Five Ways to Have a Better Conversation

Our lives succeed or fail one conversation at a time. It’s easy to dismiss this notion, but the power of our words is inestimable. The art of engaging in clear, confident, and coherent conversation seems to be going the way of the fax machine. The major difference is that the value of face-to-face communication skills will […]

Leadership Under Fire

Last week, I attended the promotion and pinning ceremony for the South Walton Fire Department. Our son was recognized as a new officer – a result of hard work and determination as he developed his leadership abilities and technical acumen.  It was such a privilege to be among the family, friends, and off-duty officers who […]

Above Envy

I spent every summer of my childhood at my grandmother’s beach house in North Florida, cavorting with my cousins in the waters of the bay that served as our back yard.  We always had crab traps and it was a grand adventure every day to haul them up from the edge of the dock to check […]

Unoffendable

Of all the goals I set this year, becoming unoffendable is probably the grandest. When I mention this goal, the typical response is delivered with a smirk; “How is that working out for you?” Brant Hansen author of Unoffendable points out, “Anger is extraordinarily easy. It’s our default setting.” My personal default setting is happiness but […]

Crushing Fear, Building Faith

During a recent leadership session with a team of smart, motivated, self-aware individuals, there was a lively discussion on how to crush fear and become more courageous. It was agreed that a vital component is building up one’s faith. Since activation is key for this group, the next question was, “How exactly, do you build […]