Where’s Your Focus?

  Where’s your focus? If you get to the unfiltered answer for this question, it will teach you a lot about yourself. We all choose to focus on different things and it’s what we focus on that predicts what we’ll do, how we’ll do it and ultimately where we’ll go in life. So where’s your Read More

Did You FEED Your Potential Today?

There are a number of self-awareness questions that I ask myself on a routine basis. Of these questions the one I find the most challenging to answer is as follows: Am I reaching my full potential? The reason I find this question difficult to answer, is because I can ask this question of myself to Read More

7 Leadership Lessons from the 2014 Global Leadership Summit

  As most of you know, I take personal development and self-improvement very serious. I’m even more passionate about leadership development. Why? Leaders facilitate change. Whether the change is perceived to be positive or negative, typically a leader is always at the helm of initiating that change. Thus, leaders influence the course in which other’s Read More

10 Characteristics That Lead To Success

  Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to learn from a number of men and women, who have made some outstanding achievements and over the past month, I decided to take some time to review my old notes and reflect on the many lessons I’ve learned from them. The list I’ve shared below are a brief compilation Read More

A Terrible Mistake Leaders Often Make

  As a leader, I find it alarming and disheartening how many leaders make one common mistake. Often this mistake is overlooked by these leaders and repeated by the people they intend to lead. According to research, only 11% of leaders in North America are effective. I would attribute this mistake to that discouraging figure, Read More

Have Courage – A Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Recently I have questioned my commitment to the ideals I pursue, teach and believe. I would guess that most of us would say, the most provocative question by which we could measure belief is simply, “Would you die for it?” Death for belief has created martyrs, many of whom have names we do not know, Read More

The Internal Serial Killer

Early in my professional career, I was a fairly timid and quiet guy. I was elevated to management, largely due to my knowledge and expertise, but, I lacked the self-confidence to really be labeled a leader. I often struggled when expressing an idea or articulating a point of view, that I knew would not be Read More

What are your guiding principles?

This past Thursday, I was invited to attend an award ceremony to celebrate the induction of three successful business leaders and supporters of Junior Achievement into the Junior Achievement Chicago Business Hall of Fame.  One of the laureates of the evening was Roy Carlson, chairman emeritus and founder of TDS (Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., Read More

Pigeonholed?

All of us know or have known someone within our professional lives that is or has been in a pigeonhole (to be stagnate, with little opportunity or growth in your current career for a long period of time). They’re OKAY…sometimes even great at what they do, but lack the attitude, skill, will and/or emotional intelligence Read More

Upgrade U

What was the last item you had to upgrade? Chances are one of the applications on your smart phone needed upgrading recently or maybe even the phone itself. I can’t speak for you, but whenever I see that there’s an upgrade available for an application on my smart phone or the software on my laptop, I Read More