Perfect is Great – Done is Better

Last week I was coaching a friend who is launching a speaking business. She is great on stage, has a killer message and is ready to start to market herself in a big way. One essential marketing piece for speakers is a video. In November she had a speech recorded that went well, but there are a few little mistakes that bug her about the video. The question that followed was, “Do I put out a good video now and upgrade when I have better footage or do I wait?” My response is a favorite saying – Perfect is Great: Done is Better I believe one of the keys to success is to focus on progress not perfection and to constantly be in action. For my speaker friend – start to market yourself now and you will have more opportunities to get better footage. You will progress quickly and so
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Who Cares Who Gets The Credit?

As a leader have you ever been moved to action knowing that you will not be the one to get the credit? Leadership comes in all shapes and sizes and often winds up in places that you least expect it. A little over a year ago I heard a song on The Voice that was emotional and beautifully done. The original version of the song was done by Great Big World entitled “Say Something.” Music has a special way to move us by completely being relatable, heartfelt, happy, sad or sometimes just entertaining. In other words it touches you and makes you feel something. Apparently that is just what happened when Christina Aguilera heard this song for the first time. She loved it and wanted to know everything about the artists and song writers. She was on a mission. The short story is this – she tracked down Great Big
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Today’s Leaders Need An Entrepreneurial Mindset

According to Financial Times an Entrepreneurial mindset refers to a specific state of mind, which orientates human conduct towards entrepreneurial activities and outcomes. Individuals with entrepreneurial mindsets are often drawn to opportunities, innovation and value creation. I recently spoke at an association conference for Food Service Leaders. The CEO of a major food company introduced me and when I finished my speech and came back stage he was there waiting for me. He thanked me for my speech and said, “I wish that my leaders would think the way you think.” I asked, “What do you mean,” and he said, “You are an entrepreneur, so you think like an entrepreneur. You take an owner’s mentality and see the big picture. Leaders need to think like entrepreneurs if they want to be successful in today’s market.” I have thought a lot about what he had to say and he is right.
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