What are you afraid of?

Most of us know what is required to: Earn the promotion Start the business Write the book Lose the weight Stop the bad habit We rarely lack access to information.  Often, we are just afraid. Some fear the disappointment of failure.  Some fear the embarrassment of asking for help.  Some fear the responsibility of success.… Continue reading What are you afraid of?


Leaders Inspire MORE!

This is the role of a leader.  It's actually the only role of a leader.  We don't need titles or designated compensation packages.  Organizational charts will not help or hinder us in living up to this responsibility. If we can show up: at our jobs at our volunteer projects with our friends with our family in our churches with your customers in our communities… Continue reading Leaders Inspire MORE!

Inspiration, Lead Authentically, Motivation, Uncategorized

How Badly Do You Want Success?

Take a moment to contemplate this question. Do you want success: more than your desire to stay in your comfort zone? more than your desire to be liked by others? more than making people feel comfortable with their standard of average? more than sleep or watching television? I mean how badly do you really want this thing… Continue reading How Badly Do You Want Success?

Communicate Core Values., Know Who You Are., Lead Authentically

Leadership Micro-expressions

Your body uses micro-expressions to reconcile inconsistency between your words and your thoughts.  Most micro-expressions occur in the eye region.  Detection is usually subconscious.  This is why professional poker players wear sunglasses or a hat to shade their eyes. Said differently, people can sense when their leader is inauthentic.  Even if they can't articulate what… Continue reading Leadership Micro-expressions

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Playing to Win; or Playing Not to Lose?

On the surface this may seem like mere semantics; a play on words. You know TO-MAY-TOE vs. TO-MOT-TOE. For me the difference is much more significant. When I was a junior, I earned our high school's coveted honor of being the only non-senior to start for that year’s varsity basketball team. I was not the… Continue reading Playing to Win; or Playing Not to Lose?

Know Who You Are.


Commit to being better than you were yesterday.Do more than what is necessary.Redefine what is possible.Move the curve far beyond what others can attain.If detractors gossiped about you yesterday, give them real problems to talk about today.Require peers to pick up their pace or get lapped - BADLY.Refuse to slow down so others can "look good for… Continue reading Today!

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The Leadership Lessons from Stalinist Art

Occasionally I turn to NPR as a break from the sound of my own brain being sucked out of my ears by continuous mind-numbing advertisement and bubblegum laced popular music. In 2013, I happened across a half-hour initerview with Pulitzer Prize-wining author Anne Applebaum promoting her book, “Iron Curtain,”. For forty-five seconds, I listened to… Continue reading The Leadership Lessons from Stalinist Art

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Messing Up the Curve

Do you remember that kid in grade school who raised their hand to answer every question; who would remind the teacher to assign homework; who challenged every A- or B assignment grade they received? For me in fourth grade that kid was Ted D.Chances are you can remember having; or being Ted in school.  Many classmates had a… Continue reading Messing Up the Curve

Communicate Core Values., Know Who You Are., Lead Authentically

Does Your Leadership Matter?

For those in leadership, have you ever wondered to yourself, “Does it really matter?”  I am sure you work really hard at your job.  We all work really hard at our jobs.  Most of us, with any fortune will move on to other roles; or we will promote people from our team to larger responsibilities on other… Continue reading Does Your Leadership Matter?

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Do You Have the Heart of a Leader?

Leaders of this brand have now problem attracting followers.

How We Lead

teach, inspire, motivate  - a collage of isolated words in vintaI’ve worked with thousands of leaders over the years and the most successful ones achieve results while acting with respect, care, and fairness for the well-being of everyone involved. Many companies put pressure on leaders to reach or surpass goals at any cost. But wise companies realize that leaders who can achieve results by creating a motivating work environment are the leaders who will sustain future success.

What’s the secret behind this kind of leader? I think truly effective leadership begins on the inside—with your heart. Leading from your heart is about leadership character and intention, which form the backbone of servant leadership. As a leader, you must ask yourself why you lead. Is it to serve or to be served? Answering this question in a truthful way is so important. You can’t fake being a servant leader. I believe that if leaders don’t get the heart right, they simply…

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