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.

Microcosms make you stronger

As I’ve continued writing my book, Escape Velocity, I keep thinking upon this notion of microcosms. For more on what I call “The microcosm approach to success,” see the following two posts: Making the most of microcosms (how to use microcosms to achieve large objectives) Controlled Failure (how to fail on your terms) There’s an […]

Controlled Failure

CONTROLLED FAILURE articles As I mention here, we should be failing on a regular basis. I want to fail. To not fail usually means I’m not pushing hard enough. Not trying new things. And there are vital lessons that we learn when we fail that can only be learned through failure. The road to success […]

Shaun White, and the real story of his success

Shaun White and the real story of his success What on earth is the Double McTwist 1260? It’s where you flip diagonally two times in the air, and simultaneously spin for three and a half rotations. It’s a crazy, high-risk, highly complicated, and totally unbelievable move. Shaun White invented it and showed it to the […]

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

The Builders In relationship with this post (It is what you make of it), the following poem is both enlightening and inspiring. The BuildersHenry Wadsworth Longfellow All are architects of fate,Working in these walls of time;Some with massive deeds and great,some with ornaments of rhyme. Nothing useless is, or low;each thing in its place is […]

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 […]

Opportunity is like a bar of soap

There’s a distinct sense of urgency behind catching a vision early of what you want to be, and then working towards that goal with vigor. The sooner you catch that vision, the more likely it’ll be for you to achieve it.