When Will The Leader Emerge?

In my work with student leaders I’m often asked how one becomes a leader. My first response: Lead yourself first. That’s a given in each and every situation. But there are other ways that one can move into a the role of a leader – whether you’re in a position or not. Here are some of my ideas: A leader …

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Most People Don’t Know What They Want

I was standing in a long line at my local coffee shop. I love this place. If you looked up the word “hotspot” in the dictionary, you’d see a picture of it. Everyone in front of me was on their phone. Heads down, tapping away. I watched each of them step up to the counter, put down their phone and …

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The Deltas In Your Life Require Leadership

When I hear people talk about wanting to be engaged in meaningful work, they’ll typically say something along the lines of I want to do something that makes a difference. It’s almost become cliche’ – this whole idea of making a difference. I will often follow up by asking about the kind of difference they want to make. Typically, they’ll …

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How To Turn Regret Into A Resource

You got any regrets in your life? Anything you wish you could go back and change or do differently? We all do. It’s kind of like asking you if you’re breathing. Yup…we all are. Some of us may struggle with those regrets. Wishing for a time machine. Kicking ourselves for what happened. Focusing on the past. All of that is …

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The Five Minute Shot

Do you enjoy staring at that one task you keep putting off…every single day? I want to introduce you to a technique that is giving me productivity super powers. I call it the Five Minute Shot. First, let’s get past all of the things the Five Minute Shot is NOT… It doesn’t involve any type of hyperdermic needles or injecting …

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The Rhodium Rule

The first step in any leadership journey is leading yourself. Leadership STARTS with you. Effective leadership requires (DEMANDS!) that you lead yourself well, not only for your own sake, but for the sake of others. This isn’t about selfishness. In fact, it’s the first and most necessary step toward selflessness. It starts with leading yourself well, because any attempt to …

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Create A Morning Ritual That Gets You Going

When I think about starting well, I’m not just thinking about projects or tasks. We get to practice starting well each and every day. That’s where I’m finding a lot of value. As I transitioned from working in a corporate environment to becoming a solopreneur (three months ago!), I sat down and wrote down what a perfect day would look …

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Someone With A Lot Less Is A Lot More Happy Than You

I’m currently working on a message I’m delivering this Sunday at a church where my friend is the pastor (you rock Doug!). Since I’m putting a lot of time into getting it ready, I thought I’d share a nugget of it with you. The focus of my talk is on learning to be content. That’s a lifelong lesson. I don’t …