Category Building Success

Focus, Failure and Falls

When you do what you fear most…you can accomplish anything……Stephen Richards “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” Zig Ziglar “The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.” ― Stephen Richards, Cosmic Ordering: You can be successful I recently had a few people […]

The “Success Mindset”

The right mindset can fire up your creativity, skyrocket your productivity, motivate and inspire you when the world doubts your genius. It can literally change your results in an instant. When I look back at what led to the biggest shifts in my life and my business, it’s clear that changing my mindset completely altered […]

Interesting Quotes on Growth

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement and success have no meaning…Benjamin Franklin All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort…and effort means work…Calvin Coolidge All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience…Henry Miller

What’s in Your Mission Statement?

I am sure every one of us has had to at least participate in the creation of an effective mission statement. It is interesting when you look back on a history of great and not so great mission statements.  Some will actually do more damage that good to an organization’s goals if the way they […]

Fostering Creativity and Innovation

The summer 2013 issue of Build contains quite a few  interesting articles and one specifically made me think about organizational innovation.  The article is under “motivation” but is really about the correlation between performance and happiness. The article also introduced me to the Harvard researcher and author of The Happiness Advantage and the follow presentation: http://www.thehappymd.com/blog/bid/295036/The-Happy-Advantage-Shawn-Achor-Video-amazing The […]

Lessons from Brazil

I was recently introduced to the leadership work of Brazilian author and businessman Ricardo Semler and in reading his latest book “The Seven Day Weekend” he writes about trust in an organization and how it bonds people together and to the organization itself.  And without integrity you simply cannot have trust in an organization. Although […]

The Leadership Contrast

Last week I had the pleasure to be part of an event at Grand Valley State University honoring a few extraordinary individuals who have given a great deal of time and resources to this special university. I was truly moved by the stories about and the speeches from these honorees. These are truly extraordinary people […]