Show or Tell?

One of the most challenging places to lead is at home. If you are a mom or dad, I trust you want what is best for your kids. That being the case, it is easy to default to constantly “reminding” them what they ought to do. Can I remind YOU of something?...

Singular Focus

While there are many activities and pursuits that make up a life, there can really only be one priority. You have to decide on something. For me, one of the best reminders of what is important was written by a guy named James Dobson, who founded an organization called...

My Last Trip to Build a Bear

My Leadership Begins at Home tagline once again came to mind a couple of weekends ago as I attended the college graduation of my daughter Sarah.  It’s official … there’s a new Mercer Bear in the world.  I remember our first trip to Build-a-Bear like...

Reframe the Way You Look at Family

Without being morbid, may I remind you there will be a last time you will have the opportunity to talk to each of your family members. What if you knew your next time would be your last time? While your next time might not be your last time, the truth is you only have...

I Need to Pay More Attention

A while back, my daughter Hannah and I joined a couple of our friends and had an adventure. We kayaked a 6-mile section of the Chattahoochee River, just north of Atlanta. The day was a blast, to say the least. On our trip there were several lazy stretches where we...

Time is More Valuable than Money

American entrepreneur, Jim Rohn (1930-2009), once wrote, “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.”  I would add, people are also more valuable than money. I know many leaders who are obsessed with money. They...