Relevant Leadership Blog

“The Best In The World”

Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were a kid? Was it an astronaut, a baseball player, a fireman, chef, writer, actor, lawyer or a doctor? Regardless of what profession you chose, there is a common element to childhood dreams: Every child dreams of being “The Best in the World.” Think about it – you didn’t dream about being a casual, better than average basketball player. You dreamed about being in the NBA and winning a world championship. You didn’t dream about being a writer whose book never got published. You dreamed of writing the best-selling book

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What Kind Of Culture Are You Creating?

Last week I was speaking at an event and a top executive for Starbucks shared a great quote from his CEO – Howard Schultz. Schultz told their team recently that, “Culture eats strategy for lunch.” “Culture Eats Strategy For Lunch” One of the key functions of a leader is to create the strategy to execute the plan. But even more important is creating a culture within your organization. The culture that you create will impact your success or lack thereof in every area. The culture of an organization is made up of many elements. For this post, let’s look at

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12 Ways To Get People To Want To Do Business With You

This was put together by Mark Ford and there are some great ideas here I wanted to share. I like to think of myself as an amiable guy, but I wouldn’t claim to be charismatic. Charismatic is an adjective I would apply to someone like Jay Leno or Tony Robbins. Bill Clinton is supposed to be very charismatic. I know die-hard conservatives who changed their views about him after speaking to him for just five minutes. Wouldn’t it be great to have that kind of effect on people? Wouldn’t it feel good to know that you have the ability to

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An Acronym Worth Adopting

I don’t often use acronyms. It’s not that I don’t like them – I just often find them to be cheesy or a stretch. With that being said, I want to share an awesome acronym with you today that I think you should adopt. David Horsager, the author of The Trust Edge told me about the growth and success of Caribou Coffee. They have become the #2 coffee chain in North America behind Starbucks. The retention of their employees in a high turnover industry is remarkable, but the customer service that their front line baristas provide is impeccable. Caribou Coffee

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