Are You a “Go First” Leader?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve blogged about material from my new book, Leadershift: 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace. We’re nearing the end of that process, so I want to talk about one of the more challenging shifts some leaders face. It’s the Cost Shift—moving from the perks of leadership to the price…

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Mark Cole: 11 Reasons Why You Will Be a Better Leader This Year

There’s a hunger for leadership in the world today like never before. People have looked to Hollywood, sports figures and politics, all in hopes that leadership will show itself. We’ve all been disappointed in places of business, or faith, or Wall Street. And this has generated confusion about what leadership really means. This hunger produces…

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Become a Leader Others Want to Follow

Today, my newest book, Leadershift: 11 Essential Changes Every Leader Must Embrace, finally hits shelves in stores. Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered a copy of the book or helped get the word out through social media. We’re expecting a great launch, and it’s made possible by your help and excitement. I’m also excited for…

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Developing Credibility as a Leader

I recently spent an afternoon with Carly Fiorina discussing how leadership values and tools can make a difference in communities around the world. Carly and I are two sides of the leadership coin—I’m an encouraging leader who helps people discover (or rediscover) values of leadership, while Carly is an empowering leader who provides practical tools…

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Mark Cole: Recruiting the Most Important Member of the Team

Dear Leader: You can’t make it on your own. That’s not a putdown—it’s a reality. The bigger your goals, the more help you’re going to need in reaching them. John Maxwell says, “The definition of a nightmare is a big dream and a bad team.” That’s why I believe the most important member of any…

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Live on the Other Side of “Yes”

One of my all-time favorite words is only three letters long. It’s a simple word to learn, but a difficult word to master because it has the power to create life as well as diminish it. It’s the word, YES. I love the word yes because of the possibilities it contains. Yes is permission. Yes…

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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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If You Want to Grow, Cultivate a Teachable Spirit

We’re now well into 2019 and I love the optimism that people have about their goals. There’s still plenty of talk about making those resolutions stick. Social media posts abound of people hitting the gym or making other changes to their daily routine in order to make this year different from last. I love this…

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Mark Cole: How Can You Serve and Lead at the Same Time?

When you think of servanthood, what comes to mind? Do you envision a person at the bottom of the totem pole performing a so-called “menial” task for someone else’s benefit? If so, then you have the wrong impression. Servanthood is not about position or skill. Servanthood is about attitude. We’ve all encountered people in service…

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