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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Happy Thanksgiving! I know it was four days ago but it’s one of my favorite holidays so I’m extending it a little longer in this blog. I hope your holiday was shared with loved ones and friends. In my house it’s a special day to have a fire, drink coffee, watch parades, eat donuts, turkey/ham and tons of sides. We are sharing laughter, hugs, playing and watching foo...

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Fighting Burnout: Unplug, Untangle

“It FEELS like this thing we’ve built will come to a screeching halt if I step back.” Not true. The house won’t fall if I go for a walk.  

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Responding To The Heat

Recently my wife and I have been in a small group learning how the “HEAT” can really impact all of us when it occurs. This was the first time I heard the word “HEAT” being used to categorize the stress and uncomfortableness moments that happen in life. It is when the pressure makes us feel squeezed in life. Steve Scherer, IOL Podcast Host & VP, has described it as ge...

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Leading At Home: Parenting With Presence, Fun & Structure

Being a parent is more important than anything you do at the office. Soak up the kid years; they’ll be gone before the work years are.

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Leaders Need Time To Rest & Recover

It was probably nine years ago when I realized I was clueless on how to give myself rest and recover from the grind of leadership. I was in my WI CEO group from the MMAC (Metropolitan Milwaukee Area Chamber), listening to owners and leaders share how they look forward to time away from the office with their family. One guy talked about how he went away, ALONE, to Colorado to recharge his mind. ...

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Servant Leadership: How Your Identity Keeps You On Mission

Our aim as servant leaders is to be secure in who we are, which produces stability in those under our care, but we also need to remain open to being wrong.

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Never Give Up! Never Give Up! Never Give Up!

It’s been several months since I wrote or posted about my 1st and 2nd grade Bronco football team. I’m not proud to say this but I didn’t want to admit that we were 0-7 going into Saturday’s game. I was asked often, “How is the coaching going? Are you having fun?” I would smile and say “Um, it’s going okay. The kids are really learning.” Of c...

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90 Days No Coffee: Lessons Learned

We can go further. However, our natural bend toward comfort constantly combats our potential. 

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Creative Disruption Comes During Hard Times

The past three years have given leaders a lot of opportunity to bring creativity into the workplace. We have battled COVID, lack of inventory, transportation/logistics disasters and culture attacks. There were two options for leaders: Retreat or Reinvent. Those that retreated gave up and probably sold their business or closed it. I am not faulting anyone who did either one because I had...

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No Coffee For 3 Months: Here's What Happened

For June, July, and August, I gave up coffee. This was the most difficult because it tapped into something I didn’t expect—a straight-up drug addiction.

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