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If I Were The Devil… A Prophetic Essay

“If I were the devil” ~ A prophetic essay written and recorded by radio commentator Paul Harvey in 1965. This is really, really, really good.

Don’t Settle

“Often times people settle for less than what’s best in their careers, marriages and life. The more you settle, the less that you realize you are settling.”

3 Things To Do When Your Boss Is Intimidated By You

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Sometimes you find yourself in a situation where for whatever reason your boss is intimidated by you. There are many reasons this can occur; everything from insecurity, their past, short man/woman syndrome, fear, something you said, something you did, pride and the list goes on and on. What are you supposed to do when you find yourself in this perplexing situation?

  • 1. Make Your Boss Feel Nice and Comfy: You go out of your way to submit, not to challenge, not to overshadow, overly compliment and stay behind the scenes and be as supportive as possible.
  • 2. Stand Your Ground: I’m not referring to the stand your ground gun law, I’m referring to just do what you do and how you do it best. Lead with integrity and don’t try to control or worry about your boss’ insecurity and intimidation issues. Hope and pray for a breakthrough, a change of perspective and a change for the best.
  • 3. Get To Stepping: If you’ve tried both #1 and #2 and have come to the realization that the way your boss thinks and feels about you isn’t going to change. It’s time you get to stepping. Your willingness to get to stepping may just allow you to step into an opportunity where your boss isn’t intimidated by you, welcomes your contributions and it may also be the catalyst that helps your former boss face their insecurities head on.

Video: LeBron James Dunk Show At Practice

LeBron James showing off his dunk skills, he does better dunks than this in games. I’m glad he’s working on his dunk skills, while KD is working on his championship winning skills.

Enjoy and #Thunderup

The Biggest Mistake A Leader Can Make

5 Calendar Items Of Healthy and Productive People

Calendars, Calendars, Calendars… Each and every one of us has one. Even if you don’t keep a formal one, you still have one.

Calendars help us stay organized and direct our life events. Calendars are the mile-markers of our life events. It’s important that your calendars consist of 5 key elements if you want to have healthy and productive mile-markers.

The one thing that’s not on this list of key elements is prayer. Prayer doesn’t need to be on the list; however it’s critical that it be understood. Prayer is the steering wheel of healthy, successful and productive people. Prayer has to guide, cover, lead, and connect everything that you do. You must use prayer as the steering wheel of your schedule and your life and not simply as your spare tire.

5 Calendar Items Of Healthy and Productive People

  • 1. Time To Think: You must schedule time to get alone, to think and to dream. This thinking time can be alone, in groups, with whiteboards, in silence… the most important aspect of this calendar time is that you are using it to think. (Think, Think, Think)
  • 2. Time To Do:  Go here, go there, do this, do that, accomplish this, accomplish that, workout here, exercise there, to-do this and to-do that. (Do, Do, Do)
  • 3. Time To Rest: You must schedule time to rest, time to refresh, time to energize and time to do absolutely nothing. Stephen Covey refers to this as sharpening your axe. He tells the story of someone so busy cutting down trees (see #2 time to do) that they don’t take time to stop and sharpen their axe. The person who takes the time to sharpen their axe will cut down more trees. (Rest, Rest, Rest)
  • 4. Time To Connect: Meetings are not always a good thing as a matter of fact often times they are little nuisances that get in the way of our daily mile-markers. Although meetings are not always great, connecting with others is highly important. Schedule time to connect with your spouse, family, friends, mentors, colleagues, like-minded folks… There should be times to connect throughout your schedule. Date nights, hang-outs, get-together and meetings for the sole purpose of connecting. (Connect, Connect, Connect)
  • 5. Time To Evaluate: It’s important to take all of the above items coupled with the other elements of life and evaluate them. Assessment, Adjustment and Evaluation are critical to recurring success. If you are not constantly assessing the what, how and when, you may lose focus of the why. (Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate)

What do you think? Share your thoughts and experiences concerning these 5 Items.

The Facts, Speculation and Truth About Apple’s Stock Dropping

It’s getting kind of crazy in the world of Apple, as the stock drops the sky falls. That’s actually a loaded statement and a glass half empty point of view. Apple’s stock is dropping, as a matter of fact recent numbers show it’s as low as it’s been in the last year. Apple opened up at $430.27 this morning and is trending upwards at about $450 at the time of this post. That’s definitely a far cry from it’s 52 week high of $705.07

The Facts: (According to Apple Press Release)

On January 23, 2013—Apple announced financial results for its 13-week fiscal 2013 first quarter, which ended December 29, 2012. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $54.5 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion. These results compare to revenue of $46.3 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion in the 14-week year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 38.6 percent compared to 44.7 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 61 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Average weekly revenue was $4.2 billion in the quarter compared to $3.3 billion in the year-ago quarter.

Apple sold a record 47.8 million iPhones in the quarter, compared to 37 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold a record 22.9 million iPads during the quarter, compared to 15.4 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 4.1 million Macs, compared to 5.2 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 12.7 million iPods in the quarter, compared to 15.4 million in the year-ago quarter.

The Speculation: (According to John Koetsier of Venture Beat)

The only problem? Wall Street’s consensus numbers were $54.58 billion (Apple just beat that), 50 million iPhones (Apple actually sold 47.8 million), 23 million iPads (Apple just about made it, selling 22.9 million), 12 million iPods (under Street estimates), and 5 million Macs (well under Street estimates).

The Truth: (According to Me)

The truth of the matter of why Apple’s stock is dropping is because of all of the late adopters and bandwagoner’s expecting Apple to deliver apples, oranges, strawberries and the moon. An even greater truth about why Apple’s stock is dropping is because there’s no Steve Jobs.

No matter how you slice it, Steve Jobs wasn’t only the visionary leader for Apple, his name and face were as iconic as the Apple logo itself. Anytime there was a new release of a project, device, operating system or whatever during Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference, everyone was tuned in with great anticipation. As a matter of fact “Steve Jobs” would trend on Twitter often times before “Apple” would.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not naïve to believe that there are not great people behind the scenes that are actually the folks making things happen at Apple; however I’m also not naïve to believe that the Steve Jobs’ persona (or lack thereof) plays into the the thoughts and decisions of the speculators. The facts don’t lie… Apple is in great financial shape, having more cash on hand than the US Treasury. As other companies are downsizing, Steve Jobs’ visionary leadership set Apple up well to live beyond him and continue building the faithful Apple Tribe. This simple mantra is the catalyst for Apple’s continued success:

“A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them. We chose a different path. Our belief was that if we kept putting great products in front of customers, they would continue to open their wallets.” ~Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was actually a big deal, so much so that his name was synonymous with the brand. On the other hand, the majority of people that own Apple devices, and many of you reading this post, don’t even know the new Apple CEO’s name.

That’s The Truth!

What do you think?

Potential For Greatness

I have been up early hanging out at my hotel in Dallas, TX as a part of my morning 3-B Time (Bible, Books and Blogs.) I’m here for the Echo Conference, a conference for Artists, Geeks and Storytellers. I just glanced out of my 15th floor hotel room window to see lots lights, some cars, dark space, the sky and lots of potential.

Some people are headed to work, some are headed to a meeting, many are sleeping, some are traveling, many are dreaming… no matter what they are doing, within them resides the potential for greatness. Potential is somewhat neutral, it’s what you do with that potential that matters.

“Greatness is inside of you” is not some random quote or saying… it’s truth. You have potential for greatness, it’s time that you reach your God potential.

“Forget about likes and dislikes. They are of no consequence. Just do what must be done. This may not be happiness but it is greatness.” ~George Bernard Shaw

Potential Unrealized Is Just Potential.

If You Want To Be Great… You Must Do This!

In this fast-paced “Go, Go, Go” “Perform, Perform, Perform” “Succeed, Succeed, Succeed” and “Win, Win, Win” world that we live in, we can often overlook the importance of resting. Although I try to schedule time for rest, I preach about resting, I coach those that I mentor to rest, I can sometimes keep pressing on without resting.

Not taking the time to rest and recuperate is inexcusable. Rest is not simply important, it’s necessary to survive and it’s paramount for greatness to occur. All of the greats take time to rest. Jesus took time to rest. Michael Jordan took time to rest and drink Gatorade.

If You Want To Be Great, You Must Rest… period the end.

If You Want Your Staff To Be Great, You Must Provide An Environment Where They Can Rest and encourage them to rest.

Every human and non-human must rest; even race cars need a pit stop, computers need a rest and reboot and you need to rest. We come into this world as babies knowing how to rest and we leave this world with slowing, degenerating bodies that are forced to rest. It’s the years in between that we must learn to rest.

If you desire to be great, one of the most urgent things you will put on your schedule is a time for rest. If you desire to be great one of the most essential acts you will consistently complete is taking time to rest.

Many people talk about greatness, but few talk about rest; unfortunately the two are not mutually exclusive. Rest and greatness go hand in hand.

Why is it so hard for people to rest? Have we become so performance driven that rest is seen as a weakness? Share your thoughts.

Are You A Player Or A Spectator?

In my business I get the opportunity to work with lots of organizations and individuals and the common theme for every one of them is to get better. That’s the goal for so many of us, we want to improve, grow and get better.

As we are in the midst of the NBA Championships, I found myself thinking about those that that improve, grow and get better. As it relates to success and getting better it simply boils down to this… Some people are players and some people are simply spectators.

Some people want to be a great leader, start a business, change their marriage, run for office, be a competitive athlete… they want to get better. Many never will get better, because they are simply a spectator. They watch, talk, criticize, Monday morning quarterback… They are simply a spectator. They watch, they cheer and they talk.

On the flip side there are those who get in the ring, on the court and on the filed of life and try to improve, grow and get better. These players go up the hills, through the roadblocks, endure the criticism, take the risks and keep moving down the road. They don’t simply talk about, they are about it. They get better, because they are players.

Are You A Player Or A Spectator?

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