Influence: An Important Tool For Successful Leadership

The ability to influence is an essential leadership skill. The dictionary defines influence as “the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command”. Effective leaders influence without being dictatorial. When a leader inspires a group of individuals to work toward the achievement of a common goal […]

Not so Fast! The Law is Likely to Catch You

Success is going to take longer than you think. Not the news you wanted to hear today, is it? Hofstadter’s law might be in effect. Most of us can’t help but be attracted to the promises of quick and easy results. There are life hacks for just about everything. How strong is the temptation to […]

How Do You Define Success?

In a recent conversation with a wealthy businessperson, the conversation turned to stress. He commented that he was trying to figure out how to simplify his life and retire. Defining success is personal, but he commented that he would trade a lot of the monetary rewards in his life for peace. Where does being content […]

Five Ways to Create Momentum in Your Life

Be the Momentum: 5 Ways to Create Momentum in Your Life Ever stood at the edge of the high dive, looked down, and hesitated? Granted, it’s been a few years since I ventured onto the high dive platform. My own memories take me back to Sun-N-Fun in Sarasota and having a line of kids at […]

The Disparity Between Value and Income

FSU fans have been talking for weeks about Jimbo Fisher’s abrupt departure for a $75 million deal with Texas A & M. It’s interesting that a college coach’s annual salary outstrips what most will earn during their entire career. Hear me now – I’m all for financial success and prosperity. Free enterprise is in my […]

The Years of Delay are NOT Lost Years

As a native Floridian, I’ve listened for years to dialogue about saving the sea turtles. I’ve been aware of the ordinances passed to protect them but turtle life wasn’t on my radar until I spent a week’s vacation on the beach on Longboat Key. The shore was lined with the protected nests and I became […]

Remote Stress

Hurricane Irma is now history. The monster storm weakened before making landfall but nonetheless, made quite a mess.  As a native Floridian, I have family in every part of the state and all were affected by the storm that defied meteorologist’s predictions. My home and community were unscathed when we experienced tropical storm force winds […]

Productivity: The Crazy Way We Work [Infographic]

When was the last time you were totally caught up? I can’t remember such a time. The list is always longer than the day. The pressing, non-negotiable items are addressed and the other stuff gets moved to another list or just falls off my radar at some point. Clearly, I’m not alone in this scene. […]

The Key to Taking on the Impossible

Texas  A & M football wasn’t on my radar until recently. This team isn’t in the Southeastern Conference, so I can’t tell you what their ranking is or if they are playing in a bowl game. It was a remarkable game in another era that captured my attention – the one that led to the […]

Fear Is What We Feel – Brave Is What We Do

Most of us know fear on a first-name basis. Fear wears as many masks as the number of hats we wear. I’ve felt it as a business owner, mom, wife, community leader, musician, and speaker. When the wind is at your back, the skies are cloudless, and life is smiling at you – it’s easy to […]

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