After the Barrier

Sometimes along the path to a new threshold you find a barrier you don’t expect to see. This usually happens when you are just steps from arrival. A short time ago, you glanced up and saw a clear and inviting path. No longer. Now it’s got your attention in a new way. You knew itContinue reading “After the Barrier”

From the Outside In

Real change begins at the edges, never at the center. The center is dogmatic and certain. The edge is open and curious, the gateway to possibility. To work from the outside in for your team, your work group or even your family, you might consider a series of small but potent actions in service ofContinue reading “From the Outside In”

On the Frontier

American mythology has long included the archetype of the “self-made man.” And no place is associated with that archetype quite like the American west. Think of covered wagons and remote outposts, think of cowboys and ranchers, think of miners and the Gold Rush. Think of the John Wayne/Clint Eastwood ethos. Think of Henry Ford, RayContinue reading “On the Frontier”

Don’t wait for your company to hire you a coach

When I started my company in 2013 my first leadership coaching client was an individual who paid for it out of his own pocket. He knew it was the right time and he was willing to make an investment in his learning. I was inspired by that commitment and it still inspires me any timeContinue reading “Don’t wait for your company to hire you a coach”

A Week of Thanks: Day 1

I am thankful for the many “edge” experiences I have had in my life – some chosen on purpose, some chosen accidentally, and some thrust upon me. These are moments and commitments that shaped my experience, my perspective and my confidence. I can still feel the fear, anticipation and anxiety of each one. And IContinue reading “A Week of Thanks: Day 1”

Small Moves: 100 Days of Connection

“Because it is familiar a thing remains unknown.” Hegel There is a powerful moment at the beginning of the movie “Contact” when young Ellie is calling out on her shortwave radio. She is trying to find someone, anyone, who might be listening on the same frequency. As her frustration grows her dad implores her, “SmallContinue reading “Small Moves: 100 Days of Connection”

Rules for Making It Up As You Go…

It dawned on me as I reviewed my last post that I missed an opportunity to provide some perspective on just how you go about “making it up as you go.” Yes, yes, I appreciate that it is a contradiction to establish “rules” for such a thing but we must learn to love the contradictions! So,Continue reading “Rules for Making It Up As You Go…”

Making it up as you go…

Inspired by a friend who occasionally decides that she’s a “real” artist and treats herself to the “good” paint. The problem with life is that there is no playbook. You arrive on the field and, if you’re lucky, some nice people take care of you for a while and then, when you’re old enough youContinue reading “Making it up as you go…”

The Child Inside

At the invitation of Dr. Bennett Cherry I had the opportunity this week to speak to both sections of his “Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship” class at Cal State San Marcos. Dr. Cherry (@edgentrepreneur on Twitter) is an engaging  and natural teacher who aspires to both support and witness his student’s achievement in bringing new ideas toContinue reading “The Child Inside”

Stranger in a Strange Land

“Traveller, the path is your tracks And nothing more. Traveller, there is no path The path is made by walking. By walking you make a path And turning, you look back At a way you will never tread again Traveller, there is no road Only wakes in the sea.” Antonio Machado Being in transition feelsContinue reading “Stranger in a Strange Land”