What Would Your Mom Think Of That?

Integrity Still Matters

I recently read a story about long-distance runners Abel Mutai and Ivan Fernandez. It is heart-warming and a great reminder that integrity still matters.

Here’s what the Facebook story shared:

In a race, athlete Abel Mutai representing Kenya was just a few feet from the finish line, but he was confused with the signage & stopped thinking he had completed the race. The Spanish athlete, Ivan Fernandez was right behind him & realizing what was happening, he started shouting at the Kenyan for him to continue running, but Mutai didn’t know Spanish didn’t understand. Then the Spanish pushed him to victory. A journalist asked Ivan, “Why did you do that?”

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Disney and Pixar’s Soul

A Reel Leadership Article

Disney and Pixar’s latest animated film skipped the movie theaters and headed straight to the Disney Plus. That movie is the slow-starting but strong-finishing Soul.

Starring Jamie Foxx as Joe, Tina Fey as the stubborn young soul 22, and Graham Norton as Moonwind, Soul tells Joe’s story.

Screenshot of Joe Gardner from Soul movie playing the piano

Joe is a jazz musician by night and a part-time music teacher by day. When allowed to go full-time at the school, Joe hesitated. He’s not sure he wants to give up the freelance life and join the working stiffs.

This all changes when Joe gets a call from one of his former students, Curley (Questlove). Curley has the opportunity to get Joe a gig with the mega soul star Dorothea (Angela Bassett). He believes he has it made until he’s blabbing on his cell phone, oblivious to what is going on around him.

Living In Your Perfect Moment

I had the pleasure of talking to fellow coach Kevin Watson lsat year. We shared a delightful conversation about life and business. It truly was refreshing.

Through all we discussed, one point stuck out more than anything else. We talked about perfection.

Sunset in the mountains

Photo by Will Turner

Something he said really caught my attention. He had heard another speaker talk about perfection. He had heard this speaker say “I am perfect.”

This is a bold claim.

I rarely considered anything I did perfect up until my conversation with Kevin. Now, I’ve begun to think everything I do is perfect.

Living In Your Perfect Moment

Before you think I’m being prideful or thinking too highly of myself, I want you to know that I don’t. I don’t think so highly of myself. However, I have begun to think of myself differently.

I’m hoping this article will help you think differently as well.

5 Leadership Books To Read In January 2021

Whoa… It’s hard to believe it but we’re on the verge of a brand new year. 2021 is just around the corner.

I, for one, am hoping 2021 is different from 2020. There were so many things that challenged us and stretched us, it wore many people out. Including me.

Open book on a table

Photo by Ergita Sela

With January 2021 beginning in just a few days, it’s time to take a look at the books leaders should be reading in the new month. This month’s selections are good. I hope you enjoy them.

5 Leadership Books To Read In January 2021

1. The Unofficial Guide To Leadership According To Rambo by Joseph Lalonde:

One of the first books I’ve written using the Reel Leadership formula. This book examines the leadership lessons you can find in the Rambo movies.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Lionheart

A Reel Leadership Article

In the 1990s, martial arts movies were all the rage. With stars such as Steven Seagal, Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Brandon Lee, and Jean-Claude Van Damme, the theaters were full of martial arts action.

Today’s Reel Leadership article brings us back to the beginning of the 90s. Jean-Claude Van Damme starred in the movie Lionheart.

Jean-Claude Van Damme in Lionheart

The story is as follows:

Lyon Gaultier (Van Damme) received word that his brother, Francois (Ash Adams), had been hurt in a drug deal gone bad. The drug dealers beat him, poured gasoline on him, lit him on fire, and left him for dead. Lyon leaves his post in the French Foreign Legion to return home against his commanding officers’ orders.

He made his way to the United States. There, he began to enter street fights to earn money to travel to Los Angeles to see his brother. After his brother passes, Lyon continues the street fights to raise money for his sister-in-law Helene (Lisa Pelikan), and niece Nicole (Ashley Johnson).