9- Driving Employee Engagement Through Unprecedented Change

In Episode 9, Driving Employee Engagement Through Unprecedented Change, of Michael’s podcast, learn about five actions you can take to deeply engage your team. This is a live recording of a presentation Michael gave in January 2018 to the Sacramento chapter of Financial Executives International. The show begins with a review of societal changes that ... Read More

5 Actions To Take When Your Truths Disintegrate Before Your Eyes

Self acceptance is difficult when you’re told you have to be something you don’t actually desire to be. I support a number of influencers who are creating a wonderful new world for us to live in, but they’re continually told they should change who they are to fit society’s mold. I find this terribly disheartening. ... Read More

We Become the Opposite of Our Parents

“The road to success is uphill, unless your father owns the business.” I think it was 1987. My dad had taped a notecard with this handwritten quote on the dashboard of his new pickup truck. I was too young and naive to understand the meaning(s) inherent to the quote, but it is still a vivid ... Read More

8- 5 Habits to Revolutionize 2018

In episode 8 of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Michael shares the 5 habits he tries to instill in each of his clients. He begins the podcast with a brief reflection asking you to consider the process you use to set and then quality check progress on your corporate goals. Michael then asks you to ... Read More

Why You Need To Know Your Epigenetics

I don’t remember when I first read it, but I remember reading an article (this one) about a Chinese company named Shanghai Biochip Corporation (SBC). In 2009, they conducted DNA testing on roughly 30 children aged 3 to 12 to identify genetic gifts. By reviewing genetic code, SBC was able to extract information about IQ, ... Read More

Creating Connection With Emerging Leaders

This article was first published by the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants in the November AZ CPA magazine. This July, I traveled to Bend, OR to deliver a talk about aligning cross-generational communication. The audience, predominately Baby Boomer, thought younger generations struggled with managing their time, delegating tasks, professionalism when interacting with key stakeholders, and ... Read More

How Shifts in Societal Norms are Improving Human Gratitude

Our world is safer, healthier, and richer than ever before. This is a fact-based statement. If you’re an ardent supporter of and watch the corporate-controlled mainstream media, you’re likely to believe the world is in rough shape. Parts of it certainly are. I encourage you to visit Public Radio International’s website to read the article ... Read More

6- Leading Through Change

Listen to Michael discuss how to lead through change from organizational and personal standpoints. He starts the podcast asking you to reflect briefly on a change initiative and how you would rank yourself for your work in accomplishing the initiative’s goals. Learn about the potential costs associated with facilitating change unsuccessfully and why looking at ... Read More

4- Engaging the Millennial Generation

In this episode of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Michael talks about strategies you can utilize to engage millennials. You’ll learn about the importance of daily feedback, continual learning, and mentorship/reverse mentorship opportunities. He also discusses millennial statistics, such as there are 92 million in the US, their generation is the largest percentage of workforce, ... Read More

3- How To Uncover Your Life’s Purpose

In this episode of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Michael shares the process he utilizes when coaching executives to become the best and most unique versions of themselves. He shares how entrepreneurship, making mistakes, and the rising societal push for individuality are shaping the need for you to have a defined life purpose. Michael discusses ... Read More

2- Developing Emotional Intelligence

In this episode of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Michael discusses the four major tenants of emotional intelligence – self awareness, self management, social awareness and relationship management. Learn about the importance of continual learning to be more self aware, how practicing positive psychology helps you with self management, the value of a reflected best ... Read More

1- 8 Factors for Making Career Decisions

In this episode of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Michael describes the 8 factors he uses when helping executives make difficult career choices. The 8 factors are a person’s communication profile, motivators, values, Intention Statement (personal mission), Ambition Statement (3 year goals), Value Proposition (personal brand), tangible and intangible advantages and disadvantages, and expected learning/growth ... Read More

The Best Influencers Manufacture Experiences

Grades. Networking. Job. Money. Career. Time management. Failure. The future. Experience. Relationships. Family. Direction. Opportunity cost. Differentiation. Framing my value. These were a handful of the responses from 100+ Thunderbird School of Global Management students when I asked them what they were most nervous about as they entered, or returned to, their degree program. I ... Read More

Every Generation Has Been The Me Generation

Two Fridays ago, I was in Bend, OR delivering a talk to the Oregon Association of School Business Officials at their summer conference. I was asked to speak about aligning cross-generational communication. I am so thankful for OASBO as I’m not sure I could’ve met a kinder, more welcoming and wholeheartedly supportive group. Side note: ... Read More

Meeting People Where They Are

Benjamin Disraeli once said, “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” In the late 1800s, Disraeli served as Prime Minister for the United Kingdom and is most well known for his role in helping to create the conservative party. I ... Read More

We All Fear Success, Here’s How To Overcome It

I admit it. I’m addicted. Addicted to checking things off a task list. I go to the gym four days each week. I can’t resist sugary treats. And, I seek comfort in my cat, Cleopatra… but don’t tell anyone else about how I can walk her on a leash. I think there are pictures and ... Read More

8 Questions to Ask When Everything Goes Wrong

I have a good friend who’s been a successful business owner for nearly two decades. Recently, in the span of one week, her most valuable employee resigned, one of her children experienced a medical condition relapse and a major client decided to not renew their contract with her company. That week, everything that could go ... Read More

8 Factors for Optimal Career Decision Making

I recently coached a VP of Business Development through finding a new role that truly aligned with his life’s mission. Let’s call him David. Like many of us, David had seen his share of ups and downs. Pre-2008, he owned multiple homes, drove luxury vehicles and took international trips annually. He was part of the ... Read More

For Better Time Management, Take These 5 Steps

What percent of your day is spent living your life’s mission? Many executives I interact with seem to be distributing their time towards activities they think will make them money, make them appear powerful or give them a synthetic boost of confidence. Unfortunately, our society’s maniacal focus on this personality ethic produces poor outcomes for ... Read More

Balancing Ambition and Patience

Have you ever thought about how most of our lives seem to be focused on waiting? When we’re pre-teens, we can’t wait to get braces for that perfect smile. When we’re high school, we can’t wait to begin college to live on our own. When we enter the workforce, we can’t wait for the right ... Read More

Advancing Your Emotional Intelligence

In 1995, Daniel Goleman published Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. Goleman’s research suggested that conventional intelligence, or IQ (intelligence quotient), was too narrow a spectrum to determine an individual’s level of success. IQ sets a foundation, but ignores how a person’s behavioral profile, motivators and life experiences help shape decision making ... Read More

Using Your Behavioral Style to Acquire Self Confidence

Have you noticed the things that make people great in one area of life often make them miserable in others? Success in one area seems to be tied to failure in another because we go to such extremes to be accepted. If you devote extra hours to a job, you are likely spending less time ... Read More

How Coachable Are You?

I invest significant time each week deepening relationships with interesting people and opening my network to new people. Towards the end of a handful of these discussions, I’m asked to describe my ideal client. I appreciate this opportunity and can provide a reasonably specific avatar of the potential client’s functional expertise, industry experience, level of ... Read More

Building Relationships for Professional Advancement

Note: this article first appeared in the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants July/August 2016 magazine. In 1995, Steve Jobs said “Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact: everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you … shake off this erroneous notion ... Read More

It’s Okay to be the Smartest Person in the Room

Michael Dell gave a speech at the University of Texas in 2003 and said “Try to never be the smartest person in the room. And, if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people… or find a different room.” You’ve likely heard different iterations of this phrase. It may have motivated you to work hard ... Read More