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 →

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 →

The Truth about Authenticity

  While fake news is often hard to spot, phony advertising, inauthentic companies, and fake people aren’t. I was listening to my favorite podcast the other day and I heard it. I wasn’t listening for it, but it was obvious. Commercials on podcasts usually involve the host telling you how great a product or service... Continue Reading →

Stop Expecting People to be Perfect

I have written many times that leadership is a people business. It's about motivating and challenging people to accomplish big things. If you don't like people, you shouldn't be a leader. The truth is, people are messy. They have fears, anxieties, quirks, annoying habits, hangups, issues, and problems. Each member of your team is probably... 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 →

The Discipline of Getting Things Done

I love being an entrepreneur. I love being my own boss. The freedom to operate my business the way I want to is everything I hoped it would be. The downside is, I had no idea how much work it would be. With only a small team, the quantity of work to be done by... Continue Reading →

None of the Above

Fair warning, this is not my typical article. It’s not about leadership, business, careers, culture, entrepreneurship, or the military. But it’s related. This post is about the importance of finding common ground and learning how to work with people you disagree with. In the vitriolic, bitter, hateful and often venomous climate that seems to exist... 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 →

Stop Talking and Start Doing: 5 Ways to Become a Person of Action

People with good intentions make terrible employees. Don’t get me wrong, good intentions are fine but I prefer working with people who get things done. There’s nothing more frustrating to me than to hear someone talk about all the things they are going to do, especially when I know it’s never going to happen. If... Continue Reading →

The Joy of Middle Management

So, you’ve finally made it to middle management. You’ve arrived at that magical place where you are responsible and accountable for the performance of a team but you still have limited authority and influence in your organization. Welcome to the Danger Zone! Why is it so dangerous? Because, if you are not careful, this is... Continue Reading →

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