Posts by Mark Cole

Mark Cole: Life: One Long Gift

John Maxwell and I recently experienced one of the most challenging trips we have ever been on: 17 days 6 countries 96 hours on planes or in airports 59 hours in the air 37 hours waiting to get in the air. 19 airports To say it was tiring would be a huge understatement. As we…

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Mark Cole: Delegation

It’s 8:00pm on Friday night after a long week and you are the only one at the office. You were hoping to get home and take your wife out on an impromptu dinner date, but there was just way too much to get done before the weekend. Yes, you know you’re doing too much. And…

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Mark Cole: More Production. More Results.

I’ve never met a leader uninterested in learning how to accomplish more results. On the other hand, I’ve met plenty of leaders who lack the discipline it takes to get there. Let me start with the good news: You can increase your capacity for production. Sure, talent and natural ability are important, but anyone can…

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Mark Cole: Curiosity Killed the Cat but Grew the Leader

The most successful leaders are committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. And the ones who are successful in doing so all have something in common: curiosity. Here’s why: knowledge, understanding and wisdom will not seek you out. You have to go after growth. And the best way to do that is to be curious.…

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Mark Cole: Deciding Isn’t Enough

Success is not sometimes in the actualization phase; it’s always in the actualization phase. The longer I lead, the more I understand this to be true. John Maxwell shares a story about a lesson he learned from his dad as a kid. Melvin said to John, “Five frogs were sitting on a log and four…

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Mark Cole: It’s Simple, But It Works!

Compliment people in front of people. John Maxwell gave me this advice a long time ago. But what he didn’t realize was he gave me this advice through his actions long before he gave it to me through his words. Complimenting people publicly, especially those that are on his team, is second nature to John.…

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Mark Cole: Change Is Necessary

Remember the Peanuts cartoon with Snoopy, Charlie Brown and all his friends? American cartoonist Charles M. Schulz wrote and illustrated the famous series which featured a group of young children and one memorable dog. In the strips, there were rarely any adults seen or heard, but the life lessons were no less power-packed! In one…

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Mark Cole: Growth is Worth It

Earlier this week, John Maxwell wrote a blog post on A Leader’s Silent Investment. I was captivated by this thought and wanted to spend some time unpacking this further with you. I fully affirm John’s belief that personal growth is a leaders greatest silent investment. Let’s break this down… What makes personal growth silent? Well,…

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Mark Cole: You Need To Focus

It’s true. You need to focus–and so do I! I chose to write on this topic this week because I have discovered that the more opportunities I’m involved with, the more difficult it is to engage in focused thinking. We must face this hard truth about success: you will not achieve it if you are…

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Mark Cole: Turn Mistakes into Success

If you’re human, you are going to make mistakes. I love Denis Waitley’s perspective: “Mistakes are painful when they happen, but years later a collection of mistakes is what is called experience.” John Maxwell says there are two kinds of people in regards to setbacks: splatters, who hit the bottom, fall apart and stay on…

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