This weekend children are going to peer into their Easter baskets and eye the chocolate bunny. And the first thing they’ll wonder is, “Is it hollow or is it solid?” Kids are smart: if it’s a solid bunny they’ll get more chocolate. They, too, are after value!

Which begs the question: What do people think when they look at you?


I recently had a “hollow chocolate bunny” moment. While on a flight to work with a large organization, I sat next to (what I thought) was just another person. I was cordial. I was friendly. But I also had a lot of work to do.

Wouldn’t you know it – the next day who do I find in the session I’m conducting? The gentleman who sat next to me on the plane! I slapped myself on the forehead and thought, “Dog-gone-it, that wasn’t just another person. I wish I had spent time getting to know them.”

How hollow is that? Is my motivation to honor someone -to give them value – conditional upon if I can get something in return? I’m ashamed.


After a recent keynote a participant named Chuck shared, “You know, chocolate bunnies all look the same on the outside. It’s once you bite into them that you find out if they’re solid or not. People are like that, too.”

Take the chocolate bunny test: Do you deliver value regardless of what you receive in return? Or is your giving conditional and thus hollow? What’s the difference between people who just talk about values (hollow) and people who live out of their values (solid)?

Here’s to the SOLID chocolate bunnies in our future.

What is the difference between what “might be” and what “can be”?  You decide.

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