The One Mistake to Avoid as a New Leader

You got the new job. You accepted the promotion. You’re in charge now. Whether you’re a first-time leader or an experienced manager in a new role, the first 100 days are critical. It’s important to set the tone early. One of the biggest mistakes I see new leaders make is when they spend all their time working in... Continue Reading →

Looking to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone? Hire a Navy Seal

“Don’t get too comfortable. Ever.” Navy Seal Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. We’ve all probably read this quote or seen something like it on Instagram. Deep down, we know personal growth comes when we depart our comfort zone. Many of us are willing to step outside our comfort zone for short... Continue Reading →

5 Keys to Setting the Tone as a New Leader

Whether you’re a first-time leader or an experienced manager in a new role, the first 100 days are critical. People are watching you closely which can be intimidating but it also can be used to your advantage. “As a leader you set the tone for your entire team.” Colin Powell Setting the tone is imperative... Continue Reading →

Can a Japanese Manufacturing Technique be the Secret to Self-Improvement?

Americans are terrible at sticking to goals. Just go to any gym in January and look at the crowded parking lot. The same gym will be empty a month later. In fact, 20% of people will drop their New Year’s Resolution efforts after just one week of trying and only 8% will ever achieve their... Continue Reading →

3 Reasons Why Punctuality Will Help your Career

  I’ve always been on time and I think it started with my father. My dad was the guy who always showed up 15 to 20 minutes early for everything. He liked to be on time. I remember when my sister graduated from Boston College. He wanted to get there early. The graduation was downtown... Continue Reading →

Getting Comfortable with Making Mistakes

Many people put off the dream of starting their own business because they are afraid to fail. The truth is, about half of all new businesses will fail in the first five years. But that also means that half will succeed. If you’re thinking about becoming an entrepreneur, consider the six points that I wrote... Continue Reading →

10 Steps to Survive and Thrive in Your First Leadership Job

  I had all the wisdom of a 23-year-old and all the experience of a junior officer who spent the past year in Naval training schools. In other words, I had no idea what I was doing. But I was in charge. My first leadership job was taking over the Reactor Controls Department on the... Continue Reading →

Get Up & Get Going!

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” Aristotle As I wrote about in The Secrets of Morning People Revealed, mornings are uniquely important in five distinct ways: Your willpower is at its highest Your mind is less scattered You’re less likely to be interrupted You increase the... Continue Reading →

3 Reasons Why the Struggle is More Important than the Goal

I’m not a runner, but I ran six half-marathons once. Growing up in New England, it was always a dream to one day run the Boston Marathon but training for and running six half-marathons was all I needed to realize how difficult that would be. I learned that running is hard and running long distances... Continue Reading →

Everyone Can Help Give Veterans a Fighting Chance

I remember the feeling I had stepping off the USS Tennessee for the last time. It was 1994, I was 26 years old, and I had no idea what I was going to do next. For the five years I served on active duty, the Navy pretty much told me what to do. They also... Continue Reading →

Patton on Micromanagement

"Keep on advancing… whether we go over, under, or through the enemy," General Patton told his troops, and they did. Under his leadership, the 3rd Army swept across France, crossed the Rhine and charged straight into the heart of Germany.  In 1945, his troops captured more than 10,000 square miles of enemy territory in one 10-day... Continue Reading →

The Secrets of Morning People Revealed

  For most of my life, I couldn’t stand morning people. They seemed so annoyingly happy. They got up early, they planned their day, they worked out and they always seemed to be in a good mood. I was the guy who maximized the snooze alarm, quickly got ready and rushed out the door with... Continue Reading →

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