I recently enjoyed a few days of rest with Margaret, my wife. We were able to spend time together doing the things that we love, right in the middle of the busy summer season. Now that COVID restrictions are changing, in-person events are coming back, which means my calendar is filling up again with incredible…

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How can we build Great Teams within our organizations? And how can we sustain excellence once Greatness is captured? To find answers, where might we turn for a model of success? I suggest you start with USA Basketball. The collection of elite NBA and college basketball talent once known as the Dream Team lost its…

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COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our lives. We went from a booming economy to great uncertainty almost overnight. We have seen illness, death, job loss, social unrest, increased anxiety, and a loss of normalcy in our lives. We are grieving over many things, including the sense of security many thought we possessed. But the truth…

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There’s a difference between a movement and a promotion.  A promotion starts big but quickly fades.  A movement starts small but eventually builds.  As leaders, we should be about movements — building something that lasts over time.   Many organizations spend more energy promoting events and products instead of reinforcing vision.  Sure, promotions have their…

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A few weeks ago, I was sitting on the front row at a conference, preparing to go on stage and share how servant leadership can transform a culture. This is the message that’s been heavy on my heart for some time now; I could feel the excitement build within me as I imagined the people…

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This Saturday, I will turn 74 years old. Like most birthdays when you get older, I’ll celebrate in some way with my family and friends, but for the most part I’ll treat it like most other days: focused on the mission of transformation. But that doesn’t mean I won’t reflect on my life and what…

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Have you ever had a dream come true? Maybe it was a desire to marry or have children; maybe it was to launch a successful business. Maybe your dream was to write a book or take a trip to a distant country. Maybe your dream was big, maybe it was small, but regardless, you had…

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Today is a historic day for the United States of America; for the 59th time in our country’s history, we inaugurated a new president and vice-president, and began another chapter in our leadership history. As is common for inaugurations, there were a lot of words spoken about where our country finds itself and where the…

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Since January 1 I’ve been walking one mile a day. It’s part of our Transformathon—which ends later this month with an amazing 5K walk that I’ll be live-streaming from two different locations—but it’s also part of my health routine. When Covid hit last year and my travel schedule suddenly opened up, it didn’t take me…

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If I told you that the fate of the world rested on your shoulders, how would you respond? Would you take an action hero approach and confidently declare that you will handle it? Would you shrink from the responsibility and pass it on to someone else? Or would you simply shake your head, look me…

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