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

One of the most important things I do as a leader is to monitor the margin I have in all of the life accounts included in my Life Plan.  I believe in work-life integration and not balance.  This allows me to have a short term deficit in one area as long as my overall margin is healthy.  However, when my margin is gone in multiple areas, I am in serious danger of moving into burnout. This HBR post will help you in regaining control: “You feel exhausted, ineffective, unaccomplished, and cynical. Maybe you feel like no matter how hard you […]

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I am personally convinced that every leader who wants to reach their potential needs to develop a Life Plan.  This plan will set both personal and professional goals with specific priorities to accomplish.  If you do something long enough it will become a habit and eventually part of your character.  This Forbes post is an excellent way to get you started: “Habits matter. Good ones underpin our successes and bad ones undermine our health and aspirations. That’s why it’s important to intentionally build routines that align with what we want: a happy, healthy, successful life. If you know people who […]

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There are more voices in the marketplace today that are telling us they have found the secret to success than every before.  If you will follow their formula, then you will accomplish great things just like they have done.  So you must find your Why and then do the One thing and walk away from everything else.  Eventually, I realized I needed to do My thing and this post by Jeff Goins will help you get there: It was a year ago. I had dozens of people working for me. My business was losing money every month. Everyone thought I […]

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For years I took my health for granted and eventually paid a high price for my neglect.  Sometimes its hard to accept that you have to make the hard decisions to eat right or work out before you gain the benefit of more energy and feeling better.  These same healthy habits will also more than anything else help you deal with stress.  This Fast Company post will get you started: “Tis the season for stress. The holidays are crazy enough, but add in year-end deadlines and sales goals, performance reviews, and the news of yet another raise not given, and […]

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The biggest challenge I have as an executive coach is helping people create the margin they need both personally and professionally.  The 24/7 connectivity world we live in has totally blurred all the lines between work and family time.  Unless you assume the responsibility to lead yourself, you will eventually fail in one or both areas.  This HBR post is a must read: “Chris, a senior manager at a New York design studio can’t sleep. His mind is churning, thinking about the mountain of tasks facing him back at the office. Katrina, the production manager at a well-known publishing house […]

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