Are you ready?

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do differently today? Are you living and leading in a way that would allow you to comfortably leave it all behind? Are you secure with what they would say about you? More importantly, do you know how they would feel about what yourContinue reading “Are you ready?”

Golf, Leadership and the Lessons that Bind Them

If you are a golfer AND a leader, this invitation is especially for you. If not, will you please read on anyway and pass it along to someone you know would be interested? Thank you! I am writing a book about leadership through the lens of the game of golf and I need your helpContinue reading “Golf, Leadership and the Lessons that Bind Them”

Connection

I am the father of a 13-year-old son and lately it’s been a little rough. He is in the early stages of a developmental period that is referred to in psychological circles as the “second individuation.” The first “individuation” commonly happens at about 5 years old when boys work hard to separate from “mommy” andContinue reading “Connection”

The Poetry of Leadership

My first blog was called “Specimen Life,” a name I borrowed from the introduction to John Updike’s autobiography in which he wrote: “…my autobiography is my attempt to treat this life…as a specimen life, representative in its odd uniqueness of all the oddly unique lives in the world…” My hope, through my writing, was to demonstrateContinue reading “The Poetry of Leadership”

So close and yet so far

In a wonderful audio recording called “The Intelligent Organization” poet and author David Whyte says this: “The very things that organizations are demanding from their people – which have to do with more participation, more adaptability and more vitality – are exactly the things that human beings have wanted for themselves since the beginning ofContinue reading “So close and yet so far”

Meditation: Week Two

Last week I wrote about my first week following a guided meditation series led by Deepak Chopra. The fact that I am writing about my experience after week two is testament to the quality of the experience and to my own resolve to complete the “21-day challenge.” It’s more than a challenge now. It’s something I am eager, ifContinue reading “Meditation: Week Two”

(Servant) Leadership Defined

This is not only a beautifully articulated definition of Servant Leadership but a clear and direct definition of “leadership,” period. Servant Leadership is a smart leadership approach with a moral imperative to lead for the sake of others. Great leaders model behaviors that equip and inspire others toward individual and community greatness. They do notContinue reading “(Servant) Leadership Defined”

“Rules for Art” Repurposed

I attended my daughter’s 3rd grade Open House tonight. I learned about the “Rules for Art.” It seems to be a pretty good list for leaders as well: 1. See that no one is perfect. Deal with that. Find their strengths and creatively put them to work in service of the clear and compelling causeContinue reading ““Rules for Art” Repurposed”

Winning with Culture

I spent nearly eight years of my professional life working to bring a “coaching culture”  to life within the TaylorMade Golf Company. Alongside brilliant product creation, exceptional marketing efforts and flawless sales execution, our ability to sustain a purposeful culture of learning and development led to some truly incredible results. Hardly a perfect science, inContinue reading “Winning with Culture”

The Stormy Present

“The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so must we think anew, and act anew.” Abraham Lincoln – December 1, 1862 “When times seem uncertain, we instinctively become more conservative; weContinue reading “The Stormy Present”