No Challenge, No Alchemy

Adapted from my book, Tribal Alchemy: Turning What You Have Into What You Need. (2016) A Tribal Alchemy Resource. You can get a copy of the book here. ---   In the movie Pleasantville, two teenagers from the 1990s are transported through their television back to the 1950s. What David and his sister Jennifer discover [...]

No Challenge, No Alchemy2016-08-31T05:27:22-04:00

How Emotionally Resilient Are You?

To be ingenious people, we have to respond to challenges and opportunities with resilience and engage change with flexibility.   Emotions are a source of great energy. Without emotion, action is flat and one-dimensional. Emotion infuses action with passion and intention. However, emotional energy can turn negative and even destructive. When emotions are corrosive, they [...]

How Emotionally Resilient Are You?2016-08-29T05:50:03-04:00

The Huntington Beach PD and Tribal Alchemy

The Huntington Beach Police get it. In early August, I spent two days at the Huntington Beach Police Department (HBPD). Fortunately for me, I went to the right.   On day one, I spoke at the inaugural Leadership And Education Development Academy (LEAD). Thirty high school students explored with me four leader-skills that increase integrity, [...]

The Huntington Beach PD and Tribal Alchemy2016-08-25T10:11:31-04:00

The Cost of High Performance

Yesterday, I watched the last 30 minutes or so of the Olympic men's marathon. Beyond the runners amazing physical endurance, what was so obvious was their commitment to development. Their ability to perform at such an elite level is supported by their rigorous attention to training and continuous improvement. The world of an elite athlete [...]

The Cost of High Performance2016-08-22T05:17:52-04:00

Practice Fast

I have had the privilege of coaching hundreds of people. When I consider the one’s that really upped their performance, during the coaching, there are a few qualities that are common among them. One is this: They practice fast.   When high performing people discover a principle or idea that can improve their performance, they [...]

Practice Fast2016-08-17T06:05:42-04:00

Surf’s Up! Go Where The Energy Is

A couple of weekends ago, I was in Huntington Beach, CA for speaking gigs. Thanks to the Huntington Beach P.D. for the opportunity to share Tribal Alchemy!   During my visit, the Vans U.S. of Surfing Open was taking place. I watched two days of surfing finals from the Huntington Beach pier.     From [...]

Surf’s Up! Go Where The Energy Is2016-08-08T05:49:23-04:00

Thinking Around Corners

I was sitting at a small cafe table recently in Huntington Beach, CA talking with my brother about life and work. He works for Apple. Because of my work around collective ingenuity, he mentioned Apple University and some of the training he’s received there. One of the concepts he mentioned hearing at an Apple University [...]

Thinking Around Corners2016-08-03T11:00:14-04:00

Goldilocks Your Growth — Put Strategic Distance between Comfort and Change

    A few weeks ago, I saw this picture. It reminded of research that shows a strong connection between our ability to overcome challenge and our willingness to experience discomfort. In other words, if there is too much overlap between the two circles, it will it be harder — or even impossible—  to change. Too [...]

Goldilocks Your Growth — Put Strategic Distance between Comfort and Change2016-08-01T08:59:14-04:00