Such beauty.  I want to take it all in.  The salty-briny smell from the water infusing the air, the wind chimes tinkling in the breeze, how delicious hot […]

What Do You Stand For?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2013 | 6 Comments

Imagine that there is a big dart board about 30 feet in front of you.  You are blindfolded.  What are your chances of hitting the bullseye?  Unless you are a world-champion dart player, I suspect you might have difficulty. Now, imagine the same dart board looms in front of you and you take the blindfold […]

Super Objective Spotlight (featuring Brian Silvernell)

Posted by on Aug 21, 2013 | One Comment

I would have to say that the simple exercise of coming up with a “Super Objective” was anything but simple.  When I first arrived for my Onstage Leadership seminar, this was the last thing on my mind.  I was certain that I was to leave the theater having learned to own the spotlight and captivate […]