The Power of White Space

The Power of White Space

I've now recorded 15 episodes of the UnYielded Podcast. I was looking back over my notes from the different episodes and a theme jumped out at me: that we need white space or margin in our lives. Nearly every single person has spoken about the power that comes from having some margin or some space to breathe. When I think…
“Get to” versus “Have to”

“Get to” versus “Have to”

A recent guest on my podcast, UnYielded: Thriving No Matter What, was Pat Carroll.  He was on the St. Joe’s perfect season back in 2003-2004, where they finished the college basketball season as the top ranked team in the country.  They made it to the Elite Eight and were 1 shot away from the Final Four.  He went on to…
Stop Judging Your Emotions

Stop Judging Your Emotions

A huge shout out to my friend and colleague, John Cerqueira, who I recently interviewed on my podcast:  UnYielded: Thriving No Matter What, which is all about flourishing and putting our energy into a place of positive influence. If you want to listen to the episode, you can listen here. We talked about his experience in Tower 1 on September…
John Cerqueira

From Calamity to Reinvention – John Cerqueira

John Cerquiera was one of the heroes of 9-11, carrying a disabled woman from the 68th floor of Tower One just minutes before it collapsed. Through this experience and his career as a strategic sales professional, he has helped people learn to work through adversity, grief, and to build more meaningful, satisfying lives.   Contact John Cerqueira - johnc@aslantraining.com www.linkedin.com/in/john-cerqueira-5a22963…
Don’t Buffer Failure

Don’t Buffer Failure

I recently sat down and talked with Dennis Stanton on my podcast.  Dennis fell in love with basketball at an early age, he had his ups and downs with the sport but, his senior year in college, he was an all-American and led the nation in scoring.  He played professionally in Europe.  He is an Athletic Director at Souderton Area…
Navigate with Curiosity

Navigate with Curiosity

I was recently interviewing Tony Bond on my podcast, and we were talking about how you can build meaningful connections and community. Tony is the Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer of Great Place to Work, the global research and analytics firm that produces the annual Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list, among many others. When I…
Harvesting the Wisdom in Your Life

Harvesting the Wisdom in Your Life

We all know someone like this: they’ve been doing what they do for twenty years and they think that gives them twenty years of experience, when, in fact, they have one year of experience that they’ve simply repeated for twenty years.    Years ago, when I was around 23 or so, I had an epiphany that was painful at the time…
Kristin Smedley

My Baby is Blind? Now what? Resilience in the face of a “suckerpunch” – Kristin Smedley

Kristin Smedley had the perfect life with a great job, wonderful home, nice car, and then children. But just a few months into motherhood, a doctor explained that her baby boy was blind. She believed in that moment that all the dreams she had for him and for the family were gone. Listen to her story of bouncing back from…
Confronting our demons

Confronting our demons

"Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing."-- August Wilson (1945-2005), American Playwright This quote speaks to me in so many ways.  The people whom I meet that are the most compelling and powerful and inspiring are those people who…
The confidence to test a comfort zone

The confidence to test a comfort zone

Awhile ago, while I was coaching a manager, I was asked why it is that I am willing to venture outside of my comfort zone.  At that time, I don't think I had a very good answer.  However, since then, as I'm tackling something new or venturing into new territory, I've been paying attention to that question.  The answer that…