Three Ways Gratitude Makes You Better at Work and Life

bobEmotional Intelligence, Leadership, Personal Growth, Uncategorized

Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that in order to achieve contentment, one should “cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously.” Unfortunately, it’s easy to relegate the notion of gratefulness into a warm sentiment we talk about around the Holidays – especially Thanksgiving. Here are three ways gratitude is … Read More

Five Leadership Lessons from a 525 Mile Bike Ride

bobLeadership, Personal Growth

Recently, I, along with over 30 other riders, rode from West Cancer Center in Germantown, TN on a 5-day, 525-mile journey to Rosemary Beach, FL. The Ride 2 Rosemary supports the WINGS Supportive Care Division of the University of Tennessee/West Institute for Cancer Research. Before completing the ride, I wrote about some lessons learned training for the event. This article is a follow … Read More

Are you getting the most out of your time?


There is a lot of discussion about time management. Many of us think about time management in terms of what I need to get done today. However, it’s difficult to live a balanced day every day – where I get to invest a desired amount of time into all of my priorities. Some days, work takes it all. Other days, … Read More

Are your goals serving you?


Goals are great. They provide us a way of knowing if we are succeeding or not. The most influential people in the world set them and use them. However, the vast majority of our goals – even if we achieve them – often leave us feeling like we are still coming up short. Don’t believe me? Name one goal you … Read More

Balance These Two Skills To Successfully Lead Others


Are you better at care or candor? Usually, we have a bent towards one more than the other. However, both are important if we want people to follow us. They are more important still if we want people to want to follow us. Leaders who are naturally good at building loyalty with their team know you can care for people … Read More

How to Have Authority at Work


I recently led an organization’s leadership team through a DISC personality exercise that helped them understand each others innate differences. Next week we will talk about how they can use this information to communicate and work together more effectively. I was reminded again of how much we humans struggle when we can’t be in control. Depending on wiring some struggle … Read More

How To Maximize Your Last Week of Year


What are you doing this week? Many people have taken time off to enjoy some Holiday down time. Others plan to “catch up” or “get ahead” in the office. I want to share a John Maxwell Team tip that will give you what may be your most productive and energizing holiday “down” week yet . It will also give you clarity and … Read More

Don’t Be The Best


“You’ve come a long way, Bob.” These words were spoken this week by friends I workout with on a daily basis. The guys I workout with bring varied strengths and weaknesses to the gym. On any given day one will shine more than others based on the requirements of the workout. The strong guys clean house on squat day, the … Read More

One Massive Leadership Lesson I Learned from My Wife


When our daughter was 13 (she is 20 now) I learned what may be my most valuable leadership lesson to date – lead with questions. Unfortunately, without this skill leaders can actually stunt the growth of their followers. Teenagers have a way of making parents wonder, “what were you thinking?” or, “why were you not thinking?” It’s a normal part … Read More

Two Reasons Why People Stop Growing


We are all born with a desire to do something significant. To become all we are made to become. This requires continuous development and improvement. There are many reasons why growth stops. Here are two worth thinking about. 1) The Law of the Rubberband In midst of the busyness of life it is possible to begin to settle for the … Read More