Growth & Change


One Simple Way to Build Better Professional Relationships

Remember the oft-quoted cliche? It’s not just what you know that makes a difference; it’s who you know. In business and life, relationship is everything. Sounds so pedestrian, but it's so true. I consider myself in the people business. My vision is to raise up a new breed of leaders who steward their calling to turn the world right side up. If I don't serve, connect, and network with people, everything I do is is vain. In Tommy Spaulding's It's Not Just Who You Know, the author categorizes relationships into five floors of a building and identifies key attributes ...

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What Dying to Self Taught Me About Leadership

This is a guest post by Elisa Watson. Elisa is a mother to four smart, funny, kind and amazingly chill boys, and she is the other half to Showit CEO and Owner Todd Watson. She loves good storytelling of all sorts, from books to blogs to television to movies to music, and writing is her favorite way to process all that is hard and wonderful and absurd in life. Learn more at showit.co and elisajoyful.com My husband has asked me to wear less makeup, maybe even none. I don't wear a lot, but my life is very full and I sleep very little and I'm very tired, and I wear makeup ...

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5 Quick Ways to Structure a Winning Presentation

In Timothy Koegel's The Exceptional Presenter, he guarantees that if you use the following five components - you can master any presentation. This could be a 60-second elevator pitch or a 20-minute keynote or a 2-hour workshop. Personally, I used this approach in my latest sermon at a church and it has elevated my delivery significantly. Whether you're scheduled for a media appearance or job interview, these five components will benefit you greatly. 1. Begin with a "Purpose" Ralph Smedley said it best: "A speech without a purpose is like a journey without a destin...

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20 Tips to Mastering the Art of Self-Leadership

Self-leadership is the essence of leadership. It is based on the notion: Knowing yourself to lead yourself. Many great thinkers, including Thales ("Know thyself"), William Shakespeare ("To thine own self be true") to Gandhi ("You must be the change you wish to see in the world"), have exhorted us to look within ourselves to elicit our leadership potential. Richard Leider, the best-selling author of Repacking Your Bags: The Power of Purpose, shares twenty powerful tips on self-leadership from The Leader of the Future. 1. The quality and depth of our leadership ...

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Reading Habits of Highly Effective People [Infographic]

Oscar Wilde is right: "It is what you read when you don't have to that determines what you will be when you can't help it." I read about 1-2  books per week. Like a miner searches for gold, I read because it’s my daily sustenance for learning. In fact, I am addicted to learning. One of my dreams is to have a Beauty-in-the-Beast like personal library in my house. The truth is leaders are consummate learners. The following #infographic shares reading habits of some of the most successful people. Leaders are readers. According to an HBR article, “Nike ...

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Interview with Dan Negroni: Unpacking the Millennial Generation

Dan Negroni is a coach, consultant, facilitator and keynote speaker for today’s critical cross-generational issues, bridging the gap between managers and their millennial workforce to increase employee engagement, productivity and profits. Dan leverages his authentic, no-nonsense approach and a successful 20+ year career as a CEO, attorney, senior sales and marketing executive, to reinvigorate businesses and people. He is the recent author of Chasing Relevance: 6 Steps to Understand, Engage and Maximize Next Generation Leaders in the Workplace. 1. What inspired ...

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10 Steps to Becoming a Thought Leader in Your Field

Let’s start with the definition of thought leadership:  Thought Leadership is the art of positioning your company as a leader in its field through best-in-class content. By publishing articles, videos, research, or any other form of original content regularly, potential clients and members of your industry may begin associating your brand with insight and authority. Think of names like Peter Drucker, John Maxwell, Jim Collins, Malcolm Gladwell, or Seth Godin. You know these people’s names not because of their business accomplishments, but rather because of ...

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The 22 Indispensable Rules of Storytelling from Pixar

Back when she was working as a storyboard artist for Pixar, Emma Coats tweeted a series of story writing tips gleaned over years of experience. Her short 140-character nuggets of wisdom convey a deep understanding of what makes a truly good story. A great leader once said, "Leadership is in the story-telling business." So true. I cannot think of a better company than Pixar to talk about the power of storytelling. Just look to their hit films like Toy Story, Wall-E and UP. Here are the tips, handily compiled in list form: #1: You admire a character for trying ...

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Top 40 Stephen Covey Quotes of All-Time

Stephen Covey passed away in July 2012, leaving behind an incredible legacy with his teachings about leadership, time management, effectiveness, success and even love and family. His seminal work, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People transformed the way people act on their problems with a compelling and well-defined process. His writings have been influential in my development of life. The following are powerful collection of his best wisdom. On Choice “Each of us guards a gate of change that can be opened only from the inside.” “Every human being has ...

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9 Surprising Job Interview Tips from America’s Top Career Expert

In a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Labor, it was revealed that the average person in the U.S. born between 1957 and 1964, had to go job-hunting 17.2 times from when they were 18 years old until they were 48. Job hunting isn’t an optional exercise. It’s a must. Richard Bolles, widely known as America's top career expert, wrote the world’s most popular job hunting guide “What Color is Your Parachute?” that reveals practical tips for writing impressive resumes and cover letters, networking effectively, interviewing with confidence and negotiating a ...

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