Care: A Great Investment

As a leader it is imperative that you invest in your people everyday. You’ve heard about going the extra mile, reaching above and beyond. If you want to be a person of influence, going the extra mile is exactly what investing in people is all about. Let me give you a great example of that. In 2003 on “Good Morning America,” Charlie Gibson was interviewing General Earl Hailston of the United States Marine Corps. General Hailson and his Marines were stationed a few miles outside of Iraq waiting to go to war. Throughout the interview they discussed the morale of the troops, and the plan and purpose of the mission. Then at the end of the interview, Charlie asked an interesting question. He said, “General do you have any hobbies, anything that you like to do other than your career?” General Hailston replied, “I do, I love photography and particularly
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Abraham Lincoln’s Top 10 Fundamentals For A Great Life

I recently came across the Positivity Blog by Henrik Edberg and I love it! He has great content – one post I wanted to share is about one of my favorite leaders – Abraham Lincoln “Die when I may, I want it said by those who knew me best that I always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.” “I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.” “With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die.” Even if you are not an American – as I
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73 Lessons on Leadership/Success

If you are not familiar with Robin Sharma, I would suggest checking out his work. He is the bestselling author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrarri and The Leader Who Had No Title. He put together 73 lessons of leadership and success that I wanted to share because their is some tremendous insight here. – Enjoy! You can really Lead Without a Title. Knowing what to do and not doing it is the same as not knowing what to do. Give away what you most wish to receive. The antidote to stagnation is innovation. The conversations you are most resisting are the conversations you most need to be having. Leadership is no longer about position – but passion. It’s no longer about image but impact. This is Leadership 2.0. The bigger the dream, the more important to the team. Visionaries see the “impossible” as the inevitable. All great thinkers
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Power of Positive Thinking

I wanted to share this quick story about the power of positive thinking. I hope it makes you stop and think the way it made me. John is the kind of guy you love to hate. He is always in a good mood and always has something positive to say. When someone would ask him how he was doing, he would reply, ‘If I were any better, I would be twins!’ He was a natural motivator. If an employee was having a bad day, John was there telling the employee how to look on the positive side of the situation. Seeing this style really made me curious, so one day I went up and asked him, ‘I don’t get it!’ ‘You can’t be a positive person all of the time. How do you do it?’ He replied, ‘Each morning I wake up and say to myself, you have two choices
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Six Ways To Make People Like You

When it comes to books about networking, building relationships or dealing with people, the undisputed classic is How To Win Friends and Influence People. Dale Carnegie wrote the book in 1936 and it has been read by millions of people since. One of the great realizations in the book is that although some people are more extroverted or affable, dealing with people is a learned skill that anyone can master it. The second section of the book is titled, Six Ways To Make People Like You. These are simple ideas that make a huge difference. #1 – Be Genuinely Interested In Other People. Studies show that the word that people say more than any other is ‘I”. People love to talk about themselves, their lives, their hobbies, their families, their passions, etc… When you become interested in people, ask questions and allow them to talk, they will love you for
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John Wooden “Woodenisms”

Last Friday, legendary UCLA Basketball coach and leader, John Wooden passed away at the age of 99. John was known for his famous sayings and I wanted to share some of the great “Woodenisms” with you. “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts.” “Talent is God-Given. Be Humble. Fame is man-given. Be Grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.” “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” “Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” “A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.” If you’re not making mistakes, ten you’re not doing anything. I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.” “You can’t live
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Stop and Hear The Music

I wanted to share an article that my friend Mike Robbins (www.mike-robbins.com) shared in his weekly newsletter. Below is a poignant, true story. While this event took place a few years ago (2007) and you may have read it already, it was the first time I’d been made aware of it and I wanted to share this story with you. It’s an important reminder about the power of our attention – it’s not about the beauty of the music, it’s about our willingness to hear it and appreciate it. Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning. A man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about forty five minutes. During that time approximately two thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After three minutes, a middle-aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for
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If You Want To Succeed, Serve

The first time I met Dr. Stephen Covey, the author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, was at an event that he hosted in his home. A mutual friend introduced us and told Stephen that I was writing a book. Stephen asked what the title was and I said, The Two Most Important Days Of Your Life. Then he asked if he could give me some advice. He has sold over 26 million books – so I said of course. 🙂 Then he said , “Make sure you write the book for the reader, and not the writer. “ Not fully understanding, I asked him to explain. He then taught me, “Life is only fulfilling when you focus on contribution, not achievement. A book will be successful when it is written for the reader; to help, teach, and inspire. Authors who write for their own agrandizement ironically never
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A Wish For Leaders

I sincerely wish you will have the experience of thinking up a new idea, planning it, organizing it, and following it to completion, and then having it be magnificently successful. I also hope you’ll go through the same process and have something “bomb-out.” I wish you could know how it feels “to run” with all your heart and lose – horribly. I wish that you could achieve some great good for mankind, but have nobody know about it except for you. I wish you could find something so worthwhile that you deem it worthy of investing your life. I hope you become frustrated and challenged enough to begin to push back the very barriers of your own personal limitations. I hope you make a stupid, unethical mistake and get caught redhanded and are big enough to say those magic words ”I was wrong.” I hope you give so much of
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