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Captain’s Log

Catalyst for Hire Part I

Catalyst for Hire Part I

You know how when you hear something 2-3 times you start paying attention? This is what has happened to me over the last month while writing a chapter of my second book. A story surfaced about work I did years ago and with time passing, I am now seeing it in...

Catalyst for Hire Part II

Catalyst for Hire Part II

It is crazy to me that I launched my new company and my new website, PurposeStone.com, this spring and that I am just now coming to this realization. I have struggled with developing this website because I did not feel comfortable making it about me and...

Clues, Yellow VW’s, and Purpose

Clues, Yellow VW’s, and Purpose

Clues to better understand our own purpose and how they connect to the organizations we belong to are everywhere. Research shows that when we look for something, our brains go into search mode to find it. The question makes our brain “sticky” so that when it...

The Gift of Others

The Gift of Others

Do you ever feel like you don’t understand your own power and impact until you open up to someone else? I recently had a powerful experience that reminded me of this lesson that I keep learning. Eckhart Tolle says it well, “…my relationships are here to make...

The Tulip and the Frog

The Tulip and the Frog

Somehow, I find such joy in the simplicity of a simple flower. I practice taking pictures of all the things I think are beautiful (when I can remember to!) as I go through my day. I use these pictures every morning as part of my gratitude journal. My journal...

The Path and the Headlight Strategy

The Path and the Headlight Strategy

This morning I was taking my dog Bella out for a walk and came down this wooden pathway that I have taken so many times before. But this time something struck me. A branch was hanging down over the path, torn down from last night’s rain and blocking view of...

The Power of Purpose

The Power of Purpose

We were working with a large retail company with a well-developed sense of identity and purpose. They believed in providing their customers with products and services to support their health and wellness. This ideology was clear and admirable, but they were...

The Blue Square of Focus

The Blue Square of Focus

I am currently in the grind of writing my second book. I’m working hard to stay focused and committed so I made a bet with myself and declared it to a friend of mine. If I don’t write for two to three hours every workday for the next 15 days (to get this...

A Rock ‘n’ Roll Leader

A Rock ‘n’ Roll Leader

One of the most significant milestones in the quest to awaken true leadership is when an individual realizes their fundamental strengths and purpose; when a leader discovers their core and true innate ability. At that moment, a person discovers their...

Smarter Leadership, Part 2

Smarter Leadership, Part 2

Last month, we looked at smarter ways to lead others in a company undergoing change. Now it’s time to explore the more “personal” side of smarter leadership that’s required for successful transformation. Three principles apply here. 1. Schedule “thinking...

Changing Change Management

Changing Change Management

A few years ago our firm landed squarely in the midst of a messy outsourcing project that ultimately experienced tremendous turnaround. Given that most of our prior work had been on projects that ranged from large-scale mergers to strategy alignment, this...

Making Time for Change

Making Time for Change

In a world where individuals are somewhat out of control, how do you help your team focus on what they can control? Consider the story of how a very small team is making a huge difference in a world they don’t have much control over; it could give you the...