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On Promises

Lou Holtz said: “Don’t promise more that you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise.” A promise creates expectation, hope and anticipation. It is a verbal commitment to someone with your name behind it. It creates trust in … Continue reading

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On the Value of Storytelling

John Kotter speaks to the power and importance of stories writing: “Over the years I have become convinced that we learn best – and change – from hearing stories that strike a chord within us…. Those in leadership positions who … Continue reading

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You Don’t Get Paid for the Hour; You Get Paid for the Value You Bring to the Hour

William Shakespeare wrote that nothing is “good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” What we see in our mind’s eye is what we get.  We are the master or the slave of our thoughts.  We can choose to live … Continue reading

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First Impression… One Chance

Great leaders understand the value and importance of first impressions in business, professional or personal relations. The phrase, “You only get one chance,” is one they know well. In his recent blog post, One at a Time, Over and Over, … Continue reading

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On the Importance of Culture and Its Impact – the Roots That Ensure the Harvest

Louis Gerstner, former Chairman of the Board and CEO of IBM, said: “I came to see that culture isn’t just one aspect of the game. It is the game.” Jon Gordon, in his weekly newsletter, shares his 14 Thoughts on … Continue reading

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Learnings from Sisyphus

Greek mythology’s Sisyphus was punished for his deeds by being forced to spend eternity rolling a huge boulder up a hill only to have it roll down every time as it neared the top. While not for eternity, great leaders … Continue reading

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On the Joy of Creativity

Writing on the joy of creativity, Dr. Seuss tells great leaders: “Think left and think right, and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try.” It is that magical power we hold … Continue reading

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On Choices… the Hinges of Destiny

Every step in life’s journey involves a choice. Every choice determines our future direction. Every choice has consequences. Denis Waitley captures this beautifully writing: “A sign of wisdom and maturity is when you come to terms with the realization that … Continue reading

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On Letting Go to Grow

In his book, The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff writes: “To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.” These words are a simple reminder to great leaders that further growth and development is attained … Continue reading

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Guiding Attention Through Intention

“Starve your distractions, feed your focus” writes an unknown author on the importance of focus. Tony Robbins tells great leaders: “Where your focus goes, your energy flows.”  It is this intentionality that drives an action-orientation in the great leaders’ purposeful … Continue reading

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