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Company Success Is More About…

Company success is less about the kind of talent show performed when hiring, or all the talent talk ideas and suggestions centered around how best to develop it; not even, the inspiring narcissistic titles given to employees hoping to inspire greater performance. Company success is more about the strategic execution of attracting and/or developing the

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Welcome to the Jungle! “Survival in Today’s Teenage Culture”

I see troubling trends competing for the #1 spot in teen culture today. Sadly, no positive rewards are reaped from getting to this spot. No trophies for victory, only-tragedy, trouble, potential victims and violence. According to the Centers for Disease Control from 2015, suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24 and

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Career Success, in 16 Words are Less!

A couple years ago I was going through an intense career challenge and transition. Career change or transitions normally fall into 3 categories; want, need, and must. One thing that happened amid the uncertainty and confusion was to write out a vision that would to guide me and guard me the rest of my career.

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The Shakespeare Principle: The source and solution!

What you BELIEVE determines how you BEHAVE. How you BEHAVE determines what you BECOME. To be, or not to be, that is the question. I call it the Shakespeare Principle. I have used, coached, taught, trained, managed and parented with this principle and/or philosophy for many years. I watch it at work in me and

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Competence vs Character? The Challenge and Choice

Competence vs Character?  What if I must choose one over the other? I acknowledge the challenge  in measuring them. First, there are no 100% full proof hiring processes or procedures that measure character or competence. Everyone has hires that make them look like a liar or lunatic. Second, resumes are an introduction to people and

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A NEW CODE WORD IN SOME CORPORATE CIRCLES

I’m afraid corporate code for removing people of influence who threaten unproductive strategies or dogmatic thinkers due to being creative or relevant, where an absence of leadership responsibility and initiative is present in those who take credit for being the shakers and movers in the organization and the lack of providing a transforming vision for

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IS THERE MORE TO SEE THAN WHAT YOU’RE SEEING?

Living life and being a leader is an adventure!! There is risk but there are rewards. We all have things personally or professionally we want to see and dream of seeing in our life, career or company. What separates the ones who can see the awesome from the ones who are not, is determined by

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I’m OK, HELP!!

Why do we tell people we’re ok, when in truth, things in our life, career, business or relationships, ARE NOT OK? I have never met one successful difference maker that excluded the word, HELP!! from their vocabulary personally or professionally. Believing you must be fake as a rubber snake to manage or maneuver your way

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Keeping The Profit In Nonprofits

Let’s face it!! Nonprofit organizations and entities live and die by the funds raised through donors, strategic partnerships, strategic initiatives and events. Most nonprofits are struggling to attain their financial goals during this time of economic uncertainty nationally and globally. The financial forecast by many economist calls for more cloudy skies ahead for nonprofits. Contributions

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Permission Granted!!

You do not need permission to love yourself! Several years ago, I was a Christian ministry leader living in Florida. I was on the rise-up the ladder of my denomination at the time. Just before a potential move to an enormous assignment, my wife at the time of 20 years, decided that being married and

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Influence!! Minority & Majority

When I think about influence, I find myself in the minority and majority. Most leaders like myself, recognize their influence is alive and well and is at work around them, even if it’s not pushed or planned. Influence happens!! If your breathing you have been influenced and are influencing. Positive or Negative, that’s the question.

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Is There Anything Worse?

Is there anything worse? I am talking about the need to do something or the need for something, only to come face to face with three of the most awful words that can appear in a moment like this: OUT OF ORDER. Oh, to be politically correct in those uncomfortable moments, someone has obviously read

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Who Am, I ??

WHO AM, I? If you don’t know I guarantee it will show!! Special performances feature themselves daily on the stage of life and how you lead others? If you don’t discover and define your true – identity as a leader people, challenges and circumstantial things have no problem helping you develop a false one. Who

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Millennials May Have You On Mute!!

Attempting to lead, manage, communicate with; personally or professionally develop Millennials has caused more hair loss, heartburn, headaches and heart attacks, in those who courageously train, educate, manage and even parent them, than the threat of nuclear war. Many who find themselves accepting the challenge, take it on with less confidence of survival, than running

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Wanted: Healthy Leaders!!

Healthy Lives Create Healthy Leaders!! Most performance and productivity issues companies or organizations have with their employees/associates are a direct result of their inability to overcome personal challenges. It is no different with professional leaders. Many executives and managers have the talent and tenacity to lead, but struggle with the communication, emotional intelligence, conflict management

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Situation or Solution Focused Leader?

Are you a situation focused leader or a solution focused leader? Situation focused leaders lean on this leadership lie. “If my situation or circumstances would change I, he, she; they, we, or it could change.” This is a limiting and disabling belief that will lead to desperate or debilitating leadership decisions. A belief, is simply

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What To Do With A Long Weekend?

Long Weekends!! Don’t you wish they were every weekend? We like them and look forward to them but, what do you do with them? Most would answer, “make the most of it”. Well, to get the best out of something we must be intentional with our investment in it. Here are a couple of suggestions.

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My Daughter

My daughter does this just about every time we go to a restaurant. She approaches people, strikes up a conversation and will often take her food and sit with them. She saw this man sitting by himself, took her ice-cream and scooted into the booth. They had a great conversation about her having blue eyes,

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I’M SORRY LEADERS, IT’s HERE TO STAY!!

It’s everywhere and it’s here to stay!! It’s the main thing, the one constant thing and most exhausting thing professionals want to get rid of in the company, organization, office/board room or congregation. It keeps sucking the life out of their leadership and both the desire and ability to lead others to produce results. This

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We Invest In What We Value

We invest in what we value!! At times, I ask clients; outside of your career, what do you focus on and commit your financial resources to the most? The answers can reveal priorities, preoccupations and the primary sources their time and money are spent on. Out of this arises a question that is essential for

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Leadership Is A Contact Sport

Leadership is a contact sport. If you decide to participate in it and have the desire to pursue it, one must understand there is a certain level of discomfort that comes from it. Contact with people and problems are unavoidable. Successful leaders, managers and companies do not avoid either one. There is an expectation that

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The Diagnosis That Is Wrong For You!!

Diagnosis Psychosis It blows my mind how many people in today’s culture suffer from Diagnosis Psychosis. Who are they? They are people who have figured out what is wrong with everybody else. They love labels and must constantly lay their labels on everybody around them. You find there is no credentials to back up such

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FAILURE!! “What Legends Are Made Of”

Confession!! After Michael Jordan retired I pretty much stopped following and watching pro basketball. I was a huge Bulls fan and watched him play a lot of games thanks to cable. I am not going to debate whether he is the greatest of all time. Personally, I think there is no debate. However, I will

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Disappointment!! Get for Real

Every time I see or read something like this I throw up in my mouth: “how to avoid disappointment” or “how to keep your life free of disappointment”. I believe in positive psychology and thinking. I also believe that in pop culture there is such a thing as poppycock psychology. When it comes to opinions

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It Takes 2 Parents

Most people understand it takes 2 people coming together physically to create 1 life. There are other ways medically and scientifically to get around how conception naturally occurs. Most of the time children are conceived in the context of some kind of relationship between a man and a woman. It takes 2 people to create

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My Career Crossroads

Chances are at some point your career will come to a crossroad. Career crossroads can present both opportunities and obstacles. Some approach this stop in their career journey with confidence, however, most approach it with confusion and fear. Decisions determine our directions and our directions determine our destinations. To be confident in our decisions takes

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JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS

JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS? GUILTY!! People sometimes end up finding themselves in painful positions in their professional career and personal life. How or why, may be unclear and confusing. A man lay sprawled out across three seats in a theater. When the usher came by and noticed him, he whispered to him, “Sorry, sir, but you’re

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IT STARTS WITH YOU

Every time I fly in an airplane I get instructions before takeoff. The instructions are usually acted out by a member of the flight crew. I am told while in flight, “If at any point the airplane loses cabin pressure and an oxygen mask deploys from the compartment above you, put your mask on your

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