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Your Boss is an Asshole

October 17, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



Yep, I said it. It's true. Your boss is an asshole. He's always micro-managing you, never gives you positive reinforcement, only points out what you did wrong. You do a million great things and the one thing that you miss, that isn't even a big deal, your boss is all over you. He can't even leave you alone when you're on vacation, or worse, he makes you feel guilty for even taking any time off. She's always setting impossible standards that you can never attain. It seems like no matter what you do, it will ...

Work/Life Balance… Blah, Blah, Blah

October 12, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



Work/Life Balance is one of the biggest buzz words in the human resources and leadership circles these days, and one that I most often causes me severe cringing when I hear the words. Why do I cringe? Because so often the conversation is so surface level, it doesn't address the systemic root of the problem. And by not addressing the root of the issue, it often leaves people dismissing the very idea of "Work/Life Balance" as some kind of woo-woo, out of touch concept with real leaders, who are up to real things. Here's what Work/Life Balance is not about. It's not ...

Choose Your North Star, Don’t Let It Choose You

October 12, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



As the CEO of your business, it's important that you choose your North Star. In nautical circles, the North Star was used to navigate the direction of the ship. It informed all of the little decisions that generate a ship's heading. If you're the captain and you start choosing the ship's direction based on how you feel, or short term discomfort like choppy waters, you're going to head off course. A slight tack off course could mean never reaching your intended destination. In business, your North Star consists of two things: 1. The purpose for which your business exists. The clearer and more ...

The Number One Thing that Excellent Teams Have in Common

October 05, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



All excellent teams, organizations and leaders have this one thing in common. A commitment that is larger and more powerful than their individual feelings or discomfort. It's a set of beliefs and a common purpose that is intrinsically important to the leader, the team and the organization. The more present a person, team or organization is to the highest minded purpose, the more excellent that team will be. Sometimes it's circumstances or tragedies that bring people around a common purpose, things like the 9/11 terrorist attacks that rallied people, governments and countries around a singular purpose, or perhaps a sick child or ...

We Were All Kids Once

October 01, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



We were all kids once, and then we turned into adults. I'm not sure when it is, that we suddenly decide that we are no longer children and that other's are no longer impacted by the way they were raised. The magic number in America is 18 years old, where you are then awarded the title of adult. Which is pretty funny, because the 18 year olds I've met, are still very much shaped and molded by their childhood experience. Somewhere along the way, 18 turns into 25, which turns into 34 which turns into 40. And somewhere along the way, we stop having ...

Family of Origin Dynamics in Business

September 29, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



That's a fancy title for an article, but what we are really talking about is how we bring what we learned in childhood to adulthood, particularly to our business and leader relationships. One of the most fascinating things to me as I've worked with 100's of business leaders, particularly in the context of the business or organization they work for is how most of the places people get frustrated, stuck, scared and angry is due to some historical family dynamic playing out in the workplace. A few years ago, I was working with a client regarding their frustrations at work. We will call ...

What You Can Learn About Business from Philz Coffee

September 28, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



I love Philz Coffee, a small chain in the San Francisco area. I first found Philz when visiting San Francisco in early 2012. My wife and I were in town looking for our future home and went looking for a good cup of coffee. We had been to a few of the fancier coffee joints in San Francisco, of which, there are many. I like them too, Ritual, Blue Bottle, Four Barrel. Philz has great coffee, where they brew one cup at a time, in what I believe is some sort of turkish style coffee. They have like 20 plus flavors on ...

What I Learned From Donald Trump

September 28, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



On July 21st of this year, I was sitting in my hotel room at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida, up late preparing for a big presentation the following day. I remember the exact date, because it was the final night of the Republican National Convention and Donald Trump was giving his nomination acceptance speech. I was giving an important presentation for my business and to an audience I genuinely cared about influencing. I was sharing some somewhat radical ideas about how to improve employee engagement and retention in a centuries old industry. It was straight from my heart and straight ...

Blogging Everyday, Part 2

September 28, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



Isn't the second day always the hardest? Maybe it's not the second day, but you know that time, just after you start something, right after the newness and excitement wears off. Just when people stop noticing, stop commenting on it. It's that point when nobody will notice if you stop. I find myself thinking... I don't know what to write today. And, that's where so many of us stop in our pursuit of our own greatness. We hide behind, "I don't know," when what we are really doing is hiding our creativity, hiding our heart, keeping ourselves from being vulnerable, from setting ...

Blogging Everyday

September 28, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



Seth Godin, one of my favorite and most inspiring thought leaders, recommends more than anything, to blog everyday. In fact, it's one of the only pieces of advice he seems willing to give. When asked about his daily routine, he typically replies vehemently with how it doesn't matter, When asked what kind of tools he uses? Same response. He does advocate blogging every single day. Why? Because it's about practicing every single day the art of showing up. The ability to move through your fear or being rejected, of bruising your ego. And, that is a muscle that you build. When you ...

Why Buyer Interest has Nothing to Do with Sales Results

June 16, 2016  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



In my work as a coach, I have to get hired all of the time. It's kind of a sales job, but not really. I don't sell coaching and the truth is, all of the sales jobs I've ever worked weren't about slick selling from me or saying the perfect thing. Whether that was in selling 100 items in 5th grade to win a Nintendo, selling insulin to primary care physicians or helping people restructure debt. It was really about creating a partnership with the human being that was in front of me and looking ...

3 Steps for Kicking Holiday Overwhelm in The Face

December 22, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



With just about one week left of 2015, most of us are rushing around finishing last minute holiday shopping, making plans to be at this party and that party, or scurrying to make preparations to host family and friends. Some people say it's a wonderful season and while that may be true, I'm often more present to how overwhelming it can be for me and other people. The prevailing experience that I come to at this time of year is overwhelm. That's a word we often use, but let's define that experience. The dictionary ...

Radio Interview with Pete Saunders on Absent Father Issues

August 18, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



I sat down with Pete Saunders, host of Braveheart Radio and a fellow fatherless son on August 13thto discuss Father Absence issues. In the interview, I share some of  my personal story and how I have worked to overcome the impacts of growing up with an absent father. We also discuss what defines an absent father, the top 3 impacts of growing up with an absent father and some steps to take if you are dealing with some of those impacts. I hope this helps you or someone you know. Click the link below to access ...

Why Achieving More Won’t Always Make You Happy

August 18, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



In 1990, at age 11, I sold 106 items in a school fundraiser to win a Super Nintendo. In 1998, at age 17, I joined the Army, at 19, I had been promoted 4 times and by 21 I became one of the youngest in the entire United States Army to be promoted to the rank of E6, Staff Sergeant. Less than four years later, I became one of the youngest drill sergeants in the Army and innovated training methods that one prestigious awards. Between the ages of 18-27, I ran nine 26.2 mile ...

Find Your Stoke In Life

July 21, 2015  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



  Many of you have seen me posting cool surfing videos on my facebook page. A year ago I moved to San Francisco and started surfing. I had always wanted to be a surfer. Something about the waves, and the board and the culture had always called me to surfing. Here's one in case you haven't seen them from July 18, 2015 in San Francisco. This post is about finding your stoke in life. The thing that you want so bad you would do anything to get it. Yes, you do have one. Your stoke exists inside of you and it's the ...

3 Tips To Maximize Time and Profits for Small Business Owners

December 12, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



There are two things that most all of my clients who are entrepreneurs would say they want more of, more TIME and more PROFITS.   As a coach and leadership consultant, my job is to help identify the patterns and behaviors that get in the way of their effectiveness in achieving the goals they want. Money and time are two of the most important resources that a business owner can leverage to achieve their goals.   I’m going to share 3 tips that will help you more effectively leverage your time and money to ...

Ferguson Isn’t About Ferguson

December 04, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



Every generation has its moment, its cause, and its contribution to progress that defined its generation. These movements have always been rooted in advancing the cause of love and this generation’s cause is no different in that regard. It is however different in the sense that it requires us to look deeper into the root of today’s injustices. It requires us to deeply understand the issues of our time and to refrain from conversations about who is right and who is wrong. Our generation’s movement calls us to ask the question: “What needs to be ...

Life Changing Workshop, Dec 20th

November 19, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



December 20th Noon-5:00pm Make 2015 the Best Year of Your Life Let go of 2014 and Turbocharge your 2015 Rodney has been called many things, leadership consultant, life coach, career fulfillment expert, drill sergeant, miracle worker and business advisor, but fundamentally he helps people become the best version of themselves through an intimate and soul-stirring partnership. Don’t miss this once a year opportunity in St Louis.     Online ...

Top 3 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Success

September 25, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



Imagine yourself living in a world where money, time and freedom weren't an issue. You are living a life full of  love, happiness, wisdom and success. What does that look like to you? If you could go anywhere you wanted and whenever, where would you go? If you could you do anything you wanted, what would you do? Most importantly, who would you be? Now ask yourself, what's in the way of having that? For the majority of people, it's a self-defense mechanism (mostly subconscious) we call self-sabotage. It's ...

The Power of Intention

September 22, 2014  |   Posted by :   |   Blog   |   0 Comment»



If I could distill my life's work into a single concept, it would be all about the power of intention. Intention and the ability to communicate from your intention, is the most important quality that successful people have in common. And when I say "successful" people, I include all definitions of success, meaning people who have successful friendships, romantic relationships, businesses, social movements and enduring legacies. In fact, this is also the source of great power and influence. Find a successful person and you will find someone who has honed their ability to ...