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 […]
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 […]