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What Wisdom? What Wisdom!

Last month we focused on Gifts of Wisdom.  I wanted to blog about one of the wisest things John Maxwell has taught me.  “Invest in yourself more than others.”  Two things I have learned from John’s insight.  First, is one of capacity.  Spend more time, energy and resources developing yourself.  If you want to have…

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Why You Need to Set Personal Goals This Year

One mark of high-achievers is goal-setting. Most of the successful people I know make it a priority to place targets at various points in the coming year and shoot for them. You might already be working on your list of goals now. It could be increasing your income, launching a product, or starting a new…

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Maxwell Fundamentals: How I File

As a communicator, I’m often asked where I get all the great quotes, statistics, and stories that I use in my lessons and books. For over thirty years, I’ve always answered the same way: I get everything from my files! I learned a long time ago that if I was going to have something fresh…

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File (again) under F for Filing

I’ve shared in the past how I jump-start my creativity with quotes and articles from others.  Whenever I need to prepare a new book, lesson, article, or sermon, the first thing I do is pull all of my files on the topic. I’ve spoken and written about this a lot. But I always get a…

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Coming next month: A Day About Books

Just this week I finished the preliminary work on the creation of my next book. Not the one for 2012 – that one’s been finished since last fall. No, this is my 2013 book, which we need to turn in THIS fall. That’s the way publishing works: everything takes a long time to go from…

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Why I wrote The 5 Levels of Leadership

It’s coming! I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe that August is already here. Before I know it, September and then October will arrive. And with October (on October 4, to be exact), comes my newest book, The 5 Levels of Leadership. With just weeks to go, I’ve decided to give you…

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The Five Levels of Leadership, now a book!

October 1, 2010 Delivering the completed manuscript for The Five Levels of Leadership to Rolf Zettersten, Sr Vice President & Publisher, FaithWords/Center Street Last week I had the privilege of turning in the manuscript for what I believe is my most important book to date: The Five Levels of Leadership. Now, if you know me…

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The power of words on a page

Nineteenth-century writer Walt Whitman struggled for years to get anyone interested in his poetry. He became very discouraged. But then he received a note that read: Dear sir, I am not blind to the worth of the wonderful gift of Leaves of Grass. I find it the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that…

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Wherever you go, there you are.

Travel is a big part of my work now. And this week’s schedule is especially heavy. In seven days I’m teaching in Louisiana, California, Ohio, Georgia, then Ohio again. Of course, it’s not a hardship because I get to connect with and pour into so many wonderful people. One connection that I especially enjoy is…

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