More articles in category: Leadership

Isn’t puberty a beautiful thing?

I once coached a 7th grade middle school football team. I handled the defensive side of the ball and also coached the ‘B’ team. For those who don’t know, that is the term for the players who don’t get much opportunity to play in the games that count for the record, ‘A’ team games.

Football is very hard work. (Well, duh. Go ahead and roll your eyes at me for stating t…

Your Relationship with Yourself Sets the Tone

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Your Relationship with Yourself Sets the Tone for Every Other Relationship You Have



Relationships are a key focus in our everyday lives. Between friends and family, we are constantly striving to maintain a level of balance.


In the current sta…

Walk It Like I Talk It

Walk the walk. Talk the talk. Not a new notion. Have you ever thought about what it means to walk the walk and talk the talk, though? 

To me, it can go two ways (maybe you can think of more): 

you’re either DOING the things you proclaim you’ll DO and SAYING the things you need and want to SAY, or you’re DOING the things you THINK you should DO and …

Who is responsible?

Who is responsible for results in the workplace, the leadership or the employees? There are differing points of view on this so I want to dig a little deeper and ask you to think about it too.

From an employees point of view they will usually say it is the leadership that is failing when things go wrong, but it is them that produces the results when tings go righ…

How to Earn a Promotion at Work – Part1

If you are employed, you understand that part of your job satisfaction is due your ability to see improvement in your work through salary increases and a promotion. But did you know that in a recent Gallup poll of 142 countries and 230,000 employees only 13% felt fully engaged and satisfied at work? Only 13%.


I’m going to give you specific strategies, whi…

Mentor and Coach

How long do you think you need to employ a mentor and a coach?

This is not a trick question. When you look at any person who has sustained success they have a coach and also mentors. So why do people who appear to have it all maintain the services of a coach and mentors? Simple – they want to keep growing!

I am a coach and a mentor to many people and I spend a …

Can You Trust Your Map Maker?

As many of you know, I’m a huge fan of Jim Stovall’s. I read his book awhile back, The Millionaire Map, and it became my inspiration for a Featured Author series on one of my blogs.

I’ve alre…

Give to go up – being a servant leader

Zig Ziglar said “If you help people get what they want, they will help you get what you want”

This is the essence of servant leadership and it sums up the sentiment of give to go up. I have modified this saying slightly as previously I heard it described as: You have to give up to go up. I don’t believe that you are giving something up, you merely need to giv…


I was getting ready to broadcast a high school basketball game, when an older gentleman sat down beside me. (Older? OMG; he was my age! Yikes! When did that happen?!?…but I digress) He asked if he could get a recording of the previous Saturday’s girls’ Regional Championship game. I assured him that I could get one for him. I knew they won by a narrow margin so I asked how i…

Leadership responsibility

I was inspired this morning by words that came from Simon Sinek: Leadership is not a license to do less. Leadership is a responsibility to do more.

This may seem like an obvious statement but how many leaders have you seen in the past that seem to coast along once they get the “title” of leader? I have noticed it on many occasions and often wondered why this hap…

Confident or Arrogant???

There’s a fine line between confidence and arrogance. This is especially true given both entail a strong belief in one’s own abilities. When it comes to the responses they provoke, however, that’s where the similarities end.

Confidence gets hired; arrogance is shown the door. Building confidence takes work; arrogance is simple. In fact, it’s easy to come off as arr...

Grow Your “NO!”

A friend and I were on the phone last week and we did a pretty good job of celebrating our own private little pity party. You know what I mean…. those times when someone asks you how you are and you launch into the list of things you are not satisfied with about yourself and your life.

“I am so overwhelmed trying to get ready to deliver this p…

Be better today

In the past I have fallen into the common trap of striving for perfection and I now understand that this is not the way to go. I am sorry to burst your bubble but, perfection does not exist! While it is a strong belief of mine that we should have very high expectations, if we are only looking for perfection we are constantly going to be disappointed.

Your goal for …

Transition Time 3: Making Plans!

Now that you have your headline for the future you wish to create, and have brainstormed at least 20 different ideas…

Never Judge A Book By Its Cover

John was one of my football players. When I gave him that, “toughen up,” speech, as coaches tend to do, I saw more bobble head doll than hard-nosed football player. Fast-forward a couple of years. John came to play baseball for me. He had grown a little but he was still very thin and without the shoulder pads, there was just not much to him. He was anything but physically i…

Out of the Mouths of Babes: Part Deux

Leadership. Since I just know you were glued to my last article, you are aware that leadership comes in many different forms and from many different sources. Sometimes, even getting the message to the right person about where the leadership comes from takes a surprising route 

I once coached a football player for three years and during that time, I never saw a p…

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Leadership comes in many forms, and from many resources: sometimes even from your players. Yes, your players! With coaches, there is one leadership style that is more prevalent than the others. That is the old fashioned, fire and brimstone approach often accompanied by a lot of yelling. That is the kind of coaching I grew up with and it was effective. My teammates all seeme…

Are you a problem finder or a problem solver?

Problems are all around us. 

You don’t have to look hard to find them. 

When you go to McDonald’s you can quickly experience what poor customer service is like. That is a problem. Every time I go shopping at Walmart I can never find anyone to help me! That is a problem. When I try to play my Playstation 3 and the system goes out. That is a big…

Transition Time!

In a little over a month, I will be turning 60 years old. Wow. How the heck did that happen? As so many have noted before me, time has flown by. Just yesterday I was 16 and getting my driver’s license. Or something like that.

Life is full of transitions. Some seem to subscribe to the notion that they can avoid discomfort in life by getting everything “just right.”…

How do you respond to success?


The feelings we get when we think of that word vary greatly. 

Some will begin to daydream. They will are with elation at the thought of what success could and does feel like. Joy fills them as they start engaging their dreams of success. The sheer happiness that fills them is incomprehensible. These are the people who either have success or live in…

Developing That Winning Attitude

Shaping a player’s attitudes for competition is an extremely important part of a player’s development. It might sound obvious, but they have to learn the proper attitude someplace. If you look at some of the attitudes of people in today’s world, you wonder how in the heck they got that way. Well, I’m here to blame their youth league athletic coaches! No, not really. I just l…

Choices and Decisions

Have you heard the saying: hindsight is a wonderful thing? Hindsight is understanding a situation or event only after it has happened or developed. It would be a wonderful thing if we could have the benefit of hindsight whenever we were faced with making a decision, wouldn’t it? Sadly, this cannot happen by definition, however, we can develop our decision-making skills…

Who’s In Charge?

This story starts a week after this picture. (Do I look like I’m in charge here?)

Have you ever heard anyone say, “I wish I could lose some weight.”? How about, “I’m trying to quit smoking.”? I’m afraid I’ve never been very patient with people who said the latter. My answer was always the same. “Don’t tell me that. Either quit or don’t quit, but don’t tell me yo...

I’m Created for Greatness!

“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.” Bob Marley

“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” William Shakespeare

The TRUTH is – Men – we have been created for greatness! The PROBLEM i…

Inspiring Greatness

After watching a rather disappointing performance by a high school football team, I ran into one of the seniors on the team. The first half was good, but the second half was anything but. I asked this player what his football coach had said at halftime of the game. What he told me was very disheartening.

I could tell he was very discouraged when he said, in a ve...

The Path of Life

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost

There aren’t any feelings quite like the sudden rush that consumes us when we decide to pursue a dream. Ambition sits behind the wheel while unease occupies the passenger seat. With all personal belief set aside, we can all agree that this life …

Developing That Winning Attitude (Still)

Shaping a player’s attitudes for competition is an extremely important part of a player’s development. It might sound obvious but: they have to learn the proper attitude someplace. If you look at some of the attitudes of people in today’s world, you wonder how in the heck they got that way. Well, I’m here to blame their youth league athletic coaches! No, not really. I jus…

Dealing With Difficult People

Last week, I talked about the importance of teaching your community how to relate to one another. I also promised that I would teach you how to handle the difficult people that inevitably show up in any community without doing damage to the environment you are trying to build. Because how you handle the difficult people will impact what people think about your leadership mo...

Every Play, Every Day

Following is a very short excerpt from my book. It is the beginning of a larger point but this sub-point(?) is very important in business and, well, life in general. How many times have you seen people who work in positions for which they are not particularly well-suited? Ah, yes, the Peter Principle rears its ugly head once again.

Look at what happens to the most su…

Teaching Community How To Relate To One Another

The key to community is relationships. Every relationship requires rules and boundaries in order to stay healthy and active. People need to know what to expect, when to expect it, what is okay to do, and what is not okay to do. As a group leader, you will set the tone and the expectations for the relationships in your group. The people in that group will follow your lead….

Teaching Community How To Relate To One Another

The key to community is relationships. Every relationship requires rules and boundaries in order to stay healthy and active. People need to know what to expect, when to expect it, what is okay to do, and what is not okay to do. As a group leader, you will set the tone and the expectations for the relationships in your group. The people in that group will follow your lead. …

Problem Child/Problem Parent (Part Deux)

This is a very abbreviated version of all that went on, but you’ll get the idea.

I was a part (well, a bystanding part) of a great solution to the problem of an irate, but clueless, parent. This was in my first year of coaching and it was football. I was assisting a 24 year old kid who, in addition to his vast football knowledge was also very adept at handling peopl…

The Most Important Thing A Leader Needs To Do


You’re reading this because you are one.

You know it deep in your soul.

Some aren’t and that’s okay.

I’m always amazed at the people I meet who know they aren’t meant to lead. And I admire them.

They have their own important purpose here, and it manifests in the most spectacular ways.

But this message, it’s specificall...

Problem Parent/ Problem Child (Part I)

IV. Problem Child/Problem Parent

       When you embark on the arduous task of the upcoming season, you naively may assume that everyone else is as positive and as eager to work together as you are. (Tsk, tsk, tsk, silly coach.) Not everyone shares your optimism. And not everyone is as wonderfully charming and easy to get along with as you are. Sometimes there i…

Better Communication Assumptions

You have heard me speak before of the incredible complexity of communication between people, how much is truly going on and how vast the chances for miscommunication are. We are limited by our vocabulary and the very nature of imprecise words, using them as representations of large amounts of information, experience and input. And most people you encounter do not realize t…

Developing that Winning Attitude

During one of the early preseason talks with a team, I will talk about our approach for the first game. I stipulate that veterans keep their mouths shut (because they already know the answer) and I ask the players if they know who our opponent is the first week. I do this a week and a half or so before that game so chances are the players don’t have the schedule memor…

Tips for an Organized Life

We want to be more organized as this will save us time and money. Below are some tips that will do just that! You can save yourself some time from needlessly searching for items and money because you are not throwing away expired food. These tips will change your life.

Save Time and Money 

  1.  Have a weekly meal planner. This way you only buy the i…
Drawing Your Fans Into Community

Over the last 15 weeks, I’ve taught you why you should write a book and how to begin doing so, how to edit the book once its done, and then how to brand, market, and sell the book. Over the last four months, I’ve taught you to rewrite your money story and fix the money guilt so you can put the money you receive to work for you instead of working for it and then how to serv…

Go Stand On The Block

The title of this article is the title of a chapter in my book. It is a basketball reference in which the coach tells his players exactly what to do – and only that. I coach players to think the game, not just obey. Following is one of several examples from that chapter. While I certainly see the need for discipline in my players, it is extremely important that they kno…

Why Do You Want to be a Coach?

           There are all sorts of reasons why people get involved coaching youth sports. Maybe their wives encourage them as a way of coaxing uninvolved dads to spend more time with their sons. Maybe they are afraid little Johnny won’t get to play unless Dad is the coach. Maybe they can see that multi-million dollar payoff at the signing of the big professional contrac…

Is Motivation Enough?

There exists a huge business and personal development coaching industry, promoting the importance of setting and achieving goals. It is widely believed that “Self-Motivation is the key to Success” both in business, and in our personal lives. Motivational Gurus teach business leaders and managers how to motivate their teams to achieve more productivity.

Many managers…

Designed to Dominate

What’s your purpose? What were you created to do? Who are you meant to be? Why are you here? These are just some of the questions that people ask themselves. I think that it’s safe to deduce that every manufacturer designs his or her product with just the right components, engineered to fulfill the function that the product was created to perform. In essence, the purp…

Public Speaking Tips ( Part 4 )

How many of you reading this are terrified of public speaking? The numbers say three out of every four people are afraid of public speaking. More people are afraid of public speaking than death! Isn’t that crazy?!? People would rather die, than to get on stage in front of people. However, there is help for people like you! I am going to share a few tips I have learned ov…

Future YOU

I put away the last big box of Holiday decorations tonight, carrying it out into the back yard in the dark. For a minute I thought I might need a flashlight as I fumbled in the over-stuffed shed where it lives most of the year, trying to find a place to put it. Then I remembered that I might have left an open spot on a shelf for it. Sure enough, I felt around and found it,…


“Then why don’t they coach that way?”

           That was the answer I received when, after completing this book, I ran into Don, a person I had coached against a dozen years prior. I told him about the book, not to promote it but because he is in the book. I told him that it is directed at helping coaches develop the right attitude toward how to best help their pla…

Public Speaking Tips ( Part 3 )

How many of you reading this are terrified of public speaking? The numbers say three out of every four people are afraid of public speaking. More people are afraid of public speaking than death! Isn’t that crazy?!? People would rather die, than to get on stage in front of people. However, there is help for people like you! I am going to share a few tips I have learned o…

Become the creator of your life

It occurs to me that most of us are living below our full potential as we let our fears and limiting beliefs create our reality. That we are most often, the victim of our life rather than the creator of our life.

We have inherited most of our fears and limiting beliefs from our youth, from our parental and societal conditioning. We adopted the beliefs of the world …

Considering working from home?

Don’t all of the work from home programs start about the same? Each has the same premise, with a slightly different pathetic story that ends in how they made thousands working from home and starting out with nothing. Ok, so has anyone reading this been laid off, quit your job, or have been fired? How much time do you spend in your life thinking if only I could work f…

No Title Required

“The more challenging the conditions, the more marvelous the opportunities”, writes Robin Sharma in his book called “The Leader Who Had No Title”. This book is a modern fable describing success both in business and in life.

An easy, enlightening read. Full of priceless nuggets to help you champion your game -mentally, physically, emotionally …

These Aren’t Resolutions


 I just kicked off the New Year and my birthday simultaneously. The reason I enjoy my birthday being on January first is it is congruent with leaving the old year to usher in the new. I know people make resolutions every first of January. I also know many of those resolutions become inactive before January leaves. A resolution is the attempt to resolve your short...

Hello, SELF.

If you ask me what my New Years Resolution was I would say its to find out who I am. ~Cyril Cusack

As the year ends I find myself reflecting on not only this last year but all of the years that lie behind me. From the beginning I thought I knew it all. I thought that everything that has happened FOR me was all part of the journey. The journey of self discovery. As …

2018: Your Best Chapter Ever!

It is the end of the year and we are all being blasted with last-ditch attempts to move us to action before the 31st, all reminders to “buy now and save!” in one way or another. Thankfully, right around the corner is January 1st, the New Year. The Big Kahuna of fresh starts and the greatest opportunity we get to write our next, best life chapter.

I love a new slat…


At this time of year, especially right after Christmas many individuals start to turn their attention towards the new year.  And with the new year comes new hopes and dreams and of course possibilities.    We even know that there will be challenges in that new year also but we hold some of those thoughts at bay while we focus on the brighter future a…

One Hack To Letting Things Roll Off You

Jill knocked on her bosses door, “Morris, you asked to see my outline for the upcoming event.  I have it ready for you.” Jill placed the paper on his desk.

Without looking up at her, Morris snatched the paper up and started reading.  Halfway through he let out a sigh, then put the paper down. “Fine.”

“Fine?” Jill asked.

“Yes, it looks fine.”  Morris …

Public Speaking Tips ( Part 2 )

How many of you reading this are terrified of public speaking? The numbers say three out of every four people are afraid of public speaking. More people are afraid of public speaking than death! Isn’t that crazy?!? People would rather die, than to get on stage in front of people. However, there is help for people like you! I am going to share a few tips I have learned over…

Thanks For Visiting!

 Making a good first impression can make or break the outcome of a potential business deal. In my last two articles, Welcome To My Workplace and Your Guest Has Arrived …

Public Speaking Tips ( Part 1 )

How many of you reading this are terrified of public speaking? The numbers say three out of every four people are afraid of public speaking. More people are afraid of public speaking than death! Isn’t that crazy?!? People would rather die, than to get on stage in front of people. However, there is help for people like you! I am going to share a few tips I have learned over ...



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Personal Development


 When things happen, whether bad or good we often ask why? Why did…

Your Guest Has Arrived!

 Technology has changed the way we do business, allowing business owners, companies and organizations to host more meetings virtually. There are still times when we need to have a face to face meeting to truly establish rapport and confirm this is someone I want to do business with. With less face to face meetings, we have begun to lose our in-person hosting skills whic…

5 Skills of World-Caliber Business Owners

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Research shows that as many as 60 percent of businesses in existence today are struggling. This research is not about the companies that are failing, yet. These companies are struggling with growth. They are doing well, they are profitable, they are servicing their customers but they just can’t break through that ceiling. The old sayin…

Welcome To My Workplace

Regardless if you are a solopreneur or a leader in a large corporation, first impressions can make or break a business deal. Although many meetings are now held virtually, some of the most critical business meetings still take place in person. If someone is coming to visit you in the workplace, you must strive to make them feel welcome and make a great first impression….

3 Key Foundation

Today, most people want to be a leader. This can be an admirable endeavor when done properly. Who doesn’t want to be the best at what they do? The bigger question I pose however is, “Who’s willing to pay what it costs to get there?” This is not to suggest that we should empty our pockets through bribery to make it to the top positions. What I am suggesting is going through …

6 Ways to Ease Tough Conversations For Your Board

The best laid plans for delivering premium service do not always work. Effective nonprofits begin by looking at things they can control before going outside to discover what went wrong. When emphasis is on doing an external scan, problems inside the organization go unnoticed.

Dedicated people in nonprofits do not set out to be ineffective at solving social problems. M…

The Power of Mentors

If you want to go further faster, you will do it with a mentor. 

Quill Cloud

I recently started doing Bikram Yoga again. Yoga isn’t cheap (and I’m very cheap). I thought about it for weeks and even toiled with the idea of just doing yoga in my living...

Human Partnerships vs Product Partnerships

What is leadership? Is it more than science, art, or is it just a skill? Each leader must look inward and understand that the ability for a leader is more than science, art, or a skill. Instead leadership is meeting the needs of the people that are around you as a leader. As leaders we need to make human partnerships that will lead to success of a vision, goal, …

Be A Great CEO? Start With The Man In The Mirror!

The role of a CEO in a company cannot be overstated. A good CEO is the best sales person, a marketing expert, a savant of financial tracking and a politician. If you are considering founding your own company or aspire to hit the top C-level job in a major corporation, then you better start developing your attention to detail and multi-tasking a…

Demonstrate How You Make a Difference

Step 4 of the process of Building High Performance Nonprofits is to Clearly Define the Value You Provide. Here you answer the questions, what problems do we solve? Why would people turn to us to solve these problems instead of someone else? What do we do exceptionally well? Your mission tells others about an opportunity to partner with you to solve problems…

Personal Power

Personal power is derived from the followers. The leader, using his or her expertise or force of personality, earns it by gaining the trust, admiration, and respect of the followers. It is divided into two categories, expert power and referent power.10 When this power is applied through the use of appropriate influencing techniques, it is very effective in gaining co…

Staying on Track; Measure the Things That Matter

Staying on Track is the third step to building a high-performance nonprofit. This is done by Measuring or Evaluating, what works, what needs to be changed, and examining new things to consider. By the time we reach this point, all of the gaps identified in step 1 are being filled through outsourcing or colla…

What makes a good leader?

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles, but today it means getting along with people.—Gandhi

There is a lot of literature out there defining the term ‘what makes a good leader’. What can we learn from the wealth of research and articles?

Here are some qualities we should be looking for in a good l…

Creating Effective Action Plans

‘The process of defining your foundations is not merely an academic exercise. While it does require considerable effort up front, it will save lots of time and create greater focus later. The time it takes will be saved in the long run, leading to better outcomes for your organization and the people you serve.

Once you have completed this inventory, you have the bui…

Church Hurt At It’s Best

 As the tears roll down my cheeks. I’m left with the broken heart of a misunderstood spirit. Sometimes you don’t know how big your heart really is until you have to sit back and say nothing while people brush you under the rug after you helped them. My heart is huge. I spend my entire life trying to push people to their full potential, give where I can, but sometimes I…

Finding your Passion

We all know that one person. They succeed at EVERYTHING. Seriously, no matter the task, new job, parenting, bringing people together – they succeed. Literally everything they ever touch turns to gold. They all make it look so easy. Of course sometimes it can be pure luck, but often it’s just a lot of behind the scenes good old fashioned hard work.

So of…

Find a new approach

 Everyone expects to live to be one hundred years old. Everyone wants to be the one to make it to one hundred years old. What do we do with our lives until we make it to the big one hundred? Many of us won’t make it to the big one hundred, but we all dream that we will. 

 Everyone spends their free time searching for true friends, true love, or true success. Is any …

Defining Your Foundations

Defining Your Foundations is the First Step to Building a High Performance Nonprofit Organization. High performance in any field is built upon a solid foundation. Nonprofit organizations are no exception in this regard. Ingredients for a solid foundation are strong core values, strengths; clear understanding of existing gaps, and a process for continuous improvemen…

Never Forget Where It Started

 A little over five years ago, after 24+ years of military service, I held my retirement ceremony. The ceremony was attended by colleagues, friends and family all of which I was honored by their presence. It was a great ceremony, lots of fun and I am still very grateful to all who made the day happen.

 What many people didn’t know was my decision to join the militar…

Everybody needs a mentor

 As a little girl I used to dream crazy dreams about all the things that people who grow up to chase “GREATNESS” dream about. I was a misunderstood child and kind of an outcast at school. I faced a lot of bullying. I was shy and timid. I wasn’t the prettiest child either. I got made fun almost every day. I’d go home crying hoping I never have to go back. As I’d go home cryin…

4 Steps to Building a High Performance Nonprofit

When Jim Collins wrote the books “Built to Last,” and “Good to Great,” he was defining what it took for an organization to make lasting pos…

H.O.T. Leadership

Would you follow you?

I’m currently contributing a chapter to a book on women’s mentorship and leadership, and as I’m writing this chapter for this book, I find myself in a constant state of query – questioning EVERYTHING I know about leadership.

Like, what really makes a leader?

I’ve read hundreds of books, taken the courses – heck, I even remember bein...

Fog of Change

As with anything leaders need to help clear the fog when it come to making changes within the organization. You may have heard of a term used in the military called the ‘Fog of War’ well there is ‘Fog of Change’. Strategic change doesn’t happen on its own. Effective leaders guide the process from the start to finish. But without good communication the ‘Fog of Change’ se…

The Irresistible Power of StorySpeak

What is StorySpeak?

When Warren Buffett, the second richest man in the US and holder of the unofficial title “America’s Greatest StorySpeaker” was asked, “Do you enjoy your work?” He replied, “I tap-dance to work.” That’s StorySpeak.

Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a Dream” speech was delivered in StorySpeak, as was Steve Jobs’ legendar…

Are You a Successful Change Leader

Change management research has demonstrated time after time that organizational change initiatives fail more often than they succeed, despite the resources put into creating change management processes.

In our fast changing world, the strategic imperative to change is often clear: without doing things differently, our company is unlikely to continue doing anything …

Who Bears Responsibility for Fundraising?

This question stirs up many emotions and draws a wide range of responses in nonprofit circles, especially when posed to board members and trustees. In a recent discussion on Boardsource, opinions ranged from none to their primary responsibility. Reality is somewhere in the middle.

On the full responsibility side, it’s difficult to make a case to ask someone els…

Practicing What We Preach

“If someone said that to me, I know what I would say”

“Well, if that happened to me, I would’ve done something totally different.”

We all face conflict whether it’s with family, friends or co-workers. How many times have we given advice on how to handle situations surrounded by conflict? Or do we question ourselves following a negative inte…

Leadership – Why Should People Follow You?


By H. Roy Austin, CPA, CMA, MBA

“Effective leaders are made, not born. They learn from trial and error and from experience.” – Colin Powell

All organizations rise and fall according to their leadership. Today, many companies, once giants in their industry, either no longer exist or are...


Is your decision to stop being in-decisive? If you’re anything like me, you know there is a certain uneasiness when you make a decision and it’s not the right decision. Your mind is constantly looking for ways to justify that you are on the right path, but you know something doesn’t feel right. The hardest thing to do at this point is admitting you are heading…

Survival Mode

 As a child I used to dream about what I would become when I grew up. I remember I collected a lot of stuffed animals. I remember playing with my dollhouse. I remember playing with marbles. I remember the popular gadget at the time was a nano. I remember how we used to drive the teachers and our parents crazy because we would feed our nano. Today, children have fidget …

Pitching for Profit


“I went back and checked,” Kevin O’Leary said in a recent interview, “and it turns out that every person who got a deal on Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den, without exception, was able to connect and articulate their business idea in 90 seconds or less.” To illustrate what Kevin means here’s an excerpt from page 251 of Convince Them in 90 Secon…


The Essence of Visioneering

Although you may have impeccable technical, analytical, designing, etc. skills, often that is not enough. Mindset and skill sets are two independent yet inter-dependent pillars to a flourishing business.

The essence of visioneering is the skill to create detailed mental pictures of the results you intend to ...

Party your Way to the Top


On March 16th, 2008 Jussi Karppinen closed his office door in downtown Helsinki, sat down at his desk and Googled “borrow money.” On the other side of the door his staff of twenty-five realtors plodded about their business convinced any day soon would be their last.

“My company was suffering from the financial crisis.” Jussi e…

Women in Sales and How to Stand Out

A smart man not so long ago (we will say 50 years) made a wise decision to instrumentally place a woman in a sales position and never questioned himself again. Don’t we wish ladies? If only it was as easy as that. Don’t get me wrong, We have made tremendous leaps in the work force and women no longer feel as threaten by sexual harassment but, with women naturally being …

The difference between “complete” and “finished?”

No dictionary has been able to adequately explain the difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED. At a recent linguistic conference held in London, England, and attended by some of the best linguists in the world: Samsundar Balgobin from Guyana, took the first prize.

His final challenge was this: Some say there is no difference between COMPLETE and FINISHED. Please ex…

Why Art Matters For Human Survival More Than Ever!

Here is your first lesson of “imagination”. Imagine a world with no color, music, story, dance, ideas, etc. You just Imagined a world without these innate human attributes which ARE necessary for survival.  It is a pre-requisite to being a human.

Why is this so much more important than ever before?

Long are the days, where IBMs, and analytics of...

Where’s your enthusiasm?

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Several years ago, I agreed to go to a meeting in place of a coworker who was on maternity leave. I had no idea what I was getting into, but was simply excited just get out of my office. The meeting was with a group of college faculty from different disciplines who had way more degre…

Paralysis by Analysis

“Well Ted, the analytics tells us that Waldo will hit a home run every 2.876 times when he is hitting on a Friday afternoon with the wind blowing in from left field and the sky is overcast. Today is a perfect day for Waldo with the sky overcast and the wind blowing in from left field and its a Friday afternoon. So look out fences when Waldo comes up to bat.”

Have …

What Is The Authority Factory?

So, by now many of you have taken note of the incredible work that is being done at the Authority Factory. 


You haven’t heard of it?

The Authority Factory is a program that recently emerged out of 15 years of experience that I collected as I have been building my speaking career, my books, my company and my personal desire to h...

Imagination rules the world

“Imagination rules the world.” Napoleon Bonaparte – Emperor

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Albert Einstein – Theoretical Physicist and Genius

Great orators and communicators rely on their ability to feed that imagination with what it likes best; pictures, sounds, feelings, smells and tastes. 

Ask any high school student w…

Building Trust – Part 4: We Are What We DO!

“We are what we repeatedly do.” Aristotle, ancient Greek philosopher and scientist

Welcome back to our adventure in discovering the proven ways we can build trust.

As I’ve shared earlier, trust is a natural outgrowth of countless actions, words, thoughts and intentions. We have to be willing to take action on a daily basis to...

Do you Give or Ask for Feedback?

Reading Time: 130 Seconds

Feedback –“Information about reactions to a product, a person’s performance of a task, etc. which is used as a basis for improvement.” 

We all make mistakes in our lives and if we are sensible we will take the opportunity to try and learn fr...

12 Traits of Great Leaders- Part 3

Reading Time: 60 Seconds

This is the concluding article of three where I have discovered some traits Great Leaders display for you to think about… Hope you have enjoyed them… 

Trait 9 Thoughtful

Generally people like and warm to those who are considerate and thoughtful of others and be aware of those around them. Th…

You were made for GREATNESS!

You must have plans to become successful. You must have plans to become great. I know the world’s probably been unfair to you. You spent so many days lonely saving the world. You spent so many nights crying feeling under-appreciated. You try so hard to dedicate your life to something – humanity work, a cause, family, a career. The only thing you ever seem to meet is:…

Are You a “Manager” or a TEAM LEADER?

I’ve always had an issue with the word “Manager”. To me the word has a negative/hard tone to it. It reminds me of the old days of food service manager who yells at his/her workers on an assembly line. In my head I see the bean boss, screaming at their workers with no care or concern for them as people. They are a number and a place holder who works for them and for a paych…

A Leader’s Place at the Table

Walking into most board rooms today, I see a typical setup with large rectangular tables. It has been a custom throughout the ages for leaders to sit at the head of a large table. Looking from the entry at the far end is a chair that is larger and a little more plush that the others around the table. This view is less than inviting, especially if you are go…

7 Tips On How To Pull Off A Presentation

It’s Presentation Time! (Yay!)

Does the idea of doing a presentation make you want to run and hide?

Perhaps your grades depend on a dazzling oral demonstration of your knowledge, or the direction of your job hangs in the balance. My advice?

Be prepared, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

How would you like 7 Tips On How To Pull Off A Pr…

Winning Self-Published Authors – Part Two

As you probably know, there are a TON of services, people and programs offering to make you a successful self-published author easily and quickly. The problem is, their definition of “successful” may only mean that you end up holding something you can call your own book in your own hands. I have worked with many people who have bought this dream not knowing that it will tak…

Winning Self-Published Authors – Part One

For those of us who love books, the self-publishing industry is the greatest thing since sliced bread. Becoming a published author is a breeze compared to the old days, which gives us more to read than ever before. On top of that, those of us who want to write our own book have a much easier time of it.

But becoming successful in self-publishing is not a sl…

12 Traits of Great Leaders – Part Two

A continuation from last weeks article about traits of great leaders….

  • Trait 5- Sorry

A great leader is not afraid to say they are sorry when something has gone wrong. This may or may not have been their fault but regardless the strong leader does what is needed to make amends to this situation. A weak leader blames everyone e...

There’s no substitute for the real thing.


When we bond face-to-face, the “seeking” emotions trigger the release of a feel-good chemical inside us called dopamine: and we feel energy and pleasure. If we like and trust the person, the calming and “satisfaction” rewards of oxytocin and serotonin are triggered to balance the highly addictive effects of the dopamine.

When we...

12 Traits of Great Leaders- Part One

Reading time: 60 Seconds

What makes a great leader? What makes a weak leader?

Read on whilst I share with you some traits that great leaders have and examples of the traits they display. This is the first of three articles:

In my experience I have worked for only a few peopl…

For The Matriarchs

This is not your regular Mother’s Day post.

I have more to say than some nice sentimental hallmark card to the mother’s out there.

This is a call to arms for mothers around the world. Almost a ‘KICK IT UP A NOTCH’ post that I dare you to not just read, but implement in your life as a MOM of ANY AGE!

See here’s the thing MOMMIES – You aren’t really playin...

The #1 Risk-Takers Advantage
“A ship is always safe at the shore but that’s not what it’s built for.” Albert Einstein.

The British have a wonderful tradition called a “Gap Year.” It’s a year taken off by a student between secondary school and higher education. Generally it involves a trip to a distant land to make or break it on your own. Parents typically pay for the tick…

Pastors and Marital Affairs

 I grew up in the church. I sat through multiple sermons. In every church; behind every pulpit is a handsome man in one way or another. We love to praise that man or we love to hate that man. He either reminds us of things we need to change in ourselves or he helps us find a better way to live. He does it all through God and the bible of whatever doctrine of denomination…


This past week I was fortunate enough to attend a training conference in Las Vegas with my amazing wife and a bunch of friends we made through our Social Marketing Business. While, I’m not going to elaborate on that business in this article, I invite you to reach…

Clean Up To Move Up

 “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” ~ Proverb

 There are so many different things that come up in our lives. Things that we struggle with but you know something new will come, tomorrow will come, spring will come. During the winter months we often shut ourselves in, almost hiding ourselves from the world. I know …

Volunteers Make the Special Olympics Special

Everyone has watched the Olympic games held around the world every four years. Less known are the Special Olympics and the special gift the competition gives, not only to the Olympians but to the volunteers as well.

What are the Special Olympics?

Unlike the Paralympics, Olympic Games for those with physical disabilities, the Special Olympics, …

These are the People In My Neighbourhood #1

Dear Friends, Neighbours, & Readers,

I am very proud to introduce Neil Damackine the founder and the heart of Construction ND Inc. 

Before I give you every reason to work with Construction ND Inc., let me talk to you a little about my dear ...

Leadership vs Technology – Could Cause War

Have you ever heard of the concept “Managing by Wandering Around”? Tom Peters wrote several books in the 70’s thru the 90’s dealing with Excellence, In Search of Excellence, A Passion for Excellence, and Thriving on Chaos, in each of these books he writes about leadership getting out from behind the desk and talking with the people of the diffe...

Learn To Be Still

Recently I was doing a radio interview and the radio host had asked if there was one thing that I learned later in life that I wish I could go back and be better at. The host waited for my answer, which I responded to automatically, but I seemed to catch the interviewer off guard with my response. I answered, “I wish I had learned to be still sooner in life and unders…

How to Tell if You Operate an Innovative Nonprofit

Nonprofits currently operate in an environment that requires measurable proof they create the impact they were meant to deliver. Impact seems to to be a term that is being overused in some circles. This is far from the case when it is used in the proper context. It’s also important to understand that this context is defined by the people the organization se…

Is corporate life unfulfilling?

I’m on the plane returning from a reunion in Europe of my university days there. It’s been 20 years since graduation. And 20 years is enough time to get frustrated about corporate life – and actually, it is plenty of time to get over the frustrations, too.

On the dance floor in the wee hours of last Saturday night I didn’t do statistics of the people who might have go…

Five Stages of Decision Making

Five Stages of Decision Making

Most of us rarely, if ever, consider the process we go through in making a decision. It’s just something we do. Yet understanding the process can provide a greater understanding of how to improve the outcomes of your decisions. Did you know there are five stages of decision making?

  • Una…
Why managing Generation Z is easier than you think

Look out, employers: Generation Z is just around the corner!

“Generation Z” (AKA Gen Z) is the latest generation to hit the workforce. However, not everyone agrees on who, exactly, belongs to it: some say it includes anyone born between the mid-1990s to mid-2000s, while others specify 1995-2012.

Regardless of your definition, this…

The Rehire Technique

One of the best tools to learn and teach to your leaders is what is called the rehire technique. This is demonstrated and spoken to in my book Shortcuts Get You Lost and it is truly an effective way of demonstrating to the recipient, this is where the rubber meets the road conversation.

We all hire and employ individuals for them to be successful, as their success is…

Creating A Sense Of Urgency

“What ideas or goals do you have that you keep putting off?” That is the overriding question that haunts us throughout the 12th chapter of T.J. Hoisington’s “If You Think You Can”. This short chapter is packed with warnings about how to use y...

5 Books By, For, and About Women in Business

If you are a woman in business –or are a friend, colleague or family member– these books are well worth a read for personal stories and actionable advice on strategies to help women reach their full potential in their careers, while advancing their families and companies at the same time. 

What Works: Gender Equality by Design, by Iris Bohnet (2016)


Fear Is Between Success & Failure

My father was a Drill Sargent before I was born. Our upbringing was a disciplined upbringing as it was my father’s natural nature. In addition, my father was a man that all through my life I never saw him display any fear. In fact, the only time I heard him speak of fear was when he knew he was dying of pancreatic cancer and he mentioned it once. But as we took care of him a…

The American Police Officer–Racist or Color Blind

The American Police Officer – Racist or Color Blind? 

In the wake of sensational media reports and the Department of Justice review of the Chicago Police Department, the politically incorrect question must be asked: are cops in America truly racist or has …

Family Matters -Part of my upcoming book – OneLife

Quill Cloud

When you talk about the five F’s faith, family, fitness, finance, and fun, family is obviously such an important part of life. We all know the routine definition of family, a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, con...

Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence

Dr. Robert Cialdini has spent his entire career researching the science of influencing and earning him an international reputation as an expert in the fields of persuasion, compliance and negotiation. His books including Influence, Science and Practice are the result of decades of peer reviewed research on why people comply with request. Influence has sold…

Leading vs. Managing

Excerpts from When the Glass Ceiling is Stained:

Leaders need managers. Managers need leaders.

Leaders are vision people. They see the big picture. What they often don’t see though are the steps that need to be taken to make that vision a reality. They need managers. Managers are the implementers of the leader’s vision. They instinctively know how to t…

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day Irony

A Day of Appreciation That Began With Tragedy

This Year’s Law Enforcement Appreciation day has begun on an incredibly tragic note for Florida officers and the Law Enforcement profession. Master Sergeant Debra Clayton of Orlando Police Department was shot to death after contacting a known murder suspect, while an Orange County Sheriff Deputy died fro…

Why you should NEVER choose a coach in January

What’s your New Year’s resolution? Hire a coach?  During the month of January, it’s a time when we are all vulnerable and caught up in the ritual of setting annual goals, making New Year’s resolutions – which by the way are often forgotten before January 31st.  For this reason, you should never hire a coach in January. 

First of all, have you noticed that there i…

How to Make a Difference – When No One Cares

Let’s Make It Matter!

As 2016 came to a close, I took some time to ponder the things in life that bothered me most, in the hopes of insight to making changes. I contemplated what was within my own power to change and what I could at least have an impact on. In today’s world, it’s easy to feel insignificant and powerless to affect any real or lasting change. We …

The Practice of Gratitude – Let’s Get Started

 In my last few articles I discussed the power of having a practice of gratitude which includes giving and...

The Practice of Gratitude During the Bad Times

 Over the last couple of articles I have written, I talked about the power of having a practice of gratitude which inc…

Play BIG! Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. Brian Tracy

Do you remember days as a kid when you’d step outside your comfort zone just for the fun of it? You may have felt a twinge of fear, but you shook it off and took a chan…

Developing The Responsibility Habit

Responsibility is a habit. At birth, we are responsible for nothing. As we mature, we learn responsibility much like we learn to walk and talk. Our level of responsibility is determined by the degree to which we take ownership of our actions, both good and bad. The scary part of responsibility is the fact that each of us is 100% in control of what we do. 

Repeated ...

Simple Tips To Help You Set Better Goals For 2017

As 2016 comes to the end, it’s worth taking the time to review how you did against your 2016 goals, and then look to see how you can use that information to help you set the right goals for 2017.

One of the things that I often notice is that as the year progresses some of the goals that I have set for that year become less relevant than they were at the start of th…

Resiliency Life Skills – Mindfullness

Resiliency is a buzz word in business and in our society today. We have been discussing how to use like skills to become resilient in our life. Last week we capitalized on our strengths by balancing your thinking. This week we want to learn how to use acceptance strategies by learning about being mindfulness. 

Rather than avoid negative thinking, deny that negative ev…