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Find the dazzle

“You must habit yourself to the dazzle of the light and of every moment of your life.” ~Walt Whitman This quote makes me pause. Maybe because Walt Whitman is intense – and I have to really stop and ponder all that he conveys in these few words. Maybe because it’s a...

Why happy leaders matter

Bottom line – we all want to be happy. As we lead our lives, our organizations, our teams, or our families, we all want to be happy. And everyone around us wants this same thing. Well, according to David Steindl-Rast, a Catholic Benedictine monk, not only do we all...

Day-to-day happiness

“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.” ~Martha Washington Have you ever noticed that two people can go through nearly identical situations and have entirely different reactions? Some people seem to be...

Bounce off your bottom

“Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” ~George Patton I’ve had some bottoms. And I haven’t liked them. Not while they were going on. But, aside from the bottoms that are too close for me to have an objective point of view, I can look back at nearly all...

Managing yourself out of the picture

I often counsel my clients to make themselves dispensable. They often question me when I suggest that, but I mean it. Part of a leader’s or manager’s role is to make sure that their team can survive without them – to manage themselves out of the picture. Now, you...

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