15 Must Watch TED Talks

Do you ever feel like you’re stuck in a rut? How do you usually come up with creative solutions?

Maybe you get outside to recharge. Maybe you take a break and breath fresh air. Or maybe, you’re unsure where to begin. Not knowing where to start is always the scariest part of just about anything. If only you had that creative spark, right? Here’s the thing, you do! The best part about being stuck in a rut is finding your way out of it and believing that you are capable of being innovative and inventive is half the battle.

The rest of the puzzle is all about flexing your creative muscles. Whether you know how to get your creative juices flowing or are looking for some motivation to get you there, being inspired is always a good place to start.

Leadership And Management Lessons From The Christmas Train

A Christmas Reel Leadership Article

“The Christmas Train” is a Hallmark Movies and Mysteries production based on David Baldacci’s book.  It’s a love story with a bit of humor, mystery, the dangers of a train stalled by a snowstorm, and an ending with a great twist.  The multiple themes are best summarized by a repeated line: “There’s something about a train.”   Delightfully, when viewed from the perspective of leadership and management, there are some good insights.

leadership lessons and quotes from The Christmas Train

  1. You’re a Director; You’re Not the Star

Max Powers (Danny Glover) is an extremely successful Hollywood Director.  His success is clearly obvious from his reputation, the accomplishments acknowledged by the people he meets on the train, even the display of all the luggage he has on-board.  Yet “Max” is low-key, displaying a calm, humble assessment of himself and his accomplishments.  He responds to compliments with smiles and honesty.  He’s observant about what’s going on around him and gently pushes the characters, particularly Eleanor and Tom into the actions he’s hoping for.

Leaders & Decision Making: How It Can Badly Impact Others

This Unseen Influence Can Ruin Everything

“Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less”

This is leadership guru John Maxwell’s simple, core definition for what leadership is.

It applies in any context like work, family, ministries, and organizations.

I don’t know about you but I find the idea of influence and impact to be highly energizing. Who doesn’t want to see their life have influence and impact?

Decision making can go wrong. Make it go right

Image by Rhys Asplundh

But, influencing lives can have a dark, scary side… at the same time you are influencing others:

Your decisions WILL impact the lives of others… for good or for bad.

That is a sobering reality.

Read on to learn about some hidden factors that can cause your decisions to turn out badly (for everyone)… and what you can do about it.

Moments That Matter

It All Matters

Have you ever had one of those “aha” moments in your life where clarity was immediate?

I have had many moments like this over the last three decades as an entrepreneur, teacher, and parent. I wanted to share a personal experience with you that deeply influenced the content of my recently released book, It All Matters.

book cover for it all matters by Paul Cummings

I was once asked to speak at a high school in Battle Creek Michigan by a Good friend of mine, Lorin Granger. Walking into the auditorium, I saw the faces of over 1,000 young students from a multitude of different cultural backgrounds. I had decided to craft a presentation around one simple but profound message:

 Individually, you matter too much to far too many people to not matter enough to yourself to live your life to your greatest capacity.

The Heart Behind Catalyst’s 2017 Theme “Of Good Courage”

Normally, Mondays are reserved for Reel Leadership articles. This week is going to be different. The Reel Leadership series is being interrupted to share with you a message from my friend Tyler Reagin.

If Tyler’s name sounds familiar, it could be you listened to the podcast episode of Answers From Leadership Podcast where he was a guest or you might know him as the President of the Catalyst Conference.

theme for Catalyst Leadership Conference 2017

Tyler shared on the Catalyst Leader blog about the theme of Catalyst 2017. The theme for Catalyst is Of Good Courage. And I’m excited to share with you the message he shared with the Catalyst audience.


Dear Catalyst Leader,

It’s been an eventful year, to say the least. Rarely does a day go by when we’re not inundated by news of a natural disaster, violent protest, or political hot topic. The world is creating noise at unprecedented levels.