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How are your 4ti’tudes?

June 19th, 2018 / Drew Hiss

4ti‘tudes? What kind of word derivative is that? Another clever cliché attempt? Perhaps yes! Years and years ago I was encouraged that, “Your altitude will be determined by your attitude.” Great wisdom! Hard to refute, and certainly has been a formative success formula in my life. As life has taken on different seasons and chapters, I’d like to Read More…

Winning Your Why

Winning Your Why

June 13th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

Has everyone seen Simon Sinek’s “Start With Why” video? Good. (If not, It’s at the end of this post) Like all big ideas, it takes time to filter through the business world and reach intentional implementation. In 2018, I see significant movement of companies on their “why” journey. From “we want to do it,” to Read More…

Sinking Ship

How to avoid sinking your Partner-Ship

May 21st, 2018 / Dan Cooper

What kind of ship always sinks? 
 That joke is sadly funny because there is so much truth to it. Talk to almost any entrepreneur, and they can tell you a partnership breakup story. Most are messy. 
 I have been a part of a partnership breakup. I have also coached partners through Read More…

Reason, Season, Life

Is your company for a reason, a season, or life?

May 7th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

I was at our quarterly Advance Leadership Workshop this week. The facilitator had us in groups of two discussing a simple problem. My partner for the experience was talking about his daughter and how she was having trouble identifying friends of reason, season, and for life. I’d never heard this before and asked him to Read More…


Disrupt Yourself

March 19th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

“The only difference between a rut and a grave is depth.” – Ellen Glasgow Disruption is a trendy word. Start ups hope to disrupt an entire market. Mature businesses hope that something doesn’t disrupt their entire market. Disruption from those two perspectives has the potential to be good or bad. We recently had Mark Sanborn Read More…

Million Dollar Racehorse

Million Dollar Racehorse Standard

January 8th, 2018 / Dan Cooper

Zig Ziglar has a great bit he does on a million dollar racehorse. He asks his audience if they owned a million dollar racehorse, would they let it go out drinking half the night and eat junk food. Of course not. The horse wouldn’t win many races that way.   What a wonderful metaphor for Read More…

Trapped by the Business

Trapped by the Business

January 2nd, 2018 / Drew Hiss

It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation. Hard to put these two flicks in any sort of similar category other than “my two favorite Christmas movies.” Both for very different reasons (obviously)! For seven years of my life, I was the proud owner of a 40-foot diesel pusher. With that came many forms of levity Read More…

Can't Give

You Can’t Give What You Don’t Have

November 13th, 2017 / Dan Cooper

As we head into the busiest time of the year for a lot of you, here is a public service announcement. You can’t give what you don’t have. I can already see the impact of the year on faces of leaders that are over worked, under slept, over burdened, under staffed, overwhelmed, and under resourced. Read More…


Consequences…Not Condemnation

October 30th, 2017 / Dan Cooper

I had a client who had a good manager make a bad decision. The manager (he) was starting to become a little close to a particular female employee. The employee handbook strictly forbid relationships between managers and their direct reports to avoid conflicts of all kinds. It’s not a crazy thing for people who work Read More…

Experiment with Boredom

Experiment with Boredom

October 2nd, 2017 / Dan Cooper

By abolishing any chance of being bored we have also lost the time we used to have to think and process. Greg McKeown – Essentialism When is the last time you’ve been bored? Bored … meaning that you were sitting mostly alone, still, in silence, with nothing specific taking your minds attention, and you began to wander around in your head. When I asked myself that the other day I could only think of Read More…