I am so appreciative of the crowd that has been following my blog recently, and so I wanted to devote today’s edition to a different side of me … the personal one.
Today, I’d like to answer a few questions so that you can get to know me better, and hopefully, from your comments, I can get to know you a little better as well.
My story … professionally, I actually started as a physical therapist. As a PT, the scientific side of my brain was drawn to the way the body responds to injury and training. When I saw the response of the body depended heavily on the mental approach, I shifted my focus from patients to employees, and how they responded to influences that affected their performance–specifically leaders. That curiosity lead me through the corporate world, eventually landing in Organizational Development, then to my own consulting gig.
WHY I do what I do: I am fascinated by the way humans interact, particularly how leaders motivate those they lead. I am convinced that great leadership solves most, if not all, problems that people face at the corporate level and as individuals. I am passionate about collaborating with leaders to face and overcome these challenges.
HOW I do what I do: Quite simply, there are three ways I pursue my passion.
(1) Writing – you have already seen my blogs (hopefully!). I believe that memorable learning takes place through a story or experience that you can relate to personally, so every blog I write will contain a relevant, entertaining example–usually from my personal life! I have written two books which you can find here and here. Also a new ebook.
(2) Speaking – I speak in a style some people refer to as EDUTAINMENT. A combination of education and entertainment. What good is a speaker if he or she is not memorable? What good are they if you cannot apply it to your personal life? I speak to large and small groups on:
– personal improvement
– the human dynamic between individuals, as well as teams
– aligning behaviors to results (either individuals or corporately through culture)
(3) Consulting – most of my work is working with leaders to bring about a desired personal change in their behavior or an organizational change within their culture. It has been my experience that improving performance in most organizations has less to do with tinkering with processes and policy but rather on the shoulders of the people–especially leaders.
Personally, my wife Christy and I have been married nearly 25 years. Our three boys–Britton (21), Sam (19) and Jack (17)–are great kids, despite being featured on their father’s blog way too often! We live in Fairhope, Alabama, with our bulldog Baxter.
One thing you need to know about me that affects all that I do in my professional and personal life. I am a deeply committed, spiritual person. If you clicked on the first book I hyperlinked above, you have probably already guessed that. Depending on which side of the fence you reside, that may turn some of you off.
But let me say this.
My spirituality compels me to care about people. Over time, it has also given me perspective. I use my concern for people and their perspective to fuel my passion to help leaders. I believe when leaders broaden their perspective, they become better problem solvers, communicators, team builders, and customer fanatics–all of which leads to improved results.
So sign up for my blog. Follow me on social media. I would consider it an honor if we started a relationship.