Intentionality pt. 2

This post is part of our series on Extraordinary Success and is the second of four installments involving Intentionality.  In Intentionality pt 1, we introduced the four-step process for intentionally setting and living out your core values and discussed defining your preferred future. Now we will move to the second step. Step 1. Define your preferred future Step 2. Assess Reality Step 3. Take Action …

Intentionality pt.1

This week we are continuing our discussion around the theme Extraordinary Success by looking at the second component, Intentionality. Intentionality is simply the act of being deliberate. John C. Maxwell wrote a book called The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. The first of the fifteen laws was the Law of Intentionality, which states: growth does not just happen.  We’ve been talking about the importance of clearly …

Tenacity pt. 3

In this post we want to continue our discussion around tenacity–specifically as it relates to defining clear core values. In part 2, we talked about the need to refine our values down to a very few values that resonate most deeply with you. But that isn’t the end. Your values must be refined even further! Each value needs to include …

Tenacity pt. 2

Most people don’t have clearly defined personal core values. This doesn’t surprise me because a surprisingly small number of people I encounter across the company are actually clear on what they value.  As we talked about before, the research done by Jim Collins and his team for Good to Great proved that virtually all of the most successful companies have gotten clear on …

Tenacity pt. 1

The first component of Extraordinary Success is Tenacity. Tenacity can be defined simply as persistent determination. It is summed up perfectly in this quote from Calvin Coolidge: Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is …

Extraordinary Success

As promised, this post begins a brand new topic–Extraordinary Success. Extraordinary Success is unique among our four main topics because it is the only topic for which we do not offer a definition. This is intentional of course. We don’t provide a specific definition for extraordinary success because it will look different for each of you. You should define what extraordinary success looks like for your …

Equipping pt. 4

With this post (Equipping, part 4) we have reached the end of our series on Extreme Leadership. In light of this, I’d like to close with a topic that fully embodies the extreme Leadership definition. In this post, we want to look at Equipping by Replacing Yourself.  For our purposes, Replacing Yourself simply means that you equip and train someone else to fully operate in your …

Equipping pt. 3

Over the past 10 weeks we have been talking about Extreme Leadership, which we’ve defined as: selfless, courageous influence that inspires lasting greatness in others. We have looked in depth at the elements that make up Extreme Leadership, including Self-Leadership, Influence, and now, Equipping. Last week we looked at Equipping through story. This week I want to talk about equipping through questions. Questions? Yes. John C. …

Equipping pt.2

In the last chapter of our Extreme Leadership journey, we kicked off the topic of Equipping with a look at Self-Equipping. In part 2 we want to look one of the most powerful equipping tools: our own stories. You’ve probably heard the phrase “facts tell, but stories sell”. Most people think of that in a sales context, but the larger principle is that …

Equipping pt. 1

Even in the earliest days of my career as the owner of a paving company, I had no trouble identifying problems. It doesn’t take a lot of leadership ability to realize that employee engagement and attitudes–positive or negative–have a major impact on a company’s success. I even had the slogan, “attitude is everything” on my business cards. Unfortunately for me–and for …