How Do We Inspire Others?

Several months ago I began to wonder if the highest potential in each of us isn’t simply to encourage the highest potential in others.  That question has been a powerful force for me, bringing with it all sorts of other questions. What is it that inspires us humans to be our very best – to … Read more

Friends? Colleagues? Where's the Line?

Several months ago, when I was first jumping into Facebook and LinkedIn and Twitter, I shared this question on LinkedIn: “For what do you use which of these spaces?” A young man sent this response: “While I agree that a colleague can be a friend and vice-versa, I do think that it is better not … Read more

Why Some People Always Seem to Succeed

“Are you comfortable?” Reno Police Officer Patrick O’Bryan uttered those words to a silent room of 100 community leaders last summer.  “Because if you’re comfortable, then nothing will change. To change our community, we need to step outside our comfort zone. So are we willing to be uncomfortable?” That story came to mind often last … Read more

Why Some Consultants Are Always Ahead of the Pack

Anymore I can usually tell how good a consultant is in the first few minutes of our conversation.  How? By how much they listen. By how much they want to learn, no matter how much they already know. By how much they ask questions instead of talking about themselves. By how much it’s not about … Read more

Why Problem-Solving Doesn't Solve Problems (Part 3)

This post is the 3rd & final installment in a series. To begin at Part 1 head here. The Evidence We’ve established that Problem-Solving solves neither complex organizational problems nor complex social problems.  And we’ve posited that the only thing that CAN solve such problems is to look beyond the problem – beyond “zero” – … Read more