Put Yourself First

Put Yourself First

Putting ourselves first sounds narcissistic at first, doesn't it? However, as the leader, the most difficult person we will ever lead is ourselves, and our tendency is to focus on leading and managing everyone else at the expense or neglect of our own person leadership and growth. So practically speaking what does it look like to put ourselves first in a way that benefits everyone else?

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The Difference Between an Entrepreneur and a Leader

The Difference Between an Entrepreneur and a Leader

An Entrepreneur tends to be growth-oriented. Entrepreneurs tend to be great starters, thinkers, and strategic thinkers. Entrepreneurs tend to be willing to roll the dice and take big risks. They consider numerical success as their primary metric. Entrepreneurs are pioneers, but may have a hard time sticking with a vision over the long haul. Entrepreneurs may be brilliant but can be intimidating, or even considered a bully if they are not in touch with their own emotional intelligence.  Entrepreneurs often become their own liability in an organization if they can't morph, as the company grows, into a leader! 

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Work Hard, Play Hard

Work Hard, Play Hard

One of the things I love to ask a leader is “What is your hobby? What are you passionate about besides work?” I am always concerned about a guy (or gal) that says: “My job is my hobby!” When I hear a leader say this I think to myself: “Get a life (and a coach)!” Even for those of us who aren’t that extreme about our work, many of us would still confess to working or thinking about work virtually every waking moment of our lives. Does that describe you? Do you work or think about work all the time? If so, you may be inhibiting your success more than you realize...and you need to get a life!

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The Discipline of Celebration

The Discipline of Celebration

I have a confession. I am a recovering perfectionist. By nature nothing is ever good enough. I did say I am recovering. I have grown tremendously in this area. These days I am able to embrace and enjoy the journey more often because I have learned to celebrate more often. For most people I know, celebrating wins and enjoying the journey does not come easily. For most of us celebration is a discipline. Does that describe you? If so, do what I did. Discipline yourself to celebrate. Here’’s a system that has helped me grow tremendously in this department:

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