Appreciation Builds Value

One of the most popular questions I get involves employee appreciation. Many bosses believe that showing an employee how much they’re valued crosses some sort of line, making things too personal. And yes, there are lines that shouldn’t be crossed in the workplace, but I enjoy pointing out that this isn’t one of them. You can – and should – let your employees know that you appreciate the hard work that they do day in and day out.

Appreciation Builds Value

Leadership Lessons from the Christmas Story

Humility. Giving. Sacrifice.


Whether you consider it gospel, history, or myth, the traditional story of Christmas makes for a compelling tale. A young peasant girl is chosen by God to fulfill an ancient prophecy and change the path of the entire world. Together with her fiancé she has to make a long journey that ends with the birth of baby Jesus in a dirty stable, surrounded by animals, and shepherds sent by angels.

What My Dad Taught Me About Loyalty

When you think about dedication or commitment to loyalty, one of the things that always comes to my mind is family. Now, just to give you a little background, my dad was in the military, a basketball coach, and a high school principal. This sets the stage for the story I’d like to tell you about what he taught me about loyalty.



4 Ways to Keep Great Employees

Finding great employees is one thing; keeping them in your organization is another. Many employees that fall into this category know that their skills and experience are valued and highly marketable, making it easy for them to move on to other workplaces, even those that belong to your competitors. In order to keep them happy, productive, and working for your company, you should consider following these four guidelines.

4 Ways to Keep Great Employees

3 Lessons on Integrity

What is integrity?  It’s that idea of truth and honesty. It’s the opposite of a lie. And it’s the opposite of deceit or manipulation.  A person of integrity knows the right thing, says the right thing, and does the right thing.

I’ve been learning about this topic all my life – as a little kid, teenager, and now as an adult.  And I’d like to tell you three quick stories on the lessons I’ve learned about integrity.



The Danger of Overconfidence

When I talk to the executives of different companies, I’ll often say, “Here’s one of the rules you need to have as a leader.  You 100%, absolutely have to brag…  About someone else.”

When you brag about yourself, that’s called ego.  But when you brag about someone else, that’s called encouragement.  What kind of leader do you really want to be?

Let me tell you a story in history about the danger of overconfidence…