What does it take to get on the Medal Stand and out of the Grandstands?
She’s won 17 Olympic medals. 12 of them are gold.
She holds 13 world records.
She’s been Sports Woman of the Year twice.
She’s obviously a remarkable swimmer.
She did all of it after having the lower part of both legs amputated when she was 18 months old.
Jessica Long’s drive, devotion and discipline are unquestioned. Her determination is boundless. (NBC produced an in-depth look at her life you can find here.)
Is all of that enough? If you had each of those characteristics in immeasurable quantity, would it be enough to make you an Olympian?
Is drive, devotion and discipline enough?
>How did Bruno Mars make it to the Super Bowl Halftime Show?
Do you like the music of the Hawaiian-born Peter Gene Hernandez? He’s a mighty good Elvis impersonator in case you missed him.
His father nicknamed him after a famous wrestler; later, Bruno added another name to it.
You may know him today as Bruno Mars
How is Bruno Mars doing these days?
I will be enjoying a family vacation for the next few weeks. While I’m gone, I want to share with you some of the Gold Feature articles I have written. Each of them supports my mission to serve you, which is to provide Practical Strategies to Help Leaders Get Real Results. Not a lot of jabber, theories or dreams … but proven solutions you can use to become a more effective leader and build a successful business.
“Who’s walking on my field?”
You’re lugging 40 pounds on your back in 100 degree temperature. Your head’s tucked inside a small capsule like a two-pound sausage in a one-pound casing and sweat’s pouring down your brow.
There’s no chance the sun will disappear … it’s only 10 a.m. … and while there’s water everywhere, your reach for the next bottle seems to exceed your grasp.
Oh, yeah, and the boss expects you to be running – not walking – on his field.
Join in a football game with Nick Saban, the legendary football coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide. You’ll see how he scores a touchdown every time.
By any other name, FOCUS is the one thing we all struggle with.
There is too much to do, too much coming at us and we want it all.
We want to work hard, perform well, love our families, dote on our children … and be great athletes, gifted musicians … did I leave out the Red Carpet encore?
This simple quote is another way to frame the issue.
The less we try to do, the more we can accomplish and this is one swing thought that might help.
“The secret of concentration is elimination.”
~ Dr. Howard Hendricks
Question: What’s the one thing you can STOP DOING TODAY … so you can focus on what you really need to get done?
NOW is the time for tough decisions?
“Now is the time for tough decisions,” said Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder, on the occasion of Detroit’s bankruptcy filing.
Did he say “NOW is the time for tough decisions”?
Maybe for the weak-kneed, lily-livered city fathers who’ve been putting lipstick on this pig for years, but “NOW” was a very long time ago for Detroit. (This isn’t elistist babble, either. I was born in Detroit and raised in the great State of Michigan.)
Let’s come at this from a different perspective
But, it isn’t our place to examine the state of the American city and the financial woes that are afflicting all of our governmental entities.
It is our business, however, to examine the leadership and decision-making process that brought Detroit to this fateful day.
Can’t Make the Tough Decision? Leave the Kitchen!
How many times have you … and me, too … deferred a difficult decision because we desperately held on to an easer choice even though we knew we were only delaying the inevitable?
This is the Achilles’ heel of almost every business leader I know.
I’ve written about this dilemma on many occasions … and from many perspectives. Why don’t leaders deal with issues as they “show up” rather than when they “blow up. Why do we hesitate to make the tough calls and do the right thing?
Isn’t that why we’re earning the big bucks?
5 Warning Signs that Tough Decisions Aren’t Being Made Read the Full Article to Learn the 5 Warning Signs
A young friend of mine called last week.
“Hey, did Jamie Dimon steal your book?” he asked, referring to the The Essential Hallmarks of a Good Leader recently published.
“No, he certainly didn’t steal it,” I said. “He might have read it since you can get it for free right here? Why would you think he stole it.”
“Okay,” he replied. “I guess he didn’t steal it then … but is there any chance he might have written it?”
Funny guy, huh?
Who is Jamie Dimon?
As you probably know, Jamie Dimon is the Chairman and CEO of JP Morgan Chase, with an enviable track record as a visionary executive leading large and complex financial organizations.
And, no, he didn’t write The Cornerstones of Effective Leadership … but I was eager to see just what my friend was referring to … and more importantly, what Jamie had to say about the characteristics he thought were the most important to being a successful leader.
What does Jamie think?
“Nope. I know what my intention is. People’s opinions of me who don’t know me and have never met me, that’s none of my business. That’s a projection of theirs, and it has nothing to do with me.”
Earlier, my wife put the most recent copy of People magazine on my reading table, not for me to read but just to set it down somewhere while she did something else.
Do you see the difference?
To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. ~ Elbert Hubbard
Of course, when I saw the headline that it was about the Most Beautiful Woman in the World, I had to pick it up and see, “Who?” … “Why Her?” … and, you know, see how well it aligned with my world view.
But, as I started to read the article, I was immediately drawn to Paltrow’s response to the question posed by a People magazine reporter for the recent May 6 issue.
It’s none of MY business!
Do you notice anything different about her response? (more…)
Any chance that you’re tone deaf?
A brand anthem expresses to your customers the core values related your brand and products, much like a vision statement expresses the core values of your company.
I was sitting in an exceptionally beautiful church on Easter Sunday morning.
There were garlands of fresh daffodils and orchids draping the sanctuary.
Easter lilies were everywhere, consuming the floor of the chancel and the empty spaces on the altar rails. Small children were dressed in their Easter finery, sitting awkwardly in their new suits and dresses anxiously awaiting the Easter Egg hunt following the service.
Time for the Processional Hymn
Christians everywhere know that the hymn, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” also starts the Easter service and marks the procession of ministers and laity down the aisle to the altar.
It is unarguably the best known Easter hymn, a holiday staple like O’ Little Town of Bethlehem, Joy to the World and other holiday songs at Christmas.
I’ve pretty much know that Easter hymn by heart … sang it every year as a child … and can’t imagine an Easter service without it. (more…)
Our forebearers would have awakened in woolen underwear, stepped in the dark onto a cold dirt floor, and stumbled outside to chop some wood to start a fire in the cook stove balanced on the rocks outside.
They would have tossed some coffee grounds into a beat-up metal pot … grounds that had already been used for several days … filled the pot with water, boiled it … and at some point, would finally get that first bitter cup of java.
No coffee house down the road, no car to get there, certainly no latte or cappuccino. Eat what you kill, literally. If you ain’t got it, you ain’t gonna get it.
Lots of resources but ….
“The secret of success is constancy to purpose.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli
In many ways, we’re much less resourceful than our forefathers.
While we may have expanded the definition of community in many positive ways, using our physical and social media “mobility” to create unimagined connections, we’ve also become more dependent on external resources to get through our day.
In some ways it’s probably better that we’re co-dependent. (more…)