Leadership

Possibility Thinking, Part One

What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail? I read this question long ago in Robert Schuller’s book, Move Ahead with Possibility Thinking. It resonated with me in way I couldn’t define. You see, growing up, I was surrounded by a culture that thought about avoiding failure—a community concerned with finding the safe…

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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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How Leaders Make Failure Their Friend

What’s your definition of the word “failure”? For some people, failure is a mistake of any kind. For others, failure is missing a set goal. For still others, failure is a constant state of being, a way of thinking about themselves and the world. For leaders, failure is different. J. Wallace Hamilton wrote, “The increase…

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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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Three Steps to Increase Your Capacity for Action

I wish I could do more. I hear that statement a lot from leaders around the world. The demands on their time, their skills, and their presence are always escalating, always making it seem like there’s never enough of the leader to go around. Usually, the emphasis is on the more in that sentence: I…

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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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A Leader’s Silent Investment

If you’re a young leader—whether that’s by age or experience—then I want to talk to you today. I don’t want to take up too much of your time, so I’ll cut to the chase: Personal growth is a leader’s greatest silent investment. By that I mean, it doesn’t speak up, it shows up. When we’re…

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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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Mister Rogers: Leadership with Lasting Impact

What do you think of when you hear the word, “neighbor”? Depending on your age, you’re likely to think of Fred Rogers. Or, more accurately, Mister Rogers. That’s because Mister Rogers is one of the most iconic television personalities in American history. A mild-mannered Pennsylvania man with a passion for encouraging children, Mister Rogers became…

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Two Things Every Leader Should Avoid Like the Plague

Several years ago my friend, Dave Anderson, released his book, Up Your Business: 7 Steps to Fix, Build, or Stretch Your Organization. I remember reading it with excitement, and even developed a teaching on some of the most important lessons I learned from the book. There are so many good ideas that Dave presented, and…

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