TIME OUT!

TIME OUT!

I was so confident – so assured – so wrong! As the opposition’s best hitter readied himself in the batter’s box, Coach called, “Time Out!”  “Rob, let’s walk this guy and go after the guy on deck.” “Coach, best hitter or not, I own this guy!” So with confidence I threw and with confidence, he…

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10 STEPS TO PASSIONATE ‘ALL IN’ LIVING

10 STEPS TO PASSIONATE ‘ALL IN’ LIVING

1   Live to manufactured design. Scripture indicates that you and I have been, “wonderfully made.”  We have God given abilities to be discovered and embraced.  Too often our mirrors fail to see the wonder God crafted.  Instead of letting your day be blemish focused, choose…

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10 Success Steps to Communicate Value

10 Success Steps to Communicate Value

1   YOU SEE WHAT YOU ARE PREPARED TO SEE.  Assign maximum value (a ‘10’) to everyone you meet.  This valuation changes even brief encounters to times of discovery promoting connection rather than pass-bys. 2  Acknowledging everyone by name is a good starting place but make…

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VALUE – CURRENCY OF SUCCESS

VALUE – CURRENCY OF SUCCESS

From assembly line to field operations a thousand miles from corporate headquarters, undercover boss missions can provide senior management teams with invaluable information.  A senior executive in disguise pitches in as a new hire, eager though not overly proficient, in filling orders, moving goods, or…

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ACHIEVING PERSONAL EXCELLENCE – CPR ESSENTIALS TO ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE

ACHIEVING PERSONAL EXCELLENCE – CPR ESSENTIALS TO ENERGIZE YOUR LIFE

Anyone who has sweated through treadmill time knows that moving from recliner to podium requires more than wishes and dreams.  Achieving life excellence operates the same way – contemplation doesn’t take us to celebration! This goal is only reached with CPR  – Commitment, Passion, and…

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New Pictures – Reflections on Priorities

New Pictures – Reflections on Priorities

In the most recent version of the Disney classic, Snow White, Charlize Theron gazes into her narcissistic mirror – only to discover that someone younger and fairer has appeared in the kingdom. You know the story – disturbed that she may be displaced from the…

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Slaying Giants

Slaying Giants

He was big – actually – bigger than big.   Goliath big. And like Goliath, he was blustery, arrogant and angry! Unlike the shepherd boy, I hadn’t thought to bring a slingshot.  Why would I?  No one told me to expect a giant. It was probably…

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The Trust Factor

The Trust Factor

Our predisposition towards mistrust is as old as time.  Consider the Garden of Eden.  Into a world knowing only trust, mistrust was seeded.  The serpent’s first poisonous words to Eve were intended to drive a wedge between Creator and creation. Ever since, there has been…

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Resilience – Overcoming What Life Throws at Us

Resilience – Overcoming What Life Throws at Us

They were more teacher than student though in truth, they were neither. Too busy eking out a life, they gave no thought to title or role. Lacking resources most of us take for granted, they were simply responding to what life had given them. As…

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10 Indicators of Leadership Success – Pt 2

10 Indicators of Leadership Success – Pt 2

Lived Out Core Values – We are familiar that no two fingerprints are alike and that each snowflake has a distinctive signature.  Well, add the zebra’s designer made, stripe pattern to the unique list.  No mass-produced, off the rack for these guys.  A lion on…

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10 Indicators of Leadership Success – Pt 1

10 Indicators of Leadership Success – Pt 1

Goal Attainment – Justifiably, a leader’s success is largely measured by a company’s productivity.  Are sales quotas being reached?  Are company profits growing and costs being contained?  Are growth projections trending in the right direction? As long as these determinants are strong, all appears well. …

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10 Essential Qualities for Leadership Success – Pt 2

10 Essential Qualities for Leadership Success – Pt 2

Passion – In parent seminars I commonly caution parents that children take their cues from them especially when it pertains to painful or calamitous events.  If parental response is ‘over the top’, catastrophic then the children ‘catch’ this belief.  Children are usually better served with…

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10 Essential Qualities for Leadership Success – Pt 1

10 Essential Qualities for Leadership Success – Pt 1

Integrity – Of course we want leaders who say what they mean and mean what they say, however as history so often reveals, promises passionately declared in public are forgotten once microphones are turned off and audiences have gone home.  Too often integrity seems situationally…

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Transformational Leadership

Transformational Leadership

STRENGTHS BUILT BY EXPERIENCE, CHOICE, AND FAITH VISION and GOALS Transformational leaders find some meaning in situations even those involving suffering or loss. Transformational leaders choose to see what others don’t, won’t or can’t. Transformational leaders engage relationships that encourage and strengthen one another. Transformational leaders…

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Core Values – Do They Shape Our Environment or Blend into the Surround?

Core Values – Do They Shape Our Environment or Blend into the Surround?

Read credible contributors to the field of organizational leadership and you’ll observe the priority given to thoughtful, well-designed mission statements that define purpose and set direction.  Reminded of this, corporate leaders, armed with good intent, gather in closed rooms with their most skilled to craft…

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Navigating Turbulent Waters of Change

Navigating Turbulent Waters of Change

For most people, change means confusion and anxiety.  Be it takeover whispers in corporate corridors, financial plans that get obliterated in an economic downturn or a relationship that promised much but delivered little – change is difficult. Some greet this uncertainty by pulling metaphoric covers…

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Am I Communicating What I Think I Am? Invitational or Non Invitational?

Am I Communicating What I Think I Am? Invitational or Non Invitational?

I was an outsider asked to take a closer look. The group with whom I was working was highly skilled and deeply committed to what they were doing. These were the type of people on which most organizations would stake their future. As I moved…

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Working From Our Strengths

Working From Our Strengths

As far as they were concerned their son lived one step removed from inertia. Compared with them, he approached life as a polar opposite. No wonder they mused whether tags had been switched in the delivery room. They raced from task to task. He contemplated…

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Power With No Regrets

Power With No Regrets

As is often the case, I had two books on the go.  But talk about opposites. One discussed the necessary place of power in the workplace.  With compelling examples the authors remind that we function in a competitive world and just as on the sports…

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Cynics and Champions

Cynics and Champions

Have you noticed –  cynics love to cluster. Whether in cyber chat forums or staking turf in office staff rooms, individuals gather to share their non-contributing views on the world. In the workplace this group can be viewed as a petty annoyance. But come to…

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So You Want To Be A Leader Of Significance?

So You Want To Be A Leader Of Significance?

Move Out of Your Comfort Zone – It Won’t Just Happen Leadership involves risk. The willingness to vision, inspire, and activate isn’t something people are always ready to embrace but leadership without these characteristics could better be characterized as management not leadership. Managers tend to…

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When Returns Far Exceed Investments

When Returns Far Exceed Investments

Management expert Ken Blanchard recalls a time when he conducted a sales seminar for a grocery market chain. During his training he challenged participants to “put your personal signature on something you do in order to make customers feel special so they will want to…

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