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Sunday, July 18th, 2021

Leaders. What are you doing to build your team?

Are you conscious of HOW you’re leading?

Are you too focused on why people need to have confidence in you rather than confidence in themselves as part of your Leadership Team?

Building a Strong Team

The Summer Olympics begin this week following a one year delay as a result of the COVID pandemic. While we tend to focus on great individual achievements, most athletes are participating as part of an Olympic TEAM, assembled from among athletes with a wide variety of talent and experience.

The Team aspect is most evident in gymnastics, where only two people are automatically selected based on their scores. The others are chosen by the coaches to create a balance of skills so that the TEAM can win the team competition.

Mixed-Gender Events at the Tokyo Olympics

While mixed-gender events are not new to the Olympics, this year, they will be double the number of such events in the 2016 Rio Games.

The total is up to 18 … including swimming, track and field, archery and six more … and it’s a great step forward to integrate the female and male athletes, a scenario leaders face every single moment of every single day.

Keep reading for more quotes …

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2021

Super Sick of these Exaggerations

Okay, so this is kind of a rant … but I don’t care because it came flowing out and it sure felt good. That’s how I can tell how genuine it is!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve just about had it with the rampant hyperbole that washes like a plague across the social media canvas.

Tons, Stoked, Pumped

I’m sick of hearing about “tons”, as in “I’ve gotten tons of leads with these ideas”, or “I’ve got tons of great content to share with you”. I’m sure you’ve seen tons of this yourself. A lot of it accumulates at the business end of a shovel.

I’m also over hearing about how “really stoked” you are about what you’re going to tell me about or your latest mouth-watering idea. I’d like to stoke my furnace with the next guy who uses that term. “Super Stoked” is super annoying.

Same for “I’m pumped”. How about, pump this?

Super, Geeked, Crushing it

BTW, if you add “super” to these terms, you get the extraterrestrial versions of “super-pumped” and “super-stoked”. I’m even more excited now. Aren’t you?

Let me digress to a annoying set of relatively new entries in the “Geek” division … as in “super-geeked” about this product or “totally geeked” about this product. What does that mean? It’s probably huge, but maybe I’m not geeked enough to get it?

Oh, yeah, here’s another favorite … “I’m crushing it!” As in killing it, kicking ass, ripping it up, etc.

Keep reading for a little more hypbole & another quote
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Sunday, July 11th, 2021

What does this phrase mean to you?

I’ve read quite a few books about the Navy SEALS.

Maybe you have, too, but I’ve done it not by virtue of hero worship, although they are worthy, but more about the mental toughness and extraordinary training they undergo.

I’m sure you’re familiar with the infamous BUDS course and the extreme physical and mental demands for which the SEALS are famous.

You may not know about the exceptional cross-functional training they experience during their careers … communication, weapons, demolition, medical care, logistics … and the list goes on.

If you reflect on this phrase, it tells the story:

I’ve never seen a SEAL have his gun jam and wonder, What do I do next?

That’s the answer. Training. Education. By any other name, that’s it.

Too many organizations skimp – too often, skip – the training that’s essential to building a great team. They simply drop new employees into the deep end, believing that if they survive, they’ll be a good … maybe a great employee.

While that may test may work to test for resilience or stamina, it’s a poor excuse for training.

Are your people the best-trained employees in your industry?

Why not?

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Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Celebrate Independence Day and Honor Those Who Made It Possible

Today in America is usually a day for hot dogs, parades and festive celebrations of the birth of this wonderful nation we inhabit.

I t should be … but in addition, I’d like to pay tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces. Traditionally, we remember and honor them on Memorial Day, but on that occasion, we tend to focus on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

American Flag Independence Day

But today, we stand straighter because of their bravery and commitment. We shed tears for their innocence and selflessness as they put themselves in harm’s way for the country to which they give so much and from which they ask so little.

Keep reading for some great patriotic quotes

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Sunday, July 4th, 2021

Celebrate Independence Day and Honor Those Who Made It Possible

Today is usually a day for hot dogs, parades and festive celebrations of the birth of this wonderful nation we inhabit.

I n addition, I’d like to pay tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces.

Traditionally, we remember and honor them on Memorial Day, but on that occasion, we tend to focus on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

American Flag Independence Day

But today, we stand straighter because of their bravery and commitment. We shed tears for their innocence and selflessness as they put themselves in harm’s way for the country to which they give so much and from which they ask so little.

These heroes aren’t encamped on a comfortable bar stool celebrating Independence Day. They’re carrying out their missions in unforgiving terrain, often without electricity, plumbing or running water, with questions, maybe, but mostly with an unequivocal commitment to the cause for which they serve.

Thank God there are young men and women prepared to serve, to commit rather than hesitate, so that we retain the power to meet the challenges that come our way and can enjoy this holiday in a peaceful manner.

Their sacrifices come under the most demanding circumstances we can imagine. They represent the finest spirit of dedication, courage and fortitude, everyday risking their lives, when in a single unscripted moment, they may be chosen to make the ultimate sacrifice.

Today and everyday, I honor them with humility, pride … and I’m certain, with your gratitude as well.

Please take a moment from your celebrations today to pray for the safe return of the men and women in uniform, for the full recovery for those who have been wounded, and for a peaceful and rewarding eternity for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

With that said, I hope you’re enjoying a wonderful July 4th holiday with friends and family.

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Sunday, June 27th, 2021

There’s No Substitute for Focus!

You’re probably clear on the importance of focus, what I consider to be the flip side of distraction.

A lot can be said about distractions and how to manage them, but a powerful mantra that really helps is embedded in the quotation below.

That’s one distraction you don’t need.

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Sunday, June 20th, 2021

Dad | The Prizefighter & The Preacher

Among some of us dads, we often remark, “Dads never get any credit.

Dads teach their kids how to play ball, run, catch, dodge … but if they score a run, a touchdown or a basket … and the camera zooms in on them, don’t they always say, “Hi Mom!”


Dad’s Christmas gift to me of an ornament he thought I’d like. The cow sings, too!

Dads never get any credit

Have you ever heard the phrase, “… as good as Dad and apple pie?.” I doubt it. I never have.

How about, “the father of all storms” … nope, although that construct may have some merit. 😂 (Mother’s Day was officially established in 1914. Father’s Day not until 58 years later in 1972.)

I rest my case.

The Prizefighter & The Preacher

I’ve written several articles over the years, including one about lessons I learned from my 94-year-old mom, but Dad deserves at least as much credit. I lost my Dad on Nov. 16, 2001, and I still miss him every day.

Perhaps my most striking memory is that he had the most unusual combination of careers of anyone I’ve ever known … a world-ranked professional boxer with a record of 82-5-0 who became a minister when he heeded the calling.

An extraordinary combination …

All his life, he loved boxing with great passion and practiced his ministry with great compassion.

He believed deeply that boxing’s demand for discipline, training and sacrifice was a way out for “street toughs,” a route through the gym and into a productive life that would be otherwise inaccessible.

He knew that every soul was worth saving and he never wavered from that commitment.

Brevity is the soul of wit …

One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.Philip Wylie


He had a great sense of humor, too, and it reflected his vision of life as a joyful journey. I’ve still got a copy of a parking ticket that I may have forgotten to pay while in college.

The car was still registered to my dad, so the final notice showed up in his mailbox. You’ll love the note he wrote to the traffic violations bureau:
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Monday, June 14th, 2021

People Pleasers. Pay Attention.

Is this you?

Perhaps it’s all of us at one point or another, but it’s not on the path to the success we’d like to achieve.

It can also be linked to imposter syndrome, a condition, simply put, in which people feel their talents are inadequate to the goals they wish to achieve. From there, it’s easy to default to pleasing people instead.

Simple answer? Don’t go there!

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