On Veteran’s Day, Write a New Story

On the 11th Day of the 11th hour of the 11th month fighting stopped and this day,  which began as Armistice Day, started as a celebration of the peace that followed the conflict of the great war (World War 1).  In the following years, it evolved into Veterans’ Day—a day to honor those who have […]

We Don’t Need Stinkin’ Boot Camp!

Sweat poured from every pore in my body and I struggled to keep my legs “six inches off the deck” during an intensive physically training session at boot camp. The company commander (a Navy version of a Drill Instructor) stood powerfully over all of the recruits yelling: “On your backs!” “On your bellies!” “Flutter kicks” […]

25 – Leading From Gate To Plate With Michele Payn, CSP

[iframe style=”border:none” src=”//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/5486322/height/100/width/480/thumbnail/no/render-playlist/no/theme/custom/tdest_id/503425/custom-color/#87A93A” height=”100″ width=”480″ scrolling=”no” allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen] Have you ever walked into the grocery store, looked around and gotten confused by all of the different options?  What does organic and non-gmo actually mean?  This week on Leadership Happy Hour I talk to THE EXPERT, Michele Payn, to debunk the myths out […]

Mistakes Leaders Make

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched it, but it always makes me laugh.  It could be that I’ve always been a John Cusack fan or that the scenes in the movie take me straight back to the mid-80’s (when I had long hair and no bald spot).  Regardless of when “Hot Tub […]

Prioritize Your Care

“DAD!  He’s looking at me!”  “DAD!  She’s in my space!”  “DAD!  He ate the last cookie!”  Okay, the last one was me.  I ate the last cookie.  I learned early on, as a parent, that I couldn’t insert myself into every tiff that my kids had.  Nor could I shelter them from the outside world.  […]

Hope is NOT a Strategy for Change

Why is it that 70% of change initiatives fail?  Because people are involved.  People are messy, resistant to change, and don’t like to be told what to do.  If there were no people involved, I am sure that number would drop exponentially.  Then again, we wouldn’t be involved either so we probably wouldn’t be measuring […]


“FREEZE!” I yelled as I clapped and turned around to take the place of one of my improv troupe members who were already on stage.  The premise of “blind freeze tag” is to automatically take the exact physical place of an existing person on stage when you call “freeze” and start a new scene.  I […]

What’s In A Name?

Growing up, my ol’ man had a nickname for everyone. I don’t know if it was because he couldn’t remember anyone’s name or because he thought it was funny. Whatever the reason, if you knew him (and he liked you) you got assigned a name. At his work there was a Flopjaw, Leo, Goliath, and […]

The World Class Butthole

I was coming up on my first annual performance evaluation as an officer in the Navy and, as the day approached for my debrief, I wasn’t really worried because I had really been working hard at setting goals for my department and exceeding the objectives set by my boss.  Finally, the day came.  My boss […]

Mess Creates More Mess

I just saw “The Great Gatsby” with my youngest son, Ben, last night.  One of my favorite quotes from the movie (and the book) came from Daisy Buchanan.  When asked about her daughter, she replied, “I hope she’ll be a fool–that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool..” […]