I have a 10 year old son, and this affords me the opportunity to practice my leadership skills. A recent situation with my little guy served as an excellent example of managing what I like to call the “Three Buts of Performance Problems.” I have a rule in my house that clean clothes are to be…

Perusing Facebook, I always see personality tests and posts where people brag about being either an introvert or an extravert. Some people use their lack of desire for interaction as an excuse to be standoffish and others attribute their good or bad actions to their outgoing personalities. Just last month, I attended a conference where Introversion/Extraversion seemed to…

In July, I wrote an article titled, “Three Powerful Words from a Leader: “It’s My Fault”, the article was about the importance of a leader owning mistakes. Continuing in the series, today I am going to write about three more powerful words from a leader: “I Trust You”. We aren’t flawless, and pretending to be so is far…

On the way to school, my son asked me out of the blue, “Dad, if people aren’t good at their job, do they still get paid?” Having to always stay quick on my feet, I filtered my response to an appropriate, 9 year old level and said, “Yes they do, but if they aren’t good…

Excuse me for my title. I’m sure it will offend at least one person, but I am not concerned because those of us who have worked in unionized environments know the deal. There is an aura, a way and even a stench that permeates from union environments. Although collective bargaining agreements vary from union to…

I’m talking Deflate-gate … It’s been all over the news since the start of 2015. The New England Patriots let air out of the footballs used in their playoff, making the ball easier to catch and hold onto, which likely influenced the outcome of those games. Once the season ended, the NFL launched an investigation…

How often do you see TGIF pictures or updates posted on your social media accounts by friends and colleagues? Before a new week can get off to a great start, people are already wishing away the remaining four days of the work week in anticipation of the weekend. I know because I used to be…