The Season of Giving Thanks:  Every Day!

The Season of Giving Thanks: Every Day!

What if we consider  every day the “holiday season” and reach out to others, showing our appreciation and thanks to our teammates, friends and family members? And what if every day, we showed the same warmth and appreciation to strangers, even those who don’t look like us?

Focus, Not Fret!

Focus, Not Fret!

In our overly busy worlds of juggling and worrying about the past and present, we may struggle with focus, which keeps us from being creative and productive.. 

Up with Wisdom!

Up with Wisdom!

Wisdom often comes from carefully keeping our ears and eyes open and our mouths shut. It’s not always about book or Wikipedia smarts, rather from learning from others, from our experiences, from nature. These teachers help us understand ourselves and lead us toward wisdom.

3 Palms, Mission-Driven Organizations and How They Connect

3 Palms, Mission-Driven Organizations and How They Connect

It was 95 degrees but it was a dry heat.

I had just taken a sip from a cold cerveza and glanced skyward observing the 3 palms nearby blowing gently in the breeze. After a couple of days of rest and relaxation, my mind was fully disengaged from its usual thinking about commitments, deadlines and financial obligations.

I thought to myself what stories this trio of frond producers...

The Beauty of Disagreements

The Beauty of Disagreements

I’m thankful for the occasional conflict to resurrect troubling issues and to clear the air. It can be healthy and valuable to ensure everyone is heard.  It allows for difference of opinions to be shared and for disconnects to be made visible.

Do You Truly Practice Collaboration? Lesson From the Aspen Tree

Do You Truly Practice Collaboration? Lesson From the Aspen Tree

The Aspen tree, deliberately chosen as our logo for HCollaborative,  uniquely connects through its robust root system with every other aspen tree in its vicinity- some over 40 feet away.  That is what we call collaboration … sharing a collective strength and resiliency that can overcome stresses and challenges like disease and fire.

Let's Talk Expectations

Let's Talk Expectations

Our expectations about what may happen in the future can be realistic or unrealistic. And when things don’t always go the way we imagine, we suddenly find ourselves disappointed and hurt. Maybe its time to take off our “rose colored glasses,” and appreciate and be aware of the value of the here and now – which is mindfulness -- open to the reality and opportunity of today without any expectation.

Let's Get Real... Time for Authenticity

Let's Get Real... Time for Authenticity

Authenticity is one of the corner stones of Benefit Corporations -- and what is demanded in today's business world. Honesty, sincerity, and a commitment to be transparent are powerful tools to engage and create trust with new customers. 

The Road Less Traveled - Take the Risk!

The Road Less Traveled - Take the Risk!

although there are risks, there may be unexpected rewards and benefits if we are willing to step outside our comfort zone and take an unusual path.  It may take courage, but it's often worth it. 

Dangers of the Status Quo: How an Organization Becomes Extinct

Dangers of the Status Quo: How an Organization Becomes Extinct

If you worked in ad agencies during your career (as I have), you quickly learn about being different.

Building a brand, developing a strategy, creating an ad is ALWAYS about differentiating.

Doing things as usual is almost never a good idea.

So why is it we see so many businesses and organizations not clearly setting themselves apart in the "how" or "why" they do what they do?

Juggling Takes Its Toll

Juggling Takes Its Toll

Sometimes our lives feel rushed and chaotic... juggling so many activities.  Maybe it is time to say NO, delegate, and regain calm. Less may be more!

The Secret to Product Innovation

The Secret to Product Innovation

Stop creating products without customers.  Make them a part of your innovation team... and they can help you draw the future. 

Listening 2.0

Listening 2.0

Listening is so much more than just hearing the words.  There are important clues to the intent of the speaker, revealed through tone and nonverbal language.  These often reveal the true story. 

Lesson in Leadership: Is Business Today a Blood Sport?

Lesson in Leadership: Is Business Today a Blood Sport?

Ruthless.

If you watched nothing but “Billions” and “House of Lies” on cable, you would believe the business world can only be described that way.

Win the day at any cost just makes up the DNA of these colorful casts. Do what it takes to knock the other guy out. Leave nothing for them. Conquer and divide.

But I’m here to tell you that in the real world, I see a different picture.

Let me explain…

The Art of Compromise

The Art of Compromise

Some things are un-negotiable, but there are many times we can compromise.  It often comes down to picking your battles and letting go of our egos that want it done "our way". 

Is It Time For An Attitude Adjustment?

Is It Time For An Attitude Adjustment?

Sometimes the power of nature puts us in our place and makes us wonder what would happen if we chose to not sweat the small stuff?  In the bigger scheme of things - some of our petty concerns may seem pretty irrelevant.  

The Power of Resiliency

The Power of Resiliency

Mother Nature Survives: Can We? 
Many of us in the Northwest are deeply saddened by the fires burning in our beautiful Columbia River Gorge.  Our hiking trails scorched with many gone. Flames threaten historic sites. It seems incredulous that this majestic beauty in our backyard, which many of us take for granted, is now reduced to charred land and ashes. It is tragic, particularly when we...

Lesson in Leadership: Is Honesty the Best Policy?

Lesson in Leadership: Is Honesty the Best Policy?

Nike just announced it will eliminate 745 jobs at its Oregon headquarters.

And it got me thinking about honesty in business. (No, I have no issue with my favorite shoemaker.) More specifically, honesty in leadership.

For years, I spent time in the ad agency world. Layoffs were part and parcel of that business. Lose an account and lose some employees. Lose another account and lose more employees. And so it went with the bad times of every economic cycle.

Now if you were an employee in one of those agencies...