Let’s Make 2018 The Year of Execution

Over the last decade, businesses being disrupted, moral failures of leaders, identity politics, and more have taught us that execution matters. No matter how noble your idea, if you can’t make it happen, then it doesn’t matter. So much has been poorly executed of late, that I want us to focus this new year on the art of “execution.” You’ll remember the famous saying:

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Nonprofits And Religious Organizations: Why Telling Your Story Will Be More Important Than Ever in 2018

If you’re involved in a church, religious ministry, or nonprofit organization, then you’ve already heard that many believe the new tax law will reduce the incentive for charitable giving by the middle class. Since it nearly doubles the standard deduction to $24,000 for joint filers, it’s assumed that fewer filers will itemize their deductions, and charities fear fewer Americans will be able to take advantage of the deduction – which means fewer will give. We have yet to see the impact either way, however, the red light that should be flashing is that if fewer people give because of a tax deduction, that leaves

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Eleven Things Creative People Should Know About Leonardo da Vinci

Right now, Leonardo da Vinci is hot. My wife and I just returned from Washington, DC where the National Gallery is showing his only painting publicly on display in the United States – a portrait of Ginevra de’ Benci. A new biography is available by Walter Isaacson who wrote the highly regarded biography of Steve Jobs, and a movie is coming out with another Leonardo in the lead role. But the biography I would encourage you to read is listed at the end of this article, and here are eleven things it taught me about Leonardo that every creative leader should know:

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My Top 10 Blog Posts of the Year

See What Connected with People in 2017

I’ve been looking back at 2017, and my most read blog posts of the last 12 months. It’s always fascinating to see what connects with people and I would love any ideas you have on why these particular posts made an impact. The list is in reverse order and ends with my number one most read blog post of the year. Let’s start with #10:

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This Should Be Your Year to Find a Great Mentor

In many ways, relationships are one of the most important advantages a person has in the workplace. In the past, “networking” was often about taking advantage – what other people can do for me. But today, networking is about helping other people because it’s the right thing to do. Whether you believe in God, Karma, or random chance, the truth is, when you help others achieve their dreams, they’re far more interested in helping you achieve yours. So when it comes to

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Everything Communicates

Something leaders, speakers, and communicators often fail to understand is that in today’s digital world, everything communicates. That means it’s not just the message you share, but it’s the clothes you’re wearing, your attitude, the way you stand, the lighting in the room, and many more things impact

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The Keys to Communicating Change:

One of the Greatest Challenges for a Leader

If you’re a professional communicator, a significant part of your job is leading people through change. It’s a tough challenge, and if you’ve read my book “Jolt: Get the Jump on a World That’s Constantly Changing” then you know that for individuals and organizations, change is incredibly hard. One example in the book is research that indicates that within two years, the vast majority of open heart surgery patients

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