My favorite line from a Christmas song

I love Christmas music. I don’t really like it before Thanksgiving, but I do like listening to it during the Christmas season. They are fun, nostalgic and help keep me in the proper perspective as to the real meaning of Christmas. Not to mention everyone out there has a Christmas album these days. Continue reading

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The greatest gift you can give this Christmas

It’s on. The hustle and bustle of Christmas is in full force and all of us have been sucked in. Whether intentional or unintentional, we can’t escape the busyness and craziness of this season.

A big part of the hustle and bustle is getting all the presents we need to get for family and friends. Millions of gifts will be purchased, wrapped and given away the next three weeks and we’ll personally give a lot of gifts this Christmas season, but I think there is one gift we can give to one another that far outweighs anything we buy on or at Nordstrom’s. Continue reading

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A Big, Hairy and Audacious Challenge for 2012

The beginning of a new year provides a fresh start or new slate for us. It’s a time to think about the possibilities of what could happen this next year. It’s a time to reset, refocus and recommit.

About 40-45% of Americans set some type of New Year’s resolution, some goal to achieve something in their lives. There’s tons of content out there on how to set goals and research related to goal setting. It’s a really good thing to do, but this year I want to challenge you to think about something a little bit different. Continue reading

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“Help me help you!”: How to help your leader

Remember the famous scene from Jerry MaGuire when Jerry is on his knees begging Rod Tidwell to “Help me help you!” in response to his “show me the money” tirade? Well, this applies to leaders because we all need others to help us. We are not “there yet” when it comes to leadership and each day is an opportunity to get a little better, but we can’t do this in a silo, but we need to help others help us.   Continue reading

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Is passion really important?

A few years ago I heard the best definition of passion I’ve heard and it really resonated with me. This quote reminded me of the importance of passion and how passion is the fuel that drives us to do great things.

The quote came from Louie Giglio and he said “Passion is the degree of difficulty we are willing to endure to achieve the goal.” If you want to know what you are passionate about then ask yourself what you are willing to endure to see something happen. Continue reading

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One leadership concept that will lead you to greatness

Do you know what you or your organization can be the best in the world at doing?

Do you know what you or your organization is passionate about?

Do you know what you or your organization’s economic drivers are?  

Those are three questions that comprise a leadership concept called the Hedgehog Concept and should be questions any organizational leader is asking and evaluating frequently if they desire to keep their team or organization on the path to greatness. Continue reading

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What the Germans teach us about prioritization

There is one leadership mistake I see happen often that renders a leader ineffective.

As a leader, we are responsible to make key decisions. It comes with the territory. These could be decisions related to directional or strategic decisions or “in the weeds” tactical details, but our teams are looking to us to give that direction and set the priority. We need to defend the important stuff. In order to do this we have to know what that is. Continue reading

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