There Is Always More Than One Answer

Raymond Feist writes, “Never accept the proposition that just because a solution satisfies a problem, that it must be the only solution.” A one-only solution mindset is limiting to the great leader’s choices and selections. Challenges and opportunities can be viewed through many different lenses creating multiple options suggesting different dimensions for consideration. Each one provides a unique way forward, an alternative that further opens our eyes and mind to new possibilities.

An unknown author wrote, “Open-minded people don’t care to be right, they care to understand. There’s never a right or wrong answer. Everything is about understanding.” The words suggest the need to move beyond a single answer to a more comprehensive consideration and understanding of alternative views. For great leaders, there is always more than one way, another option. In your search for answers, continuously look for options… a lot of them. May their multitude bring exponential value to the richness of your choices, and may their impact contribute to the efficacy and value of your extraordinary leadership.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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Great Leaders SEE Things Differently

In his recent blog post, Leaders SEE things DIFFERENTLY, Ryan Walter, former professional ice hockey center, Stanley Cup winner, motivational speaker and author, writes of the power and magic of SEEing in the lives of great leaders. He begins with a story of his experience that he and his wife had on a shuttle bus at an airport during a recent trip.

Jenn and I were being transferred by a shuttle bus from landing in Pearson Airport (Toronto, Canada) to the terminal where we would clear customs and exit the airport. The bus was packed full of people and a number of elderly people were standing right next to us. Two feet away from them sat a well-dressed lady who had decided to place her bag on the seat next to where she was seated. During this 10-Minute shuttle trip she never once offered to move her bag, (she just looked out the window,) so that the elderly lady standing next to her could be more comfortable. Her bag was more important than humanity. She decided not to SEE.

The story captures a real life example of the differentiating value that SEEing can provide in the great leader’s journey. Walter writes:

We believe that every team has 3 general types of players: ME players, WE players and SEE players. Through hard work, practice, growth and resilience, SEE players have developed a different frame, a different sight-line, a different way to SEE things.

SEE players are your effective leaders. They SEE people doing great work and thank them. They SEE the better future. They SEE their desired future-self. They SEE the clear path forward for their team. They SEE differently. Leadership is not always about being a hero, but it is always about SEEing the opportunities to create HERO moments for others. Great leaders SEE people differently!

Walter asks: “WHAT and WHO will you and I choose to SEE differently this week?” May you continually open your eyes to SEEing the joy, beauty and learning each moment of life offers. Let actions follow your vision as you create new possibilities for your personal and professional growth and the development of those whom you serve. May you remember Marcel Proust’s wise counsel: “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” Be a SEE player and change the world!

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On the Power and Magic of Being Vulnerable

Leo Christopher tells great leaders: “Vulnerability is the essence of connection, and connection is the essence of existence.” In his recent podcast interview on Player Networking Event (PNE), Quentin (Q) Williams speaks about the power of vulnerability, a  magical and crucial cornerstone in connecting and relationships.

Vulnerability, for many in society,” Williams says, “is considered a weakness… but it’s really a strength because you are relieving yourself of shame…. It takes a burden of shame off our shoulders. It’s simple. The way you allow yourself to be vulnerable is to just tell your story. Anything that will bring some humanness to you, it now connects you. And that’s the power of vulnerability. Vulnerability will change everything.”

When we open ourselves to others, they will begin to see the richness and gifts we have to offer. It opens to them the window of who we are, what we value and represent and how much we may be similar in our beliefs and values. It is a magical transparency that invites openness and sharing, peeling back others’ perception of us. The unexplained is now open to understanding because we revealed who we are.

Melissa Joyce writes: “This is the beautiful and terrifying thing about vulnerability. We must be willing to completely reveal layers of ourselves in order to reach an authentic, tangible connection with another soul.” Brene Brown adds, “Daring greatly means the courage to be vulnerable. It means to show up and be seen. To ask for what you need. To talk about how you’re feeling. To have the hard conversations.“

Vulnerability takes great courage. Your openness becomes that beautiful, magical and magnetizing connecting link to all whom you meet and serve. You are human in all your magnificence. Gary Burnison, CEO, Korn Ferry, writes, “Developing relationships with others—being human—compels us to be vulnerable and authentic,”

May you always remember Rumi’s gentle counsel, “Take off the mask. Your face is glorious.” Be vulnerable and enjoy an undreamed of journey of new connections and relationships. It is a magical key for you to change the world and the lives of those whom you touch and serve.

Happy Valentine’s Day and have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On the Value and Joy of Challenging Yourself

In his recent blog, Challenge Yourself, John Maxwell suggests to great leaders that they go beyond the daily challenges they receive from others and challenge themselves. He says: “You know your strengths. You know your dreams. You know your heart. So why don’t you sit down and reflect for a moment and ask yourself: what do I really want to accomplish that I haven’t accomplished yet?” His words are intentionally deeply personal as they suggest a movement from the outside in. He proposes: “Say, I need to challenge me because here is what I feel and here is what I believe. When you challenge yourself, you’re challenging yourself in an area that is close to your heart and it’s who you are.”

While challenges from the outside are important to the great leaders’ growth and development, personal challenges push them more directly to stretch beyond their perceived limits. Self-challenge is a movement from what other people think you should be doing to what is important and valuable to you. It is a path to a deeper self-knowledge in achieving their life’s purpose and meaning.

May you pause each morning and hear Maxwell’s words: ”Ask yourself, what do I need to do today to challenge me to reach my potential, fulfill my strengths and the purpose I have in my life.” Think deeply about all you have accomplished, your gifts, the impact your life has on those you touch and serve, the areas that still need growth. There is always something more to add to the splendor and richness of the magnificent you. Your best is yet to come… and it will because you choose it to be so. Challenge yourself and challenge those whom you serve to challenge themselves. As Joshua Marine writes: “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On Finding Your Ray of Sunlight

In her book, Business Devotional, Lillian Martin speaks to great leaders about those times in their lives when life’s events seem to conspire against them to bring them down. In those moments, their minds may even doubt about finding a way past that point. Martin writes: “Finding a ray of sunlight during the worst times is sometimes impossible to imagine, but it’s not impossible to achieve.”

She suggests that they already have all they need to get through those darkest days – the skills that they have developed over a lifetime of experiences – of facing challenges, belief in themselves and the ceaseless grit to work through any situation. Their gift is knowing that they have that strength.

An unknown author wrote: “Once you carry your own water, you will learn the value of every drop.” May your life-learnings be the rays of sunlight that take away moments of darkness. Remember the words of Willie Nelson: “When I started to count my blessings, my whole life turned around.” Your sunlight is a fire to be kindled to light and change the world.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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Belief’s Magical Key to Your Greatest Potential

What potential is lying dormant in you that could be released if you chose to believe in yourself and your abilities?” asks Jack Canfield in his book, The Success Principles. Believing in yourself is the magical key you hold to unlock the incredible truth of you… the deep belief and knowledge that you have what it takes. It is belief that inspires your knowing that you will find a way to achieve whatever life presents you regardless of the challenges. Brian Tracy said, “You begin to fly when you let go of self-limiting beliefs and allow your mind and aspiration to rise to great heights.”

Max Lucado writes, “You weren’t an accident. You weren’t mass produced. You aren’t an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the earth by the Master Craftsman.” You are beautifully and inspiringly unique in this infinite universe. Be deliberate and passionately positive in your attitude of self-belief. Inspire others to find their own. Be more than you ever dreamed you could be. Be bold, self-assured, self-confident and filled with self-esteem. As Josh Groban sang, “You have everything you need, if you just believe.” Believe more; be more. Life is so very good.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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On Good, Better, Best… the Great Leader’s Unending Journey to Greatness

Good, better, best – beautiful stepping stones in the great leader’s continuing growth and development. Each step is both a beginning and ending point, a movement from the ‘as is’ to the ‘what can be’. The ‘best’, itself, is not an ending point. It, too, is a stepping stone to something more. Maya Angelou wrote: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.” So the cycle begins again from good, to better to best, an unending path of joyous learning in achieving your life’s purpose and meaning, your best self, your greatness.

John Maxwell said: “Don’t rest on your best. Your best today sets you up for success tomorrow.” Oprah Winfrey adds: “Doing the best at this moment puts you in a better place for the next moment.” May you fill each day with intentional moments of continued growth and learning knowing that there is always something more, something better, something so much more. Your joys, dreams and wonders of tomorrow are in your hands today. Take that magnificent step of doing “the best you can until you know better.” Your best is yet to come… and it will because you choose it to be so.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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Living Life as a Gift

“Focus on ‘Get to’ vs ‘Have to.’ Each day, focus on what you get to do, not what you have to do. Life is a gift, not an obligation,” writes Jon Gordon in his weekly article, 21 Tips for a Positive New Year. His words suggest a shift in mindset to the joy, excitement and learning each moment of life offers. The mind and spirit are moved from the perceived burden of life’s “chores” to an ownership and gratitude for what it offers.

Tony Robbins tells great leaders: “Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” May you become more as you find the joy and excitement of what you get to do each day, each moment of your magnificent life’s journey. May you always remember Pablo Picasso’s wise counsel: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” May you make the most of the gift of your life and the gifts you have been given… and become more, so much more.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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The Magnificence of Leadershifts

A part of the excitement and joy in the daily life of great leaders is their continuing drive to go beyond the familiarity, peace and quiet of their comfort zone to stretch themselves to find something more – to do what they haven’t done before. John Maxwell calls this their challenge zone. In his book, Leadershift, Maxwell suggests that there is yet another leap that great leaders take, one into a creative zone in which they “tend to think things that they never thought before.”  It is this magical, sometimes daring moment, when great leaders move from their dreams to new being and doing.

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin,” wrote Tony Robbins. May you fill this new year with the excitement of leadershifts in which you go far beyond the self-imposed limits of your challenge zone and venture into the unexplored possibilities of your beautiful being and doing. Make this your mantra. Share it with those whom you touch and serve that they, too, discover and realize their fullest potential. Together, your dreams of today will be the realities of tomorrow.

Miguel Torres tells great leaders: “Greatness is a journey that begins with the impossible and turns into the unforgettable.” May you always choose to turn perceived impossible journeys into unforgettable, beautiful life-changing adventures.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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Reflecting Back and Living Forward

These were the promises and excitement that filled the hearts and souls of great leaders as 2020 began: another year of exciting growth, magnificent achievements and the realization of their dreams and purpose’s purpose.  The great leaders pause now to reflect on the realities of this year’s journey and learn from them. They remember Henry David Thoreau’s words: “What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.”

They see the fruits of their labor: their successes and achievements flowing from their commitment to their vision and purpose; their contributions to the growth of those they serve in business, community and family; their own professional and personal growth and the changes that took them to a higher level of performance excellence.

They reflect also on unexpected realities, professional and personal that touched them during the year – joyous surprises (people or events that enriched their life) and sadnesses (changes in economic situation, the loss of a loved one, the impact of a pandemic).  What learnings and growth opportunities did they present?  In all this, they lived life to its fullest, capturing every magnificent moment. Their life reflects the words of Socrates:  “To be is to do.”

2021 will be a magnificent year – one filled with excitement, joy, extraordinary possibilities for growth and achievements. The best is yet to come… and it will.  It will because great leaders choose it to be. May you continue, my very dear friends, to be more than you ever dreamed… and more… so much more. Remember Thoreau’s gentle reminder: “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.”

The year ahead has 12 months, 52 weeks, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, and 31, 536,000 seconds.  What will success look like at the end of your 2021 journey?  May it be that you embraced every moment of life with passion, purpose, love, giving, and serving.  In your being, may you “meet with success unexpected in common hours.”

Have a beautiful day, a magnificent week and a Happy New Year!!! Again, our best is yet to come! Life is so very good.

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