Definition Of Success – George McKerrow

November 26th, 2012

Often the most profound truths are stated with elegant simplicity.
George McKerrow, founder of Longhorn Steakhouse, in his fast-paced, ‘never say die’ world knows true success is not found in external ‘stuff’, awards or accolades. Listen to his simple, yet deep definition of success.

Success is out Ahead – George McKerrow

November 26th, 2012

Inspirational leaders have a common trait of forward thinking and movement. George McKerrow, Founder of Longhorn Steakhouse, is always facing forward ~ learning, leading and living. He shares candidly of mistakes and lessons learned, but focuses on success and how life is always in motion. Listen to the energy and enthusiasm in his voice and his spirit!

Being Smart Has Little To Do With Your IQ

May 12th, 2012

Living today requires a whole new skill set. It was once enough to have a college degree and show up for work, do your job, maybe do a little extra and success was achieved. Not anymore. There are so many college degrees floating around that they are no longer a ticket to a paycheck. The saying “It’s not who you know–but who knows you” still applies to some degree, though once the job is secured–performance must follow. Read more »

Home is Not a Street Address

January 4th, 2012

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”-Walt Disney

Home is not a just a street address. Home is a shelter from life’s storms. It is a place to begin again. Home is a place, not where they HAVE to take you in, but a place where they WANT to take you in. Home resides inside your heart, and that awareness evolves throughout our lives. An emotional “home” is created when someone loves us on our “being” and not our “doing”–even when we miss the soccer goal, don’t hit our numbers, or aren’t on top of our game. Home is a feeling within that “everything will be ok.” This doesn’t mean bad things won’t happen. Read more »

‘Tis the Season….To be Grateful!

December 24th, 2011

I love this time of year!  The weather is cooler and the sounds, smells and lights of the Holiday Season fill the air.  Christmas songs are playing on the radio and friends and family send cards and pictures we are so anxious to receive.  It’s a happy time.  It’s a giving time.  And most importantly, it’s a time to reflect and be grateful!

If you’ve read my Blog very often you know I consider Gratitude one of the most significant gifts we can give ourselves.  You can quickly identify people who color their world and life with Gratitude.  They treat people differently, regardless of whether it’s the waiter that serves them, the cashier at Wal-Mart, an employee that reports to them, or even a family member.  They have a different presence about them. Read more »

What Makes a Leader Brilliant?

December 22nd, 2011

In my recent book, The CEO Evolution, I interviewed over 75 CEOs and executives, both men and women, to discover how their personal, professional, and spiritual values have shaped their leadership style.  Interestingly, a number of similarities were shared by all.  Most CEOs and executives attribute the same basic elements for creating success as:

  • Determination
  • Persistence
  • Integrity
  • Responsibility
  • A Deep Sense of Spirituality
  • Luck
  • Commitment to Family

Most did not define success in financial terms, even though most of the executives profiled came from poverty or lower middle class and many were the first in their families to go to college.  Read more »

We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know

December 8th, 2011

“Every generation has the obligation to free men’s minds for a look at new worlds…to look from a higher plateau than the last generation.”

~Ellison Onizuka, Astronaut-Challenger

How does one navigate the treacherous crossing from the Information Age to the Inspiration Age?  How can you know for sure if your leadership is “sea-worthy” enough to withstand the tremendous sea change now transforming business in ways we can only begin to imagine.  With exponentially faster technology and a generation concerned with a moral imperative for higher consciousness in business, the inevitable transformation is already influencing leadership and accountability.  We are all striving to see past the horizon and peer into the future to anticpate vast complexities before they arise.  One thing is certain, the very fabric of time is changing.  Leaders must understand the scope of changes and adapt to meet them. Read more »

Profit, Inspiration, and the Future

November 23rd, 2011

Traditionally, CEOs focus primarily on growth and profit, and understandably so. This book offers an inside look at uniquely inspired leaders who live by their values to achieve growth and profit in their own unique way. As Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Less Traveled,” so beautifully depicts, we live in a life of difficult choices. In all of our decisions, in life and business, there is always a consequence of choosing which fork in the road to take:

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” Read more »

Turtle on a Post – An Interview with Dr. Betty Siegel

November 15th, 2011

Whenever you see a turtle on a post, you know the turtle didn’t get there by itself. Dr. Betty Siegel, former President of Kennesaw State University, discusses the life lesson we can learn from this fact and how we can apply this to brilliant leadership.

Let the Game Come to You

November 10th, 2011

Living here in Atlanta I am a huge baseball and football fan. The Atlanta Braves were doing well this year and leading by 8½ games in early September.  It looked like the playoffs were a sure thing! Unfortunately, it didn’t happen. They lost the lead and a chance of playing in the post-season.

Before the demise of the Braves was certain, Chipper Jones, who plays third base, said something to the team. Chipper is a 15 year veteran of the team and the young players look to him for counsel, advice and leadership. He commands a lot of respect and has shown himself to be a leader with his history of success. At one of the team meetings, he said, “Hey guys, we’re trying too hard. You have to let the game come to you.”

I was intrigued by the fact that a baseball player, Read more »

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