06
OCT
2017

Just Pick One

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In the 1920’s, Henry Ford told the car-buying consumer they could have any color car they wanted as long as it was black. By 1926, he sold 15,000,000 Model T’s and half of them were identical. Most business leaders at that time drove to work in the same kind of car, drank the same kind of coffee and used the same kind of phone. In 1927, Ford announced that he was discontinuing the Model T. His factories were shut down and 60,000 workers were laid off. Customers wanted more choices, and Ford refused to offer them. Today we can choose from an almost limitless number of alternatives when it comes to what we want to buy or do with our life. You would think our happiness levels would be at an all-time high, but they have never been lower. The number of choices we have is simply...
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22
SEP
2017

The Wisdom To Know The Difference

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I was recently coaching a leader whose Mom was dealing with some serious health challenges. We discussed how difficult it is to make decisions when a sudden or serious illness strikes. We both agreed that saying The Serenity Prayer helps during these situations. But how do we acquire “the wisdom to know the difference?” How do we make decisions about something we’ve never done before? The answers to those questions are unique to each of us. There is no prescription that works for everyone. However, when we’re facing what may seem like insurmountable problems, it will help all of us if we can develop the spiritual guidance necessary to keep moving in a positive direction. Whether you find spirituality in the pew of a Chapel, Temple or surrounded by nature, each...
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08
SEP
2017

I Have Failed Over & Over

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At the end of Michael Jordan’s championship career with the Chicago Bulls, Nike created a 30-second commercial called “Failure”…and it had nothing to do with shoes. It began by showing Jordan exiting his car under the United Center and entering an empty arena. During his walk to the locker room he said, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” How do you feel about failure? If you were asked to narrate a commercial about the times in your life where you failed to achieve your goals, what would you say? Or would you prefer to keep your setbacks...
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31
AUG
2017

I Can Do It!

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“I can do it!” As a successful leader, I’ll bet you say those words to yourself often as you reflect on helping your organization or family create positive change. However, research from McKinsey suggests that over 70% of all organizational change programs fail to live up to their full potential. The reason for these poor results is not because the goals weren’t clear or the team wasn’t talented. It’s because there weren’t enough individuals with the sense of urgency and confidence required to reach those challenging goals. It seems our homes and places of work, worship and education have too many individuals silently saying, “I can’t do it!” The dictionary describes ‘urgency’ as a condition of pressing...
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