6 Things I Learned From My Holiday Social Media Sabbatical

   I made an intentional decision on December 23 to not post to Twitter or Facebook through New Years Day. I wasn’t doing it to grandstand or say “hey look at what I’m doing”, but at the time I wasn’t sure why I was doing it, or felt compelled to do so. I just knew…

What Fast Casual Is and Why Some Companies Don’t Measure Up

   The fast casual restaurant segment stormed onto the dining scene in the mid to late 1990’s and has really never looked back. The timing was perfect as there was no middle ground between the QSR segment and fine dining, and many consumers were looking for different dining options that fit in with their increasingly…

Liner Notes

Growing up I was never an athlete, I wasn’t very popular, I didn’t have a of friends, and I always seemed to struggle. But I loved music and music as it turns out is for everyone! Even a socially awkward kid from Kansas City, Missouri. You don’t have to be cool to like a certain…

Leading For The Long Haul

Leadership can be lonely and you have to protect yourself against the isolation that you can sometimes feel as a leader. As a leader you spend so much time pouring into others that you can very easily run out of gas because no one is pouring into you. Every leader needs another person, or group of people, to…

Leadership Lessons I Learned from Neil Peart

Sometimes inspiration comes from the most unlikely places… Anyone who knows me knows how important music and leadership development is to me. I find inspiration in both places. Through the years music has always been important to me and I have found much comfort in it through difficult times and also during my growth as…

If You Have To Burn The Ships, You May Have The Wrong Team

In 1519 Hernán Cortés landed in Veracruz and as legend has it he issued the decree for his men to burn the ships to keep anyone from thinking about running back to the life they knew before. History has since said that the ships weren’t burned, but rather sunk…either way you look at it Cortés wanted to…

The Moment You Believe What You’re Saying Is True

   When you are leading a team through a time of transition it can be difficult to cast the vision, shoulder the message, and carry the weight of the uncertainty on your shoulders. There are days that turn into weeks that turn into months where you wonder if what you are doing really matters. You…

Ready. Set. Jump. Lead.

Leadership takes a little bit of art, a little bit of science, and a lot of courage. As leaders we are called to wade into uncharted territory, and sometimes we are called to jump first into the ocean of challenge. Even the most seasoned leader faces times of uncertainty and change and it is in those…

Influence. We All Have It. How Are You Using Yours?

Influence. We all have it even if we think we don’t. Influence is defined by Webster as impact, control, sway, power, authority, direction, and pressure. As leaders we all have some sort of influence on the people we work with, our families, and our friends. So the question isn’t whether or not we have influence,…

Asking The Right Questions

Powerful questions asked by you as a leader illuminate the darkness, confusion and uncertainty in the minds of the people you are leading. By asking the right questions, you invite clarity, action, and discovery at a whole new level within your organization. 3 Powerful Questions Every Leader Needs to Ask: What Seems to Be Happening?…