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IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Jon Gordon on the ultimate rule of positive energy: “Your positive energy and vision must be greater than anyone’s and everyone’s negativity. Your certainty must be greater than everyone’s doubt. There will always be people who don’t share your vision. There will always be the doubters who doubt, doubt, and doubt and tell you you can’t do this and you won’t be able to accomplish that. They think that dreams were meant for others but not for people like you and them. And there will even be people who don’t want you to succeed because it makes them see their own weaknesses and failures. Rather than driving their own bus they are trying to ruin everyone else’s ride.” Source: The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy   II. Wally Amos on facing your problems: “One of the realities of existence is this: If you don’t get it right the first time, life will give you another chance to master that aspect of things. And if you miss your next chance, that same challenge will again present itself to you. The process continues until you get it right. The inevitable cycle is a curse if you are running away from your problems, and a blessing if you are seeking to grow through them. In every challenge lies… Continue Reading

Here are a selection of tweets from August 2022 that you don’t want to miss: “This Is the Way It Should Be” by @artpetty Why Leaders Fail by @davidburkus An Overarching Aim for Your Leadership by Bob & Gregg Vanourek@TripleCrownLead 30 Short Habits to Enrich Your Thinking by @Alltopstartups Let Out Your Leadership Gifts by @TerriKlass Making Time: There’s Never Enough—Can We Make More? by Ken Downer@RapidStartLdr 10 Ways We Create an Unhealthy Culture by @RonEdmondson Why You Should Maintain a Professional Journal—Twenty Prompts to Help You Get Started by @artpetty 10 Things Leaders Should Remember about Peopleby @wallybock Challenging Conversation Sound Bite #1—Design Your Challenging Conversations for Success by @artpetty Challenging Conversation Sound Bite #2—Look Forward in Challenging Feedback Conversations by @artpetty Storytelling and the Reserved Leader by @Julie_WG Bob Odenkirk: Reinvigorating Life’s Purpose from @JohnBaldoni Are you operating in your sweet spot? by @suzimcalpine Becoming Vigilant & Detecting Early Warning Signs by @michaelaroberto4 Ways to Make Workplace Policies Flexible Enough to Keep the Employees You Want by @LizKislik 15 Learnings From a Conversation Between a Neuroscientist & Navy SEAL Officer by charlotte grysolle @chargrysolle Employees want more in-person interactions with peers for rich qualitative exchanges and would rather use virtual modalities for lean transactional interactions Leading a Meeting? Up Your Game by Knowing This Key Point by @JenniferVMiller Leadership “Wisdom” that Makes Me Crazy from @wallybock Six Leadership and Management Lessons from the Pandemic to Help Navigate the Emerging Storm by @artpetty Ideas Are Fleeting. How to… Continue Reading

ON August 25, Chris Low posted an ESPN interview with 70-year-old Nick Saban, who just signed a new $93.6 million contract extension that runs through the 2030 season. Here are a few of the highlights that provide us with some leadership lessons: Think like a freshman. “You have to be flexible. I think that’s one of the most important things about competitive sports … If you don’t sort of study the game and know the impact of these things and use them to your advantage, you’re going to just completely get bypassed by a lot of folks.” Success is a choice. Take responsibility for your choices. “I heard it said that none of us are born winners, and none of us are born losers. We’re all born choosers. So choosing the right things that are going to help you be successful … that doesn’t really change.” Focus on what you can become. “The one thing, because of the brand that we have here, that players can see, is they can earn a tremendous amount of money because of the brand and because of the image that they can create using that brand to promote themselves, which has happened. The players that we’re recruiting are not coming here because of the money we’re giving them to come here. They’re coming here because of what they can earn being here because of the history that we have of guys creating value for themselves.” Hold yourself to a high standard. “I wouldn’t… Continue Reading

AFTER A DECADE of building multiple online businesses to over 8 figures and twice landing on the Inc. 5000, Jeff Lerner turned his focus to educating and inspiring entrepreneurs about the power of digital business. In 2019 he founded the ENTRE Institute to create a new generation of ENTREpreneurs. He has taken his story and the lessons he has learned and compiled them into a solid bestseller titled, Unlock Your Potential: The Ultimate Guide for Creating Your Dream Life in the Modern World. It resonates with many of the frustrations people are faced with in our time. In this podcast I talk to Jeff about how we can unlock our potential and take advantage of the opportunities available now in the new economy. You can find more details and resource links on the episode home page. Jeff Lerner – How to Unlock Your Potential | RSS.com     “This is what the 3Ps is: it is a simple, heuristic filter. It is a lens that you can look at your life through to say, at any given time, if I am not moving my life forward physically, personally, or professionally, then I am somewhere between wasting time and killing myself slowly. And that’s it!” * * * Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for additional leadership and personal development ideas…. Continue Reading

IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Fred Harmon on the value of self-restraint: “Situational rather than habitual self-restraint is always a strain. Self-mastery lets us relax and focus on results even in tense situations. The world-famous tennis star does not lose her concentration because she is behind in the deciding set. Long practice in controlling her emotions permits her to continue playing at her peak. The practice of self-restraint in making common everyday acts more perfect builds up a similar inner calm on which one can rely in any crisis.” Source: The Executive Odyssey: Secrets for A Career Without Limits   II. Andrew and Nada Kakabadse and Linda Lee-Davies on staying forever refreshed as a leader:: “Successful leadership is never truly mastered as it is an organic service which must be ever refreshed and refined. The changing nature and demands of the follower and the changing nature and demands of the external environment mean that even once the leader has reached a point of maximum provision for their troops in their current state, they must put some serious planning into the next likely situation they will face. There is no rest, learning to lead never stops and the truly successful, the truly great leader knows that they are leading to learn.” Source: Leading for Success: The Seven Sides to Great Leaders * * * Look for these ideas every Thursday… Continue Reading

IN SITUATION after situation, we are faced with the choice of adopting a Learner mindset or a Judger mindset. The Judger mindset comes quite naturally to us. We all do it. And we have Learner moments as well. The Learner mindset opens us up to possibilities while the Judger mindset leaves us, at the very least, in an unproductive state. The Learner mindset is a choice. The Judger mindset is a reaction to our circumstances. The trick is to be mindful of the path we are on and make the appropriate adjustment. We make that adjustment by changing the questions we are asking. That is the premise behind Marilee Adams’ book, Change Your Questions, Change Your Life. Marilee offers a helpful Choice Map to help us to zoom out and look at where we are at any given time and make the most productive choice. As a leader and coach, it is important to understand that “you can’t help anyone from a Judger place.” Think of the Choice Map as a self-coaching tool that helps us to be more aware, and that helps us chart more effective paths through our lives—and for getting better outcomes in whatever we do. We’re making choices moment by moment by moment though we don’t always recognize it. Many of our choices may be embodied within routines or habits we’ve developed over the years, some of them so necessary in our everyday lives that er barely notice they were once choices. Most of the… Continue Reading

CHRIS WESTFALL has helped launch over five dozen businesses, helping to raise over $100 Million in investment capital. His clients have appeared on Shark Tank, Dragons’ Den in Canada, and Shark Tank Australia. Chris is the Champion of the US National Elevator Pitch, a competition challenging students to make a convincing and engaging “Elevator Pitch” to an Angel Investor. He is recognized as a Top 10 Business Coach and regularly works with Fortune 500 Companies and high-impact leaders. He is also a keynote speaker and author of four books. His latest is Easier: 60 Ways to Make Your Work Life Work for You. Through a conversation between a coach and his client, he explains how to productively look at the circumstances we are in, and find ways to be easier on ourselves, no matter what we are up against. Today we will learn how to make life easier and learn to serve ourselves and others better. You can find more details and resource links on the episode home page. Chris Westfall – How to Make Life Easier | RSS.com     –> “Life isn’t easy. In fact, it can be very difficult. Our careers can be difficult. Our relationships can be difficult. And all those things blend together, and that makes life difficult. But in any circumstance, and in any situation, there is always a way to show up that makes things easier. Not easy, but easier.” * * * Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for additional leadership… Continue Reading

IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with: I. Former Blue Shield of California CEO Bruce Bodaken and Robert Fritz on opinion dumps: “Telling someone your opinion is not the same as exploring reality. Groups that really tell each other the truth are the ones that ask each other questions, seriously seek to understand opinions that are different from their own. They strive to comprehend rather than simply impose their ideas on others, and they engage in a collective dialogue in which people together seek understanding.” Source: The Managerial Moment of Truth: The Essential Step in Helping People Improve Performance   II. Ram Charan on the roadblocks to moving forward: “Today transformational change is the norm. Every company has to be able to perceive what will make their best-laid plans obsolete tomorrow and change direction quickly. Dissatisfaction with the status quo and a search for what’s next is a universal human endeavor. It does not reside in one person, department, or organizational layer. The flow of ideas cannot be blocked by bureaucratic layers. Do the people at traditional companies welcome change? What happens to the good ideas that emerge? How quickly do they get converted into action?” Source: Rethinking Competitive Advantage: New Rules for the Digital Age * * * Look for these ideas every Thursday on the Leading Blog. Find more ideas on the LeadingThoughts index. * * * Like us on… Continue Reading

AT 16, I began my summer job working in the office supply room at a prominent local law firm. After three weeks of being treated poorly, I expressed my frustrations to my boss. I was fired by the end of the day. That job was my first and last taste of the corporate world. So, I did some soul searching. The experience confirmed what I already knew deep down, that I was not cut out to work a traditional job, so I decided to pursue music instead. I figured if I was going to have to trade my time for money, it should at least be for doing something I enjoyed. Seeing high school at that point as just an early form of job training, I convinced my parents to let me drop out and pursue a career in music. They allowed it and even bought me a piano to practice on, but they were also quite clear that I was making my bed and would have to spend the rest of my life sleeping in it. I agreed and got to practicing — 10, 12, and 14 hours a day. I was obsessed — anything to avoid ever having to get another job. By my early 20s, I was earning a full-time living performing and landed some gigs playing for “the society circuit” — the upper crust of Houston society which consisted mostly of energy executives and successful entrepreneurs. I was fascinated by these wealthy people who had… Continue Reading