Transform.

Transform.

I was soaking up some sun on an Italian beach with my friends Mark and Priscilla and got to talking about one of my favorite topics—the Enneagram. Mark asked a question: So what really is the practical value of a personality assessment? Such a perceptive question since most leaders I know take assessments out of curiosity, have a conversation or two about it with spouse or team…and then get back to work, rarely to make any internal or external shift based on what they learned. If assessments don’t lead to some change or growth, really what’s the point?

Yes Man.

Yes Man.

You might remember a goofy movie with Jim Carrey from ten years back called “Yes Man.” The essence of the plot is that Carrey’s character is drawn into a community of positive thinkers who are intent on saying yes and not saying no. In a huge auditorium they all chant together, “Yes, Yes, Yes” over and over. Of course this leads to all sorts of hilarious and ridiculous and sometimes inappropriate situations as only Jim Carrey can manage.…

Abundance.

Abundance.

Last week I mentioned the decision we personally had to make about whether to buy a house. When we went to visit the house that evening, we absolutely loved it…but were greatly disappointed to find that there was a racetrack just across the valley where supercharged cars would consume every summer evening with their deafening roar. Reluctantly, we walked away…

Alchemy.

Alchemy.

Last fall Kellie and I had close friends come visit us up here in the North Carolina mountains, friends we’ve known for 30 years. In the course of conversation I interjected the oft-used expression “It’s all good,” which my friend immediately and good-naturedly took me to task on.