Eighty Twenty Leadership

Efficiency is doing things right. Effectiveness is doing the right things.” -Peter Drucker

The 80/20 rule sounds like a mathematical formula and in some ways, it is but don’t fret, this isn’t a lesson on statistics.  The rule came from an Italian economist, Vilfredo Pareto, who stated that 80% of the Italian income was earned by 20% of the Italian population.

What this means is that 80% of your outcomes come from 20% of your inputs.  To put this another way, 20% of your activities equate to 80% of your productivity, your happiness, or any other area you are seeking to improve as a leader.  Instead of focusing on your individual productivity or happiness, we will focus on the overall engagement or...

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Goal Setting Made Simple

“By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands—your own.” —Mark Victor Hansen 

This is not the time of year when I purposely set goals for the year. This year has not really been one to be able to really focus on our goals with all the curve balls we have been thrown. This is all the more reason to reevaluate the goals you set at the beginning of the year. It is time to finish strong this year and time to get ready to go.

I encourage you to join me in setting YOUR goals now as well. Now…before the kids start school. Now…while you still have time to accomplish big things for this year.

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Remember the Team


“Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.” ~
Theodore Roosevelt


Leaders can see farther than others see, dream higher than others dream, and climb faster than others climb. However, if we reach the top only to turn around and find ourselves alone with no one at our side, we are not a leader.

We simply took a walk alone.

John Maxwell taught me, "The bottom line in leadership isn't how far we advance ourselves but how far we advance others."

This can be the struggle of leadership sometimes. We want to go far, and we want to go fast. We are focused on the future, but we never bring our eyes back to the present. We often never create a flow of communication around the WHY of getting to this new and future goal.

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Legacy Is What Outlives You

Where do you want your passion to take you in life?

Legacy is not leaving something for people. It’s leaving something in people. —Peter Strople

I have often said, “Leadership is not only what happens while you are here; it is also what happens after you are gone.”

When I reflect on this thought, I am reminded of my grandmother. She was a great leader in our family, and when she left in 1998, there was a great void in my life. She is the one person who still inspires me to be a better man, husband, father, and leader. I talk about her frequently to my kids and only wish they would have met her.

I am sure you have someone in your life, too, who reminds you to be better. You are thinking of them right now. The...

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Take Your Thinking Off Cruise Control

  

“Five percent of the people think;

ten percent of the people think they think;

and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think.” ― Thomas A. Edison

 Over the last weeks and now months our lives have been changed and disrupted in ways most of us could never have imagined. I for one, never expected the world to shut down as it has for so long. Even after 9/11 within a week much of the world was back to normal. And I believe we will return to our normal again soon. 

However, I hope that you're starting to think a little bit differently, do some things a little bit differently in your life. I'm all about helping people do things differently. And I know how hard that can be. I grew up in a...

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3 Checks to Balance Crisis Leadership

The majority of people around the world have been quarantined. We've been practicing our physical distancing for several weeks now. We're continuing to watch the world change right before our eyes. The way that we lead and the way our businesses do things are changing on an everyday basis.  My questions for you is, are you changing as well; will you exit this craziness better than you entered?

Below I will share 3 checks to balance things out in our leadership.

#1 Check the source of your wisdom - What do I mean by that? Wisdom is everything, knowledge is having information. So, think about this for just a minute knowledge is having information; like I know a lot of things. I bet you know a lot of things. I bet you're smart. You've...

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Are You Following the Law of Inchionality

This has been one WHALE of a first quarter to 2020. It seems as if all was going right in the world 3 weeks ago and then the dreaded Covid 19 found us in denial and slipped into our lives. Like you I am a little shell shocked and wondering how we got here and am hoping to wake up from the nightmare soon. 

Have you ever had one of those nightmares where you were trying to wake up, but couldn’t and you find yourself fighting to catch yourself or just get free? Yeah, me too! I have had a few of those in my life and I feel like we are in one right now. 

However, I do know this. We will wake-up, we will get through this and we will come out better on the other side than we were when we entered this chaos. BUT only if we follow...

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THIS IS YOUR TIME TO STRETCH

Will this make or break you?

After a long run or a hard workout, it is the best time to stretch while your muscles are warm. You have been on a long run, now is the time to stretch.  

This is not a report of the current situation, so bear with me.

We are right in the middle of the global pandemic of the Coronavirus. All the experts are telling us about it every day, moment by moment. We are truly getting a play by play!

Every new positive test has become the new sports report since all sporting events around the globe have been postponed.

You will become what you think about most of the time. Worried if you only listen to the play by play.

Life has been shut off for most people around the world.

But, has it really? Has your life...

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Fail Fast and Often

 

If you (or anyone) were to plot the course of your life as a graph, it would show high points and low points – turning points in your life. Though we all wish life was a steady flow of positive experiences, success in every area, and easy living, the fact is, no one has a steady line. There are ups and downs for every one of us. 

Now the good news is that if you are a low point, you don’t have to stay there. In his latest book, Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn, John C. Maxwell talks about the value of those low points. He agrees with the adage that failure is the best teacher and recommends we experience failure fast and often. 

As someone who is well versed on this subject, having hit those low points...

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Are You a Late Leader?

Are you like me? I am very impatient. When I want something, I usually want it yesterday. My wife often makes fun of me when I get hungry because I can turn into someone else, someone unrecognizable. She loved when the Snickers® bar commercials came out with the actor Joe Pesci, who turned back into a young man when he ate a Snickers® bar.

Well, that can be me when I have gone about one minute too long without eating. I hope I never get lost without food. This is another reason why I don’t practice the long-recommended fast in my Christian faith. I don’t think God was talking about people like me when He said to fast. Personally, in my case, I think He was really saying, “Run fast and get some food!”

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