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Mark Cole: Everything Big Starts Small

What’s your dream? Think about it—what is the one thing that you would love to see accomplished in your lifetime? If I had to guess, it’s probably pretty big. And that’s a good thing—as long as what I say next doesn’t discourage you: Everything big started small. I’m sure you remember those famous first words…

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Mark Cole: Leading People to Accept Change

Change is challenging. One of the things I’ve heard John Maxwell teach about change is that no one really likes to change, not even leaders—unless the change is their idea! As John says, “Most people are more comfortable with old problems than new solutions, because the new represents the unknown.” It’s awkward to do something…

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Mark Cole: It’s All About People

Leadership is all about people; always has been, always will be. If you’re like me, you love to get things done. Maybe you tend to be task driven and action oriented. As I’ve traveled around the world with John Maxwell I’ve observed many leaders who share these characteristics. Which makes the most difficult thing about…

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Mark Cole: The Value of Listening

Listening is one of the most valuable tools a leader has in his or her tool belt. Unfortunately, the busier we are and the higher we climb in the organization, the more difficult it becomes to listen. I love Ralph Waldo Emerson’s attitude, “Every man I meet is in some way my superior, and I…

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Mark Cole: Four Characteristics of a Healthy Culture

Yesterday, October 10th, was World Mental Health Day. In honor of this day, John and I decided to write about mental health this week. If you missed John’s blog post earlier in the week, I want to encourage you to go back and read it as well. Just to echo John before we go too…

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Mark Cole: Do You Believe?

I’ve given my life to developing leaders around the world because I am convinced that all people have potential. And in order to reach that potential there’s one thing everybody needs that we can all give: belief. Here’s what I know to be true: if you believe in yourself, you can reach your potential and…

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Mark Cole: Focus!

How we think is very important. As John Maxwell says, “Your life today is a result of your thinking yesterday. Your life tomorrow will be determined by what you think today.” I agree with him. Great leaders are disciplined in staying focused in their thinking. On this week’s episode of the John Maxwell Leadership Podcast,…

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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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