Give Us What You’ve Got

What are you bringing to the table today?

I love Steven Pressfield’s quote, “Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

Show up today and do something great. Make your music. Lead your team. Write your story. Share your talk.

Read Pressfield’s last sentence again . . . “Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

There is greatness in you … Amazing gifts and talents that need to be shared with the world. (tweet)

Make the choice to be engaged today. It will literally be a gift to the world.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What is one thing you can do today that could be a gift to the world?


What if You Decided to Add One & Change One?

Yesterday while walking through the lobby of a hotel I was tempted by a sign hanging on a post near the front desk. “Wet Paint,” which is Latin for touch with the index finger, was irresistible to me.

Wet PaintI have no idea why I filter everything through the eyes of this blog, but I do. Seeing the sign stopped me in my tracks. I stood staring at the two words and was struck by how easy it would be to change “Wet Paint” to “West Point.”

Add an “S” in the right place to the word wet and switch the “A” in paint to “O” and everything changes. Suddenly you go from sticky liquid temptation, to what some believe to be the greatest leadership institution on earth.

We all recognize there is a big difference between wet paint and West Point. However, to close the gap between the two you really only have to add one and change one.

I suspect there are similar “gap” areas in your own personal leadership environment … areas that have you feeling despair instead of hope. The good news is, change might be closer than you think. (tweet)

In fact, I’m guessing you could add one thing and change one thing and your gap would narrow in a hurry.

What if you decided to add one and change one? Could it be that simple?

If you need to close a gap, see for yourself. Add One, Change One is the place to start. (tweet)

Leadership Begins at Home,


What is one thing you need to add to your current leadership reality?

What is one thing you need to change?

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The Most Important Thing You Can do for Your Health

The most important thing you can do for your health is exercise. (tweet)

Don’t believe me? Take 9 minutes and watch the following video lecture and see if you are not convinced.

Exercise does not have to be hard. Walking qualifies. But it will take some time and effort.

I know so many leaders who try to make themselves fit to lead by reading books, attending conferences, and listening to other leaders. While all of those things are important, none of them can take the place of exercise. The fact is, if you want to be fit to lead, you need to be physically “fit.”

I challenge you to build a regular exercise routine into your life. Today is the day to start.

Leadership Begins at Home,


How often do you exercise & what is your favorite routine?

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The Biggest Decision of the Day

A friend of mine joined me for lunch yesterday. As we headed to the car, we were faced with a big decision. The same big decision we are faced with each time we go to lunch. “Where do we want to eat?”

While the lunchtime location is a hard one to decide, it is not the biggest decision of the day.

(tweet) The biggest decision of the day is the first one you make … It is the decision to bring energy and engagement to your work as opposed to holding back and living half-hearted.

(tweet) Leaders who fail to engage at the beginning of the day end up missing out on opportunities to influence others.

Why not make it a practice to ignore your circumstances and focus on the facts?

The truth is, your attitude is a lot more important than you might think.

Focus your mind and heart on being positive in everything you do, and you will be well on your way to a life of greater impact.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What other big decisions determine the success of a leader’s day?

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Great Leaders Have Great Character

Never does a day go by that I don’t think about working on my character.

The truth is, I think about my character even more than I do my conduct. Why? Because, through the years, I have discovered that my character always determines conduct. (tweet)

Whether you call it character and conduct, or as I like to say, integrity and influence, if you want to change the things you do, start with who you are.

A+As a kid, like many of you, whenever it was report card time, my parents would always ask the same question first. “What is your conduct grade?”  Never did they ask, “How did you do in math?” Never, “Did you bring up your science grade?”

It was always, “Let me see your conduct grade.”

The reason? They knew my conduct was a reflection of my character.

So how is your conduct grade these days?

The answer to that question is not simply a reflection of what you do. It is an indicator of who you are.

You will never be a great leader without great character. (tweet)

Why not work on your character today?  I know I plan to.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What happens when leaders focus more on conduct than they do character?

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