Pay To Play

Parenting, the first and last great leadership opportunity. Without any research, I am positive that there are a million blogs dedicated to the subject, probably many many more millions of memes, tweets and Facebook updates. Cute. Life experience though teaches me that most parents are just trying to survive the experience. So to protect the innocent, […]

So Much More To Learn With Others

Feels Like Redemption Video Shoot – 3 Days of Backpacking Location: Reavis Ranch Side jaunt: Circle Stone Indian Ruins on Day 2 Total distance: 20 miles (day 1: 7miles + day 2: 6miles + day 3: 7miles) Conditions: Day 1 unexpected all day rain, Night 1 temps dipping below 25 degrees, Day 2 sunshine with moderate […]

10 Ways I am Improving My Culinary Skills at Dinner

2015 started with a challenge from Craig and a group of friends to produce 10 New Ideas a Day. Prior to the challenge, I had already established some new goals and undertakings for the next season of my life so it seemed like a natural fit. I don’t post all of my 10 ideas online […]

As A First Option Try Coaching

Our adult beverages sucked. It would have been very easy to be upset. After all, we had just paid too much for those poolside margaritas to come back as weak flavored water experiments. Our hope was some very cold and refreshing adult beverages to enjoy with our plunge into the pool on that hot day. […]

10 Ways To Lower Your Stress And Get A Raise

I’ve been successfully spinning lots of plates in leadership now for well over ten years. (I wasn’t successfully spinning very few plates when I was a twenty-something.) There has been years where I have lead 40+ staff and 100’s of volunteers with budget oversight of a couple of million of dollars. There has also been […]


“The 6 Most Important Learnings From My Summer”, #1 VALUE, #2 MINIMAL, #3 WILD, #4 PEACE, and … #5 – LIVING Life is lived in stages. We all evolve, or potentially devolve, but we are never static. Birth. Childhood. Adolescence. Young adulthood. College. Our 20’s with our first jobs, the paving of our ways for a career. First […]


“The 6 Most Important Learnings From My Summer”, #1 VALUE, #2 MINIMAL, #3 WILD and now… #4 – PEACE   I found peace in Alaska I must tell you about two days (or two events) that have given me a peace that I have been searching for for years. Hang with me, or just skip to the bottom. Choose […]


Prologue: I promised “The 6 Most Important Learnings From My Summer”. As I read through all of these posts (most all of them were written in one complete sitting) I know full well that they make the most sense when taken all together as a complete, summary explanation of the personal growth that I have experienced in […]


  Every once in a while I can feel myself grow and change.   The 6 Most Important Learnings From My Summer Even in conversations I can usually tell when some new light bulb has gone off for me. I try to capture these moments of personal growth and refine them down to easy to remember […]


I am pretty sure that the exploration of “coming of age” has been around since at least Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. I lack literary and cinematic history knowledge, so who knows?! I have taken some or all of my boys to four great films over the last year or so. “The Way Way Back” “The Kings of […]