Personal Development

Trust and Communication

The connection between trust and communication is undeniable. It is difficult to build trust (with anyone, on any topic) when we don’t fully communicate. Likewise, we find it hard to truly connect and communicate with someone when trust has simply not been built yet or has been damaged in some way. It is often assumed […]

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Video Blog – Intentional Leadership: Helping Others Win

Roger North of North Group Consultants challenges leaders to develop deep relationships where their character is strengthened and natural influence is utilized to sharpen one another. Who are the people in your life that challenge you to be a better person?  What steps will you take to become that person to someone else?

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Letting Go and Moving On

Jun 05, 2017 By (Bio) One Comment

I am preparing to move to a new community in another town.  In order to provide a comfortable, clutter-free environment in our new, smaller home, we must give up many things – furniture, art, books, photos, dishes, other keepsakes and mementos – years of accumulation. Most opportunities in life require letting go.  Pursuing opportunities and […]

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Avoiding Behavioral Drift

There is a great quote from John Maxwell that states, “Experience is not the best teacher… EVALUATED experience is the best teacher.”  Or, as I heard a speaker say one time, “Experience makes us older, evaluated experience makes us wiser.” As people, we are often changing or modifying our thinking, behaviors and habits – and […]

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Relational Roadblocks

Mar 05, 2017 By (Bio) No Comments

We all know the fundamentals of strong, healthy relationships, don’t we? Asking good questions, listening well, investing in transparency and trust, there is really no mystery. So why do we get so easily sidetracked by our own personal history, baggage and perspectives? I was recently part of a group discussion that revealed a clear lack […]

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The Power of Pause

  Many people all over the world take the dawn of a new year to start fresh. Goals are written, resolutions are declared, and hope is born. Gyms are full.  Healthy food flies off the shelves.  Books are purchased and stacked by our beds.  Enthusiastically, we dash into January, pumped up by the promise of […]

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Building Character

One of the most important gifts we can give to our family, friends, co-workers and ourselves is to be a person of character. David Brooks, in his book The Road to Character, examines the lives of a diverse set of people who have exemplified a life of character.  Brooks identifies a pattern that recurs in each of […]

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51%

I am a numbers guy.  I don’t know why – it’s just how I think.  Numbers measure stuff and help simplify things for me.  Sometimes I am fascinated with how broadly numerical metrics can be applied to explain life truths.  One of those times was a few years ago when I was reading Stand Against […]

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“Great job…but”

As a leader you are called to listen, share, guide, motivate and challenge – all for drawing the best team performance for your clients and company. Adam Grant, in his book, “Give and Take,” describes two contrasting leadership styles. “Takers like to get more than they give, and they put their own interests ahead of others’ needs,” he […]

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Video Blog – Servant Leadership: Being Others-Centered

Roger North & Dan Burkholder of North Group Consultants describe the importance of being others-centered as an essential component of true Servant Leadership. How would you rate your willingness to meet others where they are and your ability to help them develop and grow? Are you willing to have the hard conversations with your team […]

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