CARONAVIRUS Gratitude

When things are GREAT, we tend to forget about gratitude. When things are TOUGH, we tend to forget about gratitude. EXCELLENCE begins and ends with gratitude because gratitude is long-term thinking. You don’t get too high or too low… Long-term thinking affects every thought, action, and interaction, everyday. In the long-term, whether things are great […]

Support Your ‘Enemies’

I just sent a note of support for an acquaintance that moved his children out of the school I and my 5 children have attended and into a local public school. The easy thing to do is become defensive and throw stones at the person that seemingly rejects something we closely identify ourselves with by […]

DEFINITION OF MATURITY

The route to maturity is the same for everyone, gradual exchange of our inclination to selfishness for the standard of generosity. This exchange is powered by gratitude. It reminds me to be as mature on the inside as I look on the outside. You have to be generous to be excellent….

Urgent: Test Yourself for Mediocrity

We’ve been lulled into thinking MEDIOCRITY IS EXCELLENCE… For example, if we employ people, sit on a few boards, donate money, and provide a comfortable life for our families, what’s unusual about that? Don’t other leaders, especially our competitors, and gasp, those with different political views, etc… do the same? In other words, what I’ve […]

Wise People Speak Last and Speak Least 

Wise people speak last and speak least. You can’t scale your wisdom without the help of others. With the help of others you can be magnanimous – urgently doing great things at scale while helping others to be great. When you’re magnanimous, speaking last and least is how you practice it… Significant Leadership and Great […]

Capitalism is Better for the Poor Than Socialism

“Capitalism is better for the poor than socialism. Proof is their migration from socialist countries to capitalist ones.” – M. Novak I looked-up some statistics and the U.S. has welcomed 4 times more immigrants than the next closest country for the last 30 years. I would add that capitalism is better than socialism for the […]

MEMORABLE JURY DUTY

MEMORABLE JURY DUTY For the first time last week I was chosen and served on a 6 person jury for a civil case. It reminded me how important it is to have principles to use to make decisions, because we ended-up convicting the defendant. BUILDING DECISIONS ON SAND Some of the jurors were making decisions […]

You Have to be BOTH of These to Achieve Excellence

We are spiritual beings (heart/y-axis, see below) having a human experience (mind/x-axis)… We have to be both to achieve excellence. If you want to achieve excellence and reach the upper right quadrant, you can’t do it without God. You can reach higher with God than without. I’m not prescribing ‘how’ to achieve excellence here, I’m […]

Motivation – nonsense

‘All people need to know is why their work is important’ – W. Edward Deming

Clients Want You and YOUR Clients

I recently read an article by Henry DeVries on 2020 Marketing Trends and here is one of two thoughts on these trends I’ll share over as many weeks. Clients want 1. you as a leader with high integrity and 2. YOUR clients to help them be great. CLIENTS WANT YOU AS A LEADER WITH HIGH […]