The Lost Art of Accountability

The Lost Art of Accountability

In my lifetime, I have known the joys of success and the sorrows of what some might call failure. While some leaders only study what it means to lead, each moment for me is a beta test for living the lessons of leadership. If it 

Integrity and the Empty Nest

Integrity and the Empty Nest

I consider myself a friend to many. If you place me in a nursery or an old folks home, I will smile with those around me. What does any of this have to do with integrity and the empty nest? My life has been a 

Give Me the Willies

Give Me the Willies

When I was coming up in the world, those around me might say in a situation, “that gives me the willies.” What in the world might they mean by such a saying? The definition might surprise you. My premise that most all of the fear 

Private Equity, Robin Hood, and Iris DeMent

Private Equity, Robin Hood, and Iris DeMent

Ram Dass said that if we know how to listen, everyone would become the guru. What I might consider a guru, you may think is fluff. Most of us have a preference for everything in our lives, and for now, my gurus are private equity, 

Any Major Dude

Any Major Dude

Steely Dan wrote songs in the seventies, and from what I can tell, were very popular. That may seem odd for some of the older folks, because they knew that already. They sang a song titled, “Any Major Dude Will Tell You”. In 2018, they 

A Message of Hope

A Message of Hope

After a year like no other, here is a message of hope. We are not alone in the world, no matter what. We are also not on the path to destruction (regardless of what the evening news may report). The fact that we are here 

On the Trying of Things

On the Trying of Things

There is something to be said of the trying of things. The simple attempts we make to do a thing a little differently. Nothing has to be drastic, and no deep seeded habits have to be disrupted. A lot of people have success with various 

Why We Try

Why We Try

Some people say there is no “try” and there is only do or do not. It may be a quote from Star Wars, but I am unsure. Here is a short story explaining why we try. Before getting into the story, it should be explained 

Miracles and Wonder

Miracles and Wonder

Paul Simon sang about these being the days of miracles and wonder. These days are that indeed. What else could these days be if not miracles and wonders? Some believe we are in dark times, but how is that so? We reap where we have 

How Simon Sinek Got It Wrong

How Simon Sinek Got It Wrong

Before I get into any criticism of Simon Sinek… let me say I am a huge Simon Sinek fan. How I believe Sinek got it wrong is only one perspective. He is doing well. Simon Sinek is teaching and people are learning. I encourage everyone