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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5 Reasons Being A Jerk Is A Bad Idea

Over the last week the most shared video on social media has been the video of ESPN reporter Britt McHenry being a jerk to a clerk after her car was towed. If you haven’t seen the video you can see it here – https://abc13.com/news/espn-reporter-britt-mchenry-suspended-after-temper-tantrum-caught-on-video/665572/ It is disturbing. The video led to a swift one week suspension from ESPN but the result will probably be a lot bigger and longer lasting than a week suspension for Britt McHenry. It is going to take a long time for people to see her as anything other than a jerk. It will affect her career, relationships, and reputation. Which brings me to this week’s blog: Five Reasons Being A Jerk Is A Bad Idea 1. Business Is About Relationships. I speak to leaders and sales people in almost every industry imaginable and across the board this tenant is true. We are all truly in the
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The Two Most Important Days of Your Life

  I’m excited to share my new book – The Two Most Important Days of Your Life. The book – The Two Most Important Days of Your Life is a fable based on a true story. Years ago, my friend Wes Blatter received an unexpected phone call that quickly put life into perspective. On the other end of the line was a devastated and emotional mother. She greeted Wes, and said, “I don’t know if you remember me or my family but ten years ago you were my son Danny’s Scout Master.” She paused momentarily and then said, “The reason I am calling is because Danny committed suicide yesterday. He left a note describing how you had been a positive influence in his life and asked for you to speak at his funeral.” Not only was Wes shocked at the reality of the situation, but also after so many years
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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 of all time. Children dream big, and don’t see past their goal to envision all the work it will take to get there – they just dream. But somewhere between childhood and adulthood, we lose the “best in the world” part of our dreams and settle for the “that’s
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