Last week I read an incredible book called Empowering Leadership by Michael Fletcher. This book was dripping with organizational and leadership gold. My copy has notations, markings and underlines on virtually every page. Perhaps the most fascinating nugget in the book was how Fletcher integrated lessons from Chick-Fil-A's approach to leadership development, in his own … Continue reading 5 Leadership Lessons from Chick-Fil-A
Everyone loves spending time with a great conversationalist. People who naturally engage us in great conversations a fascinating. If, like most of us, you aren't the best at cultivating conversations, check out this earlier with tips for cultivating great conversations. If you have been working on this for a bit... you might begin asking, how can … Continue reading Are You a Good Conversationalist? Ask these 10 Questions to Find Out.
A mentor of mine used to say, we are all the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with. She frequently challenged me to ensure I have a wide range of perspectives, relationships and influences in order to grow as a person. Who are the top 5 people you spend the most time … Continue reading How Diverse is Your Circle?
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” Our choice of what we read, and by default what we do not read, is one of the most significant factors in determining the person we become. If we are strategic in … Continue reading Become a “Well Read” Person
Have you ever felt the terror of arriving at a party, a new job, or a social event and wondering if you will know what to say and who to talk to first? You aren't alone! But it doesn't have to day that way. Learning to have great conversations, like any other skill, can be developed. Consider … Continue reading 10 Ideas for Cultivating Great Conversations
Have you ever met a person who seems to have an endless supply of incredible stories from great life experiences in their past? These people always seem to be able to make connection with others and contribute to conversations in meaningful ways. Their breadth of perspective makes them influential in relationships, conversations and meetings. The … Continue reading 4 Ways to Cultivate Great Life Experiences
Have you ever looked another person and thought to yourself, "Man, I would love to have that kind of influence!" All too often when we consider the success of others, we fail to realize their success was forged through a series of life long factors that can't easily be replicated. Over the past few years I have thought, read … Continue reading The Only 3 Ways to Increase Your Influence!
Did you know we can cultivate greatness in our lives? In fact, if we want to find fulfillment in life we have to deliberately discipline ourselves to this end. It is a part of human nature to desire to have impact. We were all put on this earth to make a difference. In the the very first … Continue reading 3 Disciplines That Cultivate Greatness
Who are the 5 people that are influencing you the most? Before reading further, make a list right now of the 5 people you feel influence you the most. Many of us will respond to this question with a list of speakers, teachers, authors and pastors. Some of us will include spouses, parents, and mentors. Consider … Continue reading One Grip Higher – The Average of 5
A couple of months ago I was asked to be the project manager for the Christmas Village at my church, The Father's House in Rochester, New York. Each December we put together a huge community outreach event. For this event were preparing to host a Christmas production that would include a stage performance in our auditorium with … Continue reading Great Leaders Choose to Embrace Empowerment – Ezra 7