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

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...
An Uncomfortable Message

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...
Uncomfortable Delegation

Uncomfortable Delegation

This past Friday, we facilitated our quarterly business planning session, the BIQ (Business Improvement Quarterly). For most meetings, I’m the lead facilitator, spokesperson, and general quarterback. From a scale perspective, this is not a good plan. Therefore, I’ve...
Uncomfortable Recognition

Uncomfortable Recognition

This week, we will be receiving an award for the The Business Council’s (TBC) business of the year. Given the other nominees, this was a huge deal. Even though we were nominated for the opportunity, we still had to garner enough votes to actually win. As the CEO, I...