July 4, 2023

Wishing You these 4 Freedoms for Your Independence Day

In January 1941, as Europe and Asia were engulfed in war, a war that within the year would draw in the United States, President Franklin D. […]
July 3, 2023

Listen to Your Heart… Really!

Like many people in a world where we grew up with loud music and headphones, I have tinnitus – ringing in the ears. Unlike some people […]
July 1, 2023

If you’re not enjoying the journey…

About 20 years ago I organized a Never Fear Never Quit conference. Two of our speakers were Alan Hobson and Jamie Clark. They’d written an inspirational […]
June 21, 2023

Do you have a DAISY story?

Because the first edition of this book was so well-received at the 2023 conference of the American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL) earlier this year, I’m […]
June 8, 2023

Do you need a sabbatical lite? How can you make it happen?

I appreciate the responses to my recent post on how a Near Drowning Experience cemented my decision to block of the next seven months to take […]
June 6, 2023

My NDE and Sabbatical Lite

Last week I had a Near Drowning Experience. On a family vacation we were on a boat in the gulf coast, anchored about 250 yards from […]
May 1, 2023

New Book: The DAISY Foundation and our Growth-Impact Strategy Model

Giving the first copy of the new book to DAISY Cofounders Mark and Bonnie Barnes at the AONL 2023 Conference This week we are at the […]
April 8, 2023

Treat Your Hours Like You Treat Your Dollars

Core Action Value 3 in my course on The Twelve Core Action Values is Awareness. When I’m teaching it, I’ll sometimes go around the room and […]
April 5, 2023

How DAISY has Influenced Global Healthcare Culture

The Values Coach Growth-Impact Model™ I’m leading a team of graduate students from University of Iowa College of Public Health on a study of the influence […]
March 16, 2023

Words Matter – Especially During a Crisis

Can you imagine Winston Churchill having said this to the British people during the German Blitz of WW2? “Bank runs are especially dangerous because they feed […]
March 2, 2023

When Life Knocks You Flat

Over the past several weeks I’ve heard from three people who each, after 20-30 years of loyal service to their company or hospital, received a layoff […]
February 23, 2023

Appreciation for DAISY Foundation

Mark and Bonnie Barnes, cofounders of the DAISY Foundation, have done so much to thank nurses. To date more than 2.5 million nurses around the world […]
February 20, 2023

The choice between 20 seconds of insane courage or a lifetime of regret

In the movie We Bought a Zoo, Benjamin Mee (played by Matt Damon) tells his two children Dylan and Rosie how he had to muster up […]
February 16, 2023

Hope is Relentless Optimism + Determination

Leadership Job #1 is to Spark and Fan Extravagant Hope This is my working definition of hope, from a slide I shared in my presentations at […]
February 6, 2023

6 Downsides to a Culture of Accountability

You don’t have to hold someone’s feet to the fire when they are willing to walk across hot coals on their own Twenty years ago the […]