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Kevin & Jackie Freiberg

Elon Musk…Boring!

No, He’s Humble and Brilliant

Warning! This is not a drive-by TED talk, it’s long (40 minutes), however, it is worth your time and attention. Elon Musk is a humble, brilliant dreamer and DOER…all character strengths to admire and borrow from.

We hope you will block out the time – his example challenges all of us to step in and do our part in creating a better, more hopeful future. As Musk so humbly models and reminds us, a future of innovation and hope doesn’t JUST happen, it requires us all to dream Big and Do Something Now.

For more on Elon Musk, check out the July/August issue of Fast Company!

Collaborate!

The New Model for Success

Super stars, high IQ and great leadership are not the keys to success. Innovation, break-through thinking and success in our global, increasingly complex and hyper connected world require Collective Genius, High EQ, and a Culture of Helpfulness. In this fun and insightful TED Talk, Margaret Heffernan builds a powerful business case for rethinking what it takes to liberate the energy, imagination and momentum required to stand out and lead.

 

5 Keys to Growth

Every Leader Can Use!

In this week’s online INC. magazine, our longtime client and dear friend, Mehran Assadi, was interviewed about National Life Group’s stunning growth. Please take a moment to read, This CEO is Stunning A Sleepy Industry with Culture Change–and Suprising Results. We are so proud to be a part of their culture revolution!

 

Master the Task

Get it Done!

To move projects forward, to Do Something Now, and build a brand as a strategic, get-it-done person, you will need to master task-writing.  A task should be action packed and time bound. And a task should always includes four components:

  • Step: Action or actions needed (list a single step or multiple steps needed)?
  • Details: Who, What, Why and How?
  • Deadlines: List all completion and due dates
  • Context: How long will each step take? Is it high, medium, low priority? What is the best time of day to take it on?

Be a Get it Done Leader, share this template with your team and, together, Master the Task.

Kill a Word

Change Your World

If you could toss a word, what would it be? Change your words and you WILL change your perspective, your energy, your impact, your performance and your life!  What word do you want to eliminate from your life? This might be a great question to ask your team, your partner, your family and your friends. Why not try!  You don’t have to be an Eric Church fan to appreciate the message in his song, Kill a Word. Here are the lyrics if you prefer to read vs. listen:

If I could kill a word and watch it die
I’d poison never, shoot goodbye
Beat regret when I felt I had the nerve
Yeah, I’d pound fear to a pile of sand
Choke lonely out with my bare hands
I’d hang hate so that it can’t be heard
If I could only kill a word
I’d take brokenness out back
And break heartbreak, stand there and laugh
Right in its face while shootin’ it the bird
I’d put upset down in its place
I’d squeeze the life out of disgrace
Lay over under six cold feet of dirt
If I could only kill a word
Give me sticks, give stones
Bend my body, break my bones
Use staff and rod to turn me black and blue
‘Cause you can’t unhear, you can’t unsay
But if were up to me to change
I’d turn lies and hate to love and truth
If I could only kill a word
I’d knock out temptation’s teeth
I’d sever evil, let it bleed
Then light up wicked, stand and watch it burn
I’d take vice and I’d take vile
And tie ‘em up there with hostile
Hang ‘em high and leave ‘em for the birds
If I could only kill a word
So give me sticks, give stones
Bend my body, break my bones
Use staff and rod to turn me black and blue
‘Cause you can’t unhear, you can’t unsay
But if were up to me to change
I’d turn lies and hate to love and truth
If I could only kill a word
If I could only kill a word