Attitude is the one thing we all have complete control of and yet many unknowingly choose a negative attitude. If we understood the power of our own attitude in our lives, most of us would change it immediately. How many times have you been told to change your attitude? That is a common order from […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 […]