thinking

Think Like a Leader

Several years ago, I taught a lesson titled, “How Leaders Think.” Like a lot of my older lessons, there is plenty about the content that I would have to change if I were to present it today—after all, I’ve grown over the years, and what I think about thinking has changed quite a bit. But…

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Mark Cole: A Leader’s Most Dangerous Thought

In my role as the leader of a leadership organization, I spend a lot of time studying other leaders around the world—both past and present. In my studies, I typically look for two different kinds of patterns: patterns that lead to success and patterns that lead to failure. Today, I want to share a pattern…

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Mark Cole: Let The Best Idea Win

I was reminded of a valuable lesson in a team meeting recently. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss an event our team will host this year. After setting aside an entire afternoon to prepare ideas, I felt very confident about what I was bringing to the meeting. But soon after the meeting began,…

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Mark Cole: Do You Have Personal Leadership Questions?

Asking personal leadership questions is one of the most powerful and effective things you can do to improve your life, your leadership, and your organization. Great self-accountability questions often stem from a difficult situation in our lives. As people, our natural tendency when dealing with a challenge of some kind is to become frustrated. That…

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‘Tis the Season of Reflection

I love the month of December. It’s one of my favorite times each year, because people are encouraged to be generous and kind, and spend time investing in their most important relationships. I look forward to being with my family, sharing old memories and making new ones. I look forward to celebrating the victories of…

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Turning Obstacles into Opportunities … en Espanol

Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. These past two weeks have been filled with my favorite time of reflection and planning, and now I feel ready to face all the challenges and opportunities of the new year. I’m especially looking forward to an upcoming opportunity: to communicate some of my…

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What’s the one thing all successful people have in common?

What’s the one thing all successful people have in common? Some would say it’s great ability or intelligence. But we all can probably think of someone who’s not particularly talented who’s doing quite well. Others would point to a privileged upbringing. In other words, a head start via training or opportunities that others didn’t have.…

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Connecting the Clock and the Compass

“Time waits for no man.” You’ve probably heard that saying. And it’s true; time marches on, and it’s up to us to keep up with it. We need to be conscious of the clock, or we’ll never make any progress toward our goals. But I believe there’s more to success than reaching goals. True success…

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Keeping Between the Ditches

Have you ever driven a car with terrible alignment? Even on a perfectly straight highway, the vehicle will drift into a ditch unless the driver constantly compensates for its misalignment. As part of normal driving, the springs in a car’s suspension system gradually stretch out, and the vehicle’s highly calibrated internal components get knocked off-kilter.…

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Giving Intentional Thanks

This Monday at The John Maxwell Company we had our annual “work family” Thanksgiving dinner.  It was enjoyable, incredible, and phenomenal to say the least. What made it even more special were the people we had there. Although, the thought did cross my mind as I saw the turkey and dressing continue to diminish what…

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