June 14, 2022

Living Your Values in Challenging Times

Attitude is not everything but it’s close. A great attitude will not make you a great heart surgeon if you haven’t gone to medical school, but […]
June 14, 2022

Attitude is – Almost – Everything

Attitude is not everything but it’s close. A great attitude will not make you a great heart surgeon if you haven’t gone to medical school, but […]
June 14, 2022

Enjoy the Journey

I once invited two mountain climbers, Alan Hobson and Jamie Clarke, to speak at a conference I was hosting. They had summited Mount Everest on their […]
June 14, 2022

Weird Ideas that Work And why hope should be strategy #1

This is the 28th in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years. In his […]
March 22, 2022

The Glass is Always Full And There is Always Hope

Remind yourself of this every time you drink a glass of water. No matter what challenges you are facing, as long as you stay hydrated and […]
February 5, 2022

Fostering Extravagant Hope is Leadership Job #1

In his classic book The True Believer, Eric Hoffer wrote that anyone who would change the world, or a corner of the world, must have the ability […]
February 1, 2022

Why Nursing is the World’s Most Trusted Profession – Year after Year after Year

Almost every one of the heartbreaking stories represented by the 700,000 white flags (we are now at 885,000 and counting) in Suzanne Firstenberg’s soul-touching art exhibition In […]
January 26, 2022

Books that Inspire Me #26: A Leader’s Legacy

And a question for graduates of The Twelve Core Action Values This is the 26th in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a […]
January 23, 2022

Books that Inspire Me #25: What to do When It’s Your Turn

This is the 25th in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years.  I love […]
January 18, 2022

Books that Inspire Me #24: Leading an Inspired Life

Courageous leadership for goals that are important and meaningful This is the 24th in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book […]
January 7, 2022

Books that Inspire Me #23: The Obstacle is the Way: It’s Supposed to be Hard so Empower Yourself

This is the 23rd in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years.  I was […]
January 6, 2022

Books that Inspire Me: #22 For Entrepreneurs Only: How to Transform Terror into Exhilaration

I think of this passage whenever I run into a brick wall. At the beginning of a project, everyone This is the 22nd in a series […]
December 29, 2021

What’s Your Power Word for 2022?

Every year, Children’s Hospital CEO John Nickens challenges his team members to identify one word that will inspire them during the year. Jon Gordon writes about […]
December 28, 2021

Turn Nyet into Not Yet

Don’t give up on dreams not realized in 2021 Sometimes “no” means “not yet.” Here in Iowa, we dreamed of a white Christmas. It came three […]
November 14, 2021

It’s National Pickle [Pledge] Day

Eat a Pickle, Don’t Be a Pickle I use Van Holten’s pickles for events because their whimsical sense of humor captures the spirit of The Pickle […]