3 Leadership Lessons Learned from Breast Cancer

There's a lot to learn from a life-threatening disease

You are never the same after you hear the words, “you have cancer.”  As much as no one ever wants to hear those words, you can learn a lot from the battle. I’ve been diagnosed with cancer 3 times, the most recent being breast cancer in 2015. I can easily see 3 lessons that I […]

Servant Leader vs. Selfish Leader – and Why It Matters

How your motives affect your business

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Leaders are driven to succeed.  It’s a necessary quality that moves society forward, that finds solutions to problems, and improves our quality of life.  However, as with anything, that drive can be too extreme and too self-focused.  That’s what we want to examine.  Who are you serving in your drive to succeed? Your Motives Determine […]

A “Spoonful of Stress” Helps the “Medicine” Go Down?

Be A Warrior, Not a Worrier

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Mary Poppins was onto something when she melodically declared, “a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.”  Unfortunately, there’s a lot more stress available than sugar in the average day.  But fortunately, a “spoonful of stress” can also be quite motivating when you need to tackle a big job. It’s all a matter of […]

On Business Suits & Family Business

Special Care Required for Both

Just like many business men and women, a suit is a regular part of my wardrobe. There’s a lot I get accomplished while wearing a suit. However, there’s also a lot I know I shouldn’t attempt while wearing a suit, such as mowing the yard. It’s no secret that you need to exercise caution while […]

Swinging with the Pendulum Not Always Best

Beware of extremes in business

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”  This is a phrase you’ve probably heard, and likely said yourself.  This adage describes a pitfall I see too often in organizations: the harmful practice of tossing out something valuable in an effort to make improvements.  Extreme change without careful consideration. Following the Trends Too often a […]

Leadership Lessons from Military Heroes

Put These Two Books on Your Summer Reading List

In the past year I’ve read 2 biographies about military heroes and I can’t help but be overwhelmed by their dedication and perseverance.  These stories are so mind-blowing that it’s hard to believe they are true. Military personnel all over the world have lessons to teach us. Whether we work in the home or out […]

It’s Summer. Time to Work on Your Dream

Lessons on Vision and Legacy

How big can you dream?  I dare you to dream beyond what seems possible. Dream beyond your own lifetime. Dream a dream that is so enticing that it is caught and continued on by others. Seem impossible?  It’s been done before. Dreams That Seem Impossible In 1963 there was a man who saw acres upon […]

A Commentary on Purpose: Are You a Pipe or a Fountain?

Finding purpose by being a means to an end

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Pipes are quite ordinary, typically unattractive and pretty much invisible– until there’s a problem.  In contrast, fountains are quite lovely, typically beautiful and admired.  If given the choice, which would you rather be–the pipe or the fountain? The obvious choice for most would be the fountain. The conundrum is, there has to be a pipe […]

Purpose: It’s Actually Not All About You

Initial Thoughts on Leadercast 2017

This past Friday, more than 100,000 people world-wide replaced a “normal” Friday with an “extraordinary” Friday.  They attended Leadercast: Powered by Purpose. Leadercast is the world’s largest leadership summit, simulcast out of Atlanta. Centennial and several other sponsors hosted a local site in Erlanger, KY.  There, more than 300 leaders from 31 different organizations gathered […]

The Critical Factor in Succession That No One Thinks About

One leader's journey and adventure - Part 3

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There are many factors that contribute to the ongoing success of your organization, but there is a big one that is often pushed off until it’s too late.  To ensure sustainability, you need to take a hard look at what happens to your organization when you’re no longer there. You need to continually think about […]