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Archives- July, 2012

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07-24-2012
John Maxwell once commented on the time table it typically takes to develop your leadership. The first few years in the organization is spent building relationships and showing your worth by the production you do. From years 5 to 7, you begin to see real traction as people recognize your leadership skill and contributions. After year seven, you begin to see results from your reputation in the community. This is why, he points out, if you continually move – from one job to another, from one place to another – you will have difficulty experiencing the larger returns on your leadership. They just don’t come quickly. When you do stick it out, through the good and the bad, over ...
07-19-2012
Were you aware that somewhere between July 13 and July 15 is National Cow Appreciation Day? There are so many different events in our collective history that should be remembered as a nation, and as a proud cow-loving-carnivore I say, it’s about time. However, my thought here is not so much on the joys of consuming a good steak, but on one corporation’s use of the “holiday” to give back to the community. A couple of weeks ago, I took my herd to Chik-fil-A to enjoy a free meal for each of us. Of course, we had to dress head-to-hoof as a cow to get them, but it seemed a fair trade. The restaurant was packed with all manner of bovine dressed people. There was a huge fes ...
07-17-2012
I, like many around the world, was saddened to hear the news that Stephen Covey had died this week. He certainly has been a great influence in the business world as well as for many people personally. His principle-centered living and leadership style has enable millions to be more effective in their careers and personal lives. I have found his writings to be highly beneficial to me and my journey – so much so, that I have quoted him in my own book, Succeed In The New Normal. He will be missed, but his influence and legacy will live on in the organizations, businesses, and lives of all those who put into practice the principles he taught. A life lived to one’s principles and val ...
07-12-2012
I was privileged to be in attendance today at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ, at an event with Dan Cathy, President of Chik-fil-A Restaurants. It was an inspiring talk given by Dan (he prefers people use his first name) as he spoke of the history of the company, values, and leadership. Here is some of the wisdom I gleaned during the presentation. • His father taught him at a young age, “Find work that you love and you’ll never work again.” • We compete with innovation and creativity, but more so, complacency. • Lead with intentionality. • Encourage your children in what you see them gravitating toward. You have no idea the impact you have on ...