Month: September 2013

Leveraging Mentors

Learning from others who have succeeded before you can be a difference-maker in your own pursuits. In fact, strong advisers have played a key role in the achievement of nearly every celebrated leader. The challenge is, how do you connect with the best mentors and persuade them to contribute to your success? I’ve observed that […]

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A New da Vinci Code

I never had a dog growing up. In fact, for years I didn’t really understand what all the fuss was about. Pets seemed messy, expensive and illogical. And then, without planning or consideration, I came across a puppy that was irresistible. So in mid-July, a new member was added to the family — da Vinci. […]

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A Simple Formula for Achievement

There appears to be a massive achievement gap in our country.  The large number of people that have a big goal to accomplish dwarfs the small number of those that actually achieve it.  Working with many startups and high-performance leaders over the years, I’ve observed a pattern that is followed by those who rack up […]

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The First (and Hardest) Step

Most people who are struggling and want to improve their situation aren’t lacking vision.   While they may not know the exact path forward, they have clarity on what a better career, family, or community might look like.  It’s easy to imagine a job where you get to contribute your best work, have the respect of […]

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Have a Plan Z, Your Dream Plan – Not Just a Plan B

Plan Z … Chances are your parents instructed you to always have Plan B. We all are familiar with this concept — a fallback plan in the event things go very wrong. The notion is so widespread that it’s even the name of a morning-after contraceptive pill. Most people first focus on their careers, which […]

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