The Strategist

Receiving Feedback as a Leader

Years ago, when I was dating my future wife, I was a single dad. My daughter was in high school and I was trying to be healthy and had several Lean Cuisines in the freezer at home. One day I got home and found out my daughter had eaten three of them. I was upset. I...

Uncomfortable Awareness

Executive Coaching Provides Feedback Even though there’s snow on the ground in Milwaukee after literally 75 degree weather a few days earlier, it’s graduation season for many families across the state. Graduation is an interesting time because on the one hand there’s...

Trust Your Gut. Is it Time For a Change?

While trying to decide what I wanted to write about, I realized that tomorrow will be the one-year anniversary of my leaving a corporate job and going out on my own. What a perfect time for me to talk about trusting your gut and making bold changes. Gut feelings are...

An Uncomfortable Message

I know every week you look forward to hearing Darren's personal stories about being uncomfortable and how they relate to leadership, but I hope you won't mind me filling in for just one week. Even Darren needs a break from his regular tasks every now and then. Last...

Uncomfortable Recycling

Getting nominated for “Uncle of the Year” (UoTY) is tough work. Many people are of the naive opinion that a person can be “born in” or “marry” into the position. Oh contraire mon frere. Like any other position of greatness, this title must be earned. So in that...

Handling Disappointment

“It’s not how far you fall, but how high you bounce that counts.” — Zig Ziglar Unhappy news and disappointments are the given right of being human.  Odds are if you are breathing you will have inevitably experienced a major disappointment in your life.  In...

Uncomfortable Error Part 2 (The Response)

“Oh no.” That was my first thought when I read the draft of Darren’s blog post last week. I mean, we all make mistakes, but did I really want it to be broadcast to the world online? Did we really need to go that route? The answer—yes. There are too many important lessons that leaders could learn from my mistake and how Darren handled it as a leader.

Uncomfortable Error

“Hey Darren, I think we have a problem…” was the beginning of an email I received last week from my friend and Speaker Representative/Marketing Manager/Event Manager/et al, Stephanie (Steph). As I’m reading this email, my heart was at the bottom of my stomach thinking...

Accomplish Everything on Your List

You know that feeling?  The one you get on a Saturday afternoon as you pop open a refreshing cold beverage on a hot summer day after completing all your chores for the weekend?  It’s a very pleasant feeling and puts you in a really good mood.  Why does...

Uncomfortable Whirlwind

You know the old adage, “be careful what you wish for because you just might get it?” Well, I get the adage. One of my goals for the business is to be a paid motivational speaker. From these speaking gigs, I could create opportunities to get to know SPEARity as a...

Uncomfortable Indifference

Photo credit: www.si.com We lost by 50 points. FIFTY POINTS! If you’re just now reading this blog series, I’m coaching our middle school’s seventh-grade boys basketball team. We’re currently 0-6, but it feels like way more than six losses. A few games ago, I...

Be More Awesome at Collaboration

When I was younger, my family took a brief autumn road trip to northern Wisconsin.  One of the stops we made was a cranberry farm at harvest time. Harvesting cranberries is not your typical endeavor since it involves intentionally flooding the bogs in which the...