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 →

Building a StoryBrand Book is Released

If you follow this blog, you know I am a huge Donald Miller fan. A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story is one of my favorite Donald Miller books. I also regularly listen to Miller's podcast which is my go-to place to better understand marketing communication and messaging.... Continue Reading →

This Start-Up Story is a Must Read for Every Entrepreneur

Forget all the phony internet garbage about how glorious the life of an entrepreneur is. Ignore the Instagram pictures of Ferraris and private jets with the word “hustle” written over it. If you want to understand what it’s like to start a business, you need to read this book. Phil Knight is incredibly successful. He... Continue Reading →

Putting Employees Ahead of Customers

The best leaders put customers first, right? Not if you are Richard Branson, J. Willard Marriott, Jim Goodnight, or Stephen Covey. They put employees first. Take a look at these quotes: “Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.” Richard Branson... 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 →

Great Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Love Their Teams

One frustrating thing I see in leaders from time to time is a negative attitude towards people. Many choose a career in leadership who don’t like dealing with people. Unfortunately, they usually find they are less effective as a leader with this mindset. The reason is that leadership is inherently a people business. "Leadership is... Continue Reading →

Remembering 9/11: Lessons in Crisis Leadership

  The world changed on September 11, 2001. And as a leader, I changed too. I was seven years out of the Navy and leading my first manufacturing plant. My time in the military was over and I had started a new career running a factory which made products for the electric utility industry.  The... 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 →

3 Reasons Why Leaders Need a No Whining Policy

When Pope Francis tells you to stop whining, you know there is power in the message. Since becoming the new pope, Francis has been a model of humility, empathy, and compassion. It’s obvious he cares deeply for people, especially the poor and oppressed. But a few weeks back, he did something that made headlines. He installed a... Continue Reading →

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