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Gratitude & Generosity = Happiness

During some rejuvenation time in Mexico, over the holidays, we took a cooking class from a Mexican…

Podcast Ep 147 | Jim Collins Three rules of Engagement for Healthy Teams

In team meetings, leaders often need a simple code of conduct through which to operate. If you…

Dean Ritchey | The Advisor Who Started It All

Last month, I had an opportunity to spend time with Dean Ritchey, one of Lawrence & Co’s…

Podcast Ep 146 | Why the Greatest Leaders Obsess Over Their Goals

Are you looking to become a more effective leader? In this episode of the "Growth Whisperers"…

How to Recruit & Retain People in the Current Economy

I'm always fascinated to be in conversations with CEOs and executives who are concerned about their…

Podcast Ep 145 | Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix

Are you struggling to prioritize tasks and maximize your productivity? The Time Management Matrix,…

The Simplest Strategy Question

I'm always a fan of keeping things simple. And when it comes to creating a strategy to win over and…

Podcast Ep 144 | Planning to win in 2023 – Cash – (5 of 5)

What cash decisions do you need to make to win in 2023?  2023 looks to have major challenges that…

Do You Create an Environment of Autonomous Accountability?

“Autonomous accountability” is a term that came to me, in a recent CEO coaching session, when we…

Podcast Ep 143 | Planning to win in 2023 – Execution – (4 of 5)

What execution decisions do you need to make to win in 2023?  2023 looks to have major challenges…

The Power of Celebrating & Iterating

Over the past year, I've been working a lot on foundational content for my next book. One of the…

Podcast Ep 142 | Planning to win in 2023 – Strategy – (3 of 5)

What strategy decisions do you need to make to win in 2023?  2023 looks to have major challenges…

Jim Collin’s Advice on Building Enduring, Private Equity-Backed Companies

Many CEOs and executives struggle to balance short-term performance with the long-term resilience…

Podcast Ep 141 | Planning to win in 2023 – People – (2 of 5)

What people decisions do you need to make to win in 2023?  2023 looks to have major challenges…

Top & Toxic Test: Do Your Core Values Accurately Reflect the Culture of Your Company?

Core values can be tricky. When I first got involved in strategic planning almost 30 years ago, I…

Podcast Ep 140 | Planning to win in 2023 – (1 of 5)

2023 is looking like one of the most interesting years in our lives and careers. We didn't really…

Building your Personal Master Plan for 2023+

Potentially the most impactful 90 minutes you can spend. In a previous newsletter, we talked about…

Podcast Ep 139 | What’s more important: Right People or Right Strategy?

What is more important, getting the right people or getting the right strategy? Many people have…

Are You Getting Seven Kinds of Rest?

In Your Oxygen Mask First, I talk about Resilience Rituals (Chapter 3 Double Your Personal…

Podcast Ep 138 | Why the One Page Plan works

Many companies might have a plan, but some plans work better than others. Focus matters; having an…

November is Men’s Mental Health Month in the US

It’s great to get back into the rhythm of in-person keynotes and workshops related to Your Oxygen…

Podcast EP 137 | The Four Forces of Growth

This week we're talking about a new book that Kevin is working on entitled The Four Forces of…

Are You Obsessed with Your Customers?

Every time I return to Dubai, I am inspired. Not that long ago, this small town on the edge of a…

Podcast EP 136 | If We Bought Twitter: things to consider when acquiring a business

What would we do if we paid $44 USD Billion for a business that was losing 4 million dollars a…

An Amazing Team Retreat

In early October, we had our second team retreat in Whistler, after adding three new advisors this…

Podcast EP 135 | What tools do you need to use for an effective onboarding process?

First, you must document what success looks like in the role after the onboarding. Second, you…

Do You Have Debate Deficit or Decision Deficit – Or Both?

Many teams are very good at identifying and setting aside time to discuss and debate, and to make…

Podcast EP 134 | Onboarded – What is onboarding debt, and how can you calculate your onboarding debt?

When people don’t understand how to succeed in a new role, they do what they think is right. But…

The Top 10 Blogs

Writing always helps to crystallize my thoughts and learnings and I enjoy sharing new information…

Podcast EP 133 | Onboarded – Why new hires that are a good fit are a problem (2 of 4)

“Many people refer to a person as a good fit (they are still here) or a bad fit (they left). This…

Podcast Ep 147 | Jim Collins Three rules of Engagement for Healthy Teams

In team meetings, leaders often need a simple code of conduct through which to operate. If you…

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Podcast Ep 146 | Why the Greatest Leaders Obsess Over Their Goals

Are you looking to become a more effective leader? In this episode of the "Growth Whisperers"…

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Podcast Ep 145 | Stephen Covey’s Time Management Matrix

Are you struggling to prioritize tasks and maximize your productivity? The Time Management Matrix,…

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Podcast Ep 144 | Planning to win in 2023 – Cash – (5 of 5)

What cash decisions do you need to make to win in 2023?  2023 looks to have major challenges that…

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Podcast Ep 143 | Planning to win in 2023 – Execution – (4 of 5)

What execution decisions do you need to make to win in 2023?  2023 looks to have major challenges…

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Podcast Ep 142 | Planning to win in 2023 – Strategy – (3 of 5)

What strategy decisions do you need to make to win in 2023?  2023 looks to have major challenges…

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Podcast Ep 141 | Planning to win in 2023 – People – (2 of 5)

What people decisions do you need to make to win in 2023?  2023 looks to have major challenges…

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Podcast Ep 140 | Planning to win in 2023 – (1 of 5)

2023 is looking like one of the most interesting years in our lives and careers. We didn't really…

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Podcast Ep 138 | Why the One Page Plan works

Many companies might have a plan, but some plans work better than others. Focus matters; having an…

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Podcast EP 137 | The Four Forces of Growth

This week we're talking about a new book that Kevin is working on entitled The Four Forces of…

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Podcast EP 136 | If We Bought Twitter: things to consider when acquiring a business

What would we do if we paid $44 USD Billion for a business that was losing 4 million dollars a…

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Podcast EP 135 | What tools do you need to use for an effective onboarding process?

First, you must document what success looks like in the role after the onboarding. Second, you…

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Gratitude & Generosity = Happiness

During some rejuvenation time in Mexico, over the holidays, we took a cooking class from a Mexican…

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Dean Ritchey | The Advisor Who Started It All

Last month, I had an opportunity to spend time with Dean Ritchey, one of Lawrence & Co’s…

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How to Recruit & Retain People in the Current Economy

I'm always fascinated to be in conversations with CEOs and executives who are concerned about their…

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The Simplest Strategy Question

I'm always a fan of keeping things simple. And when it comes to creating a strategy to win over and…

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Do You Create an Environment of Autonomous Accountability?

“Autonomous accountability” is a term that came to me, in a recent CEO coaching session, when we…

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The Power of Celebrating & Iterating

Over the past year, I've been working a lot on foundational content for my next book. One of the…

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Jim Collin’s Advice on Building Enduring, Private Equity-Backed Companies

Many CEOs and executives struggle to balance short-term performance with the long-term resilience…

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Top & Toxic Test: Do Your Core Values Accurately Reflect the Culture of Your Company?

Core values can be tricky. When I first got involved in strategic planning almost 30 years ago, I…

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[Video] 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid When Creating a COVID-19 Employee Vaccination Policy

I recently had a conversation with Laurie Ballantyne, one of our awesome new advisors (with a deep…

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Do What You Love and Invest in Your Sweet Spots

If you want to be a high-performing leader, invest 80% of your time and energy to do what you love,…

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Managing Emotions and Dealing with Your Emotional Junk

Is your emotional junk causing bad decisions or regrettable behaviour? Past traumas leave emotional…

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World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and I wanted to share a few ideas that I’m hoping will help…

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Mastering Your Monkey Mind

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Gratitude for The Change Thrust Upon Us

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Ignore Conventional Wisdom

What if I told you to completely ignore all the best practices and conventional wisdom that’s been…

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Put On Your Oxygen Mask First

One major point of my book Your Oxygen Mask First - is that the missing part of the equation is…

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A Victim of Your Own Success

What I’ve learned working with high-performing CEOs and leaders, around the world, is that they…

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Work Life Planning: Plan, Plan & Plan Again

We have goals of where we want to get to, and great plans. But of course, that's not how it…

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Push Yourself – Keep Going For It

This post is inspired by my grandmother, Betty Howett. At 81 years of age, she went back to…

Overcoming Negative Thinking by Learning to Love the Lessons

How good are you at seeing the benefit in your biggest challenges, at work and in life? The key to…

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Tackle Difficult Conversations

We've all faced difficult conversations in our lives. The best leaders find effective ways to deal…

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Clear Expectations Help People Meet Your Standards

How skilled are you at setting clear expectations and graciously getting people to meet your high…

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Stress Performance Curve – How Stress Makes High Performers Better

Although it sounds counter-intuitive, high performing CEOs and managers actually need stress to be…

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Day 1 Amazon Thinking

The essence of Day 1 Amazon Thinking - described in Bezos’ 2017 shareholder letter - is how the…

Get Your Team Making Decisions on Their Own

How skilled are you at helping people become strong, independent leaders? Are you bombarded by…

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Leverage Business Advisors to Quadruple Your IQ

How effective are you at gaining insights & opinions from true experts in business and in life…

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Team Building: Developing an “A” Team That Delivers Better Results Than You, Without You

How good are you at team building - developing a team so strong there’s not much you need to do?…

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Getting Tough Constructive Feedback

How do you rate at getting honest opinions about your performance as a leader? Learn how to get the…

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Lifelong Learning – Learn Like Your Life Depends on It

How do you rate yourself when it comes to the practice of lifelong learning? If your ideas and…

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How to Stop Procrastinating — Lick Your Toads.

How do you rate at making sure annoying little things get done before they pile up? Here’s how to…

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Double Your Personal Resilience

You need personal resilience - the strength of your body, your mind, and your spirit - to help you…

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Forget Work Life Balance

Video Transcript: Do you dedicate enough time and energy to everything that matters to you? In…

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Enjoying Life in Tandem with Your Business Achievements

Video Transcript: Alright. We're going talk about habit number one of my book Your Oxygen Mask…

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Micromanaging vs. Leading

One of the biggest challenges for a leader as he or she grows into the role is the process of…

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The Power of Executive Coaching Triads

Magic happens during executive coaching triads because the sessions facilitate incredibly succinct,…

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Will your team walk through walls for you?

Amazing things can happen for an organization when leaders have the ability to make a genuine,…

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Creating Quarterly and Annual Motivational Themes

Today, we're going to talk about annual and quarterly motivational themes, and how effective that…

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What are the Rockefeller Habits?

People, strategy, execution and cash: four pillars that have to be equally strong in your business…

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