Leadership

Nikon customer service, a $700 lens, and Ken Rockwell taught me a great lesson in business

Now you might be asking yourself, “What do Nikon customer service, a $700 lens and Ken Rockwell have to do with success?” Well, just a few short weeks ago I was taught a great lesson in business and it’s one that entrepreneurs and CEOs should think about. If you didn’t know, Nikon makes some of the …

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being a teacher is powerful

“It’s not how much money we make that ultimately makes us happy between nine and five. It’s whether or not our work fulfills us. Being a teacher is meaningful.” This is a quote by Malcolm Gladwell that really hit home. I love teaching. I love being able to make a difference in people’s lives. I started …

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5 lessons from Animal Farm every leader should understand

Growing up I wasn’t much of a reader… So I can sympathize when I meet people who tell me that they “hate” reading. I mean, why bother reading a book that’ll take a few days when you can watch a movie in two hours? That’s what many people are thinking when I suggest they read. …

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15 things all great leaders have in common

Caesar, Napoleon, Washington, Lincoln, Churchill, Gandhi… All names that have gone down in history. Each one a great leader in their own right. They are just a few of the men that shaped the world in which we live. And while their situations were quite different, they had a lot in common. So I did …

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17 books all leaders must read

What do parents, teachers, CEOs and managers have in common? They are all leaders. Parents are given the task of leading their children. Teachers, their students. CEOs, their businesses. Managers, their team. But regardless of who you are leading, the principles are the same. Learning how to motivate your employees will work just as well …

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games teach us some of the best leadership skills

I just love playing silly games… That sounds rather strange coming from me, a high performance coach, but I suppose it has to do with me being a big kid. At Casa de Shepherd (our house) I’ve lost count how many games I’ve come up with to entertain my son. But what most people don’t …

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7 Secrets Entrepreneurs Know That Can Help You Relate To Kids Better

Kids and entrepreneurs have a lot in common. Sounds crazy right? They both look at the world differently. They see so many possibilities and seem to revel in the constant change. This is quite different from most people who seem to dislike change, especially big change. Me, I love it and am always looking for …

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the one skill that most entrepreneurs, managers and parents overlook

Being a leader isn’t easy… Whether we’re talking about a CEO of a Fortune 500 company, the head of a prestigious university, the manager of a department or simply a parent, the greatest task of a leader is getting a group of people with a variety of personalities, interests, habits, strengths, ages and backgrounds to …

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The Importance of Respecting Other People’s Time (As Well As Your Own)

“Fashionably late” is a term I first heard when I was living in the US some 20 years ago. I have no idea how this came about, but as my friends explained it to me no one wants to be the first person to show up at a party. Besides, the hosts are often running …

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we all need someone to play devil’s advocate to succeed in business or life

Some people don’t like me very much… I seem to have a talent for really pissing some people off. I suppose it’s because I’m not one for mincing words. While I do understand the importance of choosing my words carefully in business, in everyday life I tend to speak my mind. And that gets me …

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