Spin a Dream...

Spin a Dream...

Each day presents an opportunity to dream, to think fresh about ourselves, our careers, the products and services we offer to others.

Manage by Walking!

Manage by Walking!

Often we become glued to our screens, communicating so easily with staff, partners and customers/clients.  Yet, to understand and engage with others, we should remember the importance of getting up from our desks and take a walk among your team.  

Oh, The Choices We Make!

Oh, The Choices We Make!

We are faced with so many choices, directions, paths to take.  A personal leadership statement will help reveal our core purpose, guiding these decisions. 

4 Key Traits To Becoming an Authentic Leader

4 Key Traits To Becoming an Authentic Leader

You would have had to be under a rock for the past five years to not have heard about the value of authenticity. I'm talking about authenticity as a brand and authenticity as a leader.

The reason for so much discussion is clear. Millennials, now the largest consumer group in the U.S., not only value authenticity but they demand it.

I need look no farther than at my own 20-something sons.

Homogeneity isn't a default setting for them...

Practice What You Preach

Practice What You Preach

More than ever, spin doesn’t cut it and people will “sniff” us out. Our behaviors and activities NEED to be in alignment with what we believe.  It's about being authentic and reflecting our values. 

Why Become a Benefit Corporation Now

Why Become a Benefit Corporation Now

Hope.

Hope for the environment.

Hope for social justice.

Hope for business.

And hope for the world.

You see, we believe we are at that proverbial crossroad where there is no more time...

Getting Along

Getting Along

Creating a team that works together means respecting the differences we all bring to the table.  Dog Parks provide a  valuable lesson on how to get along and create a pack that protects one another. 

Letting Go and Saying No

Letting Go and Saying No

Thoughtful consideration of what to let go of and what to say “no” to is hard but may be the best way to focus, prioritize and achieve growth for an organization.

Honor the Season, Not Just the Holiday

Honor the Season, Not Just the Holiday

Open Our Minds to the Celebrations of Others -- We all celebrate this season differently – be it Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, Festivus or New Year’s Eve. While focusing on our own unique religious and cultural holidays, we can also respect with kindness other holidays of the season in our journey to understanding and respecting others.

The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge: 10 Lessons for the Workplace

The Story of Ebenezer Scrooge: 10 Lessons for the Workplace

The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, and the lessons of kindness and greed ring even more true today. It is about valuing the other as much as self and being generous to those who may not have as much as we do. It is a story of joy…in celebrating compassion, empathy towards others. There are some important leadership lessons inspired by this classic tale. 

Are You a Dreamcatcher?  How to Support Staff

Are You a Dreamcatcher? How to Support Staff

Supporting staff -- "having their back" is one of the most important traits of conscientious leaders. It's the philosophy of the dream catcher--  allowing the good dreams to pass through, and being there to deter  the negativity that may arise. 

Mistakes Make the Mighty!

Mistakes Make the Mighty!

 Welcome mistakes in ourselves and in others, as missteps and even failures are the seeds for a continual path of learning and self- improvement.

Lesson from 40,000 Feet: The Search for Happiness

Lesson from 40,000 Feet: The Search for Happiness

Man, did I feel happy.

For starters, I experienced sunny, moderate temperatures six of the seven days of my Thanksgiving week in New England. I explored new places with my son and daughter-in-law in Cambridge and in Gloucester. And I ate delicious food prepared by my girlfriend’s family, not to mention a few favorite local restaurants (Nick's Roast Beef in Beverly, MA anyone?).

Even with all the turmoil that is going on in the world today, I found myself feeling joyous and grateful flying back to Portland in seat 24E as I reflected on my week.

But what was the reason I asked myself for this blissful condition...

Embrace Every Season of Leadership

Embrace Every Season of Leadership

For many, the rainy season of winter means a change of pace.  This coincides nicely with In the cyclical seasons of leadership. There are sunny times with lots of activity and connections, and then there is the colder, rainy season, when things  slow down -- offering opportunities for different but still valuable activities. 

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.