The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential (Center Street, 2014)

My mentor, John C. Maxwell delivers again in this book. He provides timeless and invaluable principles that will help you be more intentional about your growth. This book is one that is on my reread list annually. You see, John has been on his growth journey for almost 50 years and he has seen many talented individuals never realize their full potential because they fail to pursue intentional growth. Since reading this book, I have connected with different mentors who continue to challenge my mindset. They also hold me accountable as well. I have developed an intentional plan of growth, and the results for my personal and professional journey has been nothing short of amazing.

Your real education process start after you leave all of the formal education they tell you you need to be successful.  The formal education offered at institutions serve only as the foundation of what is to be a continued process.  Below are a few of the Laws John covers in this amazing book.

  • The Law of the Mirror: You Must See Value in Yourself to Add Value to Yourself
  • The Law of Awareness: You Must Know Yourself to Grow Yourself
  • The Law of Modeling: It’s Hard to Improve When You Have No One But Yourself to Follow
  • The Law of the Rubber Band: Growth Stops When You Lose the Tension Between Where You are and Where You Could Be
  • The Law of Contribution: Developing Yourself Enables You to Develop Others

My favorite one is the Law of the Contribution.  Because I am developing myself, I can now develop others. This process is never complete. If you are about growth and living intentionally this book is a must read.

Start Earning a Smart Passive Income

Pat Flynn

Your time is the only resource you cannot replace. With this in mind it is important to consider how you are spending your time.  If you are interested in how to maximize your talents and time while earning income this is a great resource that I subscribe to. Pat is genuine and he has developed several successful ventures over the past decade. I highly recommend his blog, podcast, and courses. I am currently subscribed to each of his resources and it is paying dividends on my business.

BETTER GOAL SETTING

Recent business conversation all seems to agree that 2017 may be a breakout year in the American economy. The prospect of regulations being removed, and the spending of those large reservoirs of cash major companies are sitting on, suggest corporate America is willing to take some risks in the coming year.

 This exciting but it is also very challenging. Leaders must set realistic goals that can be met. They must be well-thought-out and with proper execution planned. It is not going to be easy.

Platform University

Platform University

Think you have something to share with the world, your business community, church, or simply those in your inner circle of influence.  This is a great resource I am a member of Michael Hyatt’s Platform University and it has everything you need to get started and be successful. He takes you behind the scene to see how he does operations and also provides interviews from highly successful platform experts.  Highly recommended!!

PROMOTE EMPLOYEE BONDING

4 Key Areas Leaders Should Focus on to Build an Effective Team

Leaders deal with issues all the time, and an important one is team relationships. People must be able to interact daily, and friction should be kept to a minimum. Something that is going to be an issue in 2017 happens to be bonding within the workplace. This may sound unusual, but it needs to be taken seriously by management. 

The concept is not new at all. If you talk to your grandparents, you hear stories about how people in workplaces were all treated like family. Those were the kind of organizations where folks wanted to work. Everyone looked out for each other, and personal opinions were not ignored.

EMBRACING THE DIGITAL REALITY

3 Reasons Why Leaders Must Cross Into the Digital Age

We are floating on an ocean of information. It is the result of a world that at first connected to the Internet and then networked out under the social media platforms. We now are seeing the business community going digital every day. It can be both exciting and frightening at the same time. No matter how any leader feels about it, he or she cannot ignore digital technology. It is going to determine who succeeds and who fails in the months to come.

Digital technology is everywhere and cannot be ignored. Leaders should understand social media concepts as well as the jargon from Google AdWords. 

Winning in FastTime: Harness the Competitive Advantage of Prometheus in Business and Life (Montgomery : Venturist Inc, 2001)

My mentor John Warden delivers practical solutions for winning in our uncertain world. This book provides insight into how one of the most decisive victories in modern history, Operation Desert Storm, occurred.   His work has had a worldwide impact in military, in government, in education, an in business. Vietnam combat pilot, author, Air Force Fighter Wing Commander, credited by Norman Schwarzkopf and Colin Powell as the architect of the Desert Storm Air Campaign, Special Assistant to the Vice President of the United States, Commandant of the Air Force’s Command and Staff College, founder of two successful companies, and consultant to some of the world’s great companies – he has capitalized on his studies and experience to create a unique approach to strategy and success applicable wherever competition exists. He offers an in-residence course to learn about this winning practical approach succeeding in business and life.  This is a MUST READ if you are looking to maintain a competitive edge in the 21st Century.

WHY YOU FAIL AT MEETING YOUR TARGET

3 Reasons That Leaders Fail to Hit Their Goals

Leaders are expected to reach the objectives assigned to the work team. It is essential that a leader can motivate and direct subordinates, but this is not always easy. There are obstacles along the way, and these can frustrate even the most talented.

A way to avoid the trouble is to be able to recognize it. Leaders will fail to meet the mark with their subordinates, and not achieve desired results, for the following reasons.

GOOD STRATEGY GUARANTEES A GREAT LAUNCH!

3 Reason Why Strategic Planning Tilts the Scales in Your Favor

Any entrepreneur lives in a world of dreams, but these are not fantasies. That person is contemplating a new product or a new business, and the imagination can justifiably run wild. Of course, there is more to starting a business than just a thought. Strategic planning is something that is going to be required. Thoughts come free of charge; by themselves, they do not cost anything. That is not the same as starting a business or a new product line.

There are some far-reaching risks involved. Making mistakes or working in an atmosphere of confusion is going to cause the organization to sputter and collapse.

6 KEY CHARACTERISTICS EVERY LEADER SHOULD HAVE

Have These and Your Team Will Succeed

Leadership, defining it and then explaining its qualities, can fill volumes of books. It has been a primary topic for management behavior for decades, and there appears to be a new slant on leadership style every time a blog is posted. People can discuss back and forth what a leader is and how this person ought to behave.

Looking at the idea of how to be a leader, there are some bedrock qualities which must be found in that person. There are six key characteristics which every leader should have to be successful in motivating people and achieving corporate goals.