The Strategist

Uncomfortable Firmness

It’s resolution time everybody. “Why?” you may wonder. It’s because it’s new. As people, we love new. I know there’s the whole “vintage” movement, but even in that movement they restore things to be “like new”. When we think new, we think fresh. So with a new year comes a fresh opportunity to make a new resolution to do something different. There’s really only one minor problem with New Year’s resolutions…they get old really fast.

Creating and Maintaining Consistencies Part II – What?

How many of us choose to let fear drive us to employ procrastination as our consistent behavior? So not only do I need to work on creating habits that support and encourage consistency, I have to work on changing my mindset to that of someone who embraces the discomfort of a little fear and takes the leap.

Uncomfortable Conversation

The truth is when someone says, ‘It’s not you, it’s me’, they really mean ‘it’s you, but for reasons both good and bad I don’t want to tell you it’s you’. I recently had a relationship that had run its course and this was definitely an ‘it’s not you, it’s me’/uncomfortable conversation.

Creating and Maintaining Consistencies Part 1 – Why?

As I was looking for inspiration for this blog I came across a quote about consistency.  Now, I like me a good Oscar Wilde quote as much as the next person, but this one just rubbed me the wrong way—“Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” While I understand why a creative mind might see consistency in that light, my business mind sees consistency as the difference between success and failure.

New Year’s Resolutions – Should You Set Them?

Here's a hot topic for you this time of year—New Year's Resolutions. Just like leadership development, it's a topic that applies to both your business and personal life. And, if you've done even two minutes of research on how to set New Year's resolutions you have...

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...