Three Ways to Shatter the Communication Barrier

Picture yourself standing on one side of a pane of glass, trying to communicate with people standing on the other side of the glass. You can see them. They can see you. But what you are trying to communicate just bounces off the glass.

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Sometimes that’s how we feel when we roll out a new idea to our employees! We plan a big meeting, what we are going to say – even how we’re going to say it. But it can seem like there’s something blocking our message. Read on, and discover what I used to shatter the barrier to effective communication!

Make Your Core Values Stick!

As a leader, I always get pumped and excited when we have an event, like Our Values QIC-Day, to get our employees involved in “how” we should “live out” Our Values.

Make Your Core Values Stick

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In a previous blog post, I shared that I met with our “Value Leaders” immediately after our QIC-Day event where I introduced Our Values, and how I…

Give Me Five Minutes and I’ll Help You Expand the Impact of Your Next Event

Have you ever attended a conference, workshop, or meeting that just “blew your socks off”? You walked away enthused, pumped, and ready to “go and tear up the world”!


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How often have you heard great ideas and were highly encouraged by what was said? But after you walked away, you never heard any more talk or discussion about those ideas.

It’s as if the “head of steam” that developed during the event dissipated in the silence that followed.

Crush Your Next Company-wide Event!

Think about the last organization-wide event that you attended. Did it roll out without a hitch? Was everyone in the room inspired, informed and aligned? I have hosted countless such meetings and know it’s harder than it looks to pull off an event like this. I’ve discovered the secret to successful company-wide events and it may surprise you!


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The secret to these successful meetings cannot be found at the event itself – It occurs long before the first person thumps the microphone and clears his throat to speak!



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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.

It turns what we have into enough, and more.

It turns denial into acceptance,

chaos to order,

confusion to clarity.

It can turn a meal into a feast,

a house into a home,

a stranger into a friend.

Gratitude makes sense of our past,

brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

― Melody Beattie


May we live today, and each day, with grateful hearts.


What are you grateful for today?


Four Steps to Prepare Your Core Values for Maximum Impact

Leaders are communicators. If you don’t communicate well, chances are you won’t lead well. One of the most important messages I’ve ever communicated to my team is our core values. I knew that I had to get this right. After I determined my core values, I took four steps to prepare and position them for maximum, company-wide impact.

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These Two Questions Will Help You Discover Your Core Values

Do you have a thinking chair? For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a chair that I call my thinking chair. It’s my favorite chair in the whole house. This chair is where I go to think, to reflect, to evaluate. I vividly remember what happened on a sunny afternoon in my thinking chair almost a decade ago…

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Key Steps in My Core Values Journey

Sometimes leaders get that feeling in their gut that something isn’t right. Have you ever experienced that feeling? Well, in early 2005, I knew that something wasn’t right. I had a growing sense that I needed to figure out who I was, bone deep. Fortunately, I discovered some questions that really helped me make sort things out. And they can help you too.