We Think Too Small

frog in hand

It’s been over 7 years since Randy Pausch died in July 2008.

I had first heard of Randy Pausch in 2002 while I was in grad school at Robert Morris University. This was a few years before he had learned of his death-dealing diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Randy is probably most famous for his “Last Lecture” he gave to his students and colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University in 2007.

Continue reading

Zebras & Ostriches


Thrilled to announce my new book is now available on Amazon!

Zebras & Ostriches: 5 Simple Rules to Engage and Retain Your Best People will challenge you to re-think employee engagement. Research continues to show that employee engagement and retention are at an all-time low. People don’t want to be supervised, they want to be led. Your employees want to work from their strengths and do meaningful work. Follow these 5 simple rules and be prepared to inspire your people to grow and to be committed to the mission of your organization.
Continue reading

It’s Time to Let Go of Wilson


One of my favorite Tom Hanks movies is “Cast Away.”

It’s essentially “one-man” survival movie about tragedy, hope, and the dream to one day get rescued from this deserted island. Can you imagine the utter despair and disappointment of having an airplane or boat pass right by you without even noticing your desperate cries for help?

Hanks’ character spends 1,500 days on the island. That’s over 4 years! I wonder how many times he wanted to give up?

Continue reading

Get Your Hands Dirty

Messy Hands kid

Productive creativity is a funny thing.

It frequently appears when we are least expecting it (driving, in the shower, mowing the lawn).

Too often we try to manufacture creativity as if between the hours of 2pm and 4pm are strictly devoted to creativity time.

Ridiculous right?

But this is how we plan our meetings, new products and services, and we even schedule our strategic planning sessions during a specified time frame. **This is when we’re going to be “strategic.”**

So what can we learn about the creative process?

Continue reading

You Don’t Have To Find Out You’re Dying… To Start Living

For those of you who have not heard Zach Sobiech’s story – take 22 minutes to see this mini-documentary.

It’s incredibly inspiring and moving.

Zach passed away last year on May 20, 2013, but his story lives on.

There’s a lot of things to take away from this video, but the primary message for me was:

“Start living.”

Don’t wait until something horrible happens when you start to realize that you have limited time on this earth.

There is no guarantee of tomorrow regardless of your health, wealth, family, education, etc.

You’ve got to live life to the fullest.

Whatever you’ve been waiting to do, start doing it.

What are your dreams?

What are your passions?

What are your goals?

What can you start today to move closer to your dreams?