The Big Idea: According to research, the human brain tries to solve most of life’s problems through adding solutions, instead of removing things that might easily fix the...
Are You Over Gripping the Steering Wheel of Your Life?
by Parker Houston | Jan 5, 2023 | Mind and Body, Self Leadership
“Just hold on loosely, but don’t let go. If you cling too tightly, you’re gonna lose control.” –Donnie Van Zant, .38 Special A few years ago, I hired a personal and...
Year Behind, Year Ahead
by Parker Houston | Dec 29, 2022 | Self Leadership
Today’s Big Idea—“Some people live 80 years, most people live one year 80 times.” –Zig Ziglar For the last several years, I have established a few practices that help me...
What is Good or Bad? A Tao Parable
by Parker Houston | Aug 25, 2022 | Self Leadership
A farmer and his son lived on a farm in the countryside. They owned a beautiful horse they cherished deeply. The farmer entered the horse into a village contest and won...
Using the Science of Decision Fatigue to Improve Your Leadership Decisions
by Parker Houston | Jun 30, 2022 | Self Leadership
It used to be that my wife would save her most complex and difficult questions for me until after 8pm when our kids are in bed and we finally have 2 minutes to talk. As an...
Happy at Work—10 Tips For Finding a Job You Love
by Parker Houston | Oct 21, 2021 | Self Leadership, The Science of Happiness
For most people, work has a huge impact on overall life happiness. Furthermore, staying in a job you hate can have devastating consequences for your health, your emotional...
In an Over-Committed Culture, Margin Is Your Secret Weapon
by Parker Houston | Oct 3, 2021 | Self Leadership
Today’s BIG IDEA—“Overload is the disease of our time. Margin is the cure.” –Richard Swenson, M.D. Probably my favorite thing in the world to do is backpacking. For me,...
Great Leadership Always Includes Gratitude
by Parker Houston | Aug 5, 2021 | Gratitude, Self Leadership
Here is today’s BIG IDEA—The research is very clear that gratitude changes your brain chemistry and wiring, your leadership results, your physical health, and the health of...
Life Lessons From My German Shepherd
by Parker Houston | Aug 27, 2020 | Gratitude, Self Leadership, The Pillars of Family Leadership
A year ago I had to say goodbye to a close friend—my beloved German Shepherd of 10 years—Sequoia. I am updating my original post in her memory. Sequoia was fiercely loyal,...
The Price Tag of Hurry
by Parker Houston | Aug 20, 2020 | Self Leadership, The Pillars of Family Leadership
*Photo by Andy Beales Unsplash.com For most of my life, I’ve been in a hurry. While I was in full-time graduate school, I also worked 32 hours a week. I was so fried by the...
Disentangle Yourself From Device Addiction
by Parker Houston | Jul 16, 2020 | 10x Your Productivity, Leading During COVID19, Self Leadership
“I fear the day that technology will surpass human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” -Albert Einstien If the photo above looks anything...
Bottom-lining is a Leadership Skill
by Parker Houston | Jul 2, 2020 | Leading During COVID19, Self Leadership
“If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter.” –Blaise Pascal I want to thank my colleague Melinda Diciro for sharing this topic (and maybe for subtly calling...
This Holiday Season: The Power of Moments
by Parker Houston | Dec 19, 2019 | Self Leadership, The Pillars of Family Leadership
This week I am going to take a short break from our series on how people change to do a couple short posts on the holidays and upcoming year. Today’s Big Question: If your...
The Power of When
by Parker Houston | Jun 27, 2019 | Self Leadership
As an avid scuba diver, there is no shortage of places I want to visit on my bucket list. And when you spend time talking with other divers, you often keep hearing of the...
Great Leaders Don’t Rely on Willpower, They Do This Instead
by Parker Houston | Jun 6, 2019 | Self Leadership
According to US News & World Report, 80 percent of people fail at New Year’s resolutions, and most of them by mid-February! Why are the vast majority of people failing...
Why a Life Plan is a strong foundation for your leadership journey
by Parker Houston | Dec 12, 2018 | Self Leadership
In the classic tale by Lewis Carroll, Alice encounters the Cheshire Cat and poses a question: Alice—“Would you tell me please which way I ought to go from here?” Chesire...
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