What I learned from a year in Ireland

Last year we returned from a year of studying in Ireland. After a year of reflection, I brought the following lessons home with me.


School’s Out For Summer

Summer Planning This past week, my wife finished the school year with our children. As we thought about the freedom it created to no longer have the requirement to teach each day, One of the unspoken questions we had was how we were going to occupy the children when they normally would have been occupied … Continue reading School’s Out For Summer


This past month, I evaluated where I was going with my blog and realized I was far off course. Have you ever noticed that you drifted away from your original path? What do you do to get back on it?

Elevating Energy

A few months ago as I struggled to stay awake at my desk, I wondered if there was a better way to overcome the afternoon slump. I spent most of my life impressed by the performers and athletes that seem to have endless stores of energy. I concluded that some people naturally have extra energy and the rest of us are destined to be in awe of their long lasting "batteries". It was that idea that drove me to try and make up for my lower energy levels with caffeine or power naps. When that did not help I recognized that my habits may have a greater impact on my energy levels than I originally thought.

10 Leadership Lessons from Parenting

Being a father is the most difficult thing I have ever done; and the most rewarding. - John Liesen  Polar Dynamics of Parenting As a father of four the last seven years have provided me plenty of opportunities to experience the paradox of parenting. When a child is young they are not capable of understanding … Continue reading 10 Leadership Lessons from Parenting

The books I read in 2016

85% of rich people read at least two educational, career related, or self development books each month. - Tom Corley I heard this quote last year and recognizing that I read two books in all of 2015, I set a goal to read one book each month in 2016. This is a list of the … Continue reading The books I read in 2016

6 Lessons on Setting Goals

A goal properly set is halfway reached. - Zig Ziglar The New Year's Resolution The new year is known to many as the season of resolutions. It is the time where we take a look at ourselves and try to picture what changes we want to make. We start off strong in January in a … Continue reading 6 Lessons on Setting Goals

Communication – Selling your Team

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. - George Bernard Shaw The Perils of Poor Communication  Do you sometimes feel like your team is being used in the wrong way? Maybe it is underutilized or over worked with unstructured tasks. It can be difficult to maintain a team's … Continue reading Communication – Selling your Team

Building Trust Within Your Team

Learning to trust is one of life's most difficult tasks. - Isaac Watts Trust is a Necessity within a Team After sharing my thoughts on building teams of integrity, I noticed more examples of integrity. So, this past week, I spent more time on the second step described in my article on highly effective teams, building … Continue reading Building Trust Within Your Team

Integrity – Do the Right Thing, Always.

Integrity, the choice between what is convenient and what is right. - Tony Dungy Looking for Integrity  Last week I wrote Integrity - The Foundation of Highly Effective Teams. This week I spotted many examples of integrity from leaders with which I interacted. It may be related to the fact that I spent most of … Continue reading Integrity – Do the Right Thing, Always.