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Perfectionism—The Secret Thief of Dreams

Perfectionism—The Secret Thief of Dreams

Most of you have probably never heard of Lord Acton, but I bet you have heard the phrase, “Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” attributed to him. John Dalberg-Acton—or Lord Acton—was a 19th century historian. His story is really quite tragic, and...

Lead YOU First

Lead YOU First

My friend Trey asks great questions. He recently asked me, “So why did you call it lead you first?” As I fumbled for a concise response, the question rattled around in my head for several weeks. That inquiry inspired this post. The importance of personal leadership...

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The most important word for impact—“NO”

The most important word for impact—“NO”

  “It is the super-achievers, and only the super-achievers, who have learned to say No.”   –Peter Drucker  The word “NO” might be the most important word when it comes to productivity. Once you identify what’s important (read prior posts in the 10x your productivity...

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What is Good or Bad? A Tao Parable

What is Good or Bad? A Tao Parable

A farmer and his son lived on a farm in the countryside. They owned a beautiful horse they cherished deeply. The farmer entered the horse into a village contest and won first prize along with some money. When his neighbors gathered to congratulate him, they said...

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Get Off the Hedonic Treadmill

Get Off the Hedonic Treadmill

Extensive global research on happiness exists, and understanding how happiness works is a key life leadership skill that has enormous implications for your life and your family. Here is today's Big Idea: Research shows that new circumstances or new purchases rarely...

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Great Leadership Always Includes Gratitude

Great Leadership Always Includes Gratitude

Here is today’s BIG IDEA—The research is very clear that gratitude changes your brain chemistry and wiring, your leadership results, your physical health, and the health of your organization. Many years ago, I was leading meth recovery groups for the VA hospital. One...

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Solve Your Problems By Subtraction

Solve Your Problems By Subtraction

The Big Idea: According to research, the human brain tries to solve most of life’s problems through adding solutions, instead of removing things that might easily fix the problem. For years I studied productivity. I took online courses, I read books and research, I...

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