09
DEC
2017

2017…It’s Not Over Yet

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The end of the year will be here soon…but it’s not over yet! We still have three weeks left before we cross the 2017 finish line. What are you planning to do with that time? December is a month filled with distractions at work and home. It’s easy for us to justify slowing down for a few weeks. If we’ve exceeded our goals for the year, the negative voice in our head tells us we deserve to take a break. If we’ve fallen short of our expectations, the negative narrative sounds more like, “If you can’t reach your goals this year, why keep trying?” While most positive leaders have developed the habit of finishing the year strong, I believe all of us have co-workers, clients, family members, and friends who have mentally shut down for the year....
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21
NOV
2017

When You’re At Your Best

This Thanksgiving do something for yourself that you will really be thankful for…get a new journal and schedule a 30-minute block of time to be alone before Thursday. No digital distractions turned on, no T.V. or music playing in the background, no possibility of someone knocking on your door to interrupt your thinking…just you and your thoughts for half an hour. Then write down ALL your answers to this question: When are you at your best? Think about who you were with and how those people brought out the best in you, what you were doing and how those activities helped you give your best effort, and why it was important for you to do your best work at those times. Fight the temptation to only reflect on the vague details of your “best” experiences or ruminating...
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08
NOV
2017

Can You Say It?

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Walking out of church last Sunday, I met a friend I hadn’t seen in awhile. He told me he’s been recovering from heart surgery. He’s also a regular reader of this blog, and he asked me to write about something he’s been struggling with during his healing process. He said he’s having a hard time ASKING FOR HELP and thought there may be others who have the same challenge. As I reflected on the 174 messages I’ve created over the last four years, I realized I’ve never written about that subject. I came to the conclusion that the reason I have not shared a message on asking for help is because I’m not good at it either. What about you? Can you say…I need help? Unfortunately, I think most leaders are better at helping than being helped....
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27
OCT
2017

What’s Your Relationship Plan?

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No matter what you do for a living, you’re in the relationship business. The only question is whether your “business” is getting better or worse. Relationships never stay the same. When a leader under-achieves personally or professionally, it’s usually because of their inability or lack of desire to build and sustain positive relationships with those they work with, live with and serve. An individual can be extremely intelligent, technically proficient and have a powerful passion to succeed, and still fail or flounder if they’re not better today than they were yesterday, at the people side of their job. In order to maximize our potential as leaders, we need to put relationships before results. We know we can’t take our organizations to the next...
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