Give Us What You’ve Got

What are you bringing to the table today?

I love Steven Pressfield’s quote, “Creative work is not a selfish act or a bid for attention on the part of the actor. It’s a gift to the world and every being in it. Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

Show up today and do something great. Make your music. Lead your team. Write your story. Share your talk.

Read Pressfield’s last sentence again . . . “Don’t cheat us of your contribution. Give us what you’ve got.”

There is greatness in you … Amazing gifts and talents that need to be shared with the world. (tweet)

Make the choice to be engaged today. It will literally be a gift to the world.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What is one thing you can do today that could be a gift to the world?


Is it Time for a Trip?

St. Augustine once said, “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

When is the last time you traveled and what is one thing you learned?

If it has been a while, maybe it is time for a trip.

Leadership Begins at Home,


Do you have upcoming travel plans?

Share one leadership lesson from your last trip . . . 

Are We Having Fun Yet?

The wacky Dr. Seuss once wrote, “Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”


Unfortunately, leaders often live day after day, buried in monotony, dreading their tomorrows, and rarely looking forward to any fun.

Perhaps today would be a good time for you to lighten up a bit? I know leaders who are so intense they don’t even have fun when they are having fun.

If it has been a while since you had a good day … a fun day … now would be a good time to make a change.

Make it your goal today to laugh, play, be creative, and spend time with someone you enjoy. Doing so will make you a better leader and cause you to look forward to another fun one tomorrow.

Leadership Begins at Home,


Why do you think so many leaders stop having fun?

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You Can Only Have One Priority

For years the word priorities has bothered me. After all, how can you have more than one?

A priority, according to Webster, is “something given or meriting attention before competing alternatives.” Some thing, not things.

Only in today’s world of business and competition could we make a singular word into a to-do list of tasks and errands.

If you want to do something great with your time (see yesterday’s post), may I suggest you focus on the thing that matters most.

There is something in your leadership world that merits your attention today. Something more important than the competing alternatives.

Find your “it” and you will find focus.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What is your priority today?

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Are You Making the Competition Irrelevant?

In their book, Blue Ocean Strategy, Chan Kim and Renee Mauborne open with the story of Cirque du Soleil, basically a circus act on steroids, started in 1984 by an accordion player named Guy Laliberte.

Laliberte created more revenue in twenty years than Ringling Brothers was able to in over a century. And let’s face it, the circus was not exactly an industry everyone was gravitating toward when “Mr. Accordion” threw his hat in the “ring.”

How did he pull it off? According to Kim and Mauborne he appealed to a whole new, “uncontested market space that made the competition irrelevant.” 

As a leader, sometimes it is easier to focus on the competition than it is to stay focused on your product. However, doing so is very dangerous. Life becomes a never ending bloodbath to gain market share.

The alternative is better … to simply be yourself. Shakespeare said it best – “To thine own self be true.”

Take a moment and consider the rest of your month. What is on your schedule that reflects uniqueness – something you are planning to do that no one else is capable of doing? Whatever you identify has the potential to make your competition irrelevant.

Perhaps a word of encouragement to an employee? Possibly further development of an idea you have put on the shelf? A blog or article on a subject of interest? Maybe even a bed time story for your son with a fresh level of engagement?

There are things that only you can do. They can’t be delegated or outsourced. Discover them and put them on your calendar.

Your world needs Y-O-U.

Leadership Begins at Home,


What is one thing you need to do this month in order to be “true” to yourself?