6 Lessons on Achieving Goals (2017)

What is your number one goal for 2018?


The books I read in 2017

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow. - Ronald E. Osborn

My Podcast Recommendations

I’ve been asked about which podcasts I listen to. Here are a few that I like. Which podcasts do you recommend?

The Value of Reflecting

Simplification is about stripping away the distractions and clutter that monopolize our attention and threaten our connection. - Kim John Payne

Back to Basics

When we peel back the layers on the teams and units we see as having the best gear or training we actually find that the gear and advanced training are not what make them great. Those teams are at the top of their games because they become the best at the basics, they practice until their core competencies become second nature.

Prioritizing Work: What should I do now?

The way you spend your time is a result of the way you see your time and the way you really see your priorities. - Stephen R Covey Developing Team Guidelines I wrote a few months ago about the guiding values I gave my team on our first meeting. I used the picture of a … Continue reading Prioritizing Work: What should I do now?

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.