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 the cameras”.
Give God a major return on His investment in you.
Look back on yesterday as if it were a mere coffee break.
Make others call you crazy.
Cause others to question their own competency.
At the end of today – crawl off the field, the court, out of the meeting room, the board room, the operating room, the classroom; close the computer; put down the pen, the musical instrument, the books; leave the gym, the non-profit cause totally exhausted; knowing that you ran out of hours before you ran out of productivity – the clock actually gave up before you did.
Tomorrow when others talk badly about what you did today, just smile and thank them for the motivation – to do it ALL OVER AGAIN.
Build Bridges. Serve Others. Lead Authentically
I Build Bridges over fear because I believe we are all more powerful than we think. Fear is our arch enemy. Failure, embarrassment, isolation and making others feel inferior are the fears that hold us back. Instead of unleashing our unique power, fear seduces us to sabotage others in hopes that our dormant gifts might shine against the darkness of someone else’s failure. When we defeat fear even our limitedness is more than enough to rise to a standard of excellence. My greatest passion is to build a bridge for others who are motivated to succeed. I choose to praise lavishly, have the tough conversations, challenge assumptions and exemplify creativity to solve problems.
I Serve Others because I believe everyone needs help achieving goals. We are not served by well-intended clichés that only validate: “Self-sufficiency, Pull yourself up by your bootstraps, Self-made man, Army of One, Rambo and John Wayne”. These fights for credit or hoarding of “perceived” scarce resources only serve to rob us of the power of collaboration. As problems grow more complex or significant, fear tempts us to guard our information, measure our support, prudently allocate our resources and be skeptical of anyone sharing “a little too freely”. I believe the best solutions come when we seek to create value and solve problems for other people; even people we may never meet. I actively connect with likeminded, courageous leaders and organizations who are passionate about helping others realize their potential inclusive of and beyond the bottom-line.
I Lead Authentically because I believe God has provided all that I need to lead. Others may lead without core values, refuse transparency, sway with the winds of popularity or concern themselves only with personal gain. My best is obligated to an ancestry who sacrificed for me to be who I am today, a family who depends on me as a role model, and generations who stand on my shoulders for something greater. My life is forged by accomplishment and disappointment. My skills are honed by world-class training and top tier education. I am very good at what I do. I challenge myself to take risks, learn humbly and adapt quickly so that I leave a positive leadership residue on those who choose to follow.
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