Managing Yourself

Honky-Tonk

9 Life Lessons Honky-Tonks Can Teach You

Life Lessons are everywhere. The task is to slow down and find them. The trick is to apply them to your situation. Let’s see how the lessons I observed can be applied to you! This winter I’m working from Nashville. As expected – this town is amazing! What I didn’t…
super bowl

Never Give Up Super Bowl Lesson?

Super Bowl 51 was an amazing game Sunday evening. It was played at NRG Stadium in Houston. The picture below is from the Houston Chronicle: Until the middle of the 3rd Quarter of the game, after an exciting halftime show by Lady Gaga, the Atlanta Falcons seemed to be in…
balance

How Do You Manage The Flow?

Sometimes the demands of one part of our life, work or family, consume us. Sometimes because of a crisis, sometimes because of a spike in workload or children’s sports or… sometimes just because we become consumed. These days, mobile devices link us 24/7 to the office, our bosses, our employees…
pain

If You Forget How to “Play in Pain” – You’ll Hate Yourself Later

Personal Bio In my 20+ years working as an organizational psychologist, I’ve worked with leaders at all levels. From the shiny new boss full of energy and enthusiasm (but not much awareness), to the battle-worn executive who has become tired and cynical. I’m happily married to my wife Rita. We…

Do You Feel Like a Sardine?

On Saturday morning I spoke before a great audience on Cannery Row in Monterey, California. Ocean View Avenue was renamed "Cannery Row" in honor of John Steinbeck's novel, published in 1945. A film was released in 1982 and a stage production in 1995. The picture below is from 160knots.com. According…
president

Hanson for President this Tuesday?

Hanson for President this Tuesday? Tuesday, in the U.S., will be a big day as we elect a new President. It's been a very contentious campaign and a lot of people will be glad to see the day come. I'd like to introduce a President from the past. This, in…
bystander

A Leadership Lesson from This Dysfunctional Election

Personal Bio: In my 20+ years working as an organizational psychologist, I’ve worked with leaders at all levels. From the shiny new boss full of energy and enthusiasm (but not much awareness), to the battle-worn executive who has become tired and cynical. I’m happily married to my wife Rita. We…
fault

It’s Not My Fault!

It’s Not My Fault! "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances." -- George Bernard Shaw I was driving to a member’s office when I noticed a bumper sticker on the truck in front of me that said “Don’t move firewood, it bugs…

Can You Learn Something From a Failed Venture?

Can You Learn Something From a Failed Venture? Building a successful business doesn’t always go in a straight line. Even in failure, hopefully there are some positive outcomes. Perhaps the best of these are “lessons learned”! Case in point: A couple of years ago, I wrote an article in Becker’s…

“If Your Dreams Don’t Scare You – They’re Not Big Enough!”

Post: Do Your Dreams Scare You? If not – you’re doing it wrong! Personal Bio: In my 20+ years working as an organizational psychologist, I’ve worked with leaders at all levels. From the shiny new boss full of energy and enthusiasm (but not much awareness), to the battle-worn executive who…
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