Is Your Vision Mapped Correctly? Or Will You Take Your Dreams to the Grave?

Do you have a clearly defined vision for your life? Here is one of my favorite excerpts from Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll: Alice: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” The Cheshire Cat: “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.” Alice: “I don’t much care where –” The Cheshire Cat: “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” Over the last year, I have been asking a lot of CEOs and Business Leaders if their company has a written vision. Most said yes, yet when I asked if they have a written vision around their PERSONAL life that clearly depicts the IDEAL in all areas of life, …

Is Executive Coaching For You?

There are many people who call themselves coaches or Executive coaches and a great variance in the philosophies of what that actually means. Many successful people, from celebrities and Fortune 500 CEOs to start up CEOs, hire someone to help them but with what specifically? Here’s my philosophy. You get one life comprised of a profession, a business and everything else. Your health and wellness, relationships, experiences, home environment and whatever else is in your grand picture. If you step out of the box and look at all of that from the outside, what is it that you want to get from your life? If you could fast forward and go out to the end, in your final years when …

What’s the Problem With Work?

If you follow my blog or know a little about me, you may know that I love investing resources into ways to enjoy the outdoors and stay in shape. That said, my brother-in-law and I both have an interest in fat tire bikes. These bikes allow you to ride on a variety of surfaces; perhaps most notably in the snow and also on the beach, making it the perfect bike for all seasons where I live in the Northeast. My family and I vacation near Lake Michigan every summer. At the start of one of my recent trips, my brother-in-law and I took the bikes down the Lake Michigan shoreline. On the ride, we encountered three different people who made …

VIDEO: The Four Reasons People Don’t Do the Things You Ask

Anyone leading an organization has the task of aligning the behavior of their team to a specific outcome. You need your team to row together using their individual talents in line with the vision of the company. Sounds simple. Yet, one of the questions I’m often asked by Executives is, “Why don’t people do what we ask them to do?” If you’ve created clear communication of what needs to be done, why don’t people do it? It’s a human behavior challenge that comes down to four specific reasons: 1. They don’t have a chance to (a systems or operational problem). 2. They don’t want to (a motivational problem). 3. They aren’t able to (a hiring problem/people in the wrong seats). …

VIDEO: A Personal Story About the Power of a Clearly Defined Vision

Have you heard that people spend more time planning a vacation then they do on how they want to run their lives? Do you have a clearly defined, articulated, written and visual depiction of exactly how you’d like your life journey to look? I’ve found through the years of working with Executives that everyone always starts with some kind of a vision, but they aren’t clearly articulating it. Why? You’ve probably heard that you can write down goals and put them in a drawer and you increase the probability for those things to happen. There’s truth to that, but there’s some alignment that needs to happen too. I’ve found it best and most meaningful if we can break our visions …