If you are going to make progress in any area of your life, you better become friends with three little words – You Are Here.

Whenever I walk into a mall (which I rarely do) I can count on one thing. The map kiosk always says the same thing … You Are Here. Once I have my bearings, I know which way to walk.

As a leader, it is good to know where you are in relation to where you want to go. The trouble is, most of us have a hard time admitting where we are. It is called denial, and it stops more progress than any single thing in business, sports, and education.

A better way to lead (borrowing a phrase from Good to Great author, Jim Collins) is to “confront the brutal facts.”

Collins says, “The management climate during a leap from good to great is like a searing scientific debate—with smart, tough-minded people examining hard facts and debating what those facts mean. The point isn’t to win the debate, but rather to come up with the best answers—and, ultimately, to lock onto a … (solution) that works.”

I have been around so many people who never achieved their goals. The problem was not a lack of talent, or even desire. It was failure to admit their reality and embrace, You Are Here.

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Why not pull some tough-minded people together this coming week and ask the question, “Where are we in comparison to where we want to go?” 

Once the brutal facts are on the table and you face them head on, you will be positioned for progress.

You Are Here … three words that will lead you to progress.

Leadership Begins at Home,


Why do you think it is so hard for a leader to face the brutal facts, and what happens when they don’t?

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