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What kind of root system do you have?

The sequoia redwood trees located in California, are some of the biggest trees in the world. The General Sherman is, in fact, noted as THE largest known living single stem tree on Earth! It is 275 ft tall, 25 feet in diameter, and is approximately 2,500 years old. Something that huge must have an incredible…

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Four Tips for Cultural Change

The Humiliation The budget meeting was a disaster, far surpassing what I had anticipated. It was a raucous and mean spirited group of senior managers pouring out wrath and venom while the President and Chairman quietly looked on. Why were these people so mad and contentious? Me! As the new guy in town and the…

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John Maxwell Turned My Life Right Side Up!

It was August 2012. After several years of studying for my master’s degree, coaching certifications, many hours of coaching couples and hosting marriage intensives, it was time for a break. Not a mini-vaca, but a sabbatical. So my husband and I began a road trip from central Florida to Las Vegas, with multiple stops along…

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Nothing is Quieter than Hair Turning Gray

When I was younger, I had my whole life ahead of me. Anything was possible. In fact, when I graduated from high school, my dad said, “Son, you need to go out and get a job right now, while you still know everything.” In a way, he was right. I have never felt more on…

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Leadership: It’s About Commitment

What could teaching leadership and obtaining a travel visa possibly have in common? The laws of leadership apply to both, of course. A couple of years ago, I was blessed with an invitation to travel to Ghana with a group of student leaders from the University of Washington. As one of the faculty, I was…

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Leaders Step into the Struggle

Often, successful leaders hear comments such as, “Well, you’re lucky that you’ve got all these followers,” or, “You lucked out in your position,” or “If I was in your shoes… I’d be successful too.” The truth is, leaders step up to the position, and they do it by stepping into the struggle. It’s not always…

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Conquer the Hill: A strategy to overcome any obstacle

So why do so many businesses fail? Why do leaders struggle in overcoming some of their biggest obstacles? Because at times we all simply forgot how to conquer the hill! See, I have been a runner off and on for some years now. Thankfully, I have been able to stay pretty consistent with it over…

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith – Out of Africa!

At our last John Maxwell Team Live Event, the theme was Global Possibilities. A few weeks later, Donniece-Greene Smith and Matthew Nathaniel Smith were on their way to Africa to make a difference to Leaders in Kenya!  We met with Donniece to find out what made them decide to travel to a different continent and what it…

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Destined for More!

‘A time comes when you need to stop waiting for the man you want to become and start being the man you want to be’ Bruce Springsteen’ Life can be challenging as well as easy, often determined by our seasons of life. However, what I have observed in my life and in the lives of…

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