As leaders we must keep things in perspective. A recent Facebook post by my daughter rocked my perspective of one thing we take for granted. BREATHING. Take a breath and think about your perspective… on leadership, life, health and even breathing.
There are times life pulls at you and you are on your B game. Right now I am playing my B game with intensity. Read more on how you can regain momentum and get back on your A game. Don’t Give Up, Get Up.
Most things in life do not go exactly as you plan. You can plan for success or plan to quit but you can’t plan for both.
Join me for the Rockin Out Rett – Benefit Event to raise awareness and funds for research to find a cure for Rett Syndrome.
You Can Make a Difference
Join us for this benefit event that will include dinner, feature music by Kevin Black. Dave Clements professional photographer will also join us. Dave is a photographer for music artist and Presidents has produced a great photo book called Raising a Hand a book full of musicians from Paul McCartney and George Strait who agreed to raise a hand for Rett
Be extraordinary, unrestrained, and bold; go to the horizon of what you can see today and you will see more.
We succeed at our dreams not because we are successful in each opportunity, but because we get up off the ground, pay another entry fee, and pursue the next bodacious opportunity. There will be times you will fail to be the type person you should be. Do not stop trying just because you fail once; or even more than once. Get up and pay the entry fee again.
Givers do not move on… they Move Forward. When Kevin Black lost his daughter, Cortney, to Rett Syndrome he could have just “moved on”. Dave Clements could have attended Cortney’s funeral and “moved on”. They decided not to move on but to move forward to raise awareness and help find a cure for Rett Syndrome. Since […]
You must be Fast to Ask the Right Questions Slow to Ask Too Many Questions The best way to stop innovation, stifle buy in, teamwork and risk taking is to beat the team with too many questions. Remember.. There are dumb questions! Being the boss does not exempt you from asking dumb questions or give […]
How you can avoid the Efficiency Trap and Be More Effective. Critical steps you must take to have people value your organization and your customer.
3 Words will let you break from the herd, take control and overcome your fears.
While Hope is Not a Strategy a Strategy Must Have Hope
This year my family found ourselves faced with what seemed to be a hopeless situation Kenzie and Kassie. Our beautiful little granddaughter, Kenzie was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome a rare genetic disorder that affects one in ten thousand little girls. Kenzie developed normally until about 10 months when we noticed something was going on, she stopped playing with toys, did not make eye contact, the use of her hands diminished and she stopped trying to crawl. After months of doctors’ visits and specialists Kenzie was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome and currently there is no cure. We felt hopeless and crushed.
There is hope for a cure for Rett Syndrome that affects Kenzie and thousands of girls. Donate any amount to research and I will send you a complimentary copy of my book Be Bodacious: Put Life in Your Leadership. The research is promising; your donation large of small will help find a cure.
To Swim With the Sharks, You Must be a Shark! In today’s business lagoon you must add new business consistently, not just when sales are down.
This morning I stepped on the scales and got a good dose of REALITY. I am fat! Not overweight… FAT. For several weeks I had avoided stepping on those stupid scales because I knew the REALITY of my condition I just did not want it validated. The scales do not lie and I cannot deny. […]
There are experts who will advise you that Marketing MUST calls the shots for a business. Then there are others that proclaim that Sales MUST call the shots and then there are those that claim Finance (Wall Street) MUST call the shots. The real question is who SHOULD call the shots?
You are your own enterprise, YOU Inc.
Will other people invest in YOU Inc? Everyday you ask customers or your employer to “buy YOU Inc”. The question you have to ask yourself is “Why should they buy YOU Inc, instead of investing in someone or something different that will provide a better rate of return. What growth can they expect from YOU Inc?
Why is it some businesses are successful and others fail? Why is it some companies become substantial enterprises while others never grow beyond a small business?
When it comes to empowerment leaders just have to do it! But in reality few leaders empower others or understand empowerment. So what is Empowerment? How does a leader know if they have empowered?
To often individuals have not given a lot of thought about where they want to go on their leadership journey. In other words they are just blowing in the wind hoping they will reach a destination they like.
Too often we delay taking action waiting for the perfect conditions, the right economic conditions or when we have favorable committee review, the bottom line is you have to take action and rarely are the conditions perfect. Be smart, do your homework and plan your initiative, but Don’t let perfect get in the way of progress.
Only a three-hour flight from Houston is the scenic country of Guatemala and while there are many great things about the country of Guatemala, it is a country with debilitating social issues and a country without heroes. Guatemala is a country of the young where the average age is 20 years, making it fertile ground for transformation.
Watching volunteer teams from all over the country working together seamlessly was amazing and powerful. In the disaster area working conditions were difficult, the challenge was huge and EMPOWERED leadership was evident. Among the debris and destruction I observed real life lessons and witness the power of Empowered Leadership.
You will never experience a journey that you never start and it is up to you to get started. Your journey starts with YOU!
Make time each day to study in one of these three areas. Grow spiritually, grow your career and grow your personal life. You will feel much better when you work on you, instead of letting the media do their work on you. Take control of your learning and you will take control of your life.
There is one person who is never invited, yet attends all important meetings; The Devil’s Advocate. Their self appointed job is to point out “crazy thinking”, to seed doubt and insure that progress is stopped. To understand the devil’ s advocate, it will help to know something about the devil. The Bible tells us the […]
You have a choice… you can work to make a career, work to make a living, work to make it through the day OR your can work to make a difference. It is inspiring to work with people that work to make a difference. Here is how you can make a difference and not just […]
In the Rift Valley of Kenya, Africa we stood with the Maasai people under a large tree that was loosing it’s leafs due to the prolonged drought. The Maasai leader ask our small group from Woodlands Church of Houston and Nairobi, if we would pray for rain. They were grateful for the food we provided them […]
Fathers Day weekend my wife and I visited my Dad’s grave. Standing by his grave in the little country cemetery, caused me to reflect on what my father taught me. I wrote this in my book and read it again on Fathers Day morning. This is what my Dad left me… Thanks Dad
Success Magazine recently sent me a nice gift, “Success – Defining Moments” which is a small book with good stories and quotes. One story in this book really stood out to me. Here is the story as published in this well done book. “I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost […]
When you communicate, be yourself and people will buy into you and then buy into your agenda. Talk to people like they are people instead of corporate assets.
Strong leaders look beyond what they can see today and acquire the skills needed to lead beyond the horizon. They stay aware of new innovations and processes and lead their teams beyond where they are today.
Decisions can be hard to make. By not making a timely decision you do not make things better often things become worse when ignored. Customers are lost, critical windows of opportunity are missed and even businesses fail because a leader failed to make a decision at a critical time. Leaders must make decisions with the best information they have available to them.
Leaders must communicate their strategic direction frequently so people at all levels of the organization understand the mission and feel they are part of the team. In the absence of communication by the leader, team members will begin to take on the behavior and beliefs of the tribe
Have the courage to go to the edge of your known abilities, doing so will cause you to grow and learn new skills. Do not eliminate yourself from pursuing new adventures because of fear or what you can see today. Pursuing your new adventures will require extraordinary courage, unrestrained action and boldness. The only way you can sail into new harbors of your life is to have the courage to step out and take on new adventures. You make your own choices. You can choose to only dream about sitting on a yacht at anchor in a beautiful palm fringed bay, or you can take action and pursue your bodacious adventure. What is your bodacious adventure? Dream bodacious dreams and pursue bodacious adventures and you will live a bodacious life.
Choose the pedigree life; stop feasting on scraps. Take time for you, invest in yourself, invest in others, forgive, celebrate and build-up and you will be a pedigree for yourself and to others.
There is a long list of things that tend to restrain us and hold us back from realizing our Big Dreams. In reality We Are Restrained By Ourselves! To realize your Big Dreams you must have Unrestrained Passion
It is tempting to play it safe and sign up for ordinary goals. Be extraordinary, have big dreams and goals.
It is your choiceâ€¦ if choose to be extraordinary, unrestrained and bold then you have made the choice. To Achieve More and To Make A Difference. And to do this REQUIRES Extraordinary Commitment
As leaders too often we think we know better than our teams when straight forward feedback is provided. We hear them tell us, but we second guess and think surely we know better than they do. Leadership Arrogance is something all leaders must guard against.
Today’s business climate is tough to predict. Economic forecast seem to be no better than good guesses and specific market conditions can change overnight. In good business climates it is easy to be a good leader. However; difficult conditions really test our leadership skills and can leave us exhausted trying to keep the ship headed the right direction.
Be persistent and have a passion for continuing your learning and you will not be ignorant, you will be happy. Build a big bookcase, and you will build a big paycheck and a big life.â€
Proper pursuit of your Bodacious Dream requires self-examination, study, preparation, perseverance, and hard work. A Bodacious Dream is more than whim, it is something you have passion for and are willing pay the price of preparation to obtain.
Get serious about pursuing your bodacious dream, get off your â€œbut,â€ and do something. Be cautious of getting comfortable and resting on your big but, because your but will prevent you from pursuing your bodacious dreams. Buts come in many forms; here are a few that may look familiar to you: â€¢ I would pursue […]
Bodacious leaders embrace â€œThe Arnold Principleâ€ by defining the way things are done in the organization to deliver a quality product to the customer. Bodacious leaders do not focus on the cow; they focus on delivering the best steaks to the customer. Bodacious leaders encourage innovation though persistence and by gently moving their teams toward the horizon.
There is a better way to lead and that is to be a bodacious leader. A bodacious leader is dedicated to creating an extraordinary, unrestrained, and bold team. Bodacious leaders are great communicators; they instill confidence by being genuine and speaking in an honest, open manner and by never using political talk to side step […]
Set-aside time for others in need, give of your time, your money, and your talents and you can be a miracle worker. However, it will not be easy to give time to others; you must be deliberate and set aside time daily for your family and community. Be careful not to trade family and community […]
As you pursue your bodacious opportunities, you will need a mentor; someone capable of giving sound advice; an encourager, and a rescuer. Unfortunately, too many people give bad advice or fail to encourage when you make a mistake. A great mentor is a rare find. Here are the qualities a good mentor […]
Life is not about what you keep, it is about what you give People remember your actions more than your words Preach less and minister more Be gentle in suffering Be strong in suffering Be willing to sacrifice for others Submit to God and know He is with you Speak with kindness and gentleness Cherish […]
You cannot change your past; it is behind you and forever recorded as history. Your past mistakes, failures and successes are not predetermining factors of your future. You live with the decisions and consequences of your past; this does not change. But your ability to deal with your past failures and to put them in […]
In rodeo, if a cowboy bucks off his bull in seven seconds he receives no score. The only chance to win is riding the full eight seconds. The shortfall may be only one second, but the cowboy losses his entry fee and any opportunity for the prize money. One second makes a big difference in […]
In bull riding, the fall from the bull is usually painful and uncontrolled. When the bull launches you from his back, where you are going to land and how you will land are out of your control. One thing you do know to do is run, crawl, or scramble the best you can to get […]
Believe it or not, cowboys actually pay to get on a rodeo bull. To participate in a rodeo the cowboy must pay an entry fee and the same thing applies in life. To pursue your bodacious opportunities, you must be willing to pay the â€œentry feeâ€ and pursue your bodacious opportunities. Bodacious opportunities are those that will scare you, so the entry fee isn’t […]
By Steve Wood, author of â€œBe Bodacious: Put Life in Your Leadershipâ€ What does it mean to be a â€œBodacious Leader?â€ A bodacious leader embodies three things: an extraordinary commitment to a dream, unrestrained passion to pursue a dream and bold action to realize a dream. Bodacious leaders are passionate about their vision, and understand the […]