Personal Development

Our core values directly determine how we define success. We all have a choice: we can either accept the values that others have written for us, or have the courage to write our own. Until you make this choice, your schedule will be full but your life will be empty.

Dan Greer Personal Development Dan Greer Professional Leadership

This one concept has changed my life.  I am by nature a task driven person and I will automatically just work harder and not smarter when the demands increase.  I had an extremely hard time consistently saying No to many good things to have the margin for the best.  When I finally completed my Life Plan and defined my Yes’s, that problem is now almost gone.  Michael Hyatt is nail on the head again: “I have a hard time saying no. Perhaps you do, too. I think it is more common than we think, especially for those who are empathetic […]

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I have had a personal mission statement since the mid 1980’s.  I now use Living Forward as a best practice by Michael Hyatt for Life Planning with all of my coaching clients.  The trap, especially for high performers, is the Plan becomes the end instead of the means to the end.  Tami Forman is a working mom with lots of wisdom on what to do when life gets crazy: “September was a tough month for me. The start of school is hard for many working parents. And this year my daughter’s school changed its start time which made for a chaotic […]

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For most of us we have lost the ability to engage in serious deep thinking on any level.  We are so bombarded with the many urgent and important inputs of the day we can’t block any little time to really think.  Even when we do get away and create the right environment we have no idea of what to do anymore.  This HBR post was challenging in a good way: “A famous but possibly apocryphal tale about Albert Einstein is that he dreamed up the theory of relativity when riding his bicycle. Warren Buffett is on record as saying that […]

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I sincerely value the need for competency with every executive I get the privilege of coaching.  There are may situations where some specific area needs development to help this person reach their potential.  What separates the great leaders to me from the pack is still their character.  It’s the competitive advantage that lives within that demands excellence and settles for nothing less.  This Forbes Coaches Council post is a worthwhile read: “In Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers From Everybody Else, author Geoff Colvin says, “The best performers set goals that are not about the outcome but about the process […]

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I often need as an executive coach to enter into conversations on all of the important differences between leadership and management.  In an organization, knowing the distinctions and valuing both roles is critical.  However, no one gets a pass based on a personality assessment of being the leader of their own life.  This Forbes post is excellent: “I would like to start this post with a challenge to one of our most basic assumptions. We are accustomed to thinking ourselves as individuals: as self-contained, uniform entities. I’m an individual with my own thoughts, feelings, needs, values, skills, knowledge, and talents.” […]

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