October 19, 2021

Books that Inspire Me: #11 The Last Lecture

This is the 11th in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years.  Ric Elias […]
October 14, 2021

This Healthcare Crisis is Real! Join Us in Helping to Heal Our Caregivers

When I started the Stay Strong For Us project during the second Covid surge, I hoped that the free eBook would have a short shelf life. Tragically, […]
October 9, 2021

Books that Inspire Me: #9 Positivity

This is the ninth in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years.  This is […]
October 3, 2021

Books that Inspire Me: #8 Art & Fear

This is the eighth in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years.  In his […]
September 29, 2021

Books that Inspire Me: #7 Driving Fear Out of the Workplace

This is the seventh in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years. It’s called awfulizing: […]
September 25, 2021

Books that Inspire Me: #6 He Still Moves Stones

This is the sixth in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years.  With the […]
September 23, 2021

Books that Inspire Me: #5 Billy Summers: A Novel

This is the fifth in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years.  One day […]
September 22, 2021

Books that Inspire Me: #4 The Difference Maker

This is the fourth in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years.  Full disclosure: […]
September 21, 2021

Books that Inspire Me: #3 The Confidence Course

This is the third in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years.  I read The […]
September 20, 2021

Books that Inspire Me: #2 The Mind and the Brain

This is the second in a series of posts in which I share thoughts on a book that has inspired me over the years.  I read The […]
September 19, 2021

The Covid Earthquake and its Lasting Aftershocks

In their book on post Covid PTSD, Goulston and Hendel wrote that COVID-19 was the earthquake, and widespread cases of PTSD among healthcare workers will be […]
September 18, 2021

Books that Inspire Me: #1 The War of Art

It’s been said that leaders are readers and readers become leaders. Sadly, for most of us reading has taken a backseat to keeping up with email […]
September 17, 2021

Courageous Leadership is NOT About Being a Superhero

Earlier this week I gave the opening keynote for the annual conference of LeadingAge Iowa, an association for leaders of long-term care organizations. My topic was […]
September 13, 2021

Now Would be a Great Time to Reassess Your Values Statement

Labor Day is always the third day in a 3-day weekend. It’s a day for picnics, fireworks, walks in the park, long bike rides, and time […]
September 6, 2021

Work and Love and 3 Poems for Labor Day

Labor Day is always the third day in a 3-day weekend. It’s a day for picnics, fireworks, walks in the park, long bike rides, and time […]
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) […]