Right Where We Want Them.

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There’s a story about the legendary Marine, Lewis Berwell “Chesty” Puller that demonstrates an incredible level of optimism, swagger and leadership. It takes place during the Korean War. The Chinese had overrun the Yalu River at the China/Korea boarder, and Colonel Puller’s 1st Marine division was in a running fight with them to reach the coast. The Marines were surrounded …

Leadership and Parenting

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A real estate broker/pal of mine shared a very human incident that took place in his office a few months ago. A new agent on his team, a young man in his late 20’s, who hadn’t been performing well, came to my friend and announced his decision to quit. This personable, new Realtor® (we’ll refer to him as “Bill”) was …

Commencement: A Great Time to End Political Correctness

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Each May millions of young Americans graduate with high school diplomas or college degrees. Their commencement ceremonies are part of a nationwide celebration of academic performance, of goals met, of unique abilities and special accomplishments. I really like this time of year, and I enthusiastically congratulate recent graduates. As Americans we should recognize these young adults, honor their achievements and …

Understand, You’re Going to Fail.

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Last month one of the best NBA players ever, called it a career. Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers played his 1,346th and final game, and he scored 60 points in his farewell performance. Incredible, really. Over his 20 NBA seasons, Bryant made 11,719 baskets and was selected to 18 consecutive All-Star Games. He led the Lakers to five …

The Lost Art of Being Cool.

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In case you haven’t heard, there’s a narcissism epidemic. I’m serious. According to the Association for Psychological Science, studies show that Americans in their 20’s are three times more likely to have experienced narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) than people over 60. These are the same folks that may seem charming at first blush, but turn out to be ridiculously self-absorbed. …

Go Get It, Period.

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In my speaking engagements, I often use a memorable tactic to illustrate what I believe is the most important characteristic of leadership: taking action. While probing the audience for their personal definitions of leadership, I will reach into my pants pocket and pull out a fifty-dollar bill. I hold it up above my head for the entire room to see …

Eggs with Attitude

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A friend of mine was looking to make a new hire. His business is industrial products, and he needed someone to fill a mid-level sales support/customer care position. So, like he always does when he’s about to add a new team member, my colleague scheduled a breakfast meeting with this prospective new hire – a gentleman who had worked in …

You Are Today…

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Thoughts are powerful. Thoughts can change everything from how caring and supportive we are, to what we weigh, to what we accomplish in our lives. Thoughts can lead us to become one of the most admired people on earth (Mother Teresa) or one of the most hated (Bernie Madoff). From a practical standpoint, many of us look for ways to …

What You Typed is Not What I Heard.

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Several years ago I began doing business with a new client. He was a very busy gentleman who had just come on board with his organization and was overseeing all of its operations. The first few meetings we met in person at his office. Quickly, we developed a genuinely terrific rapport. We shared similar values and worked with the same …