“Welcome to Sherwood!” — Robin Hood

Father’s Day was a delight for me.

My family treated me a number of fun things. I was served breakfast in a hammock. I was treated to a delicious cold milkshake at a local ice-cream shop. My daughter and I have a plan to go buy some comic books.

And my eldest son took me to a screening of the 1938 movie version of Robin Hood.

One of the extra treats that came with the Robin Hood movie was the special introduction by one of our local celebrities, David Moreland.

David put the movie in the context of when it was first shown in 1938. At that point, the Great Depression had been going on for almost a full decade. David provided a texture to the time period of both fear and of hope.

He encouraged us to imagine how the audience felt when Robin Hood appears with the joyous performance by Errol Flynn.

Indeed, when Robin Hood said “Welcome to Sherwood” the whole audience clapped and cheered. Our audience was connected to the audiences in 1938.

This also put Father’s Day in a new frame for me. My own father grew up during the Great Depression. None of us are not that far removed from that time period.

It is a gift that those who have come before us have worked to make the world a better place.

It is a gift, that we as fathers, parents, and leaders have a responsibility to pay forward.

Yours in the calm pursuit of excellence,

What Can We Learn From Others?

One of the delights of our walks around our woods and grasslands is being surprised by dragonflies.

Lead from Your Sweet Spot

On a tennis racquet, there is a miraculous zone known as the sweet spot. If you connect with a ball on the sweet spot of the racquet, you are almost unaware of the impact and effort involved.

How Can You Be Sure You Did Your Best?

The question she asked was “How can I know I have done my best to achieve the result if the result was not fully achieved?”

Take Care Of Things While It’s Still Just a Sprinkle

“Doing things at the last minute reminds us of the importance of doing things at the first minute.” Matshona Dhliwayo

Ideas are Like Seeds

I learned a lot from farming and I still do. In fact, business, in general, learns a lot from farming as the words permeate much of the business language.

Drive Up Courage

In my coaching of all levels of leadership and of individual contributors, I find a common trait. Everyone seems to have some fear about speaking out in public.

Improve Your Intake Engine

How well versed is your organization in using experts to improve your engines of performance?

Secrets to Attracting and Growing Evergreen Talent

I was on another adventure hike with my son, and I noticed that on one side of the gorge, the trees were almost exclusively evergreens while the other side there were predominantly broad-leafed deciduous trees.

Remember to Walk the Virtual Hallways

Many leaders are noting to me that they are missing the hallway conversations, the encounters at the snack counter, the discussions over an informal cup of coffee.

High Speed Doesn’t Mean High Stress

There is an extraordinary difference between how good leaders and exceptional leaders respond to pressure for speed.