journaling tips

Five Lessons Learned from Journaling for a Year

I’ll admit it.  It feels a little cliché to talk about journaling during the New Year’s timeframe.  It feels like everyone already does it, has done it before, or started journaling on January 1st determined to make this year the year! My goal isn’t to convince you to journal.  Instead, I want to share what…


How to stop feeling over scheduled

How to Stop Feeling Over Scheduled

“Let me check my calendar.” “I’ve got an opening from 1:00 – 1:30, but then I’m booked until Thursday.” “You need 15 minutes?  How does two weeks from now work?” Ever uttered similar phrases before?  Of course you have! And that’s OK because you’re just like millions of us who get consumed by a calendar…


want vs need

What Do You Really Need?

I’m not trying to brag, but last week was a pretty big milestone in my Millennial life-journey. At 38 years old, I moved back in with my parents!!  Finally!  I’m now living the life every Millennial dreamed – a life devoid of rent, responsibility, and accountability! Well, that’s not exactly the case. A few months…


they need you

They Need You

“You make me feel safe.” On a recent family camping trip to the Eleven Points River in southern Missouri, my wife Megan and I learned an important lesson.  Sometimes, all they need is YOU.  Your presence can be enough. This trip was an annual camping trip we do with my wife Megan’s family.  While I…


Leaving a Clean Wake

Leaving a Clean Wake

In a recent podcast interview, I spoke with Michael Harvey about his journey to Chief Strategy Officer at Corra.  The full conversation is worth a listen, but it was his story about traveling the world for four years with his wife and two children on a 40ft. sailboat that has had me rethinking what it…


Give Grace

Giving Grace

How quick are you to give someone the benefit of the doubt?  To give them grace even before they’ve earned it? In a recent podcast episode, I interviewed Justin Fox, an Army veteran and 20-year operations leader, about the transition from military life to civilian leadership.  One of the challenges Justin faced – as do…


choose positivity

Can You Choose Positivity?

Has someone ever told you to, “think positive?”  Or how about the people who describe themselves or others as having a positive mindset? Last week, I was filming a video training series at a production studio in Detroit, MI and I was taken aback (in a positive way:) by the company’s core values plastered throughout…


2020 Christmas Traditions

Holiday Traditions for 2020

2020 has been a lot.  I don’t even think I need to explain why or go further than “it’s been a lot.”  As the holidays creep upon us, it’s easy to let the weight of 2020 bring us down at a time when we should be lifting each other up.  In many ways, the various…


Virtual Leadership

3 Tips for Leading Virtual and In-Person Teams

There is a lot of overlap between what’s required to be a successful leader and what’s required to be a successful parent.  Qualities like patience, determination, empathy and humility all go a long way in both facets of life.  It’s for those reasons I often use parenting examples in my keynotes because a majority of…


How does cancel culture affect your business

What Does Cancel Culture Mean for your Business

Thankfully, I’m not a celebrity.  I know the money and fame sound tempting, but becoming a celebrity brings with it a host of negative consequences most of us wouldn’t want to deal with consistently (see:  paparazzi).  And I won’t even get started on what it takes to get in shape to play an Avenger superhero. …