Back in 2003 a famous incident occurred in Major League Baseball. The baseball story is just the backdrop. The real story is about power — and how you’d use yours.…[Continue Reading]
A client of mine just earned a huge new role at his company. His progress really accelerated about five years ago when he changed his old approach.
It was the stuff no one saw him doing that got him there.…[Continue Reading]
Cooper (aka, Coop) is a strapping 16 year-old kid who just didn’t know any better.
His ONE DREAM is to play college basketball. Okay, in full disclosure, he also seems to dream about Mexican food pretty often.
He knew the first step to his big dream was to play high school basketball. And he wanted to be ready.
He logged thousands of hours of practice and play through 8th grade. Thousands.…[Continue Reading]
Last week, Gwen Jorgensen won her first Olympic Gold medal in the women’s triathlon. In 2009, she was a 23-year old tax accountant for a Big 6 accounting firm. Her Olympic journey began with an unexpected phone call at work.
It’s a story of hope for anyone with a dream.
As the story goes, the US Olympic committee was frustrated the US hadn’t had more success in the triathlon and went searching for candidates to recruit into their program.
The ideal candidates were runners and swimmers. Jorgensen had been a swimmer and runner at the University of Wisconsin, so her profile was a perfect match.
The Olympics was not in her career plan.…[Continue Reading]
For 10, 15, and 20 years, elite athletes have been preparing to win Gold in Rio. But for much longer, TV network executives have been preparing in a different way to guarantee you’ll stay tuned in.
Their secret is 100% relevant if YOU want to win Gold in the areas that matter to you.
How do the TV networks keep you coming back?
It’s hidden in plain sight: Storytelling.…[Continue Reading]
The Olympic Games kick off this week. Be selfish. Watch them. You will be better for it. Do you know why?
Catch the Champion virus.
While people are talking about the Zika virus in Brazil or complaining about the pollution in the water, Olympic athletes are focused on their goal: to win a Gold medal.
Being a champion is all about overcoming obstacles. Zika, dirty water, and other problems are just the next obstacles they’ll encounter.…[Continue Reading]
A good parable helps you retain a valuable lesson for a lifetime. But what if a parable that leaders love to tell is missing the point? Oops.
The story as it’s usually told….
If you put a bunch of crabs in a bucket, eventually one of them will climb to the top and start to escape. (That’s you!) Just as it’s about to break free, another crab reaches up and pulls it back down.…[Continue Reading]
On Sunday, January 16, 2000 in Santiago, Chile, I learned a lesson about freedom no textbook could ever teach. Mostly, I learned about my own ignorance.
I sat on a park bench by a river enjoying summertime in January. Fathers and sons kicked futbols back and forth, and young couples sought time alone.
It was a tranquil Sunday, until suddenly it wasn’t.
I heard car horns blaring on the street up the hill from us. I assumed it was a wedding or a family celebration. …[Continue Reading]
In 1996, 30 days after launching my consulting and coaching firm, I nervously walked into my first-ever consulting gig ready to change the world. I was also eager to prove wrong all of the doubters who said my new venture would fail.
Hopefully, the people you’re counting on won’t make the mistake I made.…[Continue Reading]
A former client of mine is an award-winning writer — and a delightful being.
She makes reading easy, even though her topics are complex.
As you read her work, you feel like you’re having a casual conversation with a friend, not absorbing complicated information.
I wanted to write like she did.
Through our work, we became friends, so when I started writing 10 years ago, I called to ask for advice. …[Continue Reading]