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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Teamwork

 

“Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.”      – Casey Stengel

It’s that time of year again – that time where winter and spring do their tug of war and the local baseball teams don their cleats in preparation for what promises to be a winning season. Each team starts out thinking that, of course, they will be the champions this year.

The fact is, no team starts out wanting to lose. We all want to win. But somewhere along the way, we realize there are winners, and there are losers…and so we have to fight to win.

In my work, I often am called upon to work with teams. Sometimes I’m engaged to help make a good team better....

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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!”

What...

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The Art of Being REAL

“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.” – John Wooden

I’m faced with two candidates for a position.

One is highly skilled, graduated top of the class, and was voted “most likely to succeed” – one of those people with enviable gifts that everyone wishes they had, but few naturally possess.

The other is good, but less skilled. This person graduated more toward the middle of the class, but has managed to succeed in every previous position by exhibiting a high level of dedication, proactive learning, and tenacity.

Which would you hire?

Now what if I told you that the first...

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4 Corner Post for Strong Realationships

“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 being February, it seems befitting that we talk about relationships. Every person has relationships – with God, spouse, family, friends, co-workers, and if no one else, we each have a relationship with ourselves.

Whether those relationships are good and strong, well, that’s another story. In fact, that IS the story. We all need strong, healthy relationships in life. In a world where texting is rapidly replacing conversation amongst members of a whole generation, this is of great concern. When you couple that with the fact that parent-to-parent...

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7 Factors of Leadership

“Great leaders are not defined by the absence of weakness, but rather by the presence of clear strengths.” ~ John Zenger

What does it take to be a leader? Are some personalities natural-born leaders while others of different personalities are exempt?  Can someone in a support position be considered for a leadership position? 

These are some of the questions I encounter as I work with organizational leaders to fill positions within their respective companies. They are important questions, too, because placing a person in the wrong role can have costly consequences – both financially and in the performance of the team as a whole.

In my observation through many years, leadership is not limited to one...

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4 Steps to Create High Performance Teams

The oak sleeps in the acorn. The bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul, a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of reality. ~ Napoleon Hill

 What is the dream you have tucked away in your heart for the team you are leading? Maybe it is the team at home, at church or in the workplace. It doesn’t really matter where the team is, what matters is where you lead them. 

I am going to share 4 Steps to help you begin to create the type of performance you dream about, or at least I hope you are dreaming about. 

Many leaders, coaches, entrepreneurs often think about holding up that championship trophy at the end of a long year, but only a few ever realize this dream. How can you set your team...

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Power-Principled Leadership

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.”  ~ Mark Twain

The language of leadership

I have often heard language creates culture. Do you believe this is true? If so, look around in your areas of leadership. Is the culture a reflection that you like seeing?

In the greatest book ever authored on leadership it says, “As a face is reflected in the water, so the heart reflects the real person.” Culture is the heart of our leadership. Culture reflects the heart and language of the leader. It goes on to say in this same chapter; “know the state of your flocks and put your heart into caring for your herds.”

The Calling

Leadership is a...

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Are you a Professional Leader?

I always wanted to be “the” leader. I wanted to be the one in charge. I worked hard to get in the position of leadership. I was always going to out hustle everyone else, even to the risk of injury because I wanted to lead by example.

On the sports field, I was not the biggest or strongest, but I was often the loudest; especially when it came to losing versus winning. I would often let others know how important I was to the win and how important they were to the loss.

I’m not proud of some of my actions or behaviors from those days. I can say I have made some apologies along the way. What I have come to learn is leadership is a profession- not a position, a title or anything else.

When I was in the U.S. Army and promoted...

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