Author Archives: Mike Reuter

Asking a Better Question

Tony Robbins said: “Successful people ask better questions and, as a result, they get better answers.” W. Edwards Deming adds to this writing: “If you don’t know how to ask the right question, you discover nothing.” Great leaders understand the … Continue reading

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On Seeking First to Understand

“The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” wrote Leonardo Da Vinci.  John F. Kennedy said: “Too often, we enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.” Great leaders  recognize that, sometimes, opinions – theirs and … Continue reading

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On the Power of a Simple Act of Kindness

“Too often we underestimate the power of touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around,” writes Leo Buscaglia.  It … Continue reading

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The 5 Second Rule for a Happier New Year

Tony Robbins tells us: “The one thing we have in this world is we can’t control the events, but we can choose what to focus on, we can choose what things mean and we can choose what to do. Those … Continue reading

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Peace and Love to You and Yours

It is that wonderful time of year again when the holiday spirit fills our mind and heart, and gently moves us away from the hectic pace of our lives… when we pause, reflect in the quiet of our souls and … Continue reading

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Extreme Ownership

In their book, Extreme Ownership, former Navy SEALs, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, write about the power of extreme ownership as a critical element in highly successful leadership. “This concept,” they write, “is the number-one characteristic of any high-performance winning … Continue reading

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Beyond a Life of Success… A Life of Significance

“It’s not what we get, but who we become, what we contribute…that gives meaning to our lives” writes Tony Robbins. John Maxwell adds greater depth to those words saying: “Success is when I add value to myself. Significance is what … Continue reading

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The Lesson of the Butterfly

In his story, The Lesson of the Butterfly, Paulo Coelho reminds great leaders of the importance and value of struggle in their growth and development. A man spent hours watching a butterfly struggling to emerge from its cocoon. It managed … Continue reading

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On Letting Go to Become What I Might Be

“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be” wrote Lao Tzu. It is in these beautiful and joyous moments of letting go that great leaders find the joy and excitement of renewal – the … Continue reading

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The Most Important Words a Leader Can Speak

Fictional character, Albus Dumbledore, in the film, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, reminds great leaders of the power of words: “Words are our most inexhaustible source of magic.” They are thoughts that have come alive.  Wisely chosen and humbly … Continue reading

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