Winning at Home

Leaders are winners. By nature, they love to compete. Unfortunately, “winning at work” often gets in the way of what is most important. Winning at home.

As you go into the weekend, let me remind you that the only person who can fill your role in your family is Y-O-U.

I suspect many of you need to refocus on what matters most and lock in on some intentional family connections over the next couple of days.

The work week is almost gone. There are no do-overs. But the next two days are right in front of you.

Will you have more weekends in the future? Perhaps. But I can assure you that you only have one shot at this one. Make the most of it.

General Colin Powell once said, “Have fun in your command. Don’t always run at a breakneck pace. Take leave when you’ve earned it, spend time with your families.”

I hope you have an amazing weekend, and most of all, I hope you are focused on winning at home.



My least favorite physics word is “inertia.”

Inertia is defined as, “Resistance or disinclination to motion, action, or change.”

Can you say, “Default mode?”

Most of us are allergic to motion, hate action, and resist change. It is easier to play it safe and stay comfortable. And so the downward pull sets in causing us to choose complacency over courage.

Inertia reminds me that it is easier to pull someone down than it is to pull them up. Picture someone standing on a chair and someone else standing on the floor. Who do you think wins that tug-of-war? No contest.

If you want to keep climbing the leadership mountain, forget about eliminating inertia. It will not happen. However, you can defeat inertia and reach the summit if you will keep moving, develop a bias for action, and embrace change.

Someone is counting on you to show up with energy, passion, and strength today and win the war against inertia.

Don’t let them down.


Performance Goes up When Praise is Present

My favorite leaders are positive leaders. They understand the value of affirmation.

“Negative” and “critical” words are rarely associated with respected leaders.

If you want to be a great leader, work on being a great encourager.

Why not make it your goal this week to say at least one positive comment in every conversation you have?


When is the last time you saw performance affected by encouragement?

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Are You on the Doorstep of It Might Have Been?

A while back I caught a few minutes of the TV gameshow Jeopardy. One of the questions was a great reminder for leaders.


The answer … IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.

The lines come from Whittier’s poem, Maud Muller. It is about two people who missed an opportunity for love, only to be left thinking, “It might have been.”

Scary words for a leader. Think about it. With barely more than a quarter left in 2016, many of us are on the doorstep of “It might have been?” 

Before the curtain closes on 2016, I encourage you to refocus and go into attack mode to finish the things still undone.

If you will, at year end hopefully you’ll be able to say, “I did it,” rather than, “It might have been.”


What needs to be your top priority before the end of 2016?

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