Pay Attention to Perspective

Perspective is defined as, “The ability to perceive things in their actual interrelations or comparative importance.”


On a flight last evening I was reminded of the value of taking a 30,000 foot view of things.

The ability to perceive the lay of the land is easy in a plane. Unfortunately, when it comes to our lives, most of us grind away on the ground, rarely examining what is really important.

If leaders expect to remain effective it is vital for them to pick their heads up occasionally and assess reality.

How much of your time is spent working IN your business (or life) versus working ON your business?

If you want to lead at a higher level, I encourage you to pay attention to perspective.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What percentage of a leader’s time needs to be spent working ON the business?

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What’s Your Favorite Motivational Quote?

There is an old Proverb, “Words kill, words give life. They’re either poison or fruit. You choose.”

The principle is not limited to, spoken sticks and stone bone-breaking words. It also applies to quotes.

Below are four of my favorite that serve to boost my motivation. Click on any of the following to tweet …

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” – Helen Keller

“If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” – Dale Carnegie

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

What is your favorite motivational quote?

Leadership Begins at Home,


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Do You Think Others First?

A while back I picked up my copy of Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

When it comes to working on my people skills, Carnegie’s classic is still one of my favorites.

One of the best reminders in the book is where Carnegie writes, “The unvarnished truth is that almost all the people you meet feel superior to you in some way, and a sure way to their hearts is to let them realize in some subtle way that you recognize their importance, and recognize it sincerely.”  He goes on, referring to what Emerson once said: “Every man I meet is my superior in some way. In that, I learn of him.”

I love those words so much because they keep me focused on the importance of other people. Great leaders think others first.

Unfortunately, I have a tendency to think me first. More than I care to admit, I default to my-self, my agenda, my success, and my dreams.

Carnegie’s reminder is not original to him. This idea was first written about a couple thousand years ago when Paul penned in his letter to the Philippian church, “In humility value others above yourselves.”

If you want to win friends and influence people, perhaps you should start by changing your focus.

Everyone you meet today will have tremendous value. The question is, will you exercise the humility to recognize it?

Leadership Begins at Home,


Who has added value to your life during the past month?

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