Strive for Greatness



The secret to greatness lies in the small actions we each take every day.

Although we won’t all be recognized by history, each of us is capable of achieving greatness through our everyday actions.

Most of the good in the world is built on the accumulated efforts of ordinary people doing small things in a great way.


7 Keys to Greatness

Be clear that your actions serve a higher purpose, and are not simply self-serving. Know what an excellent job looks like. Start with the end in mind. Make a full effort. Give it your full attention. Be willing to make mistakes; use them as learning opportunities. See it through to the end. Don’t settle for less than you are . . . → Read More: Strive For Greatness

Mindfulness in the Workplace Is More than Meditation

Be Curious

In a recent Huffington Post article, Ford Motor Company chairman Bill Ford and former director Larry Brilliant are described as “business leaders who advocate mindfulness.” The article then goes on to list ten executives who meditate regularly. It’s easy to assume mindfulness and meditation are the same. No wonder there’s confusion.

With the increased interest in mindfulness in the workplace, many companies now offer classes in yoga, meditation, and stress reduction, and endorse activities such as spending 5 minutes each day doing nothing and taking time out for reflective reading.

These are all excellent activities, but they will not automatically create mindfulness.

Mindfulness is a way of being, not an activity.

Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present with the experience of . . . → Read More: Mindfulness in the Workplace Is More than Meditation

Stay Focused on Your Vision

"The path might not be clear, but stay focused on your vision and take the first step. The journey is as important as the destination." ~ Jesse Lyn Stoner

Stay focused on your vision and take the first step.

Tune In and Turn Off

In balance

Technology gives us the opportunity to be “always on” and the illusion of increased productivity. The reality is that it’s not healthy, and over the long run you will be less productive.

Even understanding this, it can be hard to resist the pressure to quickly check email or whip off a quick response, especially if you believe your boss or customers will be unhappy if you don’t respond immediately.

To ensure your continued good health, productivity and positive relationships, confront your beliefs about being indispensable, negotiate new expectations around how quickly you need to respond, and make intentional decisions to create “off time.”

These 7 habits can help you turn off technology for a more tuned in life.

1. Stop multi-tasking. Many . . . → Read More: Tune In and Turn Off

The Best Way to Predict Your Future


“The best way to predict your future is to create it.” – This popular quote is attributed to Peter Drucker. But what does it really mean?

Do you muscle your way into the future, constructing your life as though it’s a project? If you try to do that, you’ll be disappointed.

The real meaning behind this statement is that we need to assume responsibility for our lives and the future we want to impact.

It starts with focusing on the reality you create right now, which is shaped by what you focus your attention on and the images you hold in your mind.

Advanced studies in neuroscience show that we are hard-wired to focus on negative images. When we see something beautiful, we notice . . . → Read More: The Best Way to Predict Your Future

A tweet, a blog post, and a profound teaching



What’s the best length for a blog post? Mine are usually between 500 to 800 words.

However, through the discipline of writing tweets, I have discovered that it is quite possible to communicate an important concept in 160 characters or less.


A Talmudic Tweet

There is a story from the 1st century BCE that tells of a non-Jew who came to the rabbinic sage Hillel. He said that he would convert if the rabbi would teach him the Torah while standing on one leg. Rabbi Hillel replied, “That which is hateful to you, do not unto another: This is the whole of Torah. The rest is commentary. Now go study.”

In less than 120 characters (a tweet!), Rabbi Hillel explained the essence . . . → Read More: A tweet, a blog post, and a profound teaching

9 Tips to Increase the Likelihood You'll Be Heard

You don't need a megaphone to be heard


Did you ever have an important point to make that wasn’t heard or understood? What did you do? If you eventually gave up in frustration, you’re not unusual.

When you have something important to say, a little preparation ahead of time can increase the likelihood you’ll be heard.

Here are 9 tips to increase the likelihood you’ll be heard the first time:

Use “I statements.” Take personal ownership for the ideas and feelings you express. When you use terms like “some people” or “our group,” it is difficult to tell what you really think and feel or whether you are just repeating the thoughts and feelings of others. Provide the context. Explain your intention in communicating, what you hope will happen as . . . → Read More: 9 Tips to Increase the Likelihood You’ll Be Heard

The 12 Team Skills of Brilliant Teams

Brilliant stars

When Casey got the award at the annual meeting, no one was surprised. He was a marketing genius, and his team’s success was unparalleled in the history of the company. He was clearly a rising star.

The problem was, his fellow team members thought he was a pain in the neck. He wasn’t a team player, he didn’t share information and he kept recognition for himself.

Although aware of Casey’s lack of team skills, senior management was pleased with the results he delivered, and they were afraid that expecting him to be a team player would dampen his brilliance.

They were wrong.

A team can have both brilliant players and great teamwork… if the team is not built around an individual, if team-oriented behaviors are . . . → Read More: The 12 Team Skills of Brilliant Teams

How Yoga Principles Bring Sanity to Your Work Life

Did you know that yoga is about more than just stretching and putting your body in poses? In fact, physical activity is just one of the Eight Limbs of Yoga.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Maren and Jamie Showkeir, authors of the fascinating new book Yoga Wisdom at Work: Finding Sanity Off the Mat and On the Job. Their book explains how all eight limbs apply to the workplace.

In our 15 minute discussion, we focused on two of the limbs: Universal Morality and Focus. You can hear their views and practical advice on:

How we limit our potential by listening to our inner critic. How small acts of unkindness and disrespect in the workplace erode our power, creativity and productivity. What you . . . → Read More: How Yoga Principles Bring Sanity to Your Work Life