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My Dumb Assumption

A couple of weeks ago, I created and launched a new workshop called “Off-the-Wall Leadership Thinking.” Participants were encouraged to write open-ended questions relevant to leadership that they wanted answered. Overall, 95% of the meeting went well. We had a blast, met new people and......

Do You Congratulate People?

I recently received an email and the subject read “More Cards.” So, I clicked on it and inside I found the question: “Can you please buy more congratulatory cards?” Immediately, I thought to myself, “Oh my gosh…I’m so busy…here’s another thing to do…drive to the......

Take Your Own Lambeau Leap!

I often hear people say, “I can’t do it. It didn’t work the first time. I have to stop.” Is that you or your ego? Your ego holds you back. Your ego wants everything to be perfect. To attempt this Lambeau Leap, John Kuhn had......

You Gotta Try It to Love It

I had my first hair cut in 1982. My golden locks were flowin’ and it was time to trim them up. Like most toddlers, I was squirmy and terrified for this new experience. I screamed and cried for the entire 20-minutes in the chair. Fast......

How Do You Show People that You Care?

If you left your organization today, would you leave all the managers and team members with a care package? I recently led a Kids’ Clubhouse Team Lead meeting. Toward the end of the meeting, Kevin Koehler, one of the managers, announced that he was going......

The Best Way to Commit to Something: Set a Deadline!

 A lot of people ask me, “How did you become a professional speaker?” In May of 2009, I was a General Manager at the Wisconsin Athletic Club. It was the night of our quarterly new-hire orientation where we teach the company’s history, philosophy and......

Tired of Reading? Get Inspired with 5 Videos.

Tired of reading? Click on one or all of my new videos below. Within each video, there is a call to action; a call to make today the day that you are going to change. SHIFT: Move from Frustrated to Fulfilled (69 Minutes — Full Keynote) How......

Don’t Wait to Be Paid to Exercise. Do This Instead.

A few years ago, I had a conversation with an obviously stressed-out tax accountant. He commented to me, “I need to start working out and taking care of myself.” I asked him what was holding him back… was it time, money, lack of interest, or......

What I Learned About Using Names After Buying 1,800 Cups of Coffee

Are you obsessed with coffee? In 2008, I started drinking coffee, the old-school energy drink. A couple of years later, I became a coffee snob when I started my new morning routine.  Fast forward to today, and I only drink the “good coffee” from coffee......

Your Vision for Tomorrow Will Determine Your To-Do List for Today

[Enjoy watching the 99-second video or reading the 6-minute article.] Do you ever find yourself wondering, “Why am I trying to become more productive?” Think about it… It doesn’t matter how fast you move if it’s in a pointless direction. Truthfully, there really is no......

Move. Grow. Achieve

 

Each and every day, I see people trying to build their career, while simultaneously trying to start families. They feel as if they don’t have the time, energy, financial resources, or motivation to get their dreams off the ground. They don’t have a plan. They may be trying to figure out what their passion is or striving to experiment in a number of different fields. They may be fresh out of college and buried in the confines of Corporate America politics, itching to make their escape. If this is you, fear not. This blog is written for people just like you.

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Within my blog, I show the successes and failures with high energy, endless passion, and positive, unshakable confidence. This blog teaches the most rudimentary and complex values of how to be an entrepreneur and achieve what you really want in life while still working your day job.  You do not have to lead people in order to read this blog and apply the concepts I teach to your daily life. You just have to want to lead yourself, and you must want to grow and live a happy and fulfilled life. Similar to you, I am still growing each day. We all are.

 

I am passionate about this topic, and it is my sincere hope that my insatiable passion will shine through you. Within each post, there is a call to action; a call to make today the day that you are going to change. If you don’t strive for success today, a successful tomorrow never comes, and you’re left with a life of what if’s.  Don’t let that be you.

 

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Do You Really Need Multiple Priorities?

 How many priorities do you have? Three? Five? Ten? If you’re anything like me, you have an overcommitment problem and have been pondering...

Don’t Inadvertently Quit!

I don’t know where you are right now, but I do know that you probably slept through the night, woke up, and likely...

Confront Your Obstacles Head On!

What is one of your proudest accomplishments? Were there any obstacles to your success along the way? One year ago, I celebrated the...