Habits

Posts with the ‘Habits’ tag

Choosing Selflessness in a Tragedy

What makes some people run towards a tragedy to help and others run away? Las Vegas law enforcement and regular civilians both gave us heroic examples of Selflessness during and after the shooting at the Mandalay Bay Resort. What makes people do that? Will any of us follow their example if, God forbid, we find […]

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A Mentor Attitude

Looking back, the eye rolling was inevitable.  Everyone on the leadership team knew the idea was unlikely to work. Our boss had sparked the doubts. “We need to initiate a mentoring program.  The Human Resources department can work on developing a program we can roll out in the fourth quarter.” We were all thinking one […]

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Your Choices Make You or Break You

Each time we are faced with a choice, we are either moving closer to the person we want to be or further from it.   Who we are as a person is determined by the choices we make in life. Courage is a choice. Humility is a choice. Integrity is a choice. Selflessness is a choice. […]

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Ten Courage Tests For Leaders

Tests come in all shapes and sizes. There are homework quizzes, pop quizzes, exams, and finals. When it comes to tests of Courage, many leaders believe they can wait for finals and pull out a passing grade or even an “A”. But if we have we have never taken those preliminary tests, how can we […]

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Would You Follow You?

We spend a lot of time complaining about our leaders. Whether its politicians, supervisors, or coaches, most of us dwell on the shortcomings of others. Stop and ask yourself: Would you follow you?

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We Need Warriors not Worriers!

Some people stress out and stay put. Others face their fears and move forward. Some people fear the unknown and hold others back. Other people embrace uncertainty and lead others through it. One person is a Worrier. The other person is a Warrior.

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The Difference Between An Excuse and A Reason

Making excuses is a favorite topic of mine when I speak to groups about leadership and character. I am often asked, “Aren’t there legitimate reasons for a failure? Shouldn’t that matter?” My reply: “Yes. It matters. As long as we know the difference between an excuse and a reason.”

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The Integrity Ripple Effect

Temptation hits me everyday.  I am tempted by a lot of things I wish I wasn’t:  French fries, Buffalo wings, the SI Swimsuit issue, naps, and sarcasm are just a few.  This is just a sub-set of a much larger list. But the most insidious temptation in my life is lying.  What I used to […]

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Leadership – Duty and Setting the Example

Thank goodness politicians are not the only examples we have for leadership. Rarely do their words match their actions. They may be great speakers, but who cares! Our words mean nothing unless our actions follow those words. The actions of an introverted Leader of Character will lead a team to excellence before the eloquent words […]

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One Thing that Separates Winners from Losers

What is that secret sauce that creates a winner? Why do some incredibly talented people fail to launch, while some more average people become huge successes? Let’s face it, some people are winning in life and some people are losing. Winning or losing in life is not determined by inherent talent or an alignment of […]

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