What is one thing that makes you successful?

Last week the founder of Leads Magazine (www.leadsmagazine.co edit: 072417, link no longer valid) asked me:  What is ONE big inspiration or tactic you can share with entrepreneurs and small businesses about being more successful? My One big inspiration tactic for being more successful is I treat the 168 hours we have each week as I would carefully earned dollars.  I decide in advance how I will invest, save and spend those hours.  My morning routine sets the stage for the day I will have.  Not the weather, my emails, the latest news or political unrest – but my own … Read More

Want a 9% raise? All it takes is a little sweat…

We know hitting the gym is a great way to forget about your troubles and relieve stress.  Those work and money problems you’ve got just seem to disappear in the rear view mirror when you’re in the middle of a great sweat.  Guess what?  You just may be on your way to a better financial return than that investment in Facebook stock a few weeks ago. Workers who exercise regularly earn 9% higher pay on average than those who don’t, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Labor Research. Okay we know that exercise … Read More

Deteriorating Integrity

“The rules I used to follow are for people who are where I used to be.”  In this week’s Leadership Podcast, Andy Stanley stated this as one of the signs of weakening integrity of any leader. Yes, integrity implies honesty, but more than that.  It also indicates consistency of actions, values, methods and principles.  Thus if a leader is courteous on his/her way up, we would expect them to continue to be courteous.  In The Millionaire Mind, author Thomas Stanley (no relation to Andy that I know of) says the one common characteristic of decamillionaires is integrity. And yet as … Read More

Do you have what it takes to be a “leader?”

The dictionary defines leadership as “influencing” or “inducing.”  And yes, with that broad definition we’ve seen Hollywood celebrities who offer nothing but glamorous looks, athletes who offer little beyond big bank accounts and company CEOs who manipulate the lives of employees referred to as leaders. At the recent Chick-fil-A Leadercast we heard a continuing theme about a different kind of leadership. Andy Stanley recognizes that as your influence grows it becomes more difficult to give everyone equal time – but to do for one what you wish you could do for everyone. Tim Tebow shared one of his core principles … Read More

Can I be a Leader?

Today I had the pleasure of speaking on the Power of Creating a Mastermind Group at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast simulcast in Franklin, TN.  I was surrounded by many great leaders and executives at this event and energized by all the speakers who presented. Andy Stanley told us “every decision we make becomes part of our life story – choose carefully”.  Leadership oftentimes involves tough decisions.  In my own business, one of the key characteristics of finding work I love is aligning it with my values.  Live a life of integrity so you are proud of the story you tell, with no need to hide certain … Read More

Sorry, I don’t have time for you

I was listening to Andy Stanley’s Leadership Podcast on The Accessibility of a Leader this week and was struck by one particular scripture reference he used. We all know the story of Nehemiah and how he decided he needed to rebuild the wall around the city of Jerusalem.  That was a clear and major focus.  But like with any of us, even when we are doing something important, there are the inevitable interruptions.  In Nehemiah 6:3, he replied to one urgent request on his time:  “I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down:  why should the … Read More