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If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes

My wife started saying the phrase “If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes” around New Year’s. She was sharing it with our family to help us rethink how we would take on 2022. It got my attention, but it wasn’t till the third time hearing it that I thought “Oh no! I don’t have a new plan for the things I really want to change. This is not good!” We ...

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Laugh, Cry, or Punch A Hole Through The Wall

The hit tv show, The Office, often imitates true office culture. In one episode of The Office, Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) becomes frustrated with his coworker's, Andy Bernard (Ed Helms), need for attention. As a prank, Jim takes Andy’s cell phone and hides it above the office area in the ceiling. Andy's cell phone has the ring tone sound of himself singing all four quartet parts...

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Spidey Sense Is Your Superpower

Life teaches you a lot of lessons through successes and failures. It’s all a choice if you learn from those situations. Our desire at IOL is to help all leaders grow and get better for your teams. A lot of wisdom comes from your past experiences with people. It is critical to “listen to your spidey sense” when you feel it. Trust me, this is your superpower! What the h...

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The Power of Human Connection Is Real

Have you ever had a friend, coworker, or a long-time contact reach out to you and say “It’s been a long time! I’m checking in to see how you are doing. Let’s catch up!” If you have, wasn’t that the best feeling? I had two people do that for me recently, and it made me feel so good. Why? As people we were created to have relationships with othe...

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The Years Are Short: This Is How You'll Spend 50 Years Of Your Life

If you live to be 80 years old, that’s 29,200 days. So that was the baseline for doing the calculations below—average American lifespan.

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How To Build Trust - Demonstrate Humility, Go First, Check Motives

There’s a ditch on either side of these conversations ahead of you. On one side, there’s the ditch of your selfish motives. And on the other side are your unrealistic expectations.

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Navigating Cross-Departmental Conflict

Cross-departmental conflict can feel like you’re stepping into a minefield.  Pride, defensiveness, and territorial feelings are all possibilities lying right below the surface.

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Starting a Podcast 101: Free Tools, Checklist, Sample Questions & Timeline

I asked some of my friends what they thought about our idea of launching a podcast, the responses were helpful and funny. The best response: “Podcasts are this generation's lower back tattoo.” 🤣

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The Social Styles of the Enneagram

There are three numbers in each class, making three sets of three. They are easily identifiable when you think about how you might enter a room.

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The Power of Listening

Here are a couple of tips on how to practice listening that is empathetic, attentive, and non-judgmental. 

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