Be the Best, But at What Cost?

I remember having lunch with my best friend from high school in 2002 or so. He had recently accepted a position with a new company and was off to an amazing start. I had been leading our facility’s behavior-based safety process for around a year at that point and was finally starting to believe I could be great in the role. I can still picture with complete clarity where we sat in the restaurant that’s no longer open, which just happened to be the same place that Cindy and I first had dinner together, and I can still hear the goals we shared with one another for what we knew we could each achieve over the next few years.

Both of us had started working nearly full time jobs early high school and both of us had only hit college with a stick to that point. While the positions we had earned by then were fairly decent for being in our mid 20s with no degrees, we were extremely excited about the potential we each believed we had to be the best in our respective fields.

Just a...

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More than Chasing the Numbers!

Quite a few of the leaders I’ve known over the years also held positions where they were responsible for supervising a group of people, managing a process, or running an entire business. Let me be very candid before I move on though, filling those positions had almost as much to do with them being real leaders as sitting in a garage does with me being a car… Since condemning the misuse of the word leadership isn’t my intent (today), I’ll stick with the regularly scheduled program…

As a supervisor, a manager, or even a business owner, there’s often pressure from various directions to ensure we’re making the numbers. While I’ve been providing this blog and A Daily Dose Of Leadership for going on five years as a complimentary service to hundreds of people across the country, I like sleeping inside and eating food as much as the next person so at times I’ll reference some of the fee-based services Cindy and I provide as well;...

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Our Attitude and Our Action

In the last post, I referenced what I’ve always heard as the only two things we can control; our attitude and our action. That ties right in with something we looked at in this series a few months back regarding what I heard a mentor of ours call The Cycle of Success. He said, “Our beliefs drive our thoughts. Our thoughts produce our feelings. Our feelings are seen through our actions. Our actions yield results. And those results reinforce our beliefs.” 

So here’s the thing… If we neglect taking complete responsibility for controlling our attitude and our actions, we can’t expect to have any real say in where that success cycle leads us! When we do make a decision to take control of that cycle, then we back that decision with action, we’ll see that cycle have a compounding effect! Understand though, it won’t be an easy path to follow. Remember John Maxwell’s quote I shared before, “Everything worthwhile is...

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Monkey See, Monkey Do? Team Member See? Team Member Do!!!

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on June 30, 2020.

Ok… Think back to when you were a kid. What did you see the people you admired most doing that you weren’t allowed to do? Maybe you were too young, maybe “it was bad for you”, or maybe it was just something that same person had told you that you weren’t allowed to do…

How did that usually end up? For me, it typically only made me work that much harder to do that exact thing that I was told I shouldn’t be doing because that person I wanted to emulate was doing it! I was quite frequently very successful in accomplishing that forbidden thing… To save a little face here, I won’t go into any of the specifics. But I’m sure your imagination can do its own work. And I’m also sure I’m not alone!

Now fast forward to your current leadership responsibility. How often have you been in situations where you’ve either wanted to, or absolutely had to, do...

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Yoda Had It Right, and So Much Depends on This…

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on June 18, 2020.

I don’t know that I’ve ever watched any one of the Star Wars movies start to finish, but the one line that I’ve resonated with more was where Yoda said “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

Leading up to this point, we’ve looked at the importance of being very intentional about what we allow to shape our beliefs, then we took a hard look at controlling our thoughts, so let’s move on now to the next step in A Cycle for Success: the ACTIONS we take on a day to day basis…

Master Yoda may have been on to something. While we don’t always have complete control of the outcome, one of the few things we can control 100% of the time – IF WE CHOOSE TO – is our actions. And when we’ve been intentional about those first two things we looked at in this cycle, our ability to maintain complete control over the actions...

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“Many People Would Rather DIE than Think; In Fact, Most Do…”

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on June 17, 2020.

British polymath, Bertrand Russell once said that “many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.”

And this is the second piece of A Cycle for Success in Any Endeavor that we started looking at in the last blog; our THOUGHTS!

There’s clearly some level of importance in this since it’s specifically referenced in two of the most influential personal development books written in the last hundred years; Think & Grow Rick and The Magic of Thinking Big. We could go back even farther with James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh… And more recently, John Maxwell has written two books dedicated to it; Thinking for a Change and How Successful People Think.

Okay, Okay… Maybe it is kind of important. But Russell’s statement seems a bit far-fetched… Possibly, but even Thomas Edison is quoted as saying “5% of people think, 10% of people think they think, and the...

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The Starting Point for ALL Achievement!

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on June 16, 2020.

In Think & Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill stated that “Your BELIEF, or faith, is the element which determines the action of your subconscious mind.” In both the video summary of what we’ll be digging into through the next several blogs, as well as in the written summary I published as an article on my LinkedIn profile, I referenced what I believe to be A Cycle for Success in Any Endeavor! While that cycle is a bit more involved than wash, rinse, repeat, it’s really something anyone can apply if they’re just willing to do it AND have the discipline to remain consistent.

I landed on this idea while studying some content on The Maxwell Method of Selling that Cindy and I will be delivering in a few weeks for a local client. Our mentor who developed that curriculum made this statement about the sales process: “All success in sales is built on mastering one simple cycle in your own...

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Less Talk, More Action…

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 10, 2020.

A I closed the last blog where we looked at how important it is for us to not only set the example for our team to follow when challenges come our way, but to also intentionally guide our team members in how they respond to challenges, I suggested that this may not always involve changing the course we’re already on…

In addition to the mentorship and licensing we’ve gotten access to through our affiliation with The John Maxwell Team, we’ve been able to develop friendships with some absolutely amazing people. We had crossed paths a few times with a gentleman named Kevin who lives just outside DC but we hadn’t gotten to know him all that well. When we connected with Carly Fiorina and offered to volunteer on some of the non-profit projects she was working on, we connected with Kevin once again. Still not knowing him too well, I contacted him directly and asked if he’d be open to...

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Learn From It, and Keep Pushing Forward

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 17, 2020.

I remember hearing a story about a college football coach who was training someone new to help with the team’s recruiting efforts. He gave a scenario of a few players he had recently scouted. One was getting pushed all over the field, knocked down over and over, and eventually left the game. Another was also getting knocked around but was very quick to jump back up for the next play and give it everything he had. When he asked his new scout to guess which player he was most interested in recruiting to play for their school, the scout immediately picked the player who kept getting back up each time he was knocked down. The coach explained that while that was definitely the better choice between those two players who were being knocked down, he was even more interested in the player who kept knocking them down!

Yeah, I know it’s corny… And this blog isn’t about knocking other players down. I...

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The Last Factor in “Your Personal Success Equation”

Henry Ford said “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re probably right.”

As Napoleon Hill shares what he believes to be The Beginning of ALL Great Achievement, he says “Whatever a man believes to be true has a way of becoming true.”

So what does he believe to be The Beginning of ALL Great Achievement? (I left you hanging as I closed the last blog…)

The final section in the chapter just before he begins his “interview with the Devil” shares why he believes that FAITH is the beginning of all great achievement. If you’re at all familiar with the New Testament, you likely have a similar perspective to me in regards to how important faith is in our spiritual life. While I have a pretty firm understanding of the Bible, I’ve never memorized a ton of verses word for word. The one that my great uncle ingrained in me, and I remember to this day, is John 3:16

“For God so love loved the world,...

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