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Are You Getting an A in Social Excellence?

Young Boy at School Raising His Hand to Answer in Class

Social Excellence [n]: A state of perpetual generosity, curiosity, positivity, and openness to limitless possibility. A desire to intentionally connect with others. The ability to engage in deep, meaningful conversation. Acting in a responsible and respectable manner with high expectations of others… the highest level of societal participation and contribution. What is social excellence beyond » Read More


How to Turn Customers into Raving Fans with One Email

Raving fan

This last Christmas, my wife and I ordered some Baylor University fan gear from Fanatics. My experience wasn’t bad, although I do remember thinking the shipping seemed unusually slow.  I chalked it up to the holidays and really didn’t think much about it.  The sweatshirt, cap, and other things I bought were good quality and, overall, » Read More


Leading a significant life


Deep within each one of us there is an inner desire to live a life of significance and contribution. Each one of us, is longing for a better future. We want to make a difference. We want to leave the world a better place. We can start the journey by asking ourselves- Do we live » Read More


RECOVER! The Will to Get Up, Stand Strong and Move Onward


“Recovery begins from the darkest moment.” Sir John Major Life can hand us measureable shares of obstacles, exhaustive moments and setbacks. I’ve learned (in hindsight) to appreciate a few of them, for at times these discomforts have become the launching platform for testing my ability to RECOVER. One of my most meaningful exhaustive moments came » Read More


Playing idea ring toss

idea ring toss

Why isn’t anyone doing anything with my ideas??? I’m hearing this lament over and over lately in the groups where I’m working. My question back is: what are YOU doing with YOUR idea? Did you toss it out there, expecting others to happily and eagerly adopt it and start working on it immediately? Or… Did » Read More


On Stupid Ideas


In a battle between two ideas… the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it. Seth Godin, Tribes I recently completed The Power of Starting Something Stupid by Richie Norton with Natalie Norton. As the authors state in the subtitle, starting something stupid is a great way to crush fear, » Read More


6 Forces Resisting Change

6 Forces Resisting Change | Lead Change Group

I recently wrote a post titled 5 Ideas To Direct Your Best Energy Toward Your Greatest Purpose. We need to mobilize leaders. Personally, I want to hate my laziness,  television,  surfing, and anything keeping me from impact.  I hope to connect with a movement of leaders who are driven to make a positive difference. Many » Read More


Leadership Haiku: Why Do They Follow You?


“I see you ahead of me. You see me behind. Where are we going today?”   Whether you subscribe to the notion of leaders having “followers” or not, let’s consider this: What do others trust your leadership, i.e. why do they literally follow your lead? Someone has to be first.  Someone has to have a » Read More


It Takes a Community to Be a Leader

Leadership Takes a Community

Leadership isn’t a solo endeavor. If you go it alone: You will not have anyone to support you in challenging times. You will not have anyone to challenge you in troubling times. You will not have meaningful conversations. You will become stale in your ways. You will become moldy in your ideas. You will become » Read More


The Second Half: Transition Time

LAMP - Learning, Adapting, Mentoring, Planning

It has been a few months since I have retired as CEO/Superintendent of Schools and I am settling in to a life that is clearly different than the day-to-day demands, stresses, and responsibilities of leading a large organization. I have found that retiring after thirty-four years in public education has brought about feelings of unease, » Read More

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