Mark Cole: Insure Your Best Year Ever

I want to help you make this year your best year ever. Is that something you’d be interested in? Here’s the catch: this message may not be for you. This is for those who are expectant. I’m talking to people who already have a plan and are ready for 2019 to be the above-and-beyond year…

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If You Want to Grow, Cultivate a Teachable Spirit

We’re now well into 2019 and I love the optimism that people have about their goals. There’s still plenty of talk about making those resolutions stick. Social media posts abound of people hitting the gym or making other changes to their daily routine in order to make this year different from last. I love this…

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Mark Cole: How Can You Serve and Lead at the Same Time?

When you think of servanthood, what comes to mind? Do you envision a person at the bottom of the totem pole performing a so-called “menial” task for someone else’s benefit? If so, then you have the wrong impression. Servanthood is not about position or skill. Servanthood is about attitude. We’ve all encountered people in service…

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Set a Clear Path in a Worthwhile Direction

Like everyone else who blogs, I thought January would be a great time to share a post that will help you set your course for the coming year. But while others write of “must-dos” and “should-dos”, I’d like to encourage you to consider something different. Meant-to-do. As in, What are you meant to do? It’s…

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Mark Cole: Going to the Next Level

What is the key to going to the next level as a leader? Great question, but one that some people might struggle to answer. Perhaps let me state in a more familiar way—what is the greatest obstacle you will face once you have begun achieving your goals and tasting success? I believe it is the…

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Your Greatest Gift as a Leader

At 71 years old, I don’t need many gifts at Christmas. I have a good home, a good family, a good team, and my life has never been more fulfilling than it is right now. The opportunities I’m seeing for partnerships and transformation are greater now than at any other time in my life. Now,…

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Mark Cole: Busy is a Four-Letter Word

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? That time of year when people are busier than ever preparing for family visits, fighting crowds at the mall, wrapping presents, finishing projects, and setting goals, all while trying to bake fruitcakes for neighbors. Our lives are busy with so much still to be done. And…

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Be a Giver

We’re nearing Christmas, and everywhere you look, there are advertisements encouraging you to think about the people on your gift list. Whether it’s your spouse, your children, a parent or a co-worker, there’s a lot of emphasis placed on giving just the right gift. As a result, people are cheerfully—and busily—shopping to put a smile…

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Mark Cole: How to Grow Your Influence

If your life in any way connects with other people, you are an influencer.  My good friend Tim Elmore shared an amazing statistic with me several years ago that I’ve never forgotten. Sociologists tell us that even the most introverted individual will influence 10,000 people during his or her lifetime. Everyone influences someone!   That means the question we…

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