Scoring to Lose

Nov 13, 2020
 

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Rarely does an opponent insist on giving points to the other team. What does an ill-timed goal tell us about instincts, clock management, and losing?


Have you ever seen football players signal a touchdown for the other team? Or teammates console the player that accidentally broke the plane, earning his team six points and a chance for a seventh? It’s extremely rare, if not unheard of… Well, until Todd Gurley, running back of the Atlanta Falcons, scored the...

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Take a Chance Card

Nov 06, 2020
 

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What was the game of Monopoly intended to teach us and what can great leaders learn about taking risk, managing fear, and revealing personal edge?


Remember the orange cards in the game Monopoly? I was pretty excited about drawing a Chance card, unless I had less than $200. Here’s why: 12 out of the 16 cards are actually beneficial, if you count the “Go Back 3 Spaces” card—which might give you a chance to buy that third of three Title Deeds....

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Waiting to Bloom

Oct 30, 2020
 

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It is hard to wait for a good plan to unfold, what can impatient or discouraged leaders discover from cotton blossoms, boll weevils, and denim jeans?


Doesn’t everyone have a favorite pair of jeans dyed to the perfect shade of indigo blue? Actually, they were called waist overalls until the 1960’s when our hipster Baby Boomers started calling them jeans.1 The ingenuity of these denim pants was more about durability than comfort, and more specifically, the...

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7-Minute Workout

Oct 23, 2020
 

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Why can’t we simply microwave our way to great fitness, relationships, appreciation, or confidence? Here’s what efficiency experts won’t tell you.


I’m an efficiency and process freak! When I’m stuck in traffic, I reimagine energy-saving transportation solutions or wonder what systems are involved in the proficient mass-production of break light covers. Oh, I’m a riot in the workout room, too! I master my most effective workout routine,...

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Get Ready to Soar

Oct 16, 2020
 

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What do eagles teach about adjustment, the effortless, and the proven? What do birds have to do with planes, controversy, and the United States seal?


In 1903, the Wright brothers were credited with the first repeatable flight of an aircraft. By definition, an airplane must be heavier than air, manned and powered, take off and land under its own power, and controllable along all three axes (more on that later).1 Have you ever wondered how planes fly? I really never...

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Runaway Truck Ramp

Oct 09, 2020
 

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The sign says, “Don’t Be Fooled…”! What does that have to do with a big rig loaded to the maximum of weight 80,000 pounds, hot brakes, and hairpin curves?


You can’t miss this sign on east-bound I-70, it reads: “Truckers Don’t Be Fooled, You’re Not Down Yet”. Drivers pass under the Continental Divide (via Eisenhower Tunnel) and in about 60 miles descend almost 6000 feet into Denver, CO. Dan Hopkins, former...

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Chestnut Do Over

Oct 02, 2020
 

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I dug into the tiny white paper bag and tasted my first chestnut. How do expectations and repurposing play into our much-needed Do Overs?


One of our family traditions is going to New York to see a musical the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. As you know, I love New York and I have a crazy pair of pants with the I  NY logo printed all over them to prove it! During one visit to the city, I insisted on getting a bag of roasted chestnuts. They...

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Healthy Competition

Sep 25, 2020
 

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I love competition-- as long as I’m winning! Like cyclists riding through mountains, businesses face ups and downs. What role does competition play?


I love a healthy competition-- as long as I’m winning! Which is why you won’t find me competing in Colorado’s Triple Bypass, a bicycle race covering 120 miles over three mountain passes averaging two miles above sea level! Just like cyclists riding the through mountains, businesses face...

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2020Q3 REVIEW: Identity

Sep 18, 2020

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Let’s reflect on the Leader’s Field Guides from 2020Q3. As you focus on "identity", how can you develop more clarity and intentional expression?


It’s time for a review! Reflect on 2020Q3 and consider what you’ve incorporated into your leadership and what needs more attention. Think about how each topic challenges you to reflect on your professional and personal identity. Are those identities different? How can you enhance your leadership...

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Change Fee

Sep 10, 2020

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Improvement comes at quite a price-- a change fee. How does the airline ticket change fee shed light on the challenges of changing or not changing? 


Recently (like…yesterday), I rolled out a new website. As many marketing and web experts already know, new websites have a way of clarifying mission, vision, ideal clients, business processes, and grammar! Change is hard! Even if the new solution is an improvement, it comes at quite a price-- a change fee. I am...

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