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Where Does Your Influence Begin?

Leadership is Influence, nothing more, nothing less.” John C. Maxwell   As a leader where should your influence begin? For people who want to make an impact for a lifetime, beyond their lifetime, starting at home is always key. Some how as I was advancing up the corporate ladder I got it backwards. I allowed […]

#1 Leadership Lesson from the ALS #ICEbucketCHALLENGE:

ONE can make a difference:  “Leadership is Influence, nothing more, nothing less.” John C. Maxwell  The ALS #ICEBUCKETchallenge was started by ONE and in just 28 days it has raised $79.7M to wipe out ALS. (As of Aug 25, 2014) Who would have imagined that millions of people would willingly take a bucket of ice […]

THINK for a CHANGE

“ALL that a man achieves and all that he fails to achieve is the direct result of his own thoughts.”  James Allen   What do you THINK?  When was the last time you devoted 15 minutes to nothing but THINKING?   Today, instead of reading what I was THINKING devote 10 minutes to INTENTIONALLY THINK.  […]

FAILURE is Inevitable when SUCCESS is Optional.

Somewhere along the way the word failure acquired a negative meaning for me. How can something that occurs so often on our journey to success be a negative?   It happens more than success, doesn’t it? What is it about failure that causes us to see it as a negative, instead of a natural part […]

DOUBLE DOWN with REFLECTIVE THINKING

“ The unexamined life is not worth living”   Socrates These words jumped off the page when I read Think for a Change by John C. Maxwell for the first time 11 years ago.  The more thought about these words the more I realized I may think strategically and of endless possibilities, however the Reflective […]

Intentional New Beginnings

It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities.”  Kirstin Armstrong A mind open and eager to learn and create, a mind […]

Lighten Up, Be a Beginner Again

“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods […]

Are You Playing to WIN? or Playing to NOT LOSE?

I remember the first time I heard my mentor asked a group of us  “Are you playing to WIN or are you playing to NOT lose?”   I quickly responded, “To WIN, of course.” He masterfully interrupted my thinking and planted a seed that continually causes me to challenge myself and ask how am I choosing […]