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I Don’t Have Time For This!

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“Am I having a heart attack?” I don’t have time for this! “A staph infection in my elbow?” I don’t have time for this! “Skin cancer?” I don’t have time for this! Three leaders.  Three busy lives.  Three different stories of how schedules were interrupted by health issues.  Two are my clients, one is my story. Client number one owns …

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Relentless Pursuit

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What do Apple and Tesla have in common? George Blankenship of course.  George worked with both globally iconic brands as a senior executive. I recently had the pleasure of listening to George speak at our global leadership conference in San Diego.  George had the unique career opportunity to work directly with Steve Jobs and Elon Musk. He told this story …

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Where Are You Going?

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“I have a dream!” Now that’s big vision!  That declaration is probably one of the clearest and most widely acknowledged vision statements of the 20th century.  What was Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision? Equality and freedom! “I have a dream that one day my four little children will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the …

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What? Why? How?

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A story is told of 3 stone masons working on St. Paul’s Cathedral sometime between 1675-1710… They were all asked the same question, “What are you doing?” The first man answered, “I’m mixing mortar.” The second man replied, “I’m helping to build the south wall.” The third man declared, “I’m working to build the most glorious cathedral the world has …

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Just Keep Knocking!

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One in 10.  That was the average. I was really discouraged.  I had been working incredibly hard to get this business off the ground.  We had 2 toddlers and no income other than what I hoped to generate with a start-up sports marketing agency. MacLean Sports Marketing was a complete unknown in the world of professional sports.  The promotions I …

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Leaders Light Fires

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“HELP!  SOMEBODY PLEASE HELP ME!” The desperation of the woman immediately caught my attention.  Seeking out the source of the panicked outcries my buddy and I found a very distraught woman frantically waving her arms at us in the middle of the alley.  Sensing the urgency of her need we sprinted toward her. The emergency she found herself in was …

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Every Leader’s Radio Station

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“The 17th caller now wins.” Should I call?  I’ve never won anything before.  But maybe this time I’ll win… Do you remember radio stations?  Ok, I know, radio stations aren’t dead.  However, the golden age of radio stations is past.  With the plethora of media options available to people now a days, and the variety of ways we can choose …

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4 Kinds of Leaders

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Do you know what kind of leader you are?  Do you know the difference between how you are naturally wired to lead and how you choose to lead? There are myriad models explaining the various kinds of leadership styles, management roles, and types of leaders there are.  Many of these reflect your natural propensity, wiring, or gifting as it pertains …

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Your Best Boss

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Who was the best boss you ever worked for?  Why? I was recently leading a retreat with a number of executives: Presidents, VPs, GMs, Directors, and Managers of a wide range of companies.  The leaders ranged in age from 30 something to 60 something, with everything in between. Our speaker, Drew Bird, was leading us in a session about the …

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You Gotta Wanna!

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What’s the key to success? Talk to 100 people and you may get 100 answers.  How would you answer that question?  It may depend on your definition of success. How would you define success? This week I heard 2 different perspectives on the key to success.  I was in a meeting with a handful of leaders in Vancouver.  The one …

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