Archive for 2014

I’m Thankful for Brave People

November 27th, 2014 — 5:30am

This Thanksgiving I’m in Haiti with my wife and kids. We’re spending the week with the staff of Paulos Group, a unique poverty charity we are involved with.

Thanksgiving is an increasingly meaningful holiday to me. So much wells up as I look back on the unfolding of my life. This year I am especially grateful for the diverse and fascinating conversations I get to engage in almost every day with people who are doing work that matters.

I am deeply thankful for people who bravely, honestly, messily, hungrily pursue health, growth, and their personal potential. People like most of you who read this blog.

Thank you to those who come beside me in my quest for that kind of growth, and to you who invite me to be beside you in yours. Your courageous transformations inspire me.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Wishes vs. Priorities

November 20th, 2014 — 5:30am

If you want something, and you haven’t dedicated time and/or money to it, it’s a wish. A wish is something you hope someone else (the universe?) will make happen for you.

When it’s on your calendar and in your checkbook, then it’s a priority. Priorities get done, wishes don’t.

I’m Hiring an Assistant

November 17th, 2014 — 8:38pm

I’m hiring an assistant to work with me on every aspect of my entrepreneurial, business management, investing, and consulting activities. Responsibilities will span a wide range from small tasks such as scheduling appointments and billing clients to challenging projects such as researching potential acquisitions and marketing our offerings.

This job is a unique opportunity to learn entrepreneurship, business, leadership, and investment hands-on alongside me.

The position is full-time, on-site at my office in downtown Champaign, IL. Some travel opportunity is likely.

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Staff Meeting Questions

November 13th, 2014 — 5:30am

It’s easy to let staff meetings turn into routines that don’t confront the tough questions and don’t move the team forward. We try to make them count. A few questions we ask at staff meetings at my companies:

How’s everybody doing personally?

What are our big-picture goals for this company and are we achieving them?

What in your area is going well? What in your area can improve?

What do our dashboards and key numbers say about how we are performing?

What have we learned lately?

How do we intend to win versus our competitors?

What will we each commit to doing before the next meeting?

Trust and Your Future

November 6th, 2014 — 5:30am

It’s nearly impossible to get anywhere without trust. It’s the core of intimate relationships. It’s the lifeblood of teams performing toward a common goal. It’s the heart of making a sale. Even something as simple as paying at drive-through window #1 and getting your food at drive-through window #2 is based on trust.

We trust people who listen to us, tell us the truth, and do what they say they will do. We trust people who look out for our best interest even when they have the upper hand. We trust people who admit when they are wrong and do what they can to make it right.

Earn deep and broad trust by consistently doing those things. It’s probably the most valuable investment in your future you can make.

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