The Fearless Mind

The Fearless Mind

  • November 8, 2018

For my October Book of the Month, I’m recommending The Fearless Mind: 5 Essential Steps to Higher Performance by Craig Manning. Anyone can benefit from the lessons that author and sports psychologist Craig Manning teaches whether or not you are an athlete. If you want to conquer your fears and insecurities, gain more confidence and become more successful in any endeavor in your life, pick up this book and thank me later. Summary Life is a performance whether you’re on the field, in the courtroom, or running a small business. However, many of us, when asked to perform, are overcome by fear. We lose our confidence and allow our insecurities to hinder us. In The Fearless Mind: 5 Essential Steps to Higher Performance, author Craig Manning teaches you how to beat mediocrity and embrace greatness. With many years of experience as a pro tennis player, collegiate tennis coach, and doctor of philosophy, Dr. Manning will help you overcome your fears, expel anxiety, build confidence, and become a high-performing individual. You will learn how to unlock your mind to reach your greatest dreams. Craig Manning says, “there are many mental pathways to performance, but there is only one pathway to true…

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Measure What Matters

Measure What Matters

  • September 11, 2018

Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs is the book that I’ve chosen to feature this month. Author John Doerr shares examples of how Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) can help any team succeed whether you are running a small business, coaching a team or leading at a management level in a large organization. Personally, I’ve been successful building businesses using the principles he teaches--having specific goals that can be measured with a deadline to achieve them.   Summary In this book, legendary venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results (OKRs) has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth—and how its principles put into practice can help any size organization thrive. In the fall of 1999, John Doerr met with the founders of a start-up named Google--a company he had just invested $12.5 million in. Larry Page and Sergey Brin had amazing technology, entrepreneurial spirit, and great ambitions, but no real business plan. Doerr taught them about a proven approach to operating excellence: Objectives and Key Results. He first discovered OKRs in the 1970s as an engineer at Intel, where CEO Andy…

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Find Your Why

Find Your Why

  • August 3, 2018

I recommended Simon Sinek’s bestselling book entitled Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action a few months ago. This month I’m recommending his book that he co-wrote with Peter Docker and David Mead called Find your Why: a Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose For You and Your Team. This book has the “how to” action steps to help yourself and your team succeed. If you haven’t read Start with Why yet, I would advise you to read it first before reading this one as it picks up where Start with Why left off. Summary In 2009, Simon Sinek gave a TED Talk about finding your WHY and it became viral because his impactful message resonated so strongly with people around the world. Simon Sinek’s book Start With Why has led millions of readers to rethink everything they do – in their personal lives, their careers and their organizations. Now Find Your Why shows you how to apply Simon Sinek’s powerful insights so that you can find more inspiration at work -- and in turn inspire those around you. With detailed exercises, illustrations, and action steps for every stage of the process, Find Your Why can help…

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When

When

  • June 12, 2018

For this month, I am recommending the book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink. Everyone has heard the phrase “timing is everything”. I would have to say that the “right timing” has been a major contributor in most of my business successes. For example, when I started out in business in the 70’s, the model of network marketing was relatively new. The concept of putting crushed spices and herbs in gelatin capsules then selling them commercially was a revolutionary idea. When my partners and I coupled these 2 ideas together, it created a successful company that is still around today. This also developed into future financial resources and business savvy that became my platform to found other successful companies and invest in other businesses. Perhaps the best moment of  perfect timing in my life was when as a young college student, I accepted an opportunity to teach a class and met my wonderful wife Linda, who was a student in the class. One of the most valuable tools I gained from my military experience is the skill for making command decisions at the right time. A command decision is making a quick, decisive decision knowing that…

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Switch

Switch

  • May 8, 2018

For the month of May I’m recommending the book Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard written by Chip and Dan Heath. We all know that one constant in our lives is change. Switch asks the following question: Why is it so hard to make lasting changes in our companies, in our communities, and in our own lives? The primary obstacle, say the Heath brothers, is a conflict that’s built into our brains. Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems—the rational mind and the emotional mind—that compete for control. Switch shows that successful changes follow a pattern you can use to make the changes that matter to you, whether your interest is in changing the world or changing your diet. Summary We all know that change is hard. It's unsettling, it's time-consuming, and all too often we give up at the first sign of a setback. But why do we insist on seeing the obstacles rather than the goal? This is the question that bestselling authors Chip and Dan Heath tackle in their compelling and insightful book. They argue that we need only understand how our minds function in order to unlock shortcuts…

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Broadcasting Happiness

Broadcasting Happiness

  • April 4, 2018

This month I’m recommending a book called Broadcasting Happiness by Michelle Gielan. We are all “broadcasters” and are constantly transmitting information to the people around us. The messages we choose to broadcast can either create success or hold us back. By using the principles and strategies highlighted in Broadcasting Happiness, I’m confident that you will not only be happier and more successful, but become a better leader impacting others in a positive way. Summary New research from the fields of positive psychology and neuroscience shows that small shifts in the way we communicate can create big ripple effects on business and educational outcomes, including 31 percent higher productivity, 25 percent better performance ratings, 37 percent higher sales, and 23 percent lower levels of stress. Broadcasting Happiness will help you: - Inoculate your brain against stress and negativity - Drive success by leading a conversation or communication with positivity - Rewrite debilitating thought patterns and turn them into fuel for resilience and growth - Deal with negative people in a way that lessens their power - Share bad news more effectively - Create and sustain a positive culture at work and home - Help people move from negative to positive in…

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Capital Gaines

Capital Gaines

  • March 2, 2018

The book that I’m featuring for my book club this month is Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff. I know that this isn’t your typical business book. However, this book is full of Chip Gaines’ enthusiasm for entrepreneurship, his willingness to take risks and his positive outlook on life. Chip and his wife Joanna are the stars of the hit HGTV show Fixer Upper and ended their fourth season with 5.21 million viewers.  Within 4 years, the Gaines went from a handful of employees to 600 plus. In 2017, their shopping complex, Magnolia Market drew an average of more than 30,000 visitors a week, and had approximately 1.6 million people pass through, according to the Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau. Chip and Joanna’s influence have brought thousands of tourists specifically to visit Waco to have the “Magnolia experience”. Personally, as an entrepreneur, I’m impressed with these numbers. They have not only created a powerful brand, but have become icons of faith, family and affordable home design to millions of Americans. Summary The funny and talented Chip Gaines is well known to millions of people as a TV star, renovation expert, bestselling author, husband to Joanna, and father…

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The Darkest Hours

The Darkest Hours

  • February 5, 2018

I have always been an avid student of history. One of the people that I greatly admire in history is Winston Churchill. Therefore, this month I’m recommending the book Darkest Hour: How Churchill Brought England back from the Brink. In the beginning of the book it states, “when Winston died, it was said of him that in those dark days in 1940, when Britain stood alone before a monstrous enemy, he mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.” I believe that he was not only one of the most brilliant orators the world has ever known, but one of its best leaders. This book covers the twenty-five crucial days in 1940 that made Winston Churchill the icon he became. Summary In May of 1940, Great Britain is at war. The horrors of blitzkrieg have seen one western European democracy after another fall to Hitler’s fascist regime. Invasion of Great Britain may be mere hours away. Just days after becoming Prime Minister, Winston Churchill must not only deal with this horror but a skeptical King, and pacifist politicians and citizens who still remember the devastation of WWI. How can he build trust and lead his nervous nation to rise…

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009 : Ken’s 2017 Zija Summit Speech

009 : Ken’s 2017 Zija Summit Speech

  • January 31, 2018

For those who weren't able to attend the 2017 Zija Summit event, I'm including my comments from the final session as today's podcast episode.  If you've heard me speak at events in the past, you'll notice that my comments were shorter than usual because I was losing my voice. I hope you enjoy this episode and thanks for listening to the show.  

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How Not To Die

How Not To Die

  • January 9, 2018

Once in a while you read a book that profoundly influences you and then you want to share it with everyone you know. How To Not Die is one of these books. I was already eating relatively healthy, but since I read it I have been practicing the nutritional principles Dr. Michael Gregor expounds on in this fascinating and life-altering book. Trust me when I say--pick up this book and plan on living a healthier and possibly longer life. Summary The CEO of Whole Foods Market, John Mackey said, "How Not To Die is one of the most important books on health ever written. Dr. Greger shows us how to prevent and sometimes reverse all the major diseases that are killing us. This book is the scientific road map we need to do exactly that." Dr. Michael Greger, the internationally-renowned nutrition expert, physician, and founder of NutritionFacts.org, examines the fifteen top causes of premature death in America--heart disease, various cancers, diabetes, Parkinson's, high blood pressure, and more--and explains how nutritional and lifestyle interventions can sometimes trump prescription pills and other pharmaceutical and surgical approaches to help prevent and reverse these diseases, freeing us to live healthier lives. The simple truth…

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Look Back To Look Forward

Look Back to Look Forward

  • January 5, 2018

“In evaluating ourselves, we tend to be long on our weaknesses and short on our strengths.” -Craig D. Lounsbrough It’s a new year and many of you will be working on setting new goals.  In this blog post, I want to recommend that you look back to 2017 and evaluate what happened so that your 2018 goals will be more meaningful and attainable. I’ve talked about the goal setting process in the past, (click here to see previous post) so I won’t cover that here. Start off with listing out everything that you’ve accomplished - big or small, include them all. Don’t stress out about remembering everything. Then prepare to be amazed at everything you accomplished and pat yourself on the back. Find a way to celebrate your personal victories. If you are leading a team, did your team have some victories? Celebrate those too! It’s okay if you didn’t reach all of your goals as very few people achieve ALL of their goals. There’s another list that is equally important. Where did you fall short, were challenged or failed? As you go through this list, what did you learn? Please know that this exercise isn’t to beat yourself up.…

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