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:…

Journey or Destination?

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We work on a project for months hoping to get recognized after it is completed. What if recognizing our own growth during the project work was the real payoff? We jump on a plane to get somewhere (we are excited to get back to doing that). What if one of the best parts is the plane…

Reflection… The Mirror Within

Success is a reflection of your commitment to excellence.  And this is certainly the kind of year for reflection. As the young lion looks at his reflection in the river, a rumbling voice from the heavens bellows, "Look inside yourself, Simba. You are more than you have become." It is the voice of Mufasa talking to…

A Leader Is….

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A leader is a beacon of hope. She is the first one in line to take actions to support her followers. She looks at the horizon to anticipate opportunities and obstacles so she can clear the path for her team. She is all about serving others. She exists to make individuals and teams their best.…

Trees are Like People

Last week, I shared the account of a high school student’s suicide and a local professor’s compelling and practical message to her classmates. The next day, I received a note from a gifted photographer and friend, Tom Fox. Tom’s images and words are featured in The Nature of Excellence gift book that has inspired many thousands worldwide. With Tom’s…

What’s Your Reflection?

Without a doubt, your personal integrity is your most prized possession. Each day, that integrity is constantly tested, and you have an opportunity to prove it or lose it with every decision you make. Doing the right thing is not always the easiest thing – but it is always the right thing to do. Choosing…

Have a Need? Help Someone Succeed!

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The late, great Zig Ziglar spoke truth!  He still speaks truth today through his super son, Tom. My absolute favorite Zig quote is, "You can get everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want." During trying times, people tend to focus on meeting their own needs. I certainly do!  That's when I replay…