The Strategist

Uncomfortable Commitments

I don’t know about you, but there are so many people that break commitments regularly. Each week, I’d bet that at least two of my meetings get canceled for various reasons. As a human being, I can totally understand sickness or something of that sort impacting a meeting. But, if we could be honest with ourselves, many of the reasons meetings are moved has nothing to do with an unforeseen illness (unless waivering is a medical condition). Many times, sticking to our commitment makes us uncomfortable because something new seems more attractive or desirable.

Uncomfortable Results

One of the best parts of coaching, parenting or any type of relationship is seeing someone you love crush it. A few weeks ago, I wrote about Kara’s (our youngest) team winning their first basketball game. Since then, she went 3-for-3 in a game which is so awesome as a...

Do It Right the First Time

We've all had it happen to us. We get an email sent to a distribution list or group that informs us of a document that's included in the email. It gives details about the attachment. Then comes the first email copying everyone informing the sender that he forgot to...

Uncomfortable Persistence

Have you ever crossed the “thin line”? You know the saying that there’s a thin line between love and hate? Well, there’s a thin line between a lot of things when you think about it. For example, there’s a thin line between parenting and over parenting. The major problem I have with the “thin line” is that you only know that you’ve passed the “thin line” in hindsight.

Uncomfortable Relationships

I don’t know about you, but I love Thanksgiving. In the best years, we attend multiple family gatherings full of my most favorite of all Thanksgiving foods... dressing. I really love dressing. Now there’s always a debate between dressing and stuffing. For the...

Spurring Entrepreneurship in Milwaukee’s City Center

How do you solve a problem that has too many variables, extremely limited resources, and a limited populous that is interested in solving it? I have no idea exactly what to do, but I do know that any solution is possible if you get the right people in the room. So,...

Uncomfortable Confidence

After saying that I’d retired from coaching, I’m back in the saddle like Brett Favre baby, coaching my daughter Kara’s 7th-grade girls' basketball team. Actually, I’m the assistant coach (on paper) but honestly, I tend to get involved to the nth degree no matter my...

Uncomfortable Ending

This past weekend was such an incredible ride in the city of Milwaukee. First of all, we officially opened Fiserv Forum (if you haven’t gotten over the new name by now, please seek help, seriously) with a win by the Milwaukee Bucks. Given that my mom turns 77 this...

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...