Work-Life Balance: Finding The Right Fit

Today’s guest contributor is Brian Mohr, co-founder and managing partner for Y Scouts, a purpose-based leadership search firm that connects organizations with exceptional leaders. Previously, Brian worked as a talent strategist and in leadership management for major corporations, including P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and He is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  



work life balance brian mohrThe corporate world is susceptible to fads.

Work-life balance, a push to properly prioritize work in relation to lifestyle, features the kind of fad-ish thinking that can lead gifted people down the wrong path. Think of those who love their job—for them, it’s not exactly “‘work” as they exercise their capabilities fully toward a goal that they believe in.

George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior

power of civilityWho knew?!

I was delighted to discover the Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation that were “copied down” by George Washington as he worked as a young boy to improve his penmanship.

The list of rules is pretty long, 110 of them in all (lots of writing practice, I guess).

The content of George’s list is based on a set of rules composed by French Jesuits in 1595.

These rules for civility and decent behavior

…reflect a focus that is increasingly difficult to find. The rules have in common a focus on other people rather than the narrow focus of our own self-interests that we find so prevalent today. Fussy or not, they represent more than just manners. They are the small sacrifices that we should all be willing to make for the good of all and the sake of living together. These rules proclaim our respect for others and in turn give us the gift of self-respect and heightened self-esteem. ~Foundation’s Magazine

A baker’s dozen of George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior

  1. Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.
  2. Strive not with your superior in argument; always submit your argument with modesty.
  3. Mock not nor jest anything of importance; and if you deliver anything witty and pleasantly, abstain from
    laughing at yourself.
  4. Be not hasty to believe flying reports to the disparagement of any.
  5. Think before you speak, pronounce not imperfectly, nor bring your words too hastily, but orderly and distinctly.
  6. When another speaks, be attentive yourself and disturb not the audience. If any hesitate in his words, help him not nor prompt him; interrupt him not, nor answer him till his speech has ended.
  7. Always submit your judgment to others with modesty.
  8. Whisper not in the company of others.
  9. Undertake not what you cannot perform and be careful to keep your promise.
  10. Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience.
  11. In disputes, be not so desirous to overcome as not to give liberty to each one to deliver his opinion.
  12. Give not advice without being asked and when desired do it briefly.
  13. Speak not injurious words neither in jest nor earnest scoff at none although they give occasion.

You can find the whole list here.

What do you think? Applicable for today? Not applicable?

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July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

2015 leadership development carnivalWelcome to the July 2015 Leadership Development Carnival!

This month brings a treat of 22 leadership posts to savor and share. Topics range from moral character to leadership lessons from World War II to stepping out of comfort zones. 

Ready to dive in?

12 good things daring leaders and followers share

followership speaking truth to powerYou are my follower.”

Both his tone and inflection caught me off guard. I hadn’t expected such vehemence. Or that kind of mindset.

In my mind, we had simply “connected” via social media.

Yes, I had clicked a button labeled “follow” on his page several months earlier. In doing so, I committed to learning more about him, and to sharing info, too. But in my mind, I hadn’t committed to being his follower, “an adherent or devotee of a particular person, cause, or activity.” As he was traveling and was in my corner of the world, we’d agreed to meet over coffee and add a face-to-face element to our connection. Hence, this exchange.

Five Steps to Integrate Coaching into your Talent Management Strategy


Today’s guest contributor is Renée Robertson, a two-time International Coach Federation Prism Award Winner for Internal Coaching and the CEO of Trilogy Development. Renee shares her insights and first-hand experience in her new book, The Coaching Solution: How to Drive Talent Development, Organizational Change and Business Results.


Renee Robertson on coachingCoaching means many things to many people. 

Many times a certain technique that is referred to as “coaching” isn’t really coaching at all; it’s actually counseling or feedback.

For example, you may have heard or had this happen to you. A manager will say, “Let me give you some coaching around ABC.”

They then proceed to explain why you failed to accomplish a task and explains the way ABC needs to be done.

Want long-term business success? Try introspection

Today’s guest contributor is Randy H. Nelson, speaker, coach, former nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy, and author of The Second Decision – The Qualified Entrepreneur. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Miami University, Ohio, and was awarded their Admiral Sidney W. Souers Distinguished Alumni Award in 2011.


power of introspectionEarly in my business career, my wife asked me if I knew what I was doing.

I assured her I did.

Since then, my experience taught me I was wrong. The truth was that back then I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

I know now three elements—learning, leadership and awareness—are crucial for long-term business success.

3 necessities for long-term business success

How to make friends with your inner critic


inner criticSome days my inner critic is a good supportive friend.

Ooh, but on other days, that little voice in my head is a vicious troll intent on derailing me.

After a long stint in corporate America, I returned to my childhood dream of writing. Recently I read several of my early blog posts and was absolutely horrified by what I’d written.

When I began my blog, I knew I had much to learn about writing, and those old posts were dreadful evidence of how little I knew.

While rereading them a second time (why do we torture ourselves like that??), my inner critic accelerated to warp speed, chastising me for every dangling participle, adverb, and run-on sentence.

Inner critics are pesky that way. At least mine is.

Ken Blanchard on Leadership & The New One Minute Manager

Today’s guest contributor is Ken Blanchard, PhD, one of the most influential leadership experts in the world. He has co-authored 60 books, and his groundbreaking works have been translated into 42 languages. Along with his wife, Margie, he is co-founder of The Ken Blanchard Companies, a leading international training and consulting firm. This post was originally published on April 27, 2015 at To learn more about The New One Minute Manager and download the first chapter, visit The New One Minute Manager website.


Ken Blanchard leadershipIn November 1980 my wife, Margie, and I met Spencer Johnson at a cocktail party.

At that time, Spencer was a successful writer of children’s books while I was just starting out in the world of business. After meeting Spencer, Margie said to us, “You two should write a children’s book for managers. They won’t read anything else.”

With that, The One Minute Manager was born.

4 ways to tap the power of positive thinking and confidence

Today’s guest contributor is Darlene Hunter, president of Darlene Hunter & Associates, LLC. Darlene is a  motivational speaker, author, life and business coach, and award-winning radio talk show host. Her new book, Win-Ability, Navigating through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude, is her fourth on the theme of perseverance.


positive thinkingFear, insecurity, and self-doubt can be the biggest obstacles many of us face in life.

To overcome this negativity, many people turn to unhealthy behaviors, such as overeating or alcohol abuse.

Compulsive or addictive behavior may temporarily numb the negativity, but it won’t put you on a healthy and wholesome path.

While some people buy very expensive things to feel more confident, there’s a better, more affordable way to yield the same result—and that’s positive thinking.

Leaders Go First!

Dov Baron works with leaders in creating teams that become fiercely loyal. He was named by Inc magazine as one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers for Your Next Conference. His latest book is Fiercely Loyal: How High Performing Companies Develop and Retain Top Talent.


leaders looking under the hoodWe’ve all had the unenviable experience of dealing with leaders who lack integrity. At the very least, that can be frustrating and demoralizing. 

On the other hand, great leaders have the ability to inspire us, and nothing is more inspiring than a leader who walks their talk. 

The invitation