The Strategist

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...

Uncomfortable Stand

Picture of my Robert “Bob” Fisher, my father, and Martin Luther King, Jr. (see video) Today is the day, unbeknownst to many, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr (MLK) for his achievements. Interestingly, there are many who do not observe this day, or even wonder why...

Self-Improvement and Personal Growth

I will freely admit I am a self-help book junkie.   It's not unheard of me to read 3-4 self-help books in a month.  In fact, my idea of a day of bliss is to spend a day alone curled up in my pajamas reading Tony Robbins or Brendon Burchard while heavy...

Uncomfortable Changes

Resolution check-in. Are you still doing the thing you said you would do just two short weeks ago? If you are, then great. If not, then I have a sneaky suspicion that change was much harder than you thought. Once given the option to keep going through the pain or give in to your old less perfect self, the establishment won.

Uncomfortable Firmness

It’s resolution time everybody. “Why?” you may wonder. It’s because it’s new. As people, we love new. I know there’s the whole “vintage” movement, but even in that movement they restore things to be “like new”. When we think new, we think fresh. So with a new year comes a fresh opportunity to make a new resolution to do something different. There’s really only one minor problem with New Year’s resolutions…they get old really fast.