Cutting the shirt tail!

Cutting the shirt tail!

Recently I was a guest at the first graduating class of “Red Tail Cadets.” The program provided six high school students from the Ferguson-Florissant School District (St. Louis) to go through a 6-week rigorous program and learn to fly an airplane. The school district...
A new leader

A new leader

We rarely stop and think about the perspective of being the new leader of a department, a division, or an entire organization. I’ve been the “new leader” several times in my life.  Each time I assumed the role, I had some anxiety about what it meant for me and those I...
Your eyes can’t see

Your eyes can’t see

I received a text from my wife (Deb) recently, which simply said “you need to come home, I twisted or broke my ankle.”  In the Emergency room we learned she had a dislocated ankle and 3 broken bones. She is now recovering and when we go anywhere, she needs a...
Intentional Presence!

Intentional Presence!

When you receive word that the person you report to, or the CEO, or another senior leader in your organization is coming to see you tomorrow, with no explanation about the purpose, what would you be thinking to yourself? I’m getting fired. This can’t be good. We never...
The Gifted Gardener!

The Gifted Gardener!

Great leaders are described with terms like “visionary”, “servant”, and “inspirational”. Those are all good descriptions, but I like to think of the best leaders as gifted gardeners. I imagine the best leaders I know would be good at gardening. Why? A gifted gardener...