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I Believe In You
payitforward Hello Everyone,  I will turn 50 on October 21st.  As I progress toward the big day, I’ve been preparing the list of the 50 people who have had the greatest impact on my life over my first half century.  They’re all getting thank you calls and more.  My first call was to a guy named Gary June.  Gary was largely responsible for my first big promotion in life.  I called ...
The Epic Leadership Challenge: Part 3 of 4
*Post was written during my prior employment with McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and prior to accepting my position as CEO of MV Transportation. The opinions within the article are my own, and are not a reflection of McGraw-Hill in it’s current form.  The transformational leadership challenge (part THREE in a four part blog series):  Disrupt and transform an old economy print textbook business into a personalized learning, educational technology and services ...
The Epic Leadership Challenge: Part 2 of 4
*Post was written during my prior employment with McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and prior to accepting my position as CEO of MV Transportation. The opinions within the article are my own, and are not a reflection of McGraw-Hill in it’s current form.  THE CHALLENGE Re-invent an old economy print textbook publisher and build it into a high growth personalized learning, educational technology and services powerhouse. In the first part of this four part ...
The Epic Leadership Challenge: Part 1 of 4
*Post was written during my prior employment with McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and prior to accepting my position as CEO of MV Transportation. The opinions within the article are my own, and are not a reflection of McGraw-Hill in it’s current form.  THE CHALLENGE Re-invent an old economy print textbook publisher and build it into a high growth personalized learning, educational technology and services powerhouse.   CONTEXT Every business and industry in the world is ...
Leadership: Water Off a Duck’s Back
People like to give me advice, mostly because I listen and I really try to apply good advice to my life.  I’ve always been that way.  People like to help, especially when they have a willing student. No piece of advice has served me better than a lesson I learned many years ago from my older brother Dennis. Older brothers like to mess with little ...
Leadership: 5 Secrets To Inspiring a Sense of Urgency
Things happen gradually and then very suddenly.  When the suddenly (failure to act and therefore failure to win) happens TO a team, it’s almost always about a leader’s failure to inspire and drive a sustained sense of urgency. If a competitor is beating your team, you can bet their sense of team urgency was more powerful than yours.  It is that simple. If you want to keep the dream (and winning) ...
Leaders – Don’t Lose the Butterflies
“Do you get butterflies before you give speeches?”  My daughter, Kate (11), asked me after I returned from a recent engagement. “Every time,” I replied. “I get butterflies before every speech and throughout every business day!” When we lose our butterflies as leaders, it’s often the first sign of decline… that perhaps we’re losing our edge or just “phoning it in.”  Note:  If you lose your butterflies as a leader, ...
Real Leadership – Requires Graduation from 7th Grade
How leaders (political, private, or otherwise) conduct themselves matters.  What they say about each other and how they go about winning a promotion (or an election) matters.  What they allow their handlers and promoters to say on their behalf matters. Graduating from the adolescent days of the 7th grade matters. Trash talking requires very little thinking.
Leaders Redefine What’s Possible in – 3:59.40
On May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister did something that was previously thought to be beyond human capacity.  He ran a mile in less than four minutes (3:59.40). It was the stuff of legend and the biggest sports story in history at the time. Redefining “Possible” Today, as a result of Mr. Bannister’s vision, leadership, and talents, nearly every world-class runner who competes in the classic fifteen hundred meter event has the ...
Leadership and Responsibility – Three Easy Steps That Save Lives and Careers
This morning I read a story about another foolish guy arrested for driving under the influence. In this case, it was a prominent businessman. It’s the craziest thing Despite endless stories of lives destroyed, excellent law enforcement campaigns, and increased penalties, people still do it (DUI) regularly.  To make matters worse, most offenders appear to have very well functioning brains, fully capable of making good decisions. Leadership and zero tolerance After a ...
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