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Valuable Lessons From a Portable Outhouse Salesman
Jul

17

2018

Valuable Lessons From a Portable Outhouse Salesman

I still remember a delightful couple we met some years ago on a trip to the Southwest. It was obvious from their dress and presentation that they had no money worries. As our conversation progressed, I asked the other man what all guys ask each other, “So, what do you do?” His response surprised and intrigued me, “I’m in the portable outhouse business.” Over the…

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There’s 1 Best Way…You May Not Need to Reinvent the Wheel
Jul

10

2018

There’s 1 Best Way…You May Not Need to Reinvent the Wheel

In high school, Jeremiah had never won any awards for brilliance. His wheel was still spinning, but the hamster was dead. So, it came as a big surprise when Jeremiah returned to his hometown three years after graduation as the richest kid who had ever come from that town. Today, he was a quad-zillionaire…and no one could figure it out. Finally, some of Jeremiah’s old…

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Three Critical Considerations for the Fast-Forward Leader
Jul

3

2018

Three Critical Considerations for the Fast-Forward Leader

I’m known as the Fast-Forward Leadership guy. Each year I speak to audiences over 100 times…many on the topic of the Principles of Principled Leadership. Below are three critical considerations for any of us who presume to lead others. 1) FACT: Most people focus on their weaknesses. Successful people play to their strengths. This doesn’t mean we ignore those weaknesses forever. Quite the contrary. Instead…

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Your Highest and Best Use
Jun

28

2018

Your Highest and Best Use

I’m presently at about 30,000 feet flying home from an extraordinary visit in Lubbock, Texas with my friend, Rick Betenbough of Betenbough Homes. BH is one of America’s 100 largest homebuilders. The company started in 1992 with Rick and his dad, Ron, pretty much making it up as they went. Their goal was to build 40 or 50 homes. But something happened. Ron, who had…

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The Problem with the Ordinary is, that it is, well, So Ordinary
Jun

19

2018

The Problem with the Ordinary is, that it is, well, So Ordinary

It’s hard to see the big picture while living in a world filled with small thinking people. We tend to start projects with high goals, but somehow drift into the weeds of life, making it difficult to remember what’s most important. Take the story of Orville and Wilbur Wright who made their first airplane flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina on December 17, 1903. On…

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How to Kill Conflict…”Nip It In the Bud!”
Jun

12

2018

How to Kill Conflict…”Nip It In the Bud!”

To quote the great 20th-century philosopher, Mayberry’s Deputy Barney Fife, one of the best ways to avoid conflicts is to do the right thing in the first place and simply, “Nip it in the bud!” Succinctly put, conflict often happens because people tend to be gutless. I’ve heard it said, “If you want to have less conflict, have more of it.” I think that’s profound….

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One of My Greatest Failures as a Leader
May

29

2018

One of My Greatest Failures as a Leader

Bonnie and I opened The Franklin Group, Inc. in the mid 1970s. Those first years were tough. We worked lots of seventy and ninety hour weeks. It was typical for me to start early in the morning catching up on paperwork, then to spend most of the day visiting clients and prospects. Since we didn’t yet have an art department, a copywriter, or even a…

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Our Dirty Little Secret
May

22

2018

Our Dirty Little Secret

Sssshh! Don’t tell anyone, but today there’s a dirty little secret in many of our homes that is robbing us of peace, damaging our witness, and destroying our spiritual vigor. Sure, this might be the introduction to an article about marital infidelity, internet pornography, or one of the other high profile problems. But it’s not. Instead, I’m referring to a plague that we rarely acknowledge…

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Wisdom of the Ages…for the Nasty Now & Now
May

8

2018

Wisdom of the Ages…for the Nasty Now & Now

“There is nothing new under the sun.” If he had never made another statement, this comment would have proven Solomon’s wisdom. Each generation goes to great lengths to convince itself that their generation is the worst and most depraved one yet. But the fact is human nature is pretty predictable. Conflict among humans has been around as long as there have been humans. In frontier…

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The Scary Flight Attendant…and What We Learned Together
May

1

2018

The Scary Flight Attendant…and What We Learned Together

As you may know, I am a professional speaker. Each year I travel nationally and abroad and speak about 150 times. Bottom-line: I fly a lot…about 100 flights annually. So, it doesn’t take me long to size up a flight attendant’s mood. This is an important skill because the flight attendant’s mood is a good predictor of how enjoyable the flight will be. Recently I…

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