“Once you have a burning yes inside you about what’s truly important, it’s very easy to say no to the unimportant.” — Stephen R. Covey I’ve always had a fascination with learning the back stories of successful people. Be they entrepreneurs, authors, musicians, sports icons, etc. How they attained their level of success has always been a source of curiosity for me. I read once where Plato wrote the first sentence of his famous Republic[…]
One of the dangers in leadership is bypassing the learning process and securing the foundational principles needed for growth and maturity. This is why many an aspiring leader never reach their full potential. They rush the process. But with an open mind coupled with the attitude of a student, your leadership skills can be developed and you can rise to the next level.
Everyone has an invisible sign hanging from their neck saying, ‘Make me feel important.’ Never forget this message when working with people — Mary Kay Ash At age 16 Andor Foldes was already a skilled pianist, but he was experiencing a troubled year. In the midst of the young Hungarian’s personal struggles, one of the most renowned pianists of the day came to Budapest. Emil von Sauer was famous not only for his abilities; he[…]
A team is not a group of people who work together. A team is a group of people who trust each other. — Simon Sinek For many of us, the idea of being part of a team is something we’ve identified with from an early age. Many of us were introduced to the concept of being on a team from our Little League days, or choosing teams with our neighborhood friends for an afternoon of[…]
What’s done can’t be undone. — William Shakespeare In his book, The One Thing, Gary Keller writes about a disciplined life in one of the chapters. In it, he expounds on the concept of selected discipline. In doing so, he points to Olympic champion Michael Phelps. From age 14 through the Beijing Olympics, Phelps trained seven days a week, 365 days a year. By doing so he gained a 52-training day advantage over his competitors.[…]
Set your course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship. — Omar N. Bradley One of the dangers I have observed over my years in leadership is the leader who tends to stray off course. It’s an easy trap to fall victim to and I have been there myself a few times. It tends to happen when we are not focused on our “one thing” and are chasing rabbits down trails[…]
In order to have a winner, the team must have a feeling of unity; every player must put the team first-ahead of personal glory. — Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant A team, business, or organization that desires to attain any degree of success must reconcile basic understandings of teamwork with practical application. There is an abundance of information available on the topic. But how do we make it applicable? What attitudes should a leader adopt that[…]