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Do you Have the Wrong Mission?

I made a little change to the classic story about 3 men building a cathedral… Working on a Cathedral In the distance I see the construction site of a future cathedral. I approach the site and see three men laying bricks. I approach the first man and ask “what are you doing?” He says “I am […]

What do you want to be when you grow up?

Idris: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “Haha…  what?  me…  I think I’m a little too old for that” Idris: “You do realise that you are still growing?” “Hmmm…  you mean…  The Dream?” Idris: “Yes, The Dream?” “I don’t think people have enough time to dream.  Real life gets in the […]

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Mission: It should fit on a t-shirt

An effective statement of mission should be short, sharp and direct. It should fit on a t-shirt. Not a font 8 squeeze, but a legible font. Every person who is involved should be able to articulate how their contribution adds to that mission. If not, then you don’t have a mission. You have a hopeful […]

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A Truly Compelling Vision

Most people do not have a compelling vision. A boring vision attracts mediocre people and mediocre performance. “I want to make €1 million” is not a compelling vision. It is about you, and you alone.  Why would anyone else give their best effort so that you can have €1 million in your bank account? Guy […]


What do you want?

What do you really want? Michael Gerber, in his book The E-Myth asks this question: What are your primary aims? Imagine walking into a room.  You pause at the entrance.  In the room, seated, are all your friends and family. You enter the room.  You walk up the middle of the room.  At the front […]

Ryan Avery. At age 25, Ryan is the youngest World Champion of Public Speaking in history. He currently works as the Director of Marketing and Communications at Special Olympics Oregon.

“What is the hardest thing that you ever had to work for?”

This is a request for your experience.  I want your help. Yesterday, I came across an interview with Ryan Avery, 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking on the blog of Paul Sohn: How to Speak Like a World Champion of Public Speaking. The question that really struck me and has left me deep in thought […]

A Good Life: Be Real, Be Whole, Be Innovative

How to achieve Work/Life Balance? Have you ever wondered if “work/life balance” exists?  How do some of the world’s most successful professionals find harmony in work and with the rest of “life”? This post is based on a conversation with Dr. Stew Friedman.  He is the author of Leading the Life You Want. What is a good life? […]

What do you know now that you wish you knew then? #1

Last month, I asked my email subscribers a question:  What do you know now that you wish you knew then? (and wish you did).  Imagine you are having a coffee with a younger version of yourself. What would you say?  (If you still feel that you are the younger self… what would you ask the […]

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Intentionality and Defiance

As I grow ever older, staying fit requires ever greater intention.  I sometimes wish to myself that it might be a little easier, but then quickly realise that this is my inner saboteur distracting me. If you are going uphill then you are going towards success.  I so often want writing to become easier.  I […]

The Chosen Sacrifice

No written word, no spoken plea Can teach our youth what they should be Nor all the books on all the shelves Its what the teachers are themselves Anonymous, quoted by John Wooden (at 4:12 in the video below) What is True Success? John Wooden’s simple answer:  to know you did your best.  It is […]

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