Parents & Leaders Do 3 Things

I have four little kids. 9,7,5 & 2. For my career I speak to companies & write books on leadership. The more I think about it – they are same thing. Parents & Leaders do three things. Parents help their kids feel: 1. Safe 2. Loved 3. Empowered to reach their potential Leaders help their people feel: 1. Safe 2. Loved 3. Empowered to reach their potential That’s easier said than done but at its core that is it. To help your people feel safe they need to feel important, heard, understood & a part. To feel loved they need to feel like you (their leader) care about them. That you know them. That you think about them. That you listen to them. To feel empowered they need to be taught & trained. They need to be given the opportunity to stretch & to grow – to fail & to
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Would You Win Leader of the Year?

If there was a contest today and your employees, team members or clients were asked to vote – would you win leader of the year? If you were asked to vote – what would make the leader of the year in your mind? Would it be their knowledge, their skillset, their example, their commitment, or the way they treated their people? My daughter Andie is in third grade. She has loved school every year and done well. She has loved every teacher she has had, but this year has been something different. This year however, her teacher Mrs. Allison Moschetti, is her absolute favorite. Mrs. Moschetti was just voted teacher of the year, so it isn’t just Andie that thinks she is doing a great job. And I want each of us to learn a couple of things about leadership from her that has set her apart from her peers.
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Change Someone’s Day

This weekend I am speaking in Napa, CA – wine country. I came across this cool story of an anonymous woman who is giving bottles of wine to couples every weekend.  –  http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/millionaire-secretly-giving-bottles-wine-unsuspecting-diners-san/story?id=28869732   “I am madly in love with this community. I’m so thankful to live here,” she told ABC News. “I just wanted to do something that married my love of this wine country with the community and make people smile and do something fun.” This random act of kindness is a cool way that she is making a surprising and positive difference in the lives of others. It made me step back and ask: What am I doing to make a surprising and positive impact on others? What is your answer? I think it starts with those closest to us. Can I take the time to put a surprise note or sketch in with my kid’s lunch? Or
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50 Ways To Say You Care

This came from my friend Frank Sonnenberg (www.franksonnenbergonline.com) 50 Ways To Say You Care “I’m so proud of you. – Don’t worry. – Tomorrow’s another day. – How could I forget? – Is there anything that I can do for you? – I’d like to make a toast. – We were so worried about you. – I’d prefer that you have it. – It’s obvious that you put a lot of time into this. – Sure I have time to talk. – Your effort is never taken for granted. – If it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for me. – That color looks great on you. – You exceeded our wildest expectations. – We couldn’t have done it without you. – We’ll miss you so much. – You’re in our thoughts and prayers. – We’ll always be here for you. – Your effort clearly shows. – Take half
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The True Definition of Belief

Beliefs are the core of who we are, what we do, and the success that we acquire. In 1948, Claude M Bristol wrote a wonderful book entitled, The Magic of Believing. In his book he explains that there is one common strand woven throughout the many cultures and religions he investigated. All people, whether primitive or civilized, have shared a particular philosophy that is central to their culture. People of all ages have ascribed to the idea that if you believe that something will happen, it will take place. It is the power of belief that causes things to happen in our lives. Most people define beliefs as inward convictions, a feeling of certainty about what something means. They are what you hold dear and are rooted deeply within. A belief is both mental and emotional. It is imbedded in the mind and in the heart. Your beliefs will dictate
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Passion – Push Through The Pain

I am sure there is a goal that you are passionate about. Something that you are pursuing with all of your heart. What is it? Is it your business? The relationship of your dreams?  Weight loss? Most people think that passion is just enthusiasm for what you are doing, and it is that, but there is more to it. Even though you focus on what what you love, it does not mean it is always going to be without challenge. The word passion originated in the 12th Century, originally used by Christian Scholars who were describing the suffering of Christ. Passion is more than just love; it is willing suffering for something that you love. It is when the feeling in your heart supersedes the challenge that lies in front of you. A family friend recently went through major surgery where he received a kidney transplant because his body had
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