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December 3rd, 2015

A Love Story – Guest Blog #1

I have invited a number of authors, leaders and coaches who have reviewed my recently released book, A Love Story, to contribute their thoughts and ideas, and particularly those prompted by their reading of this... (Read more)

November 12th, 2015

A Love Story: An Intensely Personal Memoir

Relationships! Everything is about relationships. How we relate to our partners, our children and families, our friends, our employees and customers, our bodies and our health, ideas and knowledge, our natural environment, God –... (Read more)

October 8th, 2015

The Kind of Capitalism We Need Now

A recent Gallup poll surveying the level of confidence that Americans have in their institutions reveals a frightening truth –  big business is ranked second from the bottom, just above (no surprise here) Congress (see chart).... (Read more)

July 6th, 2015

Opportunities to Grow

During 2015 and 2016 we are offering several opportunities for personal development and growth. Higher Ground Leadership® Coach Certification—an online course taught in partnership with CoachVille™, the largest coach training organization in the... (Read more)

April 20th, 2015

Bill Clinton and Inclusion

Late last month I participated in a remarkable event called LEAD2015. It was the brain child of Debbie McGrath, the founder of, who had a vision: to put together an event featuring... (Read more)

February 23rd, 2015

Employees Surveys

A number of survey instruments, free and paid, exist on our website. One of the most widely used and comprehensive, is the CASTLE® Organizational Survey. I am often asked how the data generated by this... (Read more)

January 20th, 2015

Should Personal Views Override Optimum Strategy?

For several years our largest client was BP. At the time, John Brown was the CEO. Of all the leaders that I have known over the years, John Brown stands out as one... (Read more)

November 30th, 2014

We’ve Lost our Feminine Energy

First, I want to say hello to our regular readers, after an absence of 4 1/2 months. If you would like to know the cause of this silence you can find the details... (Read more)

July 14th, 2014

Are You Playing Baseball or Soccer?

Baseball is a game of individually executed actions supported (we each hope!) by a group of brilliant colleagues. Soccer, on the other hand, depends entirely on context and efforts of the collective more... (Read more)

May 28th, 2014

To Be Inspired, Choose Your Clients and Customers Carefully

My book, The Spark, the Flame, and the Torch, is a manifesto for living an inspired life and creating inspiring organizations. Its first assumption is that we can’t inspire others unless we first become inspired... (Read more)

May 15th, 2014

ONEness – The Key to High Performance in Organizations

Six thousand years ago we were one.  We shared the same stories, myths, mysteries and magic. Even peoples and tribes who had never communicated together due to their different physical locations, shared identical concepts, such as... (Read more)

April 30th, 2014

Living in Oneness – The Five Pillars of Success

I would like to tell you about a very interesting series of podcasts taking place beginning May 7, 2014. I am honored to have been invited to participate as one of what Humanity’s... (Read more)

March 28th, 2014

Journey into My Truth: My Higher Ground Leadership® Transformation

From time to time we invite guests to contribute to this blog. The following was written by Kathy Madigan, Inspirational Dreamer, newly Certified Higher Ground Leadership® Coach, consultant and founder of the “The... (Read more)

March 27th, 2014

New Coach Certification Classes Begin Soon

One of my favorite events is the Higher Ground Leadership® Coach Certification course I run each year.  CoachVille, the largest coach training organization in the world, partners with the Secretan Center to host... (Read more)

February 22nd, 2014

We are a Verb

In 1970, Buckminster Fuller famously wrote, “I live on Earth at present, and I don’t know what I am. I know that I am not a category. I am not a thing—a noun.... (Read more)

January 24th, 2014

New [email protected] Card Web App

Our [email protected] Cards continue to be extremely popular with everyone who uses them. Two years ago, we created an iPhone and iPad app for the [email protected] Cards – just shake your phone or tablet, and... (Read more)

January 13th, 2014

Responsible Drinking

I spoke at a conference recently where over 800 members of the audience received plastic bottles of water. The intention, I imagine, was to send a healthful message. But it didn’t feel right... (Read more)

January 1st, 2014

Be Yourself; Everyone Else is Already Taken

The new year is a time for resolutions, an opportunity for new beginnings. The title of this blog post is a quote  from Oscar Wilde.  It seem especially appropriate as we begin a... (Read more)

December 2nd, 2013

Suppose We Have Come to the End of Growth?

During a recent coaching conversation with the CEO of a global company I asked him, “Supposing we have come to the end of growth?” This is probably not the kind of question he... (Read more)

November 24th, 2013


My friend Kevin Connolly, the Executive Director of The Center for Nonprofit Excellence, based in Louisville, Kentucky has written a beautiful piece about how important it is that we reflect gratefully on the... (Read more)