Making the Invisible Visible

Over the last four decades, I’ve attempted to make visible and more understandable, critical concepts of leadership through the use of metaphors, such as the “starfish and it’s nerve ring,” the “bowl and the banana,” and brewing “tea” when “hot water” comes your way.

Long Story Short

Recently, I had the privilege of sitting down with Leslie Wilcox for her PBS Hawaii Segment, Long Story Short.

I was humbled and honored to be asked to tape this segment, sharing in the company of so many others that have appeared on Leslie’s show, and grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute to those that helped me along the way.

I hope you enjoy!


M Power Your Leadership

During November and December 2014, we cleaned out a storage locker, which had boxes and boxes of stuff accumulated over the years.  We donated a third, dumped a third and put the rest in smaller storage lockers we have here at our condo. It was a painful exercise, draining both physically and emotionally.

As I sorted through old materials, I found an outline of how we used to structure our leadership program years ago.  At that time I called it M Powered Leadership.  Hopefully, it will serve as a reminder to many of you....

Can You Stand the Heat?

Last September, I read an article in Sports Illustrated that I really enjoyed.  The article featured Erik Spoelstra, head coach of the Miami Heat.  It was titled, Heat and Light by Lee Jenkins.  Like the Heat or not, there were many leadership lessons embedded in the article.

Define your DNA

Spoelstra authored and implements The Heat Code, a guidebook containing the foundational theories and quotations that define the Heat’s mission and identity.  On page one, he proclaims


As we close out another year, take some time to reflect and appreciate the many blessing you enjoy.  Here’s what appreciation means to me.

When You Get a Gift You Didn’t Expect

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a special time of year... 

What Makes You Thankful?

First, I apologize for not writing to you last month.  I have been caught in task inundation and flag on path failed.  I got sucked "IN."  So many things going on…trying to sell our house, moving to a new house, finishing our Fall run of the Leadership Works Experience, client engagements and a trip to American Samoa.  (Typical Expressive, excuses for everything!)

One From Many?

On a recent trip to Washington DC, I was reminded of our country's motto, "E Pluribus Unum," which means, "out of many, one."  Originally it meant that out of many states (or colonies) emerges a single nation. In recent years its meaning has shifted to out of many peoples, races, religions, languages, and ancestries form a single people and nation.

How to Make a Fruit Salad

Ever have a leader who tried to bring out the “fruits” of their team and organization by going about it the wrong way?

Island Style: Hawaii and Japan

On a recent trip to Singapore, Deb and I stopped in Japan to study customer service and quality standards.