If you want to build a ship…

  “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea“.   Antoine de Saint-Exupery. That’s a great way to build things.  Help people catch the same vision you have.  People […]

Visualize your perfect week

This is a time management/personal success tip that I use.  Successful people have a habit of creating their own future.  They see their ideal future first, then consciously and unconsciously arrange actions to move them toward that ideal state. So the tip here is to create your perfect week in advance.  Make a list and […]

Ask vs Tell

The Social Style model is over 40 years old and is used by thousands of organizations to impact human relationships for the better. Social Style describes people on the assertive continuum from Ask to Tell.  Ask assertive people are slower to decide, ask more questions (because they are questioning every situation), are less aggressive, and […]

Make Each Pitch a Masterpiece

Several years ago I heard a pitching coach give some sage advice to an athlete that also applies to business, sales, and leadership.  “Make each pitch a masterpiece”.  Translation: don’t let any effort of yours be mediocre; make every effort your best.  With every pitch, the athlete must perform a masterpiece of a pitch, or […]

Choosing to be Accountable

Accountability is a key ingredient of success.  But we avoid it because it makes us uncomfortable.  It takes guts and humility to be held accountable but the results are so amazing that it’s worth it! We’ve all been held accountable for our words and deeds by our parents when we were younger.  Our parents may […]

Are we on the right path?

I went hiking with friends over the weekend on some unfamiliar trails in the mountains.  The trail was exciting but a little obscure in places.  Luckily for us there was a trail marker about every 15 minutes.  Their silent presence kept telling us: “you’re on the right path”. Wouldn’t it be great if everything in […]

What the CEO wants you to have:

I ask executives frequently if they want their people to have written goals.  They almost always answer “yes”.  I think most workers would assume the CEO doesn’t care about their goals.  He/she must be thinking about other, more noble (or financial) thoughts than what the average employee desires in life.  Well, they’re wrong; their goals are important to the boss.  Here’s […]