Archives For Leadership

Matt Tolman’s thoughts on leadership and what it takes to be leader in the work place, home and community.

Are You Giving 100%

October 14, 2012

I recently watched a movie with my children, Facing The Giants (2006). The move is about a head football couch who finds himself and his purpose, after he begins to question what it is he is doing. In the process of finding himself he motives the team to win the state championship by giving 100%.


The coach had come to this high school with a determination to make the football team better. Over the course of several short years the team hadn’t improved. As a result a few people began to talk about replacing him in, he caught wind of this. Continue Reading…

Have you ever found yourself in a conversation or discuss that you look back on now and ask, why did I waste my time and energy?

Arguements are time wasters.

That happened to me a couple of weeks back on Facebook with 10 or so people in a group. Some people in the group I knew and some of them I didn’t know. Continue Reading…

Staying positive in a negative world is probable one of the hardest things we have to do if we are going to lead in the different roles we play as fathers, business leaders and community leaders. We all know people in these different roles who seem to stay positive no matter what life is throwing at them. When life gives them lemons as the saying goes, they make lemonade.

think, do, be positive

Staying positive is a mental choice; It all has to do with perspective. Some will look at a glass and say it is half full. Others will look at the same glass and say that it is half empty. It is all in the perspective you keep.  Continue Reading…

Have you seen the logo below? If so, you may or may not know what it means? It’s the Federal Fair Housing Logo and what does it meaning to you when working with a professional real estate agent when buying or selling a home?

Fair Housing Logo, It's against the law to discriminate.

As a real estate agent it is against the law for me or any other agent to discriminate. As a home owner, you might be thinking, well it is my house and I will sell it to whom ever I want. That is fine, you can sell it to whom every you want to, so long as you don’t discriminate along the way.

A real estate agent can’t make a property available to one group or class of people while not making it available to another group or class of people. An agent can’t offer one set of terms or conditions to one group of people but not another. Agents are charged with treat all people fairly and equally. Continue Reading…

On a recent trip, some of the boys in my scout troop learned what it means to be prepared when we unexpectedly had to hike four miles to a natural spring we thought we could drive to. The experience some of the boys had I believe can teach us all a couple of things about being prepared.

You can even learn a lesson or to from boy scouts.

We left on a Friday afternoon planning to drive to Fossil Creek and then hike about a mile up to an old dam and spring that fed the creek. It’s a beautiful green area and the water runs at a constant temperature year round. The plan was to camp, work on our camping skills, play in the water and then head home. It had not been to hike four miles in and four miles out. Continue Reading…

Everybody has a time or two in their lives when they question what it is they are doing or if they are going in the right direction. Usually those times come in a moment of difficulty, when it seems like everything they’re doing is falling down around them; I know it did for me.

Doubt in Life

It’s never as bad as it seems, in the moment though you may not see it that way. Continue Reading…