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According to Forbes, Garth Brooks made over 70 million dollars in 2016.  Does that mean he is more valuable than Carry Underwood who earned $26 million, or the new up and coming group Georgia Florida Line who earned 20 million? Most Head Football Coaches make 100 times the money offered to the front-line employees at the same institution.  Does the paycheck make the coaches more valuable, more significant, or even more respected? Seth Godin, who inspired this blog,...

“Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.” – Maxwell Maltz Teams work best when each member is valued and feels valuable.  Treating one another as a valued member produces results – undervaluing yourself or others produces less.  How we treat each other matters – personally and professionally – and we all struggle with self-doubt.  Sunday, I was inspired by my friend Dan Miller’s email and I want to share it with you.  Mainly, because...

In our weekly meeting last month, I asked our school’s Athletic Director, Ross Bjork, to share 10-15 minutes with our leaders.   It is always good having another respected voice to encourage and assist in the growing greatness on our team.  Ross talked a lot about going through adversity and drawing closer together as a team.    The overall message left our team encouraged and confirming their role in making the campus beautiful.  They heard that their role...

Last week at work in our Leader-to-Leader meeting we discussed the word “enthusiasm”. I asked the different groups to define the word and I heard, “excited, passionate, eager”. One guy said, “hooah!” and explained that was the Army’s way of showing enthusiasm.  You usually don’t see “displays enthusiasm” listed in job descriptions, but it plays a massive role in meeting production and getting results.   I found that just talking about the word and letting others voice their...

When you see this photo what comes to mind? “What the heck happened to this tree?!” I laughed when I first saw it.  Whatever happened, It is obviously an un-natural occurrence. “Who would do this?!”  Surely someone is responsible for the damage and neglect. I took this picture a year or so ago on a property less than one mile from my office, but thankfully, I was not responsible for the tree.  And, the person that asked me to...

Does your team collaborate, cooperate, do both or neither? I have worked with all types of teams and by far the collaborative team works with less drama and with great pride.  There is a huge difference between collaborating and cooperating – especially in the outcome. Invest in growing a collaborative team. Cultivate your Greatness....

“I need a raise,” said one of my employees.  I nodded my head and waited for the justification.  No justification was offered other than there should be more pay for the job being done.  I thought of all my employees and did a comparison.  The employee standing in front of me was not doing more than was being asked; no being pro-active; no solution oriented thinking.  Nothing about this employee stood out as being better, more...

Do you ever get weeds, like plantain, in your turf areas?  Or, do you ever get the feeling that an attitude of negativity is growing among your team?  What do the two have in common and what does this tell us?  I walked the Ole Miss Grove, a 10 acre green space in the center of campus, and share what I have learned.  Nature lets us know when things are out of balance and needs attention. Feel...

“Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.” ~Mahatma Gandhi I prefer to give humanity the benefit of the doubt and believe most of us don’t truly enjoy disagreeing with anyone - especially at work.  After all, as a team you have one another’s back; are supportive and encouraging.  In building team unity, voicing disagreement may feel rude or seem out of place.  However, after seeing a project fail, the feeling of regret for having said nothing...

“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.” ~Harry S. Truman Were you, like me, a kid who did not like to read? I never enjoyed sitting down long enough to get into reading. Most people in our industry can have a negative reaction to reading. “We are too busy to read a book,” or “If I’m not moving, I’m sleeping!” or the usual blank stare when I refer a good book. But what if I...

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