Beyond the Tweet

Thoughts on leadership, innovation and more.

April 16, 2015 0

Find Your Common Goal

Dream big. Work hard. J.J. Watt’s motto drives his play on the field and his charitable work off it. During a recent visit to my company, the two-time NFL defensive player of the year shared a glimpse into where this mantra started. It got me thinking about leadership and the defining moments we all face […]

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April 8, 2015 0

Time and Perfection are Our Enemies

In today’s world, we all have plenty on our plates. Between meetings, phone calls, email and project work, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. And customers have a lot on their plates too. They are dealing with changes as well. That’s why it’s more important than ever for leaders to empower their organizations to act, and […]

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April 1, 2015 0

The Transparency of Results

I recently traveled to Colorado with my family for a long ski weekend. On the trip home, we paid $110 to check four bags. And, despite having no connections, three of those four bags didn’t show up. Have you experienced this, too? It made me wonder: Is this airline at all concerned with customer value? […]

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March 25, 2015 0

Deliver the Value Your Customers Deserve

When I first went into a management role, I thought one of my most important responsibilities was being a problem solver. Team issues. Field/home office disputes. Individual performance shortcomings. I was convinced I could solve them all. There was a time, early in my manager career, where I was struggling with the performance of one […]

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March 2, 2015 0

Gratitude, Optimism and Belief

We each have the ability to choose how we approach our daily lives. What will you choose? I like to ground my attitude and actions around gratitude, optimism andbelief. Those are three pretty simple words, but they carry significant meaning for me – and for the work we all can do as leaders. With gratitude, […]

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January 9, 2015 0

Do It Anyway

Just do it! I’m sure you’re familiar with this brand slogan developed more than 25 years ago. Nike significantly increased its market share following the introduction of this theme. At my alma mater (Wartburg College, a small, liberal arts school in the Midwest), members of the wrestling program have heard a similar, but slightly different […]

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November 20, 2014 0

The Power of (and Need for) Defining Moments

Not long ago, I was asked by a local non-profit to speak at its yearly fund-raising gala. You see, this organization’s operating model is changing, and the old ways of doing business are simply less relevant today than in the past. And its director noticed how our company has been navigating a similar shift with our operating models. […]

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November 13, 2014 0

How to Learn to Love What You Do

Thanks to everyone for your comments on my last post, where I talked about my two sons and cautioned against holding out to “do what you love.” Instead, I’ve come to believe there’s a real need to learn how to “love what you do.” Early in my career, I constantly looked to see what next […]

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October 30, 2014 0

Love What You Do Instead of Do What You Love

Are you holding out to “do what you love?” Or, are you learning to “love what you do”? Recently, I was talking with my two sons about this topic – one is a college senior, the other is in his first job out of college. They both want to “do what they love” but are […]

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October 23, 2014 0

Determination AND Patience

I recently had major surgery to correct some ongoing back issues. Spine surgery … nothing to take lightly, but the procedure went well. For me – recovery was the most challenging. I’ve always believed with hard work and determination, you can get ahead – both in my professional career and in my personal life. I wanted to […]

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