Every big idea starts out as a whim: “Hmm, wouldn’t that be great?” Until we follow the idea, we can’t be sure if we actually want it. In other words, it’s important to follow your natural curiosity. We all have different things that intrigue us. That’s what makes us unique. It’s following our natural curiosity that… Read more »
“How did we miss that?” Isn’t that what we all ask when we are forced to release a new hire back into the wilds of job search land. Maybe we turn to somebody on the team and say, “Did you see any signs of this in the interview?” We scratch our heads and make a… Read more »
When I was building my business, I considered quitting a lot. It was a rough few years. I wasn’t making enough to support my family. My team missed goal after goal. Our growth was snail-paced. I was even labeled “Turkey of the Month” in a nationwide newsletter. Entrepreneurs face similar circumstances all the time. It’s… Read more »
Leaders are difference makers. They are catalysts who make positive things happen with available people, ideas, and resources. Which is why the world judges leaders first on what they actually accomplish, not the quality of their ideas or the strength of their vision. Strategy is important, innovation is important. But in the long run, a leader has… Read more »
Coachability isn’t a word, really, but managers, leaders, and mentors are using it more and more. In fact, if I had to use one word to describe the traits of people destined for repeat success, 6 days out of 7 it would be “coachability.” As I wrote in my previous post, you might win once or… Read more »
Growing up, I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm. I watched my grandfather plant crops every year. It was amazing how much effort he had to put in during the planting season. The only other time that took as much or more work was harvesting. He had to overdo it at the… Read more »
Winning leaders are people who make positive things happen. For me, that’s the definition of leadership. If you aren’t making things happen with your team, you’re just running a social club. Benjamin Hooks, a civil rights leader and the former head of the NAACP, once said, “If you think you are leading and turn around… Read more »
I have always loved watching interviews with PGA golfer Paul Goydos. He’s funny and his insights are dead on. Seven or eight years ago, he was being asked in interviews what made Tiger Woods better than most players. He said, essentially, if we go out on the golf course and hit the same shot, my… Read more »
There’s always a way. I knew a woman who worked at a publishing company. Apparently, it’s tough to get into the industry, particularly on the editorial side of the business. The competition is fierce. Even though she was told that getting a job in another department just put you on track for promotions in that… Read more »
You’ve got skills. You’ve got experience. So what’s the difference between you and those who have found their way to the top? Organization and production. Here’s how to make it happen.
Determination is Essential for Progress In 1998, tennis star Andre Agassi dropped to 140th in the world. Have you ever gotten totally discouraged and off course? Have you ever in your life been in a prolonged slump? Or have you ever been unable to figure out which end is up and what to do next?… Read more »
In a world filled with mediocrity, greatness really stands out. Here’s how those who do great things separate themselves from the masses. Once you see what it takes, you might be surprised at how close you actually are.