September 7, 2020

Reminder: Why We Celebrate Labor Day

The people I love the bestjump into work head first… The pitcher cries for water to carryand a person for work that is real. Marge Piercy: […]
September 3, 2020

Make Fear Your Ally, Not Your Enemy

The physical symptoms of terror and exhilaration are identical – the only difference is the name you give to them. In Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick first mate […]
August 28, 2020

When Inspiring Leadership Matters Most: Sustaining courage, perseverance and hope through crisis

As Pandemic Persists, Health Care Heroes Beginning To Crack Under The Strain”NPR, Weekend Edition, August 22, 2020 In August 1914 soldiers, almost all of whom were […]
August 23, 2020

It’s better to be a 3-legged coyote than a 4-legged fur coat – escaping the traps that hold you back

Are you stuck in a trap of your own making? In her book The March of Folly, historian Barbara Tuchman wrote that folly is not necessarily making […]
August 13, 2020

Don’t circle the emotional drain! It has never been more important for leaders to ask, listen, and respond!

A Values Coach colleague took this screenshot from a cell phone, the only way we could see it in post-storm Iowa Earlier this week my colleague […]
August 10, 2020

Join Bob Dent and me for a free webinar – Building a Culture of Ownership during COVID-19 – Tuesday evening

Download the quiz & ask coworkers to take it; if your collective score is less than 17 you really want to be on this webinar Tomorrow evening (Tuesday August […]
August 5, 2020

Do you have the courage to include or do you build walls of fear?

I wrote these words 25 years ago, but they have never been more relevant than they are today. Black Lives Matter and the larger movement for […]
July 27, 2020

Rethinking Core Values during a Crisis – Should You Add Something?

“Culture and morale and standards all depend on the leader, and none of these can be sacrificed in a crisis. A culture left untended will go […]
July 17, 2020

Draw a Line in the Sand of Your Emotions

Legend has it that on the day before the Alamo fell to the Mexican army leaving no survivors, Commander William Barrett Travis called his ragtag band […]
July 15, 2020

Florence Nightingale’s Lasting Legacy for Healthcare – Free Download

Today more than ever you need leadershipin every corner, not just in the corner office! My article “Florence Nightingale’s Lasting Legacy for Healthcare” is the lead […]
July 12, 2020

The Culture Renewal Project

How Values Coach can help you help your people get through all of this and emerge stronger and more resilient “Though we could not have foreseen […]
June 26, 2020

What’s Good About It? Finding the Positive in a Time of Adversity

I took this picture several days ago. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic and ensuing global economic shutdown, air pollution has been reduced by 40-50% […]
June 22, 2020

Meet Todd Spohn – New Values Coach Vice President of Operations and Manager of our Culture Renewal Project

I’m very happy to announce that Todd Spohn has joined our team at Values Coach as Vice President of Operations. In this role he will help our healthcare partners implement […]
June 19, 2020

A Personal Reflection on Juneteenth and the First Step to Healing the Wounds of Racism

Arthur “Breese” Williams (pictured above with yours truly) is in his 48th year of serving a life sentence for murder. While in prison he started “The […]
June 11, 2020

What’s in a Hat? Confronting the Prejudice that We all Carry

“A small number of Black Swans explain almost everything in our world, from the success of ideas and religions, to the dynamics of historical events, to […]
March 16, 2016

Low Self Esteem and Personal Accountability

Low Self Esteem and Personal Accountability I will take complete responsibility for my health, my happiness, my success and my life, and will not blame others […]
March 24, 2016

Do you get to work or have to work?

Do you get to work or have to work? “Work is the very fire where we are baked to perfection, and like the master of the […]
March 31, 2016

It Takes Character Strength to Go Out of Character

It Takes Character Strength to Go Out of Character Last week I spoke at the Superheroes Leadership Conference at Carilion Healthcare in beautiful Roanoke, Virginia. The […]
April 1, 2016

Surprise Me

Surprise Me When I’m ordering coffee and am asked what kind I want, I’ll often just say “surprise me.” Almost without exception, what I’m surprised with […]
April 5, 2016

Learn from Those Gone Before

Learn from Those Gone Before “One of the most depressing facts about military history is how very little of the great warlords ever learn from the […]
April 7, 2016

Congress won’t, but you can adopt a Bill of Responsibilities

Congress won’t, but you can adopt a Bill of Responsibilities On Friday April 1, I published an article (reproduced below) stating that Congress had enacted and […]
April 8, 2016

The 3 Levels of Commitment

The 3 Levels of Commitment When I was in high school I was on the swimming team. At that time Doc Counsilman was world’s the preeminent […]
April 8, 2016

Fixing the Culture AND Fixing the Business

Fixing the Culture AND Fixing the Business The cover story of the current edition of Harvard Business Review by Jay Lorsch and Emily McTague is provocatively […]
April 14, 2016

Embrace the 4 Personal Freedoms

Embrace the 4 Personal Freedoms “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in […]
April 15, 2016

The Power of a PledgePartner

The Power of a PledgePartner One of the features of the PledgePower course on The Self Empowerment Pledge is that once you sign up, you can […]
April 15, 2016

The Scariest Thing on Earth…

The Scariest Thing on Earth… … a blank yellow pad. … the first day on a new job … the first day out of an old […]
April 18, 2016

Protect the Positive

Protect the Positive In his book Creativity, Inc. Pixar co-founder Ed Catmull says that his favorite line from any Pixar movie is this one spoken by […]
April 21, 2016

There is Always Something You Can Do

There is Always Something You Can Do “It is possible to be without resources.  It is inexcusable to be without resourcefulness.  That is about character, not […]
April 25, 2016

What’s Your Identity Metaphor?

In his book Creativity Inc., Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull describes some of the metaphors that creative directors use to define their roles. One, he says, uses […]
April 26, 2016

7 Steps to Building a Culture of Ownership

At Values Coach we help our clients foster a stronger culture of ownership. Over the years we have identified 7 essential steps (and 2 optional steps) […]