“I am not what I ought to be, Not what I want to be, Not what I am going to be, But I am thankful that I am better than I used to be.” – Unknown

Cornerstone of all Success

Integrity is the cornerstone of all success. It is your inner image of yourself; who you really are. Know your values in life and behave in a way that is consistent with these values. Always be loyal to your beliefs and values. Live out your values in all areas of your life so that others can rely upon and trust you.

Leaders are Made, Not Born

Exceptional Leaders are not born, they are made. They develop through an endless process of education, training, and experience. The more time a person spends learning and applying leadership skills the more effective leader they will become.

Leadership is a very complex process that involves communication, planning, decision making, motivation, as well as several other key elements. It is a capacity to influences others to accomplish a goal or objective, and directs them in a way that makes the group more unified. In its basic terms, leadership is about the ability to inspire trust, loyalty, commitment, and create cohesiveness among team members. Dwight Eisenhower probably encompassed what leadership is most concisely when he said, “Leadership is getting someone else to do something you want done because they want to do it.”

Advice from a Tree

Advice from a Tree
By Ilan Shamir
Dear Friend,
Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
Feel the wind and the sun
And delight in their presence
Look up at the moon that shines down upon you
And the mystery of the stars at night.
Seek nourishment from the good things in life
Simple pleasures
Earth, fresh air, light
Be content with your natural beauty
Drink plenty of water
Let your limbs sway and dance in the breezes
Be flexible
Remember your roots
Enjoy the view

metaphor for life’s more difficult lessons

“Sports remain a great metaphor for life’s more difficult lessons. It was through athletics that many of us first came to understand that fear can be tamed; that on a team the whole is more than the sum of its parts; and that the ability to be heroic lies, to a surprising degree, within.” – Susan Casey

Eight Suggestions for Succeeding

1. Fear no opponent. Respect every opponent.
2. Remember, it’s the perfection of the smallest details that make big things happen.
3. Keep in mind that hustle makes up for many a mistake.
4. Be more interested in character than reputation.
5. Be quick, but don’t hurry.
6. Understand that the harder you work the more luck you will have.
7. Know that valid self-analysis is crucial for improvement.
8. Remember that there is no substitute for hard work and careful planning. Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.

– John Wooden

Six Ways to Bring Out the Best in People

1. Keep courtesy and consideration for others foremost in your mind, at home and away.
2. Try to have fun without trying to be funny.
3. While you can’t control what happens to you, you can control how your react. Make good manners an automatic reaction.
4. Seek individual opportunities to offer a genuine compliment.
5. Remember that sincerity, optimism, and enthusiasm are more welcome than sarcasm, pessimism, and laziness.
6. Laugh with others, never at them.

– John Wooden

The Strongest Tree

“The strongest oak tree of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and the scorching sun.”
– Napoleon Hill

Characteristics of a Good Team

Characteristics of a Good Team


  • High level of interdependence among members
  • Leader has good people skills and is committed to team approach
  • Each member is willing to contribute
  • A relaxed climate for communication
  • Members develop a mutual trust
  • The group and individuals are prepared to take risks
  • Group is clear about goals and establishes targets
  • Member roles are defined
  • Members know how to examine errors without personal attacks
  • The group has capacity to create new ideas
  • Each member knows he can influence the agenda

Leadership Development

Leadership is developed from within; from within our hearts and our minds.

Leaders are not born, they are developed.  They are developed from within their own hearts and minds.  Great leadership is determined by the ability to inspire trust, loyalty, respect and commitment in others. 

Although leadership does often require action, it is not about action.  Leadership is about being.  

Being sincere

Being honest

Being compassionate

Being optimistic

Being supportive

Being courageous

Being humble

Being empathic

Being flexible

Leadership starts in our hearts and minds with our character and who we are, and then it is eventually displayed in our actions.  Leadership is about first tapping into and examining our qualities, beliefs, and character and then exhibiting them to others. 

Leadership is not about our actions, it is about whom we are and what is reflected in our actions.