The Missing “C”

Most pianist understand the importance of “Middle C” in orienting themselves as they begin to play. In leadership “middle C” represents compassion – both the ability and the desire to feel for and with those you are called to lead.

New Years’ Resolutions – Goals or Gales?

As you set goals, especially those tied to very “narrow” constraints, be careful that you don’t substitute one level of uncertainty and frustration for something far more “pressuring” and unpredictable. Read on if you’ve ever set a goal but struggled to reach it.

Let Your Light Shine

You’re on a journey… not just to discover the light shining within you, but to let it out and let it shine. That moment when you discover who you really are and why you’re really here—your ultimate, individual “why”—and then align your life so that you’re living it… it’s absolutely glorious. To you and to everybody else.

Discover the light within

You are capable of greatness. In fact, it is already within you. You just need to discover it, and then work to bring your life into alignment so that your life’s mission and your life become one and the same. That’s when you’ll shine. That’s when you’ll experience full joy and fulfillment, when you’re actions align to your purpose. We can help.

Change blindness, and the all-of-a-sudden syndrome

Things rarely happen “all of a sudden.” They happen incrementally, by degrees; slowly, over time. The problem is, we usually don’t see them happening until “all of a sudden” it’s too late.

Shaun White, and the real story of his success

Shaun had all the ingredients to engineer his life for success. He showed early on that he had the passion, the commitment, the drive, and the willingness to work hard. But he had two more things that played a critical role for him to succeed and become the top snowboarder in history.

Seashells and opportunities

Opportunities don’t sit and wait very long. Often, you’ll no sooner spot one worth pursuing than it’s washed away. You have to act fast. You have to be prepared to move, and move quickly.

Straining toward achievement

Any time you want to push yourself well beyond what you have done before, the amount of effort required will be dramatically disproportionate to the increments by which you increase.

Michael Phelps – Making your dreams come true

Michael Phelps set the astonishing goal of winning eight gold medals in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. People like Phelps make their own reality by daring to hope, daring to dream, and daring to do the work necessary to make it all come true.

The blessed nature of simplicity

Life seems to have become focused on how much more you can take on. How much more you can do. How much more you can acquire. All too often, we mistake complexity for progress.

Life Sculptor

LIFE SCULPTOR articles In association with “It is what you make of it” and “The Builders“, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, here’s another beautiful poem supporting the same point. Life Sculpture George Washington Doane Chisel in hand stood a sculptor boy With his marble block before him, And his eyes lit up with a smile of […]

The Builders

An inspiring poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow about how we are the builders of life.

Do you measure yourself?

Do you measure yourself? All day today I’ve been wallowing in spreadsheets, crunching numbers, and measuring progress. The process of measurement is an incredibly powerful principle. If you try to run a business (or a product, or a department, or a team, or a family, or a class, or a relationship, or even your journey […]

Someone who decided to make a difference 2

Someone who decided to make a difference 2 I just read another inspiring story over on CNN (you can find the full story here). Here’s a summary: Ann Mahlum, who lives in Philadelphia and is a veteran marathon runner, got tired of running by all the homeless people and decided to do something about it. […]