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The Be Series: Be the Rabbit

Rabbits are everywhere! No matter where you live, you likely have them in or near your geographical area. They live on every continent except Antartica and there are over 305 different breeds found in over 70 countries. These cute little animals can...

The Be Series: Be the Turtle

Turtles are among the most diverse creatures on the planet. How many species of animals can you name that live in the ocean, land, lakes, and swamps? Not very many for sure. They are associated with being wise, committed, although a bit introverted. Here are...

The Be Series: Be the Risk Taker

If you dare nothing, then when the day is over, nothing is all you will gain. -Neil Gaiman We love our set routines and the relative safety that our jobs provide. I know I do. The best leaders don't settle for status quo and are great risk takers for their...

Success vs. Excellence

Success always follows excellence.  Chick-fil-a is quite a different fast food establishment. They are incredibly profitable, they have ridiculously long, but fast, lines at lunch and the company can't open them fast enough. They are also closed on...

Emotional Intelligence: Relationship Management

The level and depth of your relationships with others is a guiding factor for your success.  As we've moved through each of the three previous sections of EI, you likely noticed that each built on the one before it. That is certainly the case with relationship...

Emotional Intelligence: Social Awareness

The ability to read a room is just as important as the ability to read a book.    Social awareness is all about that guy.  You know the one. He is the person that just misses everything that's going on around them in a conversation. It's as if they are in a...

Emotional Intelligence: Self-Management

By constant self-discipline and self-control, you can develop greatness of character.-Grenville Kleiser.    Spotting a person with low self-management skills is easy in the workplace. They typically have outbursts, let their emotions run them down and in short...

Emotional Intelligence: Self Awareness

Self-awareness is the ability to take an honest look at your life without any attachments to it being right or wrong, good or bad. -Debbie Ford.  If there is a piece of emotional intelligence that stands out the most, it's self-awareness. Its also the foundation that...

Emotional Intelligence: What is EQ?

It is very important to understand that emotional intelligence is not the opposite of intelligence, it is not the triumph of head over heart - it is the unique intersection of both. - Dan Caruso Have you ever encountered a person that was just too book smart for...

Celebrate!

The week after Christmas is a very unique week. You hopefully just celebrated the holiday with friends and family and we have the new year just around the corner. You've worked hard. Your team has worked hard. It's time to celebrate!   Don't let the moment pass...

Leading those more tenured

Leading those more tenured than yourself is a fun and challenging topic to master. The good news is that it is only temporary. You are eventually going to be old and someone younger will be your boss! Here are some ways to win over those that are more tenured that...

Know your limits

We are officially into the holiday season now! It's a time of joy, excitement and also the time that we become the most stressed and overloaded. We take on a little too much, just as our work, school, and home life are picking up too...

Intentional in Diversity

Strength lies in differences, not similarities. -Stephen Covey     I love my church and how diverse it is. Its got a great mix of races, education, life experience, and various backgrounds. You may have a guy that grew up on the south...

Motivate the Unmotivated

We all run across unmotivated people during our time as leaders. It can be at work, school, or at your home. Let's look at some ways that we can help those unmotivated to get out of their ruts and become productive.     1. Find the Root Cause...

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Love them like family

Family is not an important thing, it is everything.      Have you ever been somewhere where you didn't get served well and then you observe someone in the same establishment getting great service? It's extremely frustrating, to say the least. I'm typically...

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Stuck in the waiting room of life

Waiting is hard. I know that it is for me. We all have times in our life when we are suddenly waiting for direction. I think of this as a waiting room. You are just stuck there and it only becomes more frustrating as you see other people come and go while you just...

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This is our community

The importance of community, living in peace and helping one another, is a foundation piece of who we are. That can be found more so in Clarkston, GA than anywhere else in the world. Clarkston holds the crown as the most diverse city in the world. At a population of a...

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How to ace the interview

A job interview is not a test of your knowledge, but your ability to use it at the right time. I get asked fairly often, from college students to seasoned professionals, on advice for having a good interview. They range from part-time extra work to college entrance...

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Finding leadership in food

Finding that great local spot is an adventure that I enjoy during all of my travels. A national chain is good for consistency, but a quality local place really puts its heart into its food and…

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Is this your calling?

So you say that what you do is your calling. Do you lead that way? Do you lead in such a passionate and inspiring way that it’s obvious that this is what you’ve been called to do?

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