How to Blow Up Your Perspective Plateaus

In last week’s post, we talked about why waiting—putting off our goals and dreams until some arbitrary future date—is often a waste of precious time.  Sometimes, all we need is to look at things in a completely new way. A few years ago I had a great coach named Jeremy Stover.  I told him to […] See More

May 12, 2017

What Are You Waiting for? Lose Wait Now!

How often have we heard that we need to have a five-year plan or a 10-year plan? Several things have occurred recently that made me think about why we wait. The rationale for waiting is typically completely made up. I started thinking about all the time I’ve wasted waiting for certain things to happen. But by […] See More

May 3, 2017

How to Create Competitive Advantage: Carve Out Your Niche

There’s an old expression that “there are riches in niches,” and it’s true; domination of a niche can increase entrepreneurial businesses’ results by an order of magnitude. A great example is Nebraska “experiential branding” agency SecretPenguin, which specializes in developing and launching innovative restaurant concepts. In the coming weeks I’ll be interviewing Dave Nelson, owner […] See More

June 22, 2016

WHY WORKING FROM HOME WORKS

The future of work is shaping up to be a place of contractors more than tenured, salaried workers. It’s already trending that way. A large part of this evolution is the increase in remote workers in teams across a huge variety of industries. People will do jobs on a short-term basis for a company and […] See More

August 3, 2015

KAIZEN: SITUATIONS AND STRATEGIES

Welcome to the final post in my series on kaizen. If you haven’t read the previous posts, go back and read them here and here. In this blog I will outline some common situations in our personal lives and how we can use the principles of kaizen to deal with them. Ask small questions. Our […] See More

June 26, 2015

APPLYING KAIZEN TO YOUR DAILY LIFE

This is the second in a series of three blogs on kaizen, the philosophy that helps you implement big changes in very small increments. If you missed my introduction to the topic, read it here. It is an amazing way of thinking that produces results in all areas of life. Today I want to look […] See More

June 24, 2015

KAIZEN: A BRIEF INTRODUCTION

Change is hard. It’s one of those statements that is so thoroughly true it’s almost embarrassing to point out or even discuss. But why is it so hard? Deep down we are hardwired to resist change for our own perceived safety. We fear change in the deepest, most instinctual regions of our brain. Kaizen is […] See More

June 22, 2015

TURN YOUR DESIRE INTO ACTION

The desire to change something about our lives is a common thread that runs through all of our psyches in one way or another. Taking big steps to implementing those changes is far less common. Doubledare works with people who have decided they must make a big change in their life in order to be […] See More

June 3, 2015

Spring Cleaning

The weather here in the Midwest is starting to warm up, and I spent much of the weekend participating in a ritual known to most as “spring cleaning.” Despite being a domestic sound bite that suggests an event of scrubbing floors, raking yards, and sweeping garages, I’ve come to realize spring cleaning is a ritual […] See More

March 11, 2015

What Will You Do Differently on Monday?

Peter Drucker was one of the most influential thinkers the business world has ever seen, and his thoughts and writings remain one of my touchstones for leadership guidance. He is the architect of such beautiful yet effective ideas as: Neither ‘big is better’ nor ‘small is beautiful’ makes much sense. Neither elephant nor mouse nor […] See More

February 25, 2015