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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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Find Your Way: The Path Over The Plan

I’m so excited to share this blog post with you! It’s an excerpt from an amazing book, Find Your Way, by my friend Carly Fiorina. Carly is a dear friend and valued partner, and I know her insights in this post will help you unlock your potential to become the leader you’re meant to be.…

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Mark Cole: The 30-Second Rule

One of the first lessons that John Maxwell taught me, many years ago, was the “30-Second Rule”. One night around a dinner table with several other colleagues, John leaned over to me and said, “Mark, if you really want to win with people, say something encouraging within the first thirty seconds of every conversation.” I’ve…

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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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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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Four Questions to Ask Before Moving On

Have you ever felt like you were out of place? That where you are, isn’t where you’re supposed to be? I was talking with someone the other day, and he made a statement that really connected with me. He’s got a successful and fulfilling career. But that day he confessed that lately he’d had the…

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4 Leadership Styles That Trigger Peak Performance

Most teams don’t naturally get better on their own. Left alone, they don’t grow, improve, or reach championship caliber. Instead, they tend to wind down. The road to the next level is always uphill, and if a team isn’t intentionally fighting to move up, then it inevitably slides down. The team loses focus, gets out…

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From Kota to Kiribati and Beyond

A little over six weeks ago, I had the honor of participating in a monumental milestone for EQUIP, the non-profit organization I founded in 1996 to train and mobilize leaders worldwide. Our first training session on the Biblical principles of leadership was held in Kota, India, in 1997. Every year since then, our volunteer Associate…

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Be a Belief Magnet

Have you ever really thought about the way a magnet works? To someone who doesn’t understand the science, a magnet’s power to attract things to it appears almost magical. Likewise, have you ever met a person who seems to attract people the way a magnet attracts metal? They believe in others, and they attract people…

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Why Talent Won’t Cut It

Talent is never enough. There’s no substitute for it, but there’s also no guarantee of success with it. To turn talent into influence, a person must prepare it with hard work, surround it with the right relationships, strengthen it by taking responsibility, and protect it with character. Preparation Positions Your Talent Author Emile Zola spoke…

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