Reflections for a New Year

During this time of the year we tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle that surrounds us. It’s not only the end of the quarter but also the year, which makes it even more imperative to tie up loose ends and meet those last, remaining deadlines. For some it seems that the last few weeks of the year tend to be the most stressful—and that’s why I’m writing this blog. When things are most hectic is the right time to step back, take a deep breath, and set aside some time to just think.

By | December 23rd, 2015|Being Successful, Misc Blogs, Time Management|0 Comments

Is Being a Leader the Same as Being a Coach?

We often talk about how managers need to be great leaders and in the same breath, how they also need to be great coaches. In fact, we often use the words leader and coach interchangeably. Are they the same or is there a difference between coaching and leading? While coaching and leadership are intrinsically linked, I believe they are different. And I also believe to be truly effective you MUST separate them when you train on how to lead or how to coach. In a nutshell, leadership is defined as establishing a vision and helping others understand the path to achieve that vision. Coaching is more personal and focused on providing direction to help individuals become better.

By | October 28th, 2015|Being Successful, Coaching, Leadership|0 Comments

Good Ideas— What’s Missing from Making Them Great Ideas?

My good friend Coach Buzz Williams shared a tweet recently that really resonated with me, “Good ideas have no value because the world has too many. The market rewards execution, not ideas. Concentrate on ideas you can execute.” It does seem like there’s a big gap between having a great idea and then bringing that idea to fruition. If you were so inclined to take some time to sit down and think about it, you’d likely recall some great ideas that you’ve had. But often, that’s all they were—ideas.

By | October 14th, 2015|Being Successful, Selling, Setting Goals|0 Comments

What Business Can Learn From World Cup Soccer

When the U.S. women’s soccer team won the coveted World Cup, Sports Illustrated acknowledged their achievements by publishing 25 different magazine covers—one for the coach, one for each player, and one for the team in its entirety. It was their way of acknowledging the accomplishments of this remarkable team. Those of us in the U.S. probably felt especially proud because our team won in a world where soccer is THE sport. (In fact, I recall one cardinal lamenting that football (what we call soccer) is the religion of Italy.)

By | September 30th, 2015|Being Successful, Coaching, Selling|0 Comments

Trust and Competence—Why Leaders Need Them

When I read Dan Rockwell’s blog The 7 Judgments All Leaders Face, I was impressed by how Rockwell categorized these 7 judgments into 2 essential qualities of leadership—warmth and competence. Those aren’t the adjectives most people would use to describe leaders. Although I would tweak these qualities slightly (to trust and competence), I believe these are worthy of further discussion.

By | July 31st, 2015|Being Successful, Leadership|0 Comments

Trust and Competence—Why Leaders Need Them

When I read Dan Rockwell’s blog The 7 Judgments All Leaders Face, I was impressed by how Rockwell categorized these 7 judgments into 2 essential qualities of leadership—warmth and competence. Those aren’t the adjectives most people would use to describe leaders. Although I would tweak these qualities slightly (to trust and competence), I believe these are worthy of further discussion.

By | July 30th, 2015|Being Successful, Leadership, My-Point-Exactly|0 Comments

My Favorite Quotes on Leadership

When you’re the CEO of a company, you find yourself thinking a lot about leadership and what it takes to be a great leader. And if you happen to be in the consulting business, it’s not unusual for others to ask you for your insight about what it takes to be a great leader. Keep reading regardless of your title. Everyone is a leader. Someone or some group of people (large or small) probably look to you for guidance, advice, or direction. That makes all of us leaders—which is why you might want to read to my favorite quotes about leadership.

By | July 22nd, 2015|Being Successful, Leadership|0 Comments

Why You Didn’t Learn Everything You Need to Know in Kindergarten

Contrary to the advice Robert Fulghum gave in his book, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, what you learned in kindergarten just might be working against you. First, let me emphasize that I’m a big fan of this book. I love Fulghum’s advice about sharing, playing fair, and cleaning up your own mess. But I’m also a believer of the points that Seth Godin makes in his book, Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable. Godin states that what you learned in kindergarten about following the rules can prevent you from being remarkable.

By | July 8th, 2015|Being Successful, Misc Blogs, Self-development|0 Comments