10 Things To Say Yes To

Guarding our time is important. We only have 24 hours to the day, with a third of those hours devoted to sleep. We then have to consider what to do with the remaining 16 hours of our day.

That includes at least 8 hours in the office for many of us. Then there’s the commute. 

The hours in our day go quickly. Be guarded about them.

But also be open to saying yes to using them.

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We will miss out on so many opportunities and life events if we constantly say no. Today, I want to encourage you to say yes to the following 10 things.

10 Things To Say Yes To

1. To your family;

We’ve sacrificed our families on the altar of work and busyness. It’s time to say yes to them and show them how important they are to us.

How To Make Ethical Decisions In Leadership

We’ve seen multi-million dollar organizations fall because of a failure of integrity and ethical decisions. Think back on organizations such as:

  • Enron
  • Valeant Pharmaceuticals 
  • Kobe Steel
  • Even the mighty Apple has made unethical decisions with battery-gate

Some of the above organizations made it through their unethical choices. Others failed and closed their doors.

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As a leader, you must be aware of your decisions and understand that unethical decisions will lead to major consequences. You also have the power to change them.

But how do you make ethical decisions? What if your organization isn’t known to make the best choices? How do you lead in these situations?

Let’s take a look at 5 ways to make ethical decisions.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Fall Guy

A Reel Leadership Article

My latest book, Reel Leadership, is now available on Amazon. If you love movies and leadership, you will love this book.

The Fall Guy is a funny, likable movie about stuntman Colt Seavers (Ryan Gosling) and the love of his life, Jody Moreno (Emily Blunt). They drifted apart after Colt was injured performing a stunt for the leading actor, Tom Ryder (Aaron Taylor-Johnson).

Tom is an unlikable, big-shot movie star. He doesn’t care about others or whose path he crosses; it’s all about him.

As the movie progresses, we discover just how much he thinks of himself. It’s part of the reason Colt was injured in the stunt that almost crippled him. 

Ryan Gosling in The Fall Guy.
Blonde man in sunglasses. His arm is outstretched. His hand is against the wall

It’s also a slight remake/reboot of the classic TV series The Fall Guy starring Lee Majors. 

7 Leadership Lessons From The London Marathon

Five years ago, I ran my first marathon. It was the Grand Rapids Marathon in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After this marathon, I said I would never run another marathon again.

Fast forward to 2024…

I ran my second full marathon. This time, in London, England.

Man with dark hair in an orange tank top jersey running the streets of London in the London Marathon

Photo by Pamela Lalonde

Running the London Marathon wasn’t a dream come true. It wasn’t something I’d longed to do. Yet, when the invitation from Team World Vision came to run the London Marathon and change kids’ lives, I couldn’t say no.

Pamela and I spent nine full days in London. We got to see so much and experience so much. You may hear about those experiences in a later post. This post is going to be about the lessons from the London Marathon.

Tips On Leading With Integrity And Purpose

All of us want to live a life that is authentic. We also want to live a life full of integrity. Then there’s living a life full of purpose. We know these three things can be guiding lights for us personally and professionally. 

However, I’ve seen many leaders side-step these areas of their personal and professional lives. They see a shortcut and they take it. No one will know, they think. 

It may be true. No one may ever discover what you did under the cover of darkness. You may never be exposed for taking advantage of your employees, organization, or friends. 

But those things still happened. 

You’ve broken the trust of the people you love and care about. You’ve tarnished your reputation. You’ve become the laughingstock of your industry. 

All because you decided to do the wrong thing.