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 […]
April 27, 2016

Step 1 for a Culture of Ownership

The first step to building a more positive and productive culture of ownership is assessing what you have now, and you do that by asking people […]
April 28, 2016

Heart, Spirit, and Attitude

Core values are the foundation of any organization’s Invisible Architecture. Your core values should define who you are, what you stand for, and what you won’t […]
April 28, 2016

Step 2 for a Culture of Ownership

The statement of core values at Clickstop is the foundation upon which the company has been a culture earning it recognition as a best place to work (and […]
April 29, 2016

Step 3 for a Culture of Ownership

Culture does not change unless and until people change. More specifically, culture does not change unless and until people change ingrained habits. And quite a bit […]
May 3, 2016

Step 4 for a Culture of Ownership

The saying “attitude is everything” applies to an organization, or a unit within an organization, every bit as much as it applies to the individual. When it […]
May 3, 2016

Step 5 for a Culture of Ownership

“People who are clearest about their personal vision and values are significantly more committed to their organizations.”  James Kouzes and Barry Posner: A Leader’s Legacy Most […]
May 4, 2016

Step 6 for a Culture of Ownership

This chainsaw of a Positive Pickle, created by a Midland Memorial Hospital employee, stands at the hospital’s employee entrance where it has become a favorite photo […]
May 5, 2016

Step 7 for a Culture of Ownership

A culture of ownership is like a neighborhood where people get together to celebrate block parties and come together to help when someone on the block […]
May 6, 2016

Resilience for Today and Prosilience for Tomorrow

“If only it were possible for us to see farther than our knowledge reaches, and even a little beyond the outworks of our presentiment, perhaps we […]
May 9, 2016

Leadership Lessons from Florence Nightingale

“Florence Nightingale Receiving the Wounded at Scutari” a painting by Jerry Barrett (who was at the Scutari Barrack Hospital – that’s him looking out the window) […]
May 10, 2016

A Tough Love Nurses Week Message for Nurse Leaders

In his book The Coming Jobs War, Gallup CEO Jim Clifton wrote that a disengaged manager is “a quality defect,” just like giving the wrong medication […]
May 14, 2016

Change Your Future with “Yet”

Negative self-talk is telling yourself lies and then believing those lies. As you embrace the untruth, it becomes your reality. One of the most seductive and […]
May 16, 2016

“Bus” is the Wrong Metaphor for Your Organization

Jim Collins is one of the most widely-read authors on business leadership today, and deservedly so. His books, including Built to Last and From Good to […]
May 25, 2016

On Leaving a Long-Tail Legacy

The year was 1866. Caleb Abel stood on a bluff not far from the Cedar River and brushed the dirt from his hands, thankful for the […]
June 1, 2016

From Great to Darn Near Perfect – The New 100 Day Challenge

Every day I watch one of the video lessons from The 100 Day Challenge – I’m currently on my third complete run-through. And over the past […]