This podcast is for anyone in who wants to get better at leadership. Let’s develop our skills together. If you like to learn and want to make the Enterprise Technology industry a better place to work, this podcast is for you. These episodes contain my own thoughts and do not necessarily reflect the official positions of CHS, Inc.
Comfortable Being Uncomfortable: My Journey Towards a Growth Mindset
“Get out of your comfort zone.” How many times have you been given that advice? Probably a lot. I know I have. It’s good advice and I heed it often. In my personal and professional journey, I’ve learned that it’s not only good advice, but it’s a bit more dynamic than you might think. I’m going to use this article to develop the concept a bit. If we need to get out of our comfort zone, we need to define... Read More Read More
Working from Florida: A Reprieve from Winter and a Respite Amidst Chaos
2020 is behind us. The world, of course, is still full of difficulty and challenge. This week has delivered a new round of terrible chaos. Yet, I choose to focus on the positive. While much has been taken, we’ve also been given much. One of those gifts many have been given is flexible remote work. It started off as work from home. Many of us left the office in a hurry, with the thought that we might soon return. Well,... Read More Read More
A Time for Optimism: Lead without Cynicism in 2021
We live in a cynical world. A cynical world. And we work in a business of tough competitors. – Jerry Maguire The world of the corporate enterprise can be a cynical place. Week after week, I preach leadership. I do it for all of you, but I also do it for myself. By writing, I remind myself of the truth. Why do you and I need these constant reminders? Our world is cynical, and frankly, sometimes so are we. Cynicism is... Read More Read More
Work is Temporary: Always Work Yourself out of a Job
This week, I’m reflecting on my career progression. I’ve been working in Information Technology for 22 years. I started off as a desktop support technician and now lead a large team as a technology executive. I’ve pondered the journey and the path I’ve taken. In those 22 years, I’ve held 13 distinct roles at 4 different companies. I’ve chronicled part of that journey in a previous blog series. In that same series, I identified 20 distinct “Rules for Advancement” that... Read More Read More
Do You Feel Like You Are Failing?
Congratulations. You clicked on the link. I asked the question, “do you feel like you are failing?” For a split second, you asked yourself that question. If you made it this far, you probably answered that question with “yes,” “maybe,” or “sometimes.” Being honest with yourself is an important first step. Leadership and failure Leaders like to succeed. We like to achieve. We like to win. That gives us energy. That gets us out of bed in the morning. Failure... Read More Read More
Leadership Requires Gratitude Through All Circumstances
It’s Thanksgiving, a time to count our many blessings. Undoubtedly, we all have a lot to be thankful for. However, many of us struggle to muster that attitude in 2020 as we have faced a global pandemic, racial injustice, and a polarizing political season. In times like this, I often reflect upon this pertinent scripture: “Give thanks in all circumstances” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 That’s easy to say but hard to do. My company, CHS, just announced an annual earnings... Read More Read More