Failure and Success

How the Most Spectacular Failures can Lead to the Most Incredible Accomplishments.

Failure.  The word is loaded with connotations.  With many executives, it’s a highly unpopular word.  After all, how many highly driven Type A people do you know that enjoy failing?

Yet, there is so much to be gained from failure.  Failure is the key to innovation and success.  Rarely can innovation or success be achieved without failing first.  So, what bridges the gap from failure to success?   Continue reading

What I Learned about Business from U2

How Business and Life Work in Mysterious Ways.

Lessons in business are everywhere.  This week, I found them on my iPod.  As I’ve shared before, I am a huge fan of U2.  I adore the band’s music, creativity and social activism.  I never realized that their songs are also lessons in business and life for that matter. Continue reading

What Business Teaches Us

A Life Lesson Delivered Over Lunch. 

Recently, I met with a client, who was nearing retirement.  As our coaching relationship was coming to a close, “Bob” and I had a final lunch to celebrate endings and new beginnings.

Bob was reflecting on his successes and failures during his incredible career.  Over our entrees, I asked Bob about the biggest lesson he learned along the way.  He said the one thing that never ceased to amaze him was what business relationships taught him about himself.  And with that unexpected comment, I was hooked. Continue reading

Olympic Sized Inspiration

What Businesses can Learn from the Oldest Olympian.

The Olympics.  Those two simple words encompass immeasurable amounts of hope, determination, promise, heartache and victory.

I absolutely love the Olympics.  I adore watching countries unify to cheer on their teams.  I am mesmerized by the amazing displays of sportsmanship, athleticism and dedication by the athlete and their families.  Most of all, I love watching these amazing Olympians realize their lifelong dream. Continue reading