This is Thanksgiving week. For most of us, the holiday presents an opportunity to sit down at a table with family and enjoy a meal together. This is something that rarely happens in my house. Most meals tend to be on-the-go, a hasty interruption to our individual agendas. Days go by without the entire family … Continue reading Pull Up a Chair
Do you remember your first day on the job? What emotions did you feel? I bet there was excitement, nervousness, and pride all at once. There was a sense of anticipation; almost an eagerness to see what challenges you could accept. Even before you started, in that middle ground between accepting a new job and … Continue reading Moving to Mastery
Let me tell you about Tom from Kansas City. I had joined our Boy Scout troop for a weekend of mountain biking in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. The mornings were a little chilly; but once the sun came up, the weather was perfect for exploring the trails and viewing the wildlife. Saturday evening, as … Continue reading Excuses vs. Experience
Last weekend I took a trip to visit family in middle Tennessee and returned with several woodworking tools that had belonged to my grandfather. I can’t tell you how honored I am to have these tools. I was fortunate to grow up next door to my grandparents. As I exited the school bus each afternoon, … Continue reading The Benefits of Building
Wednesday morning my daughter Abby had an appointment with the dentist. It was a quick visit, just a cleaning, and everything checked out fine. Since we finished earlier than anticipated, I thought I’d see if the orthodontist in the same building had time to check on Abby’s retainer. She’d had her wisdom teeth removed in … Continue reading What’s Your Reputation Worth?
I was having one of those days. My to-do list was maxed out, and I had just closed the office door to start working my way through it. That’s when the phone rang. Forty-five minutes later, I hung up and turned my attention back to the first item on my list. I didn’t get very … Continue reading Work, Interrupted
It's 10:25 in the morning, Saturday, September 30th. My son Alex just walked into one of the most important interviews of his life. He's a Boy Scout and this is his board of review for the rank of Eagle. Eagle is the highest rank in scouting. Those who reach this level have spent years working … Continue reading 5%