Keeping it Real

Most of us listen to podcasts or read blogs sent to us by people whose opinions we respect. One blog I read is by a New York University professor named […]

$400 Decision

At a recent program, one of my colleagues, Chris McQueen, and I were trying to convey the concept of executive growth by measuring the dollar value of the decisions that […]

Grocery Store Test

I was once asked by a business journal in Phoenix to comment on what I felt was a core competency of a company I had been working with for some time and that the journal […]


Starting the new year by writing about strategic planning is a pretty sure way to lose your audience of readers. After all, strategic planning is usually associated with boring discussions […]

Tourist or Traveler?

For most of my adult life, I’ve had the joy and the privilege of traveling internationally, both recreationally and professionally. Whenever people ask me what hobbies I have outside of […]


The common household plunger is a basic, yet indispensable tool in every household and business—at least in those with running water. Invented in 1874 by New York confectioner John S. […]

It’s All About Timing

This past weekend was a busy one. My wife and I had lots of family in town and staying with us. Among them were six grandchildren—none of them over four […]