Run to Challenges & Take Accountability

Sometimes at  work we get presented with problems that we don’t want to deal with.  It reminds me of when I was in the school and I would look down to avoid eye contact if the teacher asked a question I wasn’t prepared to answer.  Similarly this can happen at work.  A problem occurs and everyone wants to look away because they feel unprepared to offer  a solution.  These challenges are intimidating; and because nobody else wants them, I suggest that you should run to them. Continue reading

Oprah’s Productivity Rules

Fast Company’s November 2015 issue shared with its readers the “secrets of the most productive people.”  Oprah Winfrey graced the cover, and expressed her productivity secrets throughout an interview with J.J. McCorvey on how she resuscitated her once struggling OWN network.

The start of the article tells how McCorvey was caught off guard when Oprah asked, “So, what’s your intention here with me?”  Even though I’m amazed a journalist interviewing Oprah was surprised by such a basic question, it was a pointed way to begin the article Continue reading

Think and Grow Rich: Leadership Attributes

In Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill, explains what he considers to be the major qualities all strong leaders must possess.  I outline these eleven characteristics below with my interpretation of what each means.  Before we get to that, I want to highlight a specific quote from the book which explains what I consider to be the most foundational quality of all leadership.  Hill writes, “Most great leaders began in the capacity of followers.  They became great leaders because they were intelligent followers.  With few exceptions, the man who cannot follow a leader intelligently, cannot become an efficient leader.  The man who can follow a leader most efficiently is usually the man who develops into leadership most rapidly.” Continue reading