Leave Your Mark

Lance Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, People Comments

Few things focus the mind on the bigger picture and the important things quite like the process of saying goodbye. Regardless of how or why it occurs, leaving means taking an accounting of what was accomplished and what will be missed. Unless you’re a world class athlete on a final season “farewell tour,” the time for this introspection usually occurs …

On Disagreement

Lance Accountability, Communication, Ideas, Integrity, Leadership Comments

A few thoughts and observations about Disagreement — what it is, what it’s not, and why it matters. The pdf version of what follows is available here. Feel free to download it and use it however you wish. NOTES 1 – The banalities and absurdities of being a modern corporate employee were hilariously brought to life on TV with The Office …

Holiday Tomatoes

Lance Ideas, Integrity, Leadership, People Comments

Gold foil wrapper … snowflake graphics … “LIMITED EDITION” … of course you’re buying those special Christmas cherry tomatoes over the ones in the nondescript green plastic basket, right? If you think both the question and the packaging effort are ridiculous because there’s nothing particularly Christmas-y about cherry tomatoes, you’re quite right. And you’re missing the point. The logic of a …

Those 3 Little Words

Lance Accountability, Integrity, Leadership Comments

Dark insecurities forever whisper in our ear. Fear of exposure to vulnerability climbs in the driver’s seat of our mind: “Shields up! Cloaking device activated!” All of a sudden, the people we need to connect with the most are presented with an image — not of us, but of the mask we hide behind. Once this process is set in …