Don’t Blink

Don’t Blink

A popular song by Kenny Chesney is titled Don’t Blink.   He sings, “Just like that you’re six years old and you take a nap and you wake up and your twenty-five … so don’t blink.”

I can relate to that. I look around and see my kids are the age that I think I should be. My grandchildren are the age that, in my mind, my children should be. What happened? Was I blinking all along and missed everyone growing up – including me? I was immersed in my children’s activities all of their lives. Looking back though it seems that they grew up in the blink of an eye.

During this Thanksgiving week, don’t blink for a while. Open your eyes … wide open. Don’t blink and go share with the people at work how thankful you are for your job. Don’t blink and tell every member of your family how much they mean to you. Don’t blink and admire the beauty of God’s creation. Don’t blink and give thanks that we are free to live in the greatest country in the world.

As Chesney says, “Take every breath God gives you for what it’s worth … now, don’t blink.”

Happy Thanksgiving week!

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Fear

 

One of the most frequently used expressions during the election season was FEAR.  Isn’t it ironic, maybe even fearful, that regardless of who would win the election in the greatest nation in the world that citizens would be full of fear?

 

Fear is a natural reaction to an unknown and I believe that the environment in which we choose to live creates a “known” that is not entirely true.

 

Most people choose a one-channel media source – conservatives tend to believe everything they hear on a conservative network and liberals tend to believe everything they hear on a liberal network.  Even more concerning is that many people’s primary source of news is from comedians and social media. Those opinions may get laughs and likes but are not legimate news outlets. People chose to listen to what they want to hear, socialize with people who believe what they believe, and worship with those who agree on the same social issues.  That is not necessarily bad, but it creates an insulated personal world where reality is not nearly as bad or as great as it is portrayed on whichever side you believe.

 

The antidote to fear is knowledge.  Check your sources or as Reagan said, “trust but verify.”   Some things are worthy of fear but I believe that most of our fears are based more on assumptions and off based opinions than factual information.

 

Together we can make America greater by dealing with reality, not the reality of fear mongers. Our nation is not going to move backwards to oppression. We are not going to lose our amendment rights. We are not going to arrest and haul off law abiding citizens. We are not going to punish our citizens who work hard.

 

America can become greater by creating more jobs. We can be greater at valuing lives of all colors – even the lives of unborn babies.  We can do better by living in a country of law and order. We can make our inner cities safer.  We can protect ourselves from radical terrorists.

 

Don’t you think we can do better?

 

Regardless who would have won this election, our nation would continue to move on.  We have issues to solve and wounds to heal. We will have plenty of other issues and wounds to heal after the next election and the next and the next.

 

In the meantime, there is no good reason for students to be skipping school, celebrities threating to move out of our country, or gangs vandalizing in protest. That does more harm than good.

 

I love the United States of America, even with our quirks.  Please join me in praying for our leaders and let’s all do our best to make America even greater.

 

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Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer. I remember the first time I saw him play. In the 1977 Houston Open I was following my hero. In a crowd of hundreds of people, I would have sworn he made eye contact with me on every hole. He had that kind of charisma.

Sometime today mix up an “Arnold Palmer” and toast a man who knew how to win with class. Cheers!TwoRuleOfLeadership

Hate Mondays? Some tips on beating the blues…

Become a Monday lover. Yep, you. “If you’re an energetic and ready-to-go Monday person,” David Cottrell said, “the people around you will become one, too.”

This is just one of the tips you can find in Gail Rosenblum’s recent article in the Star Tribune regarding Monday Morning Blues. I enjoyed the interview and wanted to share the full article with you:

http://www.startribune.com/rosenblum-hate-mondays-some-tips-on-beating-the-blues/392810431/

Achieve Extraordinary Leadership Results with Class

Leadership is demanding. If you want to lead a great team, you have to be great. If you want great, long-term leadership success you have to win with great class.

The good news is that the rewards for being a great, rather than average, leader are heavily skewed. People want to work for the best, buy from the best, and deal with the best in almost every situation in our society. The rewards for being a great leader are enormous. People flock to winners.

What you do with your life will be your legacy. No one requires you to win with class. It is something you do to help someone along the way, to support your colleagues, your friends, and those whom you may not know. It is a gift that comes without a price tag. Your legacy is priceless.

In some cases, you may never know how much you impact the success of others.
Not too long ago, while touring Boston, I passed a cemetery where Ephraim Wales Bull was buried. I had never heard of Ephraim Wales Bull, but the tour guide said he was the person who created Concord grapes. However, he never profited from the grapes because he died before they were marketed in jellies and jams.

The reason I share the story of Ephraim Wales Bull is because the epitaph on his gravestone reads, “He Sowed, Others Reaped.” I think that should be our mission as leaders—to keep sowing and allow others to reap. That is what leadership is all about.

If you want to achieve extraordinary results with class, read and apply The First Two Rules of Leadership: Don’t be Stupid. Don’t Be a Jerk.  It will help improve morale, decrease turnover, increase everyone’s job satisfaction, and you will have a whole lot more fun leading.

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Don’t be a Jerk. Win with Class

The joy of leadership is in the gift of knowledge that you give, not in what you receive in return. The purpose of giving is not to receive back in full measure. If you give solely with the expectation of receiving something in return, you are really not giving—you’re swapping. If you receive something in return of your gift, what you receive is a bonus—not a repayment of debt.

There are people surrounding you today who could use your experience, advice, and counsel. Just look around . . . people are desperate for help and do not know where to go or who to turn to. You have the experience to make a profound difference in their life just by sharing your knowledge.

The average person has great intentions of making a difference. Intentions do not accomplish anything. The people who find success make the conscious decision to step out and make a difference. I hope you will make that decision.

If you want to achieve extraordinary results with class, read and apply The First Two Rules of Leadership: Don’t be Stupid. Don’t Be a Jerk.  It will help improve morale, decrease turnover, increase everyone’s job satisfaction, and you will have a whole lot more fun leading.

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Don’t Be a Jerk. Lead with Confidence

“Something can be done and there is something I can do.”  —  Unknown

Your attitude toward life is the most important choice you make.  It will reflect your past, describe your present and predict your future. The great news is that your attitude is something you can always control.   You are the conductor of your attitude – no one else can compose your thoughts for you.

Successful leaders choose not to inflict the poison of negative attitudes on themselves. People who are positive and confident attract others like a magnet. They add energy to those around them, whereas negative and cynical people zap that same energy, draining the room of confidence.

Your attitude is powerful.  It can convince or discourage others who are watching you.  A positive attitude can mean the difference between a survivor and a victim because it impacts every part of your life.  It is the linchpin for successes and failures.

I cannot name one successful person who I would describe as negative and cynical. Not one. Can you? Do you think it is coincidental? I don’t think so. Optimism and confidence are two traits that you will find in great leaders, regardless of industry, profession, or age.

A confident, enthusiastic attitude is more important to your success than how you dress, how you look, how much skill you have, how much education you’ve accumulated, and how gifted you think you are. The good news is that you have an opportunity to choose the attitude you have for each situation every day.

If you want to achieve extraordinary results with class, read and apply The First Two Rules of Leadership: Don’t be Stupid. Don’t Be a Jerk.  It will help improve morale, decrease turnover, increase everyone’s job satisfaction, and you will have a whole lot more fun leading.

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