Getting better at getting better is what RiseWithDrew is all about.

Monday through Thursday, we explore ideas from authors, thought leaders, and exemplary organizations. On Friday, I share something about myself or what we are working on at PCI.

This week, we’ve been exploring ideas from Marshall Goldsmith, and his brilliant book What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. Marshall is one of the world’s top … continue reading

1: Ted was a “smart, personable, hard-working, deliver-the-numbers-and-live-the-values type, cherished by his bosses, admired by his colleagues, and loved by his direct reports,” Marshall Goldsmith writes in What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

There was, however, “one recurring flaw in this otherwise perfect picture: Ted was disastrous on follow-up with clients and colleagues,” Marshall writes.

Ted would only pay attention to people when he needed something from … continue reading

“Oh my,” Barry thought. “Peter, who has the power to block some of my initiatives, hates my guts.”

This flash of insight hit Barry while sitting in a leadership team meeting. Every time Barry spoke, Peter looked away. “As if the sound of Barry’s voice was causing him pain,” writes Marshall Goldsmith in What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.  

And, when Peter spoke, he would make eye … continue reading

1: That’s the opportunity.  


By setting powerful 2023 goals and then achieving those goals through a simple process designed to optimize follow-through.

Over the past four years, I’ve utilized a goal-setting methodology from Trent Hamm titled: “Developing a Real Plan for a Better Life.” Implementing Trent’s framework has resulted in the following:

*The decision to get married!

*Tremendous progress on a new business opportunity called the Oral History Project… continue reading

1: Don’t just stand there.  Do something.

Really?  Not always, Ryan Holiday writes in The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph.

Certain situations call for a different approach.

As in: Don’t just do something.  Stand there.

“Sometimes, staying put, going sideways, or moving backward is actually the best way to eliminate what blocks or impedes our path,” Ryan writes.

Yesterday, we looked … continue reading

Peak performance. That’s our goal.

To perform at the highest levels, we must tap into four cognitive abilities: motivation, learning, creativity, and, most importantly, flow, Steven Kotler tells us in The Art of Impossible: A Peak Performance Primer.

Yesterday, we looked at the importance of intrinsic drivers to maximize motivation. We engage in activities and behavior when intrinsically motivated because we find them interesting and internally satisfying. Intrinsic … continue reading

1: The year was 1992.  Republican pollster Frank Luntz was running a focus group in Detroit to test television ads.  Frank was looking at tactics to undermine support for Ross Perot, an Independent presidential candidate.  Frank showed the first focus group a series of three ads: a biography about Ross Perot and his rise from poverty through entrepreneurship to becoming one of the world’s wealthiest people, then one of the candidate’s speeches, and finally, … continue reading