I’m always surprised by what I learn at the movies. I go to be entertained. But many times I walk out of the theater with insights I can put to work in my life. Over the weekend Gail and I saw the new Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway comedy, The Intern. It was great.
People often ask me how I’ve been able to build a successful business that’s doubled every year for the last three years. I had similar wins in the corporate world. I was able to set some audacious goals and beat them again and again. This has been a pattern for me professionally, but I have […]
Have you ever noticed how the people in your life affect you? The impact can be so significant that one of the best things we can do to change our lives for the better is change our peer group. In the 1930s C.S. Lewis started a small literary circle called the Inklings. The group started […]
I mentored eight young men for three years. It was incredibly rewarding, and I wrote about it several times (see here and here). As a result, nearly every week someone e-mails to ask, “Would you consider mentoring me?”
Pioneering is hard. Even for pioneers. Guest poster and author Mary DeMuth shares four truths that make it easier—on you and everyone else.
Scores of people have written to ask how my Mentoring Group works. I thought I’d write about it in the hope that you might be inspired to start your own group.
People with dreams are a dime a dozen. I meet them all the time. So do you. But precious few ever make their dream a reality. Enter Praxis, a new non-profit organization set up to help social entrepreneurs build high-impact organizations.
One of the most important things you can do to grow as a leader is to read voraciously. But how can you better retain what you read? Here’s a simple tool that will help.
“Can you name a person who has had a tremendous impact on you as a leader? Maybe someone who has been a mentor to you? Why and how did this person impact your life?” Here’s my answer.
So much of the activity I see among leaders today is focused on reaching the masses. “Successful leaders” speak at big conferences, host popular television or radio shows, publish bestselling books, or write successful blogs. Their goal is breadth. They want to extend their influence to as many people as possible. Jesus had a much different leadership strategy.
One of the homework assignments is to avoid the use of the word “you” when speaking to our wives. As Regi Campbell, author of Mentor Like Jesus and founder of Next Generation Mentoring, says, “Nothing good ever happens when we start out with that word.” As a husband of 32 years and father of five daughters, he is absolutely right. I have blown it so many times, I have lost count!
Almost every week, I get a request from someone looking for a mentor. Frankly, I always find it difficult to say “no.” I think this is probably because I have profited so much from the various mentors I have had throughout my life and career. I also know how difficult it can be to find a good mentor.