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...]

Helping Others Lead

One of the greatest things you could ever do for another person is help them learn how to lead well. All the studies show that career advancement (either as an employer or employee) is directly related to leadership skills. A small percentage seek out leadership roles, but the vast majority have real concerns that they could ever be a good leader. They can lead There continues to be perpetuated … [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...]

Your Ten-Year Plan For Freedom

Strategic Coach helps entrepreneurs build their businesses. The following is a post that I found very helpful and wanted to share with you. Take advantage of your unique entrepreneurial freedoms to create a future of bigger opportunities and fewer frustrations. Why did you become an entrepreneur in the first place? There was a possibility, a dream, that drove you to take that leap. If your life … [Read more...]

How to use MICE to Make Your Message Memorable

In his book Primal Leadership Daniel Goleman talks about how much money businesses put into training their people. Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent every year training employees in the areas of teamwork, communication, project management, leadership and more. Yet, when follow up studies have been done, the retention rate of the training has been miserably low. Because businesses do not … [Read more...]

Taking Away Fear and Overwhelm about Leadership (Part 1)

The subject of leadership is so HUGE it can easily be overwhelming. Hundreds if not thousands of books have been written on the subject of leadership. Why? Leadership has hundreds if not thousands of components to it. That is why John Maxwell alone can write books with 21 laws, 17 laws, 15 principles, and each of those laws/principles has sub-points and the sub-points have sub-points. 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 Rhythm of Achievement

The other day I had the common experience of feeling the "rhythm of the beat" of someone else's music when sitting at a stop light.  You know what I mean, my car neighbor had his music at such a high volume/bass combo that not only was his car shaking, but mine was as well. I could literally feel the the beat, the rhythm in my bones. As I sat there, it hit me that just as music has a rhythm and a … [Read more...]

The Best Business Leadership Book

               Quality thinking is essential for excellence in work and business. Quality thinking is impacted greatly by quality books and materials. I know there are brilliant, creative thought leaders out there, but even those on the far right end of the bell curve are impacted by quality books. I cannot tell you how much my life has been enriched and my understanding expanded and strengthened … [Read more...]