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Leaders Know the Power of Holding Others Capable

May 10, 2020

“Don’t chase after success, chase after capability.  If you are capable of anything, then success will be chasing you.”

                                                                                                         - Meme


I love the distinction from my good friend, Kelly Anne Zielinski, CEO of Self Leadership Global, often shares, “It is much more effective to hold someone capable, than to hold them accountable.” 


In studying attributes of success in the world of leadership, the concept of accountability is often identified for its importance and effectiveness.  Taking personal accountability for the...

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He Said He Never "Lost" a Match

May 03, 2020

“Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”

                                                                                        - Scott Fitzgerald


I began my martial arts training when I was a young boy of ten.  As many youngsters, I had heroes that I idolized. 


Unlike many of my friends who admired heroes from more traditional sports like football, basketball and baseball, my heroes came from the world of martial arts.  Names like World Kickboxing Champions, Bill “Superfoot” Wallace (who would later become my instructor), Joe Lewis and Jeff Smith (both of who I would also later get the opportunity to train with) were who I held in the highest of esteem. 


And of course, there was Chuck...

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Leaders Know We Are Never Too Old to Learn or Too Young to Teach

Apr 26, 2020

“Commit yourself to life-long learning.  The most valuable asset you’ll ever have is your mind and what you put into it.”

                                                                                                   - Brian Tracy


While our current state of home-confinement has curtailed many of the activities we are used to engaging in, what it has afforded many of us is the opportunity to slow down.


This decrease in the pace of our regular routines can provide us time to take a pause and evaluate where we have been, where we are going and where we might learn and grow, both personally and professionally, to be our best selves.


In saying this, I am reminded of a conference...

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Self-Care: The Often Forgotten Quality of Leadership

Apr 19, 2020

“When you recover or discover something that nourishes your soul and brings joy, care enough about yourself to make room for it in your life.”

                                                                                     – Jean Shinoda Bolen


During many of these blog posts, I have discussed the importance of being of service to living a an impactful and fulfilling life.  Specifically, when one combines what they love doing, with what they are great at and with that, provide a high degree of service to others, a recipe for a truly Championship Life can be realized. 


However, while doing acts of service is an integral part of experiencing happiness and fulfillment in our lives, who is the one person we tend to take care of...

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The 3 Abilities of Leadership

Apr 12, 2020

“The moment you take Responsibility for everything in your life, is the moment you can change Anything in your life.”

                                                                                                                   - Hal Elrod


As a speaker, I am honored each year to share my Mind of a Champion message with wide variety of audiences.  Groups range from elementary school children all the way to corporate leaders. 


While it does take a diverse set of skills and strategies to be able to communicate with, and hold the attention of audiences of such a wide range, I believe that we are “all big kids anyway” and as a result the essence of...

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3 Keys to Finding Clarity and Purpose in Uncertain Times

Apr 05, 2020

“When [what you are deeply passionate about, what you can be best in the world at and what drives your economic engine] come together, not only does your work move toward greatness, but so does your life. For, in the end, it is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life.”

                                                                                                - Jim Collins, author, Good to Great


In this current time of quarantine, social distancing and uncertainty, if you’re like me, you may be taking some time to reflect on where you have been and what direction you would like to go in this new world.


Recently, I was...

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3 Strategies Leaders Use to Transform Boredom into Success

Mar 28, 2020

“The great threat to success is not failure, it’s boredom.”

                                                                                                         - James Clear


Throughout my over four decades as a martial arts instructor, I have had the honor of teach literally thousands of students.  During this time, approximately 1,000 students have earned their Black Belts. 


Of those students, I can think of only two students who when I first saw them, I knew they had everything it took to become a Black Belt and eventually did – only two. 


Many others had naturally physical, mental and emotional...

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Leadership Through Service During Challenging Times

Mar 23, 2020

“We must be silent before we can listen; we must listen before we can learn; we must learn before can prepare; we must prepare before we can serve; and we must serve before we can lead.

                                                                                                    - William Arthur Ward


The quote above is one I use in every keynote talk I deliver regarding leadership.  I believe that leadership which is fueled by a heart dedicated to serve is one of the most powerful forces on our planet, and one that is most definitely needed during our current state of national emergency in dealing with the coronavirus. 


When we think of our recent history’s...

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Overcoming Fear in the Face of Challenge

Mar 17, 2020

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

                                                                                                       - Nelson Mandela


The COVID-19 virus is clearly impacting our planet.  Thousands have contracted and died from this disease, countries are on high alert and health experts around the globe are predicting that this is just the beginning of the impact this outbreak will have on our lives.


This is a serious situation that deserves our full attention.


In times of crisis, it is understandable for us to be in fear.  It is a...

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Great Leaders Know Rest is Part of Their Training (Success)

Mar 09, 2020

“It's very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems.”

                                                                                       - Thich Nhat Hanh


I am writing this blog for myself.  My logic in sharing this publicly with you, is I actually might listen to my own coaching (as well as help some others along the way).


Like all of us, I have been blessed with specific talents that have served me quite well.  However, I also have some very specific “areas of opportunity” that I could address to make myself...

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