Three Keys to Achieving Excellence

Perfectly striped freshly mowed garden lawn in summer

We have all heard the term “believe it and you will achieve it.”  History is full of examples where this has proven to be true.  During the U.S. Civil War, the Union and Confederate Armies were preparing for what is now known as the Battle of Shiloh.  Confederate troops, led by General Albert Sidney Johnston, were seeking to drive the Union invaders from their stronghold in southwestern Tennessee. Continue reading “Three Keys to Achieving Excellence”

Moving Forward

Cute little girl learning to swim with coach at the leisure center

We all have a purpose.  It may not be to lead a nation, but it could be to simply lead a child.  One thing that is certain and that is:  whatever the purpose, there will be challenges in your path.  Our job is to grow as leaders so that we may fulfill our purpose.  In a recent interview with Complex Magazine, Tony Robbins said that one of the secrets to his success is that he never stops trying to improve.  “Either you grow or you die.”  Truer words were never spoken. Continue reading “Moving Forward”

Four Leadership Lessons From A Special Needs Parent

This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post on July 26, 2016.

I can remember it like it happened yesterday.  My wife was pregnant with triplets and was in the 24th week of pregnancy.  She was in the hospital on bedrest when her placenta ruptured.  I received a page with those three dreaded numbers – 911.  I got to the hospital just after my wife went into surgery.  Over the next few minutes, I saw three isolettes being wheeled from the surgical suite with my very tiny new babies to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Soon, my wife was able to recover, but my life rapidly turned upside down. Continue reading “Four Leadership Lessons From A Special Needs Parent”

It’s Not All About You

Recently, I had a minor disagreement with my teenage daughter.  She asked for the family’s help in making a video on a subject that she is very passionate about – Bullying.  We agreed to help her, however, the issue was that she wanted to make the video that same day.  I told her that we already had a full schedule for that day but she was undeterred (read stubborn).  She told me that the video was very important and that we needed to complete it today. Continue reading “It’s Not All About You”

Be Not Afraid

As a leader, sometimes it is necessary to have difficult conversations.  It usually has to do with accountability.  A couple of weeks ago, I needed to have a stern conversation with my son about being responsible.  As a parent, my job is not to be his friend but to be his father.  My job is to teach him right from wrong now so that society doesn’t have to teach him the hard way later in life.  I was very stern in informing him that I had high expectations and on this particular issue, he was not meeting the mark.   Needless to say, he was not very happy.  He is about to become a teenager and thinks that he knows way more than he actually does. Continue reading “Be Not Afraid”

Time Well Spent

In today’s society, many people are consumed with their activities at work.  It takes top priority over everything else.  By working hard, living in a nice home, driving a nice car, and having their children attend the best schools, many view this as fulfilling their responsibilities at home.  In addition, many leaders believe that their leadership activities are confined only to work.  Further, they believe that the biggest impact that they can have is to mentor a young colleague.  I say this respectfully – but the biggest leadership impact that anyone can have is at home. Continue reading “Time Well Spent”

Worth Fighting For

In 1962, General Douglas MacArthur gave a speech to the US Military Academy Corps of Cadets titled “Duty, Honor, Country.”  It is arguably one of the greatest speeches given by a public figure in the history of the United States.  I first read the speech when I was in college studying for my degree and preparing for my first career as an Army Officer.   Continue reading “Worth Fighting For”