“A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential.” — Brene Brown
When someone claims that they know how to lead using a specific formula, run. There is no one way to lead or no specific formula to follow, but there are certain habits that if you practice daily, you will become a better leader.
“Leadership is influence — nothing more, nothing less.” — John Maxwell
Brene Brown defines leadership in terms of courage. She states that a true leader is a person who believes…
“Not being able to get together in person is a pure negative.” — Reed Hastings
After allowing their employees to work from home for the last year, CEOs are asking their employees to show up to the office after Labor Day.
Many CEOs have one message to their employees, Enough.
Jonathan Wasserstrum, the CEO of SquareFoot, told his staff. “I believe that work is better when most of the people are in the office most of the time together.”
Are CEOs making the right decision by asking employees to come back to the office?
Let’s explore the answer to this…
Should leaders eat first or last?
I just finished reading a book called "Leaders Eat Last" written by Simon Sinek, and the author mentioned this incredible story that I can not get out of my head. It was about an air force pilot called Johnny Bravo.
Johnny Bravo was thousands of feet above the danger zone sitting in his A-10 aircraft when he sensed that the men below were in danger. Then, as he was preparing to head down to check on his troops, he heard the call, "Troops in contact."
It was a cloudy day and had zero visibility…
Every artist steals, and if you want to be a better artist, learn how to steal better.
I read a few books once a year, and Austin Kleon books deserve to belong in that group. I love his ability to express himself with pictures and words better than most authors out there.
Here are my favorite quotes from his “Steal Like an Artist” book
What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is entirely original.
You are, in fact, a mashup of what you choose to let into…
I think Austin Kleon is an underrated author.
He writes great books that you can read in 2 hours or less, but his content will change your life forever.
He encourages you to be a content creator and share your work with the world. I agree with him, create and share your work. The world needs you to challenge the status quo and share more with the world.
Here are my favorite quotes from his “Show Your Work” book.
Creativity is always, in some sense, a collaboration, the result of a mind connected to other minds.
Amateurs are not afraid…
Your greatest contribution to the world may not be something you do but someone you raise.” — Andy Stanley
People that you work for are waiting for you at home.
When you are a parent, your most important job starts when you get home. I work 60 hours per week to provide a better life for my family, and my solace is "I'm not alone." I know many parents are doing the same.
My kids are 9 and 7. Both have a lot of energy and need all of my attention. To be a better parent, I have to use…
I always told myself that to be productive and successful. I have to work 80 hours per week.
Here is why I was wrong.
I worked for a manager who mastered the art of pushing people to do more and still make them feel guilty about going home after 10 hours shift.
When my wife had her first miscarriage, I called to tell him that I would be missing work the next day, and he said, “You can’t stay home. Who is going to do your work?”
My boss had no idea what empathy was. He thought the act of…
Let me first say that I’ve never been anti-vax.
I manage a health department, and I can tell you two things, science works, and vaccines mandate do not. Public health is 20 % science and 80% public perception.
During the pandemic, we won the science battle and lost the public perception, which led to mass confusion. These two facts helped me understand why people resist the idea of vaccination.
Here are some factors that play a significant role in vaccine resistance.
We no longer have a COVID-19 problem. Instead, we have a messaging problem.
The Center for Disease Control and…
We live in a world with no steady-state and no endgame.
Our world is changing continuously, and the pace of change has never been as fast as it is today, and never again be this slow.
Unfortunately, our culture hate change yet thrives on it. As a result, we are not ready for the most significant change, “The future of work.”
The future of work will be very different. Are you prepared for it?
Last year, I had to give a presentation to a group of thought leaders who wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted how we design office spaces…
It’s shocking how many adults have zero friends.
The need for authentic friendship is needed more than ever. They help us overcome isolation, uncover our blindspots, and act as an advisory board to help us navigate life and careers.
When I moved to Toledo, Ohio, I had no friends, and it was challenging for me to surround myself with good people to help me navigate the complexity of college life.
Later on, I moved to Texas, finding genuine friends became even harder, and finally, I understood why most adults don’t have close friends.
Here are four advantages why having genuine…