It Takes Two (Types of Thinking)

The other night, I was having a conversation with my wife, Barb. She’s a retired first grade school teacher. She keeps busy and makes extra cash working part-time in the deli at Cabela’s, a popular sporting goods and outdoor retailer. Barb told me about her day and how they went from slow to super busy. […]

Nurturing an Idea

Everybody wants something. In the workplace this is no different. What is it that you want? People in the firms I visit talk to me about the things they want to happen in the firm. Whether it is a change in a particular workflow, a solution to a recurring problem, or even something as simple […]

Fear, a Curious Beast

Many years ago, I remember teaching my children to ride a bike. The day came when it was time to take the training wheels off — time for them to learn how to ride, balance, pedal, and steer. As the parent in the situation I knew they would learn it. I also knew that they […]

Include, Blend, and Transcend

Playing music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. When I first started learning how to play, I began by imitating those who inspired me. Following in the footsteps of musicians like Elton John, Ben Folds, and Jackson Browne, I learned everything I know about music. One day, […]

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

There are countless programs, movies, self-help books, and scheduling programs which promise to improve your efficiency, reduce your stress, and increase your creativity. What is it about these types of personal improvements that are so appealing to us? Increasing our capacity while reducing our level of stress is appealing because of the potential it offers […]

Siri-ously Patient and Kind

Talking to Siri and getting her to understand me has taken some time. Anyone who has used voice recognition software, or has watched somebody try and use voice recognition software, understands how people have to speak differently to these devices. “Directions to Home,” you say. “Read messages,” you say. In order to have effective communication […]

Don’t Quit While You’re Behind

There is nothing quite like a fresh calendar to give you a moment to pause and consider what you’d like to be different in your life. We all take this time of the year as a time to make new commitments to ourselves — to make new commitments to improve some aspect of our personal […]

Butterfly Effect in Business

There was a day and time when it was very important for me to understand cause and effect.  I would look at people who had lost a lot of weight and wonder what they were able to do to create that change in their life.  I would look at business success in the same fashion.  […]

Tell Me How to Read

“Tell me how to read,” she said. Tell me how to read? I remember just sitting there so many years ago when my daughter was only five years old.  “Tell me how to read,” she repeated.  She just stood there with a book in her hand demanding that I tell her how to read it. […]

Discover your Music

Playing music requires practice. What may start as rote practice of the fundamentals required for the craft, grows with your understanding of the skills involved. As the skills are mastered, they are dissolved into the very essence of yourself. As the lesser lessons are completed, you own them and you move on to more difficult […]