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Are you HAVING Fun or Are You CREATING Fun?

When I saw Richard Branson hanging in his hammock on Necker Island, his home in the British Virgin Islands , I thought again about how much fun he always seems to be having.

W e’re working hard …. but are we having any fun?


Who’s Having Fun?

If I asked you for the name of 3 executives you believe are having the most fun, who would you name?

Herb Kelleher, the long-time Founder and CEO of Southwest Airlines (now retired), comes to mind, regaling his colleagues in a chicken suit and singing to passengers during boarding.

Google seems like a fun place to work with all of the gadgetry, and gourmet meals at all hours. Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founders even converted a Boeing 767 into their personal luxury liner, and their stock’s done pretty well, but I’m not sure we think of them as “fun”?

If You Could Come Back as Someone “Fun”, Who Would You Be?

What are you doing to have fun in your business? Keep reading …


Battlefield First Aid

Most of us are familiar with triage in a medical setting. It’s the proven process to prioritize the patients who need attention more urgently than others.

T he US Army’s version of Battlefield First Aid is the perfect framework to use if your business is struggling and you need to determine the most urgent priorities.


The concept behind triage is that someone experiencing symptoms of a heart attack will get greater priority than someone with symptoms of the common cold, for example.

It follows a simple three step sequence that you can apply in many ways to your business challenges.

1. Stop the Bleeding

This is the top priority because if this issue isn’t solved, it’s game over.

The Army teaches that when a soldier has lost a limb, for example, the first inclination of an untrained attendant is to address that issue, e.g., to preserve the limb for future reattachment.

But, that’s entirely the wrong response.

keep reading to learn the 3 steps to Battlefield First Aid


What I’m Sure About | What You’re Sure About

There are things we know for sure and some we don’t.

H ere is what I DO know and what I think YOU know.


What I Know Is True

You don’t draw on the Lone Ranger.

You can’t squeeze anything out of a buffalo nickel.

You shouldn’t flub a question about who’s buried in Grant’s Tomb or what President is on the Lincoln Head penny.

Tomorrow never comes … but, TODAY IS HERE … and that’s where we need to focus our attention.

What I’m Sure About

There are a lot of great executives and companies out there, and you are striving to get better, seeking excellence at every level.

Keep reading to see What I Think You’re Sure About


Be Grateful for All of Your Blessings

Be sure to take time to enjoy the blessings in your life on this Thanksgiving holiday.

T  he world will keep spinning without our business devotion, so invest your day with friends and family.


Take a moment this Thanksgiving holiday to leave your trials and tribulations behind and reflect upon all of your blessings. We have a lot to be thankful for living in the greatest country on earth, with all of its blemishes, and for our families and friends who nourish our lives.

Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others. ~ Cicero

Enjoy each others’ company … catch a little Detroit Lions football (a feature of my childhood Thanksgivings in Michigan) … or watch Santa arrive in the Macy’s day parade. But don’t let the moment pass by without loving the ones you love and who love you and enjoying and embracing the blessings that fulfill our lives.

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Do you want to Be Legendary? Here’s some inspiration to get you started.

We think musicians, actors, athletes and other artists are uniquely able to Be Legendary.

I t only seems that way because they’re in the public eye, but you, too, can Be Legendary.


Imagine you are so remarkable that all the world stands in your honor, swinging and singing, tiny flashlights dancing across the ceiling, oblivious to the world around them?

How do we become legendary?

How do we achieve such an astounding level of recognition and praise for our talents and accomplishments?

I may be a living legend, but that sure don’t help when I’ve got to change a flat tire. ~Roy Orbison

What does it take to Be Legendary

Read more about how to Be Legendary


Accountability | The 4 Roles Required for a Successful Project

From my earliest days, I often heard, “If you have two bosses, you have none,” a simple but compelling aphorism.

T hat’s what you often find at the root of struggling or failed projects. No one is sure who is doing what.

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Last week, we dusted off the S.M.A.R.T acronym as a reminder that we need to create Specific, Measurable, Agreed Upon, Realistic and Trackable objectives if we want to create a business culture with accountability as its centerpiece.

Consider these 4 Roles Required for a Successful Project.

How do we get clear about who’s doing what?

Today, we’re going to dust off another “oldie but goodie” but one you may have never encountered.

Keep reading to learn about the 4 Roles Required for a Successful Project …


Mark Twain lived a life without regrets. How about you?

At Leadercast 2015 in May, Andy Stanley spoke about bravery and encouraged everyone to concentrate on the “WOW” of every idea, not the “HOW”.

Always asking “HOW” saps the energy from new ideas and grounds it in the impossible before it’s even born.


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Give it a chance. Don’t think “How will I ever do that?” … rather … “Wow! That’s a cool idea. Let’s see if we can find a way to do that!”

Mark Twain said it well. Let’s see if we can do it it well.