What Hiking 2,189 Miles Taught Me About Leadership

Appalachian Trail Leadership

What can you learn about leadership from hiking for six months straight, covering thousands of miles, and carrying everything you own stuffed into a bag on your back? Plenty, it turns out. Recently I asked successful long-distance backpacker Greg Ward if he would be willing to share some of his Appalachian Trail leadership lessons with us.  His […]

Reaching Your Goals: Thoughts From 14,000 Feet

Reaching Your Goals

Leading yourself is part of being able to lead others.  When you show you are capable of reaching your goals, you demonstrate the potential to help others do the same. In this short video we look at the similarities between mountain climbing and reaching your goals, and motivate you with a few simple steps you […]

Walking with Equanimity: What to do When the Rain Comes

Walking with Equanimity

One rainy morning recently I received a wordless lesson in equanimity when a few long-distance backpackers showed me what it looks like to handle a challenge with composure.  Here’s how they turned a negative into a positive and how you can do the same with the rain that falls in your life.

Doing it Best but Doing it Wrong!

Doing it Wrong

Have you bumped up to the next level recently? Taken on a leadership role? Congratulations!  Just keep in mind that what got you there might not be what keeps you there.  Today we’ll take a quick look at a common pitfall new leaders often succumb to, and some good questions to ask that will keep you headed in the […]

How Not to Quit: 8 Tips to Help You Persevere and Succeed at Anything

How Not to Quit

Any goal worth taking on is going to require effort, and somewhere along the way you are guaranteed to find your path getting hard.  When the going gets tough, you might ask yourself, “How do I keep from quitting?” Yesterday I had the privilege of spending the morning walking with someone who had hiked over […]

Reaching Your Goals: 10 Ways to Help You Climb to the Top

Reaching Your Goals

Sometimes after the excitement of a new beginning, things happen that make reaching your goals seem harder than we imagined.  On a recent trip to Acadia National Park in Maine with my family, we were reminded of what that experience can be like, and what it takes to keep going.  With that in mind, here […]

Be a Finisher, Not Just a Starter

Finisher

Why is it not enough to be a self-starter? Getting started on something is great.  There are lots of great inspirational quotes you can read about starting:

How to Write an Inspiring Vision Statement

Vision Statement

A vision statement is supposed to be like the North Star, serving as a light that guides your organization into the future.  Today we’re going to talk about how you can put together a great vision statement that unifies and inspires your team, and helps you achieve the future that you dream of.

9 Leadership Lessons I Learned from my Dance Instructor

9 Leadership Lessons I learned from my Dance Instructor

I guess you can learn about leadership just about anywhere if you happen to be looking for it.  Last Thursday evening, I wasn’t even looking and it hit me square in the face. My wife and I had signed up for dance lessons (think basic ballroom stuff – definitely not Dancing with the Stars!).  But as […]

Use this Quick Tip to Focus Your Efforts

Have you ever noticed how with all the stuff around us, we only ever use a small portion of what we have?   Like that smart phone a lot of us carry.  How many aps and features does it have, and how many do we actually use frequently.  Probably a pretty small proportion, I’m guessing.  Same […]

Avoid the BOGSAT and Make Your Meetings Productive

BOGSAT

  Have you ever been in a meeting when a tired topic comes up yet again, there’s discussion, then the topic changes, and you get that sinking feeling that at next week’s meeting the same thing will happen? It seems like you never get any closer to resolving the issue.  If so, it is quite […]