Throughout my life, I’ve always seen things a little differently.
Even when I was in grade school, I recognized when processes and systems were broken. But, rather than complain, my instinct was to find or create a better way. I solved the problem. I facilitated progress. I never outgrew this.
As my career unfolded, it became clear to me that the experience of “work” wasn’t a good one for far too many people. And so it has become my calling to make work better. I believe that work can and should be a rewarding and fulfilling experience (It happens, I’ve seen it). I believe that people want to do great work. I also believe that leaders want their people to be successful. The challenge seems to be that we are stuck in outdated mindsets and beliefs about “work” that get in our way. My mission is to fix that.
I have dedicated my career to helping leaders build organizations that are good for both people and profits–first as an entrepreneur, then a corporate HR executive, then as a consultant,researcher, and speaker.
My passion for this work has fueled my success as a keynote speaker. I am genetically hardwired both to perform in front of people and to make a difference. When someone puts their faith in me to speak or train for their group, I do everything in my power to make them look like a genius for doing so.
While I am passionate about my work, the most important thing in my life is my family. I live on an acreage in Gretna, Nebraska with my beautiful wife, Angie, and our three children who range in ages seven to nineteen. Our oldest son is currently serving as a United States Marine. I am an avid sports fan and spend a lot of time outdoors biking, running and playing with my kids.
Some of you may also recognize me as the tall, dancing half of Talent Anarchy and co-author of the book, Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships.