What Makes You ACT?

Do you remember the acronym you used in middle school to solve math problems – PEMDAS (Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally)? You used it to unwind your math problems correctly. First you solved what was in parenthesis, then any exponents, finally you completed multiplication, division, addition and subtraction operations, in that order, to get […]

2nd Nature? I Don’t Know What 1st Nature is…

I’ve heard of the term ‘2nd nature’ all my life and never understood what is was or why it mattered until the last few years. Here’s what I think: First, instinct is how we’re hard-wired. An example would be breathing. Next, first nature is something we have to think about, practice, and fail at like […]

Character Embraces Accountability

Think of a person with character, like Herb Kelleher, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Walt Disney or Roberto Clemente. If they worked for you, how much time would you likely spend keeping them accountable for doing their work and achieving their goals? The answer is ‘not much time’. It’s the reason character is important to […]

Whack-A-Mole Management

The phrase whack-a-mole denotes a repetitious and futile task: each time a task is finished or a problem is dealt with, yet another task/problem appears elsewhere. A classic example? Keeping others accountable. Many leaders struggle with establishing accountability because they lapse into ‘managing accountability as a thing’ instead of ‘forming accountable people’ through character building […]

One Throat to Choke, One Hand to Shake

One throat to choke is an expression used in business to describe the advantage of one person being responsible for attaining a goal. That way, when something goes wrong, there is only “one throat to choke.” While the language is sacrastic it contains wisdom. When there is one person accountable for a goal, expectations are set, […]

Top 3 New Habits From the Last 2 Months to Make Permanent

I’ve spoken with dozens of business leaders over the last few months and these are the top 3 new habits that they’re making permanent in their lives.  What would be the results of making these 3 new habits permanent? 1. Eating dinner together more times each week as a family.  2. Praying more times and reading […]

Greatness Has a Name…

I chatted recently with Alexander Havard, author of Created for Greatness: The Power of Magnanimity. He spent two years writing about two words – magnanimity and humility. These two words are the two virtues unique to leadership. During our chat, he shared his mission of helping others to understand virtues. For example, he said something […]

SERVING OTHERS ISN’T YOUR PURPOSE

Below is an ‘open letter’ to my network. Folks, My purpose is to challenge proven leaders, like yourself-wanting excellence, to take the next step. In the end, the next step isn’t about increasing revenue, but it is. Read on… Achieving excellence answers the riddle of the purpose of your life. Most leaders say their purpose […]

Don’t Make a Decision Without This

Don’t Make a Decision Without This Consider thinking about time this way – 1. time is the beginning of your legacy or eternity (it’s not separate), 2. Life is short, 3. your decisions matter… Regardless of what the opportunity is, the question is not ‘do I have time?’ The question is ‘does this opportunity help […]

A Plan to Turn Things Around Quickly – Starting This Instant

One irony/observation is that when things are going well, people aren’t as open to being great men and women and building great organizations or as likely to notice greatness in others as when things are tough… So what? How do you act on this insight? Stay focused on long-term decision making and help your clients do the […]

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