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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order,
confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home,
a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
― Melody Beattie
May we live today, and each day, with grateful hearts.
What are you grateful for today?
Leaders are communicators. If you don’t communicate well, chances are you won’t lead well. One of the most important messages I’ve ever communicated to my team is our core values. I knew that I had to get this right. After I determined my core values, I took four steps to prepare and position them for maximum, company-wide impact.
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Do you have a thinking chair? For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a chair that I call my thinking chair. It’s my favorite chair in the whole house. This chair is where I go to think, to reflect, to evaluate. I vividly remember what happened on a sunny afternoon in my thinking chair almost a decade ago…
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Sometimes leaders get that feeling in their gut that something isn’t right. Have you ever experienced that feeling? Well, in early 2005, I knew that something wasn’t right. I had a growing sense that I needed to figure out who I was, bone deep. Fortunately, I discovered some questions that really helped me make sort things out. And they can help you too.
You know when you run into someone from high school and the conversation just pulls you back to your teenage years? Even hearing a song from our youth can stir up thoughts and feelings from decades past. The experiences, thoughts and actions from our past can reveal some interesting clues about who we are, bone deep.
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When our leadership team reviewed the book, Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, I began the process of thinking back to when I was a very little boy and looking over my life. My purpose was to tap the power of introspection to determine, “who am I?”
In February 2005, while I was attending my monthly CEO group meeting at the CEO Institute, one of the CEOs said something that prompted me to write down this statement…
I want to be a Values-Driven Company that achieves results; not a Results-Driven Company that has values. — That statement shook me, and it was exactly what I was looking for.
For years I have read books about business and leadership. I read Tom Peters’ book, In Search of Excellence in 1989. I did not know it at the time, but that book started me on a journey that would ultimately transform the way I ran my business.
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Have you ever felt a sense of guilt because you couldn’t make things work? Then you think…If I just try harder? Then you become fatigued? And then you want to quit? Finally, the cycle starts over again, and again, and again…
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When I was leading and growing our company, I had my share of worries. More times than I can count, I awoke in the middle of the night with concerns over a certain aspect of the business. Lately, I’ve been asking folks to share some of their pressing or nagging business concerns with me, and the response has been surprising…
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Have you ever dreamed of launching a business? Many do. So why do many never get started? Maybe you don’t have time the time, or you don’t know where to start. Well, I’ve got good news for you! There’s plenty of help for aspiring entrepreneurs…
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