One of the best ways that I’ve found to experience exponential growth is through attending conferences and workshops. There, you are able to hear from thought leaders in your areas of interest.
Listening and seeing the speakers are only one part of the experience. And probably the least productive way to grow.
My personal experience has been that there’s only so much I can take in from long sessions of speakers. Eventually, those speaking seem to drone on or say the same things.
Not that this isn’t good content. My attention can only be held for so long.
Then I need something more. I crave interactions. That doesn’t come from listening to speakers.
There’s more to getting more out of attending a conference than speaking. The next time you go to a conference, try the following: Read more...
Have you ever played a game of chess? It’s a game of strategy. It’s also a game of value.
Each chess piece has value. Each piece has its purpose.
From the Pawn to the King, there’s value to be had.
Everyone Has Value
Much like chess, every member of your team has value.
From the janitor to the salesman to the CEO. Each person brings a unique skill to the table.
Take the janitor for example. He takes pride in keeping the shop floor clean and safe. He also takes out the trash in the office area and makes sure any messes are cleaned up.
This can add tremendous value that we don’t see.
The clean shop floor provides for safe transport of materials. Team members will feel better because there’s a sense of calm with an uncluttered floor. Read more...
Even the best leaders know that they have to follow someone else. Whether that’s the company CEO, shareholders, the church board of directors, or some other person in leadership, we ALL answer to other leaders.
That’s why I love looking at the leaders I enjoy reading and following. Being able to reflect on the reasons I admire these leaders opens my eyes to the qualities of great leadership.
When you find a leader worth following, I suggest you latch onto that person. Their leadership qualities can begin to rub off on you.
Examine their lives. See what makes them special. Then emulate those qualities that make them worth following.
Today, I want to look at the lives of a couple of leaders I believe are worth following. Read more...
On January 15th, 2009, the pilot of US Airways Flight 1549 had a choice to make. Do we try to make it back to LaGuardia, land at Teterboro Airport, or make a crash landing in the Hudson River.
Captain Chelsey Sullenberger and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles made unheard of decision to land the plane in the river.
Sully is the story of Captain Sullenberger and the challenges he faced as he was brought before the National Transportation Safety Board to review his processes and what went wrong.
The pilot of Flight 1549 was grilled and vilified by the those on the board. They felt something could have been done differently.
We don’t know if there was anything else that Sully could have done. He only had 208 seconds from the time the birds hit to the time he safely landed the plane on the Hudson River. Read more...
Halford E. Luccock once said that no one can whistle a symphony. It takes an orchestra to play it.
How profound. How beautiful are these two sentences.
And how applicable to our lives.
Life wasn’t mean to be done alone. We were meant to have friends and family and acquaintances surround us.
Much like Halford Luccock’s quote about the orchestra, we can say the same applies to our lives.
Your Life Deserves A Team
When I think back to elementary, middle, and high school, I remember the teams I had. They weren’t people on a sports team.
Rather, my teams were support teams. And I needed them.
In elementary and middle school, some of those people were Nick, Brian, Phillip, and Greg. They were my bros.
We rode bikes together. We hung out after school. We played Nintendo (the original 8-bit system) until the wee-hours of the night. Read more...