A Moment to Invest

In 7 Moments… that Define Excellent Leaders some of my favorite stories appear under a moment to invest.  Here is one of them… In the late 1890s, two young men were working their way through Stanford University when, during the semester, their funds got desperately low, and they came up with the idea of engaging Ignacy Paderewski,…

Zooming (of a different sort) to Work Smarter

The human brain is the defining aspect of our humanity. It separates us from every other life form. The gift of thought unites us. We can begin thinking about our own thinking by the time we are nine years old. Cognitive scientists at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas at Dallas…

Quit Getting Comfortable

Comfort certainly has its advantages—our comfy chair in the living room, a comfortable routine at work, a comfortable relationship. With all the advantages of comfort, here are some things you should know about the comfort zone before you explore the edge. The comfort zone is where most of life is played. It is certainly where…

Impact

Here is an excerpt from Leadership Matters. It contains 31 daily insights to inspire extraordinary results. day 14: Impact Contrary to the lyrics from a classic rock song, one is not the loneliest number. But it is the most important number! Your thoughts, words, and actions are like individual notes that work in concert to create the…

Who’s Your B.E.S.T. Team?

The strength of our relationships is perhaps the greatest measure of the quality of our lives. It is also a key predictor of our sense of internal joy and contentment. Our relationships should be the place where we act our best and give our best. Strong relationships are built on two-way streets – they must…

5 Ways to Create More Mental Space

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Today's hyperactive and attention-demanding world makes reflection no easy task. Nonetheless, we still must find a way to carve out "mental space" so we can think clearly, plan, reflect, and dream. Peter Drucker, the father of modern management, expressed the value of reflection years ago, even when the world was not so information-rich and time-poor. He said,…

Best Weekend To-Do List Ever!

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If you’re like us, you have more to-do’s than time. So, here is one to-do list you probably rarely think of but is vital to our sustained personal effectiveness. It’s simple: Play, Rest and Think. Play It’s easy to disregard playing as trivial, especially when there are so many “serious” things we need to do: problems…

11 Reflections from Maya Angelou

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When the great American poet, the late Maya Angelou, reflected on her life and learnings she said, “I’ve learned that… No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.You can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things:…