Seven Quotes Every Leader Should Live

I’m a big fan of quotes. When people say things in a succinct but powerful manner, it makes us stop and think. While these seven leadership quotes will make you stop and think – they are quotes that leaders should work to live by. 1. “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.” —Norman Schwarzkopf – Leaders can’t forget that people buy you first. Your character is always on display and congruency between what you say and what you do is paramount. 2. “What you do has far greater impact than what you say.” —Stephen Covey – Leadership is spelled E.X.A.M.P.L.E. – get things done and set the pace. 3. “You can love people without leading them but you cannot lead people without loving them.” – John Maxwell – The primary motivation for great leaders is love. When
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Progressive Achievement Is Key To Confidence

In last week’s blog, I shared Six Strategies to build your confidence (click here). I’ve had many questions and conversations about confidence with readers this week and so I wanted to share another key to building your confidence – Progressive Achievement. All of us have succeeded at something before in our lives. Often, we don’t recognize it, but putting success under your belt will help you to believe that it’s possible in the future. If you’ve done it once, you can do it again. When my brother Scott was a freshman in high school, a friend convinced him to go out for the wrestling team. Scott had never wrestled before, and worse yet, he only weighed 92 pounds. The lowest weight class was 103 pounds, so he was giving up nearly 10% of his body weight every time he wrestled. His freshman year was a disaster. He would come home
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Six Ways To Build Your Confidence

Confidence is a valuable tool to have in leadership and in life, but is often not easy to cultivate. These strategies may be simple, but each will have a very positive effect on your self-confidence. You can incorporate them gradually, only use some of them, or adopt them all. As you do, you will find that your confidence will grow steadily, and with it your results will improve. Smile Have you ever tried to think negatively or act sad while smiling? You can’t. It is impossible! Smiling triggers and releases endorphins in the brain, which send a wave of happiness through your entire body. Barbara Johnson said, “A smile is the lighting system of the face and the heating system of the heart.” So, smile often. You will feel more confident and you will look better too. Make eye contact This may seem like such a small thing, but unconfident
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Work Like An Artisan

Earlier this month my wife and I took a trip to Israel. It was a wonderful trip full of history and culture. One of the things that stood out to me was the idea of working like an artisan. While we were in Israel we saw sculptures and carvings that were centuries old and what stood out to me is that artisans would carve their name or initials into their work. I began to wonder if everyday I would be proud enough of what I do to carve my initials into my work. What sets a true artisan apart from an everyday craftsman is an artisan makes their craft their sole purpose in life. They devote their lives to their craft, taking the time to master, perfect and produce their product.  They don’t just fabricate for mass production. There is a real pride in ownership to being an artisan. In
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