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The Back and Forth of Leadership

How to balance empowerment and control? Business guru Tom Peters quotes Alfred Sloan, former GM CEO, saying that management is “steering back and forth between: a)…

The Best Bosses Aren’t Always Bossy

Being a good boss has a soft side and a hard side. On the hard side, bosses provide training, instruction, guidance, goals and targets, resources,…

What Do You Tolerate?

What will you put up with before you move on? What are your standards, your acceptable minimum? Generally speaking, what we are willing to settle…

Are you Watering Dead Flowers? Stop Watering Dead Flowers

Where in your life are you wasting effort and energy? With who or where is your life force not being valued? Sometimes you have to…

Put On Your Own Mask First

Why do the airlines tell you to “Put On Your Own Mask First”? Because before you can help others, you must first take care of…

An Entrepreneurial Trait Anyone Can Emulate

A key trait of entrepreneurs is that they are Self-Directed. While entrepreneurs may look to many sources for inspiration and guidance, they do not need…

Seven Things Most Successful People Have Given Up

1) Successful people watch less TV, spend less time aimlessly surfing the internet. Successful people tend to lead disciplined, focused lives. 2) Successful people release…

The 5 Whys: Getting to Root Causes, Fast!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Whys The “5 Whys” spring from Toyota and are a simple problem-solving exercise designed to go beyond symptoms to unearth the root cause of problems.…

In Search of (Productive) Dissatisfaction

Ah! Why would anyone go in search of dissatisfaction? Well, complacency is the biggest enemy of champions. As Andrew Grove, the founder of Intel, famously…

Are You Aware of Your Emotional Wake?

One of the adages of NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming)  is that “you can not not communicate”. We are all constantly “on stage”. Like it or not, we…

Nathan Collier’s Commencement Speech Sunday, December 16th 2018 at the University of Florida O’Connell Center, to UF Warrington School of Business Graduates

DEAN KRAFT: It is my pleasure to introduce our Keynote Speaker for this morning’s ceremony, one of our most successful alumni and my friend, MR.…

Today, Your Thoughts Choose Your Future

Every moment is a moment of decision. Every act, every failure to act, shapes your future. And because your world view, what you choose to…

Hugging the Messenger!

We’ve all heard the admonishment, “Don’t Shoot the Messenger!”. Well, I urge you to take it a step further: HUG the Messenger! Thank them profusely.…

Three Questions That Determine the Success of Your Pitch (That Your Boss May Not Realize They Are Asking Themselves)

Quite frankly, ideas are a dime a dozen; even good ideas. It’s in the EXECUTION that most ideas succeed or fail. And odds are that…

What is a leader? How do you identify them? Are they made? Can they be made?

In its simplest definition, a leader is anyone with followers. But how do you get followers? Which takes us into the two basic different kinds…

My Why’s

My Why, my Internal Motivation; from whence does it come? Hard to truly know what drives me; humans have a habit of making up explanations…

One Quick Way a Leader Can Destroy an Organization’s Integrity

Is your Higher Purpose to “Look Good” or “Be/Do Good”? While communication should always be respectful, civil and done with a kind heart and intentions,…

A DAY OF THANKS, A MOMENT OF PERSPECTIVE

“The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.” —…

Count Your Blessings: Make it Truly a Day of Thanksgiving

Want to cheer yourself up? Find energy on even the darkest days? Count your blessings! Enumerate all the things you have to be thankful for,…

Five Mindsets That Will Speed You Onward to Your Fullest Greatness

1. Own BFF Mindset: To achieve your best self, you MUST learn to believe in yourself, in your potential, in your inner greatness i.e. you…

The System Secret

I’ve long believed that a certain system —which almost any intelligent person can learn— works way better than the systems most people use [to understand…

Thinking is a Skill…Many are Unskilled and Don’t Know It

Simply because they have thoughts (i.e. words form) in their heads, most folks believe they know how to think. But if you define thinking as…

Powerfully Productive? Possible; Not Probable

Every hour of a meeting with eight people present represents an eight hour workday, the investment of a full “Man-Day”. Was value created or dissipated?…

CTS: The Little Difference That Makes a BIG Difference

“There is very little difference between people but that little difference makes a big difference.” – W. Clement Stone One little difference that makes a…

Think Smart, Think Systems: Solve the Problem, Then Fix the System

If you wish to truly make a difference in the world, if you wish to advance, it is not enough to solve the problem right…

The Risk You Can’t Afford Not To Take

“There is the risk you cannot afford to take and then there is the risk you cannot afford not to take.” – Peter Drucker, 1909-2005…