There is a place where your enduring passion, your signature strengths, and your time commitment come together in such a way that people are inspired by your actions. At this place, individuals will join together with you to support your goals and dreams. The place where your passion, strength and commitment overlap is your leadership sweet spot. Scattered throughout my website you will find clues that, I hope, will lead you to a connection to, or a reconnection with, your Leadership Sweet-Spot.



I just finished [In Pain We Trust]. My heart is very tender. Your book touched me in a way that is hard to describe. You have a masterful way of telling a painful story with class and humility. Masterful. That is the word that comes to mind when I think of words to describe your book. [A physician at our hospital] told me, “I learned so many things from [hearing Kevin’s medical experience] and…I do things differently now.” You [Vicki and Kevin] have made a difference for others.

- Teresa Ostler, RN: Patient Relations Coordinator, Quality Resource Manager, Primary Children’s Medical Center


Management thought leader, Peter Drucker, espoused eight leadership principles, yet only one leadership rule, “Listen first, speak last.” To be an effective leader, you must dedicate yourself to continuous development of your leadership skills. Self awareness (Goleman), humility (Collins), sensemaking (Weik), courage (Reardon) are important if you are to influence others in goal directed ways. No skill, though, will provide a greater leadership effectiveness than listening. “Listen first, speak last.” 


Leadership is the ability to influence the behavior of others in goal directed ways. Leadership demands that you lead an examined life. Leadership demands that your behaviors align with your values. Leadership demands that you face your fears and move forward in the service of others. Leadership demands passion and commitment. Leadership demands care and compassion. Leadership demands that you accept your weaknesses and imperfections while drawing on the strengths of others. Leadership is not a position to be promoted into, rather is the way a life is lived.


“You can do no great things, only small things with great love.” Mother Teresa



Kevin and Vicki Whiting, Ph.D. are welcomed by Terry Burden to discuss the lessons contained within their book, “In Pain We Trust.” The writing duo share points including the limits that the US health care system places on doctors, the need for patient empowerment, and the inspirational message evoked by “In Pain We Trust: A Conversation Between Mother and Son on the Journey from Sickness to Health.”

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Thank you for the time you spend in reflection on and commitment to that which defines your leadership effectiveness.