• Quieting Your Monkey Mind

    By Kevin on March 29, 2020

    I’m usually very stoic and emotionally strong, but my Monkey-Mind has been out of control lately.   We often feel stress, worry, anger or other negative emotions all from some kind of fear. It’s not our fault, the amygdala part of our brain overdeveloped to protect us from saber-tooth...

  • My Theme for 2020: A Life in a Day

    By Kevin on January 8, 2020

    I used to believe “live every day as if it were your last.” But if today was my last day, I’d eat cheese fries for eight straight hours and give all my money away. Tomorrow would be painful. I used to have a big annual goal, which worked great...

  • 19 Things I Learned (or Relearned) in 2019

    By Kevin on December 26, 2019

    Well, some years you win, others you learn. 2019 was a learning year. 🙂 More important to me than New Year’s resolutions is to take an hour or two to scroll through my calendar from the previous year and to recall things that went well, things that didn’t, and...

  • Leadership Development Programs

    By Kevin on April 11, 2019
    What are the key elements of a leadership development program for new leaders?
  • Great Leaders is available now!

    By Kevin on April 2, 2019

    Today is the day! After three years of research, writing, and delays from the publisher, Great Leaders Have No Rules is available now. The book is available in print and ebook (and audiobook should be available by the end of the week). Click here: Order your copy now. It’s...

  • Leadership Nudges

    By Kevin on March 24, 2019

    What if our managers don’t need more content, but rather more support applying the stuff they’ve already learned? I finally had a chance to write a long article for the LEADx blog about leadership nudges. Behavioral nudge theory, from Dr. Richard Thaler, has been shown to dramatically change behaviors–and...

  • Wash away

    By Kevin on June 8, 2018

    Last night celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain killed himself. Three days ago fashion designer Kate Spade killed herself. These celebrity suicides cause us to recall Robin Williams suicide four years ago. Celebrity suicides seem to hit us–and certainly make headlines–far more than the “other” 50,000 suicides that happen in America...

  • I Was A Popular, But Horrible Boss

    By Kevin on October 20, 2017

    For two decades I was a horrible boss. Most of the people who worked for me wouldn’t say that. Most of them liked me. I was popular, friendly, transparent, empowering, supportive. So what was the problem? I was non-confrontational. I didn’t give tough feedback. I let problems linger. Why?...

  • There is never a war

    By Kevin on October 19, 2017

    Crazy good interview with David Letterman. His rivalry with Jay Leno was legendary as was his self-doubt and obsession with being #1. But he says now:   “It was ‘The Late Night Wars’, oh ‘Jay’s winning, nobody likes me, and everybody likes Jay…Now I think, what was that? Who’s...

  • The Stress Ritual I Use For Instant Calm

    By Kevin on October 19, 2017

    My friends call me stoic, Dr. Spock, or just Zen’d out. But the stress I’ve felt over the last 8 weeks has been crazy. Logically I know I shouldn’t feel stress. But anxiety isn’t logical. Anxiety means I’m living in the future. I’m worrying about things that haven’t happened,...

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