How Motivation Really Works

One of the signs of great leadership is the ability to help people perform at high levels, long-term.  Fear can be a powerful motivator for the short-term, but in time it loses it's power and it cannot help people be their best.  Fear shuts people down and if the fear and pressure are too great, it shuts people down completely.  This is a scientific fact.  Brain imagery studies show that when too … [Read more...]

Why You Cannot Motivate People

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Motivation and leadership are words that go together.  It has often been said that one of the signs of a great leader is that they know how to motivate people.  Apparently that is not true.  More and more research says that we can’t motivate others.  Why? Everyone is Already Motivated In her latest book Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work…and What Does, Susan Fowler says that leaders cannot … [Read more...]

Raising the Change Lid

I think every day, maybe a little more or a little less, I read or hear someone’s story about how they were struggling along in life, health, business, relationships, or with God and then something happened that changed things around for them.  I know you hear those stories, too.  Sure, some of them are made up or are just too good to be true.  But many of them are valid.  People can turn things … [Read more...]

Leadership skills that Increase Impact and Income (Part 1)

Over the next few weeks, I'm going to share with you some great ways to increase both your impact on the world and your income.  Just to give you a heads up, I am not a natural at this.  I, too, am learning as I go but I am making good progress and I know you can too.  In the coming days I'm going to share with you some of the most important lessons I've learned in increasing entrepreneurial … [Read more...]

What to Do with Comparison

The best-selling business book of all time is Good to Great by Jim Collins. Collins once said, “Comparison is the plague of our time. Once you start down that road you cannot win.” It’s true that to constantly compare ourselves to others is a losing proposition. There is always someone better (unless you are 1 in 7 billion) and there is always someone worse. Once you start comparing yourself … [Read more...]

Two Steps to Implementing What You’ve Heard

How many seminar binders do you have on your shelf? How many training notes do you have in your computer? How much of what you have read, seen, or heard are you actually implementing? If you are like most of the world, even the professional world, it is a small percentage. This week I read an article from the Harvard Business Review that said even after all the years of research on learning … [Read more...]

Simplify Your Leadership

The subject of leadership is so HUGE it can easily be overwhelming. When the brain is overwhelmed it goes into shut down mode. That is why giving people too much information or requiring too much from them often makes them do worse rather than better. The right amount of information and challenge energizes and invigorates, however. That is why getting a clear, memorable, definition and … [Read more...]

How to Know Where to Focus Your Efforts

To be successful in life, work, or ministry it is very, very important to get clear on who you are and what you should be doing.  For greatest happiness and accomplishment we need to find that sweet spot, that area of convergence between who we are, what we are good at, and the needs of the people we are called to serve.  Any individual, church, business or organization that does this well … [Read more...]

The Two Most Important Success Qualities

After studying and experimenting with many of the needed success principles and practices for over thirty years, I’ve come to this conclusion, the two most important qualities any person needs to be successful in their life and calling are:   Commitment to learn. Commitment to action.  Committed learners and doers will ultimately be successful in what they are called to do.             I know, … [Read more...]

Why Leader/Achievers Have to Keep it Simple

If you are like me (dangerous statement, I know), I love simple.  Especially in our current information age where all you have to do is go to a search engine and you can find endless amounts of information on almost any subject imaginable.  There is so much information coming our way every single day that it can easily be overwhelming.  And when it gets overwhelming our internal “warning light” … [Read more...]