Are You a Magnetic Leader?

In his book The Man Nobody Knows, Bruce Barton writes the following words: “Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside themselves was superior to circumstance.”

Leaders just seem to have a quality of belief that there is something better than the status quo … something higher than average … something beyond circumstance.

It is this belief that calls to those who follow. The belief manifests itself as personal magnetism.

Barton goes on, “The essential element in personal magnetism is a consuming sincerity – an overwhelming faith in the importance of the work one has to do.”   

So here is the question … Do you have an overwhelming faith in the importance of the work you do? Something you believe in that draws others to you.

If not, perhaps you should go back to the drawing board.

There is something that calls to you. It is superior to your circumstances. Identify it, get serious and sincere about it, and watch what happens.

You will become a magnet.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What is the cause that calls the loudest to you?

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Time is More Valuable than Money

American entrepreneur, Jim Rohn (1930-2009), once wrote, “Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” 

I would add, people are also more valuable than money.

I know many leaders who are obsessed with money. They talk about it, fret about it, and think about it, even more than they think about people. When money becomes a leader’s focus they compromise on how they use their time. The most important relationships are neglected. Recitals, bedtime stories, and date nights fall by the wayside. Teams become a means of production rather than a group of individuals with meaningful stories.

Like money, time can be spent on people. The difference is, money can only buy and build temporary stuff. Time can be used to build relationships, create community, and serve those in need. The biggest factor that separates the performance of one leader from another is their use of time and their focus on relationships

Today I encourage you to remember that time is more valuable than money, and people are more valuable than both.

Your family and your team need you more than they need what you can buy them or pay them. Focus on using your time effectively, investing in those around you, and you will be a better leader.

Leadership Begins at Home, 


Are there times when you are tempted to see money as more valuable than time?

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Remember, Your Business is Your Stage

One of my favorite things about my work is the interesting people I am able to meet.

Yesterday, my friend Billy Boughey and I were spending time brainstorming business models when we happened to run into James Gilmore, the author of The Experience Economy. Being an idea expert himself, Billy who leads Elevate, was like a kid on Christmas morning when he met the guru.

Jim Gilmore

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The subtitle of Gilmore’s book, Work is Theater and Every Business a Stage, is a great challenge to anyone who leads an organization.

Hopefully, like the best thespians, you understand that theater is about the audience, not the actors.

As you think about your business, do you see the audience as the hero? If not, you are missing the point … people are looking for an experience, not a commodity.

In a Harvard Business Review article, Gilmore and Joe Pine wrote the following words:

“Ensuring the integrity of the customer experience requires more than the layering on of positive cues. Experience stagers also must eliminate anything that diminishes, contradicts, or distracts from the theme, Most constructed spaces – malls, offices, buildings, or airplanes – are littered with meaningless or trivial messages.”

If you want to elevate your game, I encourage you to evaluate your messages. Are they meaningless? Trivial? More about you than the audience? If so, it’s time to clear the clutter and create an experience.

Remember, your business is your stage. If you hope to get your message across, focus on what matters most … Your customers.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What is the best customer experience you have had during the past month?

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Are You Celebrating Where You Are?

Last night I read these words from my daughter’s latest blog…

“I am choosing to celebrate where I am, instead of mourning where I am not.”

She is currently in a time of transition, preparing for the next phase of life. Truthfully, it would be easy for her to give into the temptation of wishing she was somewhere else.

Are You Celebrating Where You Are?I meet people all the time who are wishing their life away – constantly looking down the road to what lies ahead. For leaders, one of the greatest challenges is to stay in the moment. By nature, we are wired to look ahead … to push for what’s next.

As you begin a new week, resist the urge to focus on the future. Instead, relish today; celebrate where you are. Today is the only day you have.

My daughter’s words, “I am choosing,” are the key. If you will choose to celebrate where you are, instead of mourning where you are not, you will increase your chances of getting to where you are going with a heart full of joy.

Leadership Begins at Home,


Why do you think leaders have such a hard time living in the moment?

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When Motivation Fades … Focus on the Finish

Over the years, one of the places I have watched my motivation go up and down is in the area of fitness.

Exercise and nutrition provide us with a powerful reminder that motivation leaks. There is nowhere this is more true than in the middle of a marathon.

PerseveranceI have been crazy enough to step to the line several times over the past few years, and not once have I been able to prevent my motivation from waning at some point during each race.

When motivation fades, and it always does (whether you are running a race, working on a relationship, or trying to lead a team), the most powerful thing you can do is to focus on the finish.

More times than not, there is a greater reward awaiting if you will stay the course and remember your “Why?”

Whenever you hit one of those bad patches, think back to your WHY and you will be shocked at how much easier it becomes to push through the pain and finish the race.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What area of your life do you find it most difficult to stay motivated?

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