Relevant Leadership Blog

Monday Morning Mantra What Are You Creating

This week’s Monday Morning Mantra is What Are You Creating? I think one of the ways that we find the biggest sense of fulfillment, purpose, joy in our lives is by creating something. We’re all creators. We have that in us. We have that creativity, that imagination, And so what are you creating in your life? It could be, you know, physically building something or creating a business or creating your family, the culture within that organization, creating your own body, being physically active, like there are so many ways to express yourself creatively. How are you doing that? Because

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Monday Morning Mantra: Improve Your Storytelling Skills

This week’s Monday Morning Mantra is to Improve Your Storytelling Skills. I believe one of the most underrated skills in business is storytelling. The ability to tell stories that engage and captivate people. So I want to give you 3 ways you can improve your storytelling this week. Number 1, I want you to role play. Practice it. Just practice saying it out loud. The more you do it, the more you practice that skill, it’s gonna improve just like anything else. So practice telling stories on a regular basis. Number 2, this one’s a little bit harder, record yourself.

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Monday Morning Mantra: Compliment Someone This Week

This week’s Monday Morning Mantra is to compliment someone this week. Now, that might seem very simple. It’s just a little easy thing. It could just be complimenting somebody as you’re walking by, hey, I like those shoes or complimenting somebody on their behavior that you see, you know, as you’re interacting with them. I really thought it was awesome the way that you did this or compliment them on their character like, I just have always loved the I can trust you and I know you’re reliable. Whatever it is. But a compliment is like a pattern interrupt. It

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Monday Morning Mantra: If You Woke Up Without a Goal, Go Back to Sleep

This week’s Monday Morning Mantra is if you woke up without a goal, go back to sleep. Now I don’t actually mean go back to sleep but I hope you have some goals in your life that you are pursuing personally, professionally, physically, in relationships, spiritually, in whatever category in your life because goals stretch us. They transform us. They help us grow. They make us better. They give us something to look forward to. They give us something to pursue. They give us purpose. And sometimes we just get lost and we forget to have those goals in our

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Monday Morning Mantra: Remove Inhibitors

This week’s Monday Morning Mantra is to Remove Inhibitors. I think when we think about going after goals, hopefully you have goals that you’re going after in your life, sometimes we think about what’s gonna motivate us. Why why do we wanna go after it and that’s great but often what we fail to do is remove the inhibitors, the things that are stopping us. So this week as you think about your goals, I want you to ask the question, what’s stopping me? What are those inhibitors? And focus on removing those. Clear the runway so that you can

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Change is Inevitable, Adaptability is Essential

  There has never been a point in time where adaptability – the ability to deal with change – has been more essential. The new normal seems to be a never-ending, changing target and so we have to learn to be flexible. But why is change so hard? One word – fear. Change triggers a fear of loss. Giving up what we know, what we enjoy and what is comfortable. What happens in our mind when we face the unknown is we ask, what if? And our mind tends to answer with a worst-case scenario response. Our minds are actually

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A Lesson In Marketing

Today I am in the virtual studio speaking to the leadership team at Charles Schwab. Let me tell you how that happened. 11 years ago I wrote an article on LinkedIn about how to grow your influence. It was read by Liz Hall, VP of Training for C&A Industries, a staffing company in Omaha, Nebraska. Liz got on my site and bought my book The Power of Influence. When the order came through I saw her title in charge of training so I emailed her and started a dialogue. A few months later I was speaking in Nebraska for Subway

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The Commitment Scale

    As a young entrepreneur I had a mentor who used to tell me, “If you treat your business casually, you will become a casualty of your business.” This advice has stuck with me for nearly 20 years and with time I have found it to be applicable in many areas beyond business. If you treat your health causally, you will become a casualty. If you treat your personal and professional growth casually, you will become a casualty. If you treat your marriage casually, you will become a casualty. If you treat parenting casually, then your kids will become

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The Best Advice Stephen Covey Ever Gave

https://youtu.be/H8wHTBJwRQgWhat Is the best advice you have ever received? Was it a coach telling you, “When you quit, you fail.” Or maybe it was a friend who said, “It’s ok to say no.”Or perhaps it was your Mom who told you to wear clean underwear.  In any case, advice from the right person at the right time can often change our perspective. That is what happened to me the first time I met Dr. Stephen Covey.  The advice he gave me at first seemed specific but I have found it to be more general and has shaped my mindset.  When Stephen Covey found out I was

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If You Don’t Express It, You Can’t Expect It

Last week I was helping my friend Sydne Jacques prepare her speech that she is giving this week. One of the lines in her speech that stuck out to me was, “If you don’t express it, you can’t expect it” I love the way Sydne explained it. She said: “Often in our lives both at home and at work expectations change and we don’t talk about it. We need to learn to talk about expectations because I’m convinced 98% of the time that you are sad, mad or frustrated it’s because you expected somebody to do something but they either

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