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. …


Make Your Business Human

I’ve launched my new website and theme around the premise of Making Business Human.  But what does that mean?  Check out this quick video and you’ll see!

how to embrace failure

Now is the Time to Embrace Failure

We’re living in some pretty wild times. The current coronavirus pandemic has closed businesses and schools, pushed widespread work-from-home solutions, and in many cases, forced millions out of jobs – hopefully for just a shortened time period. While it’s easy to let the magnitude of the situation become overwhelming, we have a choice in how…