5 steps to developing the habit of personal development

In times of change, learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. ~ Eric Hoffer If these words were true in the 1940’s you can only imagine how true they are today.  I wonder if even the great philosopher Eric Hoffer could have […]

How to Connect with People Quickly

I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was working hard to get Rise Performance Group off the ground and profitable.  Adding to my stress, I had been working almost exclusively on one big deal. I needed it to close or I was going to be in serious trouble both financially and emotionally. I’d […]

What is the Power of Purpose?

What is your organization’s purpose? If you can’t answer that question – stop reading right now and click over to this post.  You have to know your purpose before you can make real progress. Do you understand it? Are you communicating it?  More importantly, do your people understand it? Are you leveraging it? When you […]

What to do When You Need New Leaders

You lead a team.   You have specific goals and are committed to reaching your organization’s full potential. You know you cannot do it alone.  You know you need others who have the same vision, energy and enthusiasm for the mission. How do you instill in your team the same sense of drive, pride and commitment […]

Leadership Lessons from the 2017 Super Bowl


  Congratulations to the New England Patriots for an epic win against insurmountable odds.  It’s been almost two weeks since the big game, and the Patriots’ comeback is still a much-talked about accomplishment. Perseverance, teamwork, remaining calm under pressure, finishing strong and the role of momentum are all valuable lessons learned from watching this team […]

How The Right Metrics Help Avoid Disaster And Drive Growth

  On July 16, 1999, John F Kennedy, Jr. piloted a Piper Saratoga II HP carrying his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette.  The three were on their way to a wedding in Martha’s Vineyard. Tragically, they never made it to the wedding.   On July 19, the fragments of Kennedy’s plane were found by the NOAA […]

Need More Time to Focus on Priorities?

Have you heard of the Pareto principle?  Many people know it as the “80/20 Rule” or the “Law of the Vital Few”. Undoubtedly, you are consistently thinking about your goals, your vision, your purpose and all the things you want to accomplish and all the contributions you want to make.  So much to do and […]

4 Ways to Drive Results with Culture

As a leader, which is more important to focus on, strategy or culture? It’s a question I’m often asked and my clients have typically found that while strategy is the easiest to work on, culture actually yields the biggest results. Your organization’s underlying culture drives bigger results because it’s the identity, personality and soul of […]

5 Key Actions to Attract and Retain Millennials

  There are few things more important than creating a culture of inspiration and innovation.  The recently released “2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey” provides insights into how to do this with what is likely the largest portion of your employee population, millennials. This survey is worth reviewing and debating with your leadership team.  Especially if you […]

What have you done lately that made you uncomfortable?

  About this time last year, I published a blog talking about the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone.  It was shortly after I had my first skydiving experience – and that was definitely outside of my comfort zone! As we shift gears into fall and back-to-school, I just stepped out of my personal comfort […]