The Strategist

Uncomfortable Surprise

  I don't know if you're a fan of surprises, but for the most part, I'm not. Well, I guess I did like my surprise birthday party when I was 38 (who expects a surprise party on that number?). And, this past Father's Day I got a killer Munster county Ireland jersey,...

Uncomfortable Invasion

Like most "normal" people, I don't like going to the dentist. I'm not sure if it's the past painful visits, the thought of a painful visit, or the pain of the bill that's coming when I'm done. Truth be told, I don't like going to the doctor either. And for that...

Uncomfortable Planning

The back of my neck is throbbing right now, I can feel my temples tightening, and my shoulders are all knotted up. What's going on with me right now? I'm doing planning and budgeting for 2019. My clients, whose fiscal and calendar years match, have budgets and plans...

Uncomfortable Singleness

One of my dreams as a consultant was to be a keynote speaker. My sister Dawn and I have dreamed of me getting paid to work in Dubai. Although this is but a dream, my brother Bryan just recently took his family and our mom to China as part of a speaking engagement...

Uncomfortable Investment

This past weekend, I took Charlie (if you don't know who Charlie is you can find out here) to the beach for his first sand experience. IT WAS SIMPLY AMAZING. I enjoyed watching him get more comfortable as the waves got close to him and he stopped running away as he...

Uncomfortable Inexperience

I don't know about anyone else, but I don't like not knowing things. As a naturally curious person, I tend to learn about whatever is in front of me, even when it shows signs of me aging. For example, last week my brother-in-law, Tom, and I talked about body...

Uncomfortable Transitions

So, about that first night with objectively (check my facebook posts and specifically the one by my friend Kristen Chang) the cutest puppy on the planet... Oh, now I understand why people's faces drastically contorted when I told them we were getting a puppy. Is he...

Uncomfortable Waiting/Aging

By the time you're reading this (assuming you're a watch live tv and read this blog immediately when it hits your mailbox kind of person), we are currently on our way to get Charlie Murphy from the breeder. I know someone reading this is thinking we should have gotten...

Uncomfortable Preparation

Pictured: Regan (niece/dancer), Ava (niece), Caryln (daughter/dancer), Kara (daughter/dancer), Lauren (niece/dancer) This past weekend was Milwaukee's Irishfest, held on the Summerfest grounds on our beautiful lakeshore. Milwaukee Irishfest is the largest Irish...

Uncomfortable Naming Rights

For those of us living in Milwaukee, the downtown area has been booming. Many new restaurants, music festivals, start-up businesses and the new Fiserv Forum have popped up. What's the Fiserv Forum you may ask? It's the new home of NBA superstar Giannis and the...

Uncomfortable Addition

I've never owned a dog before because situations and circumstances prevented me from owning one. In addition to the fact that we never had one when I was a kid, I didn't have a reference point to truly know what I was missing. As you may have guessed, we will be the...

Aaron Rodgers is Uncomfortable

For those that are totally unaware of what’s happening on this planet, Shark Week just ended a few weeks ago on the Discovery Channel. And none other than Aaron Rodgers, the Packers’ franchise QB, went face-to-face with the most terrifying animal in the open waters,...

3 Ways the SPEARity App has Improved My Productivity

Can you remember back to when apps first starting showing up? I can and I was pretty resistant to using any. They seemed unnecessary to me. But, I was wrong. I can't remember what the first app was that I used, but now it seems like I have an app for pretty much...

Customer Experience Starts with Leadership

You have probably heard the term "customer experience". In fact, it's been floating around a lot of places lately. They are talking about it on the news, on LinkedIn, in books, and just about everywhere else. But, many CEOs, entrepreneurs, and business leaders are...

Break Down and Achieve Goals With the SPEARity™ App

The English author, George Eliot once wrote, "Great things are not done by impulse but by a series of small things brought together." This is what goal setting is all about and one of the most common things that people get wrong when trying to set goals. People often...

Why We Love Monday and How You Can Too

It's Monday! Do those words put fear in you? Does a sense of dread start to creep in on Saturday night because you know that you only have one day left to enjoy the weekend? If you feel like this, you are not alone.  Hop on social media on Sunday and Monday and you...

How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome

I heard a statistic today that 70% of people in America suffer from Imposter Syndrome. If you haven't heard of this before let me explain it. Imposter Syndrome is that feeling you get when you are doing a job putting on a front that you know exactly what you are doing...

The Three Keys to Effective Leadership

Have you ever wondered what's so special about the number three? As children, we heard stories about The Three Little Pigs, The Three Blind Mice, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. But, it didn't stop with our childhood stories. The Rule of Three carries through in...