Relevant Leadership Blog

The Spirit of The Season

My wish for you, this time of year, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or any other holiday is that you feel the Spirit of The Season. The spirit that makes us forget ourselves and focus on others. The spirit that makes us aware of others needs and willing to reach out to help and to serve. This is the spirit of the season that we all need more of throughout the whole year. Many of you have probably seen the stories about the anonymous donors at Kmart who have been paying off the layaway items for others. If you

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Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

This week I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I love this time of year. I love spending time with family and friends. I love the excitement and anticipation that my kids have. But mostly I love the spirit of good will that people have this time of year. One of the Christmas’ that I remember most was when i was 18 years old. This was the Christmas that I learned about the power of spirit of Christmas. When I was in high school, I decided that our DECA club needed to do something

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The Power of Kindness

William Wordsworth said, “The best portion of a good man’s life – his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love.” When our family put together our family purpose, we discussed our values, passions, and talents. My wife and I both felt a strong desire to put a priority on serving others, to reach out, to help, and to uplift. We added to our purpose statement a motto: Serve God, Serve Each Other, Serve Others. To reinforce this motto, every night before we go to bed, we each share how we helped or served somebody that day. Our four-year-old daughter

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Red Rubber Ball

This weekend I had a chance to meet Kevin Carroll and hear him speak. Kevin is an amazing individual. He is the author of three books, speaks five languages and has spoken to many of the largest corporations and organizations. But more than anything, Kevin is genuine and real. He is a true success story: coming from the worst of circumstances and making a major impact in the world. Kevin grew up in Philadelphia without a father and a drug addict mother. Through a series of events he and his two brothers ended up being raised by his grandfather. Near

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5 Lessons About the Way We Treat People

1 – First Important Lesson – Cleaning Lady. During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50’s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last

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Service Brings a Smile :)

I love the holiday season for many reasons. I love the food, the family, and friends. The decorations, the presents, and the lights. But most of all, I love the attitude of service that comes over people as we begin to look beyond ourselves to help those around us. With the risk of being too personal, I wanted to share our family motto. “Serve God, Serve Each Other, Serve Others” We have it on the wall in our kitchen – just below our family purpose statement. This motto has become the focus of our family over the last year and

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