Mindset – Reach Your Potential

Mindset – Reach Your Potential

In Carol S. Dweck’s brilliant book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,  she shows how success in school, work, sports and almost every area of human endeavor can be dramatically influenced by how we think about our talents and abilities. People with a fixed mindset are less likely to flourish than those with a growth mindset. Mindset reveals how great parents, teachers, managers, and athletes can put this idea to use to foster outstanding accomplishment. Some people may already be aware of this profound truth. However, Carol proves through fascinating psychological studies why this is the case. With the right mindset, you can motivate those you lead, teach, and love—to transform not only their lives but your own. All leaders should read this book! Summary In a fixed mindset, people believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They spend their time documenting their intelligence or talent instead of developing them. They also believe talent alone creates success - without effort. They’re wrong. In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work - brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a…

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Must Read Books (Updated)

Must Read Books (Updated)

* This post is an update to one that I published last year.  Since publishing that original post, I've been featuring books that I believe will make you a better leader, entrepreneur and person, if you'll apply what's inside them. (Scroll down to the bottom to see the books I've added to the list.)   Do you want to grow your business? Do you want to become a more disciplined achiever? Then I cannot stress enough how important it is that you set aside some time every day to read personal/professional development books. I’ve listed some of what I consider ‘must read’ books as a starting place for this discussion.  You may have already read some of these, but if it’s been awhile, then pick them up again. Create a study group or find a reading partner that you can have discussions with. There are too many books to include on this list, so I’ve narrowed it down to a few great classics: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey As a Man Thinketh by James Allen The Magic…

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Start – Do Work That Matters

Start – Do Work That Matters

For the month of March, I’m choosing the book Start by Jon Acuff. The subtitle of his book is Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, Do Work that Matters. Some days, to get where you want, you do have to punch fear in the face! I don’t think that anyone wants to be just average and we all want to do work that matters. I think you'll find plenty of ideas to motivate yourself to Start and to follow through so you can get to the goals you set for yourself. Summary  In this book, Jon Acuff reveals the steps to getting unstuck and back onto the path of being awesome. Start gives readers practical, honest, actionable insights to be more awesome, more often. For those of you who have started, are extraordinary and doing work that matters, this book will still benefit you as everyone has peaks and valleys along  their success journey. For others it’s time to Start.   Start.: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, Do Work that Matters can be purchased HERE.       Bio Jon Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of five books. For 19 years he’s helped some…

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Start Your Day With The Miracle Morning

Start Your Day With The Miracle Morning

The Book of the Month that I’ve chosen for the month of February is The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. This is a quick read that promises a huge impact for your life. Hal challenges his readers to get up earlier each morning and focus on 6 key elements to transform their lives and catapult them to to be more productive and achieve incredible success. He teaches how you can achieve this between 6 minutes and 60 minutes each day (optimal time 60 minutes). Thousands of people around the world have joined The Miracle Morning community and committed to create the life they’ve always wanted. I challenge you to read this book by the end of February and in the month of March practice these principles for 30 straight days (or as soon as you are ready). I can’t wait to hear the feedback from everyone as they do this challenge. Will you commit to read and take my challenge? If you have already read this book and are currently doing The Miracle Morning please share how it has impacted your life. Summary Hal did extensive research and personal experimentation with the best practices of personal development and incorporated them…

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Five Dysfunctions Of A Team

Five Dysfunctions of a Team

To start off 2017, the Book of the Month that I have chosen is The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. This book is written as a leadership fable and is a quick read. Lencioni discusses five components or dysfunctions that keep teams from being effective and proposes some compelling solutions. His message to become a stronger and more impactful leader applies to all leaders of any size team. Over the years, I’ve worked with leaders of teams of all sizes and I’ve seen these dysfunctions cripple what could have been successful teams. I’m confident that reading this book will give you some solid insights to being the best leader that you can be. Summary Kathryn Petersen, a new CEO of a struggling company, faces the ultimate leadership crisis: Uniting a team in such disarray that it threatens to bring down the entire company. Will she succeed? Will she be fired? Will the company fail? Lencioni's tale serves as a reminder that leadership requires as much courage as it does insight. Throughout the story, Lencioni reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams often struggle. He outlines a powerful model and actionable steps…

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The Last Lecture

The Last Lecture

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand." --Randy Pausch For my October Book of the Month selection, I thought I would choose a short book. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is a book that has wisdom that is timeless. It was a national bestseller in 2008 and as many of you may have read it, I think it is worth picking up and reading again. Randy understood that three of the most important things in life are family, focusing on really living and leaving a legacy of having lived a life that mattered and continues to matter from the impact that you have in this world. I really try to focus on these three things in my life. I would love to hear how this book either impacted you in the past or your thoughts if you re-read or read it this month. Summary A lot of professors give talks titled "The Last Lecture." Professors are asked to consider their demise and to ruminate on what matters most to them. And while they speak, audiences can't help but mull the same question: What wisdom would we impart to the world if we…

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Malcolm Gladwell Transforms Our Understanding Of Success

Malcolm Gladwell Transforms Our Understanding of Success

Success is not always easy to describe since people have different definitions of what success is, what it looks like and how to achieve it. In the book I’ve chosen for September, Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell takes on the subject of success and tells a different story than we’re used to hearing. He is also the author of The Tipping Point which changed the way we understand the world and Blink where he changed the way we think about thinking. I hope you enjoy the book. Please let me know what you think. Summary In Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of "outliers"--the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? His answer is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and too little attention to where they are from: that is, their culture, their family, their generation, and the experiences of their upbringing. He examines how a person's environment, in conjunction with personal drive and motivation, affects his or her possibility and opportunity for success. Along the way he explains the secrets of software…

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Book Of The Month – August

Book of the Month – August

If you understand your Why then the How and What become clearer. For August, I’ve chosen Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek. Drawing on a wide range of real-life stories, Sinek weaves together a clear vision of what it truly takes to lead and inspire. This book is for anyone who wants to inspire others or who wants to find someone to inspire them. Summary Why do you do what you do? Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? In studying the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way -- and it's the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they all started with "why." It was their natural ability to start with "why" that enabled them to inspire those around them and to achieve remarkable things. Sinek calls this powerful idea "The Golden Circle," and it provides…

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Book Of The Month – July

Book of the Month – July

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow them and People will Follow You by John Maxwell is the book that I am recommending as my July Book of the Month. Maxwell supports his 21 laws with real business stories and leadership anecdotes. I’m confident that these 21 laws will benefit you along your leadership journey. One of his laws is the law of addition which states that leaders add value by serving others. As a leader, I strive to look for how I can serve others. I appreciate the leaders in my life that have been a wonderful example of service to me. Summary Many books on leadership are long on theory, but don’t help the reader understand how to put the theory into practice. Maxwell does not fall into that trap. At the end of every chapter, he lists three activities you can do to apply the law to your life. Not every leader will have a proficiency in all 21 Laws. Maxwell admits that there are laws that he still has to work on. In the Appendix, Maxwell presents a short leadership test to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses as they relate to the laws. Instead…

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Book Of The Month – June

Book of the Month – June

I’m recommending the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown for my June Book of the Month. Because of the demands we have on our busy lives, it is “essential” that we prioritize and evaluate the necessity of everything on our “to do” list. Excellent time management skills will only allow you so much productivity if you have too many things on your list. Book Summary The way of the essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so you can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter. By forcing you to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers you to reclaim control of your own choices about where to spend your precious time and energy – instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for you. Essentialism is not one more thing – it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader,…

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Book Of The Month – May

Book of the Month – May

I'm happy to announce my May Book of the Month book is The Go-Giver: A Little Story About A Powerful Business Idea co-written by Bob Burg and John David Mann. It's pages include an inspiring tale that brings new relevance to the proverb "give and you shall receive." I must let you know that this isn't a book to be skimmed over and to not be deceived by how short this book is. There are important principles taught that will hopefully lead to life changing conversations and actions. Even if you've already read this impactful book, it is a great one to pickup and read again. Book Summary The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious man name Joe who yearns for success. One day he seeks advice from a legendary consultant named Pindar. Over the next week, Pindar's friends share with Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and teach him how to open himself up to the power of giving. Joe learns how to change his focus from getting to giving by putting others' interests first and adding more value which ultimately leads to unexpected and huge returns. He also learns that genuinely successful companies and people know…

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Book Of The Month – April

Book of the Month – April

The book that I’ve chosen for the month of April is The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen and Live Without Regret by Richie Norton. What Richie means by “stupid” in the book is stupid as the “New Smart” - that while an idea may appear to be inherently faulty, the idea is, in reality, sound and in your best interest to pursue. Many people have a golden idea or a lofty dream that others deem crazy or stupid. For example, the idea of putting cayenne in gelatin capsules in the 1970’s sounded like a “stupid” idea. This crazy idea helped catapult the multi-billion dollar nutritional supplement industry and it’s been an incredible journey to be part of it. Book summary This book will teach you how to: Crush fear, make dreams happen and live without regret Overcome obstacles such as lack of time, education and/or money Use Richie’s 5 action steps of the “New Smart” to achieve authentic success I must warn you that if you read this book you won’t have any more excuses. You will learn how to accomplish that something “stupid” you’ve always been meaning to do which will hopefully…

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Book Of The Month – March

Book of the Month – March

For the month of March the book that I’ve chosen is The Art of Significance: Achieving the Level Beyond Success by Dan Clark. Dan is a good friend of mine and I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and his wisdom. He is a master motivator with high integrity which is why I’m recommending his book. Dan was so gracious to write the foreword to my book for which I’m grateful. I’m sure that many of you have heard him speak, so you are aware of his ability to inspire people to become their best self.   Book summary This book isn’t your average business leadership book, but a complete instruction manual for going beyond successful to becoming significant. Dan Clark, one of the world's leading inspirational speakers and leadership trainers, vehemently opposes the conventional wisdom about success. He believes it's tragic and superficial to build our careers and personal lives around getting more money, bigger houses, cooler toys, and fancier job titles. What's it all worth in the end? How many outwardly successful people still feel empty inside? Clark has spent decades traveling around the world, interviewing and consulting with presidents, generals, sheikhs and corporate leaders; creating his…

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