STRIVING FOR SOMETHING BETTER

Winning is about sprinting when the distance is unknown. The only thing for sure is that if you don’t chase winning, you will lose. You can be obsessed with winning.  Some take it to the extreme.  An obsession with winning can turn into bad losing. I like to see a competitive nature in my teammates. There’s no question in my mind that life is better lived when it features striving for something better.  A desire to get better, […]

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DISCIPLINES FOR BETTER LEADERSHIP

Disciplines for better leadership. – Parker Palmer Talk less, listen more As leaders, we can feel like it’s our responsibility to talk: Meeting starts, everyone turns to the leader. I’m known as a talker. But, I’ve learned the virtue of asking questions. Calling on those who haven’t spoken. Seeking opinions from those who I sense may not agree. Assuming I know the answer because I’m the leader has gotten me into jams. Count on this […]

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ELITE – PERFORMING BETTER THAN AVERAGE

“The elite organize themselves around being tested every day.” Michael Gervais  Gervais is a performance coach who works with elite athletes.  He has unique insight into what it takes to win the Super Bowl or gold medals.   Do you identify as elite?  Elite means you perform better than average.  Elite means you are rare when compared to others.   Gervais says the elite take tests every day.  When they work out, they try to find their […]

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GET BOTH SIDES BEFORE REACTING

If you are around me much, you know I latch on to phrases and use them to illustrate a point.  I’ve used one several times in the last few days, so I’m prompted to share it with you: “No matter how thin you cut it, there are always two sides.” In my role of CEO, occasionally folks bring me disputes to resolve.  Someone will contact me and tell me a grievance.  More times than not, if someone […]

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THE POWER OF WORDS

“Lord, save me from the sins of my tongue and the flaws of character that fuel them.  Make my words honest (by taking away my fear), few (by taking away my self-importance), wise (by taking away my thoughtlessness), and kind (by taking away my indifference and irritability). Amen.” – Tim Keller  I saw this prayer on Twitter.  If it resonates with your spiritual side great, but it’s chock full of communication wisdom.   Fear impacts honesty.  I […]

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ACTING IN A WAY THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou This isn’t the first time I’ve used this space to share this quote.  But it’s still true today and will remain so. It’s about living the life that’s right in front of you. When we can focus on the situation or person at hand, we can determine […]

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OWNING THE PROBLEM

Shane Martin says there are three ways you can respond when you screw up: Explain– Explain stops short of correction or improvement.  To know how or why you screwed up and to explain the downfall has merit.  But explaining it doesn’t mean it won’t happen again.  Offering an explanation is a lot like offering an excuse. Blame – Blame is a path to failure.  When you are involved in a bad result, the first thing to do is to […]

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COMPOUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

“Many successful people still have no idea what they want to do. They just have a bias for action that has allowed them to capitalize on opportunities and compound effectively over time. If you have a bias for action, you’ll always be fine.” – Sahil Bloom This quote is a “paradox.”  On one hand, we teach the importance of goals and being intentional about striving for them.  On the other hand, it asserts that successful people get there “by happening to the world” every day.  As I reflected upon the […]

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LEADERSHIP INVOLVES TEACHING AND LEARNING

“We can be leaders in everything we do in our work and in our daily lives when teaching others or learning from others.” – Chris Lowney Lowney’s quote points you toward two activities – teaching and learning. Teaching is an obvious leadership task.  But it’s underrated.  So many times, leadership is associated with exercising authority.  Leaders direct.  Leaders determine.  Leaders decide.  Leaders boss.  We all know that. But leaders do some of their best work when […]

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TEAMWORK

“Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” – Steve Spurrier, football coach Teams make you better.  When I consider the best things I’ve been associated with, there was teamwork involved. My family. Team Our company. Team My church experience and spiritual growth.  Supported by teams. It goes on.  Pretty good athletic experiences.  The thrill of victory.  Teams. The agony of defeat.  Soothed by teams. We are wired to be connected.  We learn from others.  Receive […]

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