Thought Life

Three Practical Ways to Exert Self-Leadership

Our society today has a self-leadership crisis. It doesn’t matter where we look—business, politics, entertainment—we see its effects. The news regularly reports about the financial improprieties of business executives. Politicians get caught all the time doing something they knew they … Read more

3 Things That Get in the Way of Your Self-Awareness

Our society today has a self-awareness crisis. It doesn’t matter where we look—business, politics, entertainment—we see its effects. The news regularly reports about the financial improprieties of business executives. Politicians get caught all the time doing something they knew they … Read more

A Five-Step Process to Build Morale in Your Company

As a leader, one of your greatest assets is the morale of your team. How you wield your influence can profoundly affect the culture of your organization. The more intentional and consistent you are in building the culture, the greater … Read more

A New Way to Look at Difficult Employees

How do you look at the difficult employees on your team? Could it be that you are looking at them the wrong way? I’m not saying that everyone is fixable. It may ultimately be better for everyone if the difficult … Read more

New Situations Require New Paradigms

When I was in sixth grade, I was pretty good at guessing. I couldn’t see the blackboard that well from where I sat, so I learned how to recognize the patterns of the letters and numbers. But when I was … Read more

How Well Do You Represent Your Employer?

Many years ago I worked for a guy I’ll call Greg. Working with Greg was awkward. He badmouthed his boss in the office, but in public he spoke favorably about him. To outsiders, he seemed like a good team player, … Read more

What Does Integrity Mean to You?

Before I started Transformational Impact LLC, I worked with my friend Ben Case. Ben is reputedly one of the best major gift fundraisers in the world, having helped nonprofits raise more than $4.8 billion in his 41 years in fundraising … Read more

How Do You Define Yourself?

What makes you you? When someone says to you, “Tell me about yourself,” what do you say? Are you the profession you chose? Are you the organizations that you belong to? Or are you your ethnicity? What is it that … Read more

Clean the Barnacles off of Your Mind

Have you ever seen barnacles attached to a ship? These little crustaceans latch onto a marine vessel and hold onto the ship to feed. While they may seem harmless enough, they cause many problems for the vessel. Similarly, you can … Read more