'Scale' is increasingly being used as shorthand for 'scale up' (“to grow or expand in a proportional and usually profitable way”). I think it’s also important to understand that sometimes scale can be depth and breadth.
When looking at your business, I believe everyone needs to look at scale at some point along the way, no matter how big your company is, or whether you offer services or products. Perhaps you need to scale in the ways that your time and energy is spent. That doesn’t fall into the “Scale Up” mindset, but in looking at ways you can maximize the time you spend with your business, it counts as scale.
The path to joyful leadership is anything but comfortable. It involves letting go of most of what you've learned or experienced. It means changing what you believe ABOUT the people who work for you and with you. It means getting back to your own personal definition of joy. One you'd be proud to have written on your gravestone. In this book summary of Richard Sheridan’s Chief Joy Officer, I break down the key principles and share them with you.
In 2018, I was asked to speak at the Union Pacific Law and Risk Management Conference. I excitedly said yes as it would be a wonderful experience to share my story. Little did I know that the theme of the conference was literally: TELL YOUR STORY. I’m sharing my speech with you here to encourage you to tell YOUR story as well! Maybe it’s to your children or your loved ones. Maybe you have a story to tell to your co-workers or neighbors. Maybe it’s simply that you need to get some of your story onto paper?
Alexandra Franzen (Alex) has long been one of my favorite humans. She has gifted us with amazing content and resources for YEARS and the majority of it is provided at no cost. She truly became my hero when she removed all of her social media accounts, and she has stuck with that for some time now. As such, the only place you can find her is on her website! In this video, Alex and I discuss priorities in life, why we need janitors, giving up social media, living a life worth living and telling each other what they mean to us. This amazing talk was originally recorded for the Permission Granted Retreat.
During a time that feels like another lifetime ago, I spent many a Saturday working on construction sites in Omaha, Nebraska. I was joined by many friends and family, and while my grandparents kept my oldest (at the time, just a little guy) I climbed up a ladder to lay shingles, or hang gutters. I used muscles I didn't know existed when I painted walls and placed new drywall and refinished hardwood floors. Enter, Habitat for Humanity!
What makes it so hard to make friends as adults? If you think back to the people who made you feel the most welcome in new or potentially awkward situations, what WAS it exactly that they did to bring you into the fold? Why is it that we don't offer more of ourselves to others and take advantage of all that beautiful friendships have to offer? Why don't more of us take time to select and hold aside a special gift of friendship, or spanish onion flowers?
In this article, I interview five people about questions surrounding guns, the use of them, our legislation, gun violence prevention and mental health. While their information is kept anonymous, their positions may move you to share your positions as well.
This article, How to be a Podcast Guest (and a great and gracious guest at that), will share the lessons I learned when pitching podcast hosts in 2017. I deep dive into how to be a great podcast guest, so that you best represent yourself, bring value to the podcast host and their audience, and potentially even be invited back for another episode!
Onlyness with a side of grace is my word of the year for 2018. Onlyness, as defined by Nilofer Merchant is your signature concoction of what matters to you, gives you clarity of purpose and enables you to focus on what matters. That is your path forward.