Looking for Dirt or Mining for Gold

 “Men are developed the same way gold is mined. Several tons of dirt must be moved to get an ounce of gold. But you don’t go into the mine looking for dirt. You go in looking for gold.” - Dale Carnegie 

There was a time (some of you will recall) when images were captured on this medium called “film”. Special events were captured on little rolls of plastic. And then we would take those little rolls of plastic to the neighborhood drug store to be “developed”. A few days later, we would finally be able to see those images and enjoy re-living those special events all over again. Over time, these images become our most treasured possessions. 

Today, we’re a more...

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The American Dream

I lived the true American dream because I was able to pursue what I set as my goals at a very young age. -Mario Andretti

This past weekend, we celebrated one of my favorite holidays – Independence Day. It’s the day we celebrate the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, made possible for us by those leaders who went before us. It’s the day we celebrate the idea of the American dream.

What exactly is the “American dream”? It’s the idea that anyone can come to this country, work hard, make a difference in the world, and leave a legacy for those who follow.

You don’t hear the names of other countries associated with the word “dream” like you do with America.

Why is that? I believe it is because...

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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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Are You a Balanced Leader?

 

The challenge of leadership is to be strong but not rude; be kind,
but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be humble, but not timid; be proud,
but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly” ~ Jim Rohn

I am a firm believer you can be a tough leader with others if you are really caring for them too. What do I mean by tough? I mean holding the bar high on expectations and accountability. Being a tough leader does not mean screaming, yelling, and cursing at others, which I saw a lot growing up.

It is kind of like parenting. I have been a firm leader of my kids with high expectations and lots of love and care for them and their future. I feel like today my son and I have a deep respect for one another. He does not avoid me,...

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Now is the Time to Create a New Belief

What does the quote mean to you?

“We either believe we can, or we can’t, either way we are right.” ~ Henry Ford

We are facing challenging times in our world right now, and almost everything about our way of life, both personally and professionally has changed at least for now.

Growing up, I used to hear, as I am sure you did, “You can be anything in life you want to be if you just put your mind to it.”

If this is true, then why do most people end up so dissatisfied in life?

Research shares with us that 70% or more of people in America are unhappy. WOW!

Why are we unhappy?

This study went on to blame this unhappiness on others… or at least that was my take anyway. It said the reason people are unhappy...

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A Guide to Balancing Home and Work

 

Balancing your home and career can be a challenge for any employee, especially when you live and work in the same space. How do you allocate your time between personal and professional responsibilities? How can you focus on conference calls when you’re surrounded by dirty laundry? 

Learn how to set priorities and reduce distractions whether you’re new to remote working or you moved out of your cubicle years ago. Use these tips to stay productive when you work from home. 

Steps to Take by Yourself: 

  1. Follow a schedule. Set a start and end time for your day. Tackle your most challenging tasks during the hours when you’re at your peak. Use our Daily Compass to prioritize your day. 
  2. Design an...
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