Lifelong Learning: Lessons in Leadership

Lifelong Learning: Lessons in Leadership

  As many of you know, I was given the fantastic opportunity to spend a few days with John Maxwell at his Leadership Conference in Orlando Florida last week. (You can read my initial reaction to winning the Leadership award here.) John shared a story that I thought was a great networking lesson, and it’s something I want to share with all of you. He began […]

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A Humbled Man

A Humbled Man

I consider myself a pretty humble guy; but when you win an award, it makes you feel even more gracious and grateful for the opportunities you’ve been given in life. Last night, I was honored to be awarded the John C. Maxwell Leadership Award. The award was given to me at the Maxwell gala, held at the end of a three day training conference, The […]

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Why Steve Farber Believes in Love (in Business)

Why Steve Farber Believes in Love (in Business)

The notion of love is too touchy-feely for many of us, especially when it comes to business. But my friend and fellow Transformational Leadership Council Member, Steve Farber, doesn’t think so. Steve is one of the most renowned leadership speakers in the industry. When we were in Napa Valley together last week, he talked to me about making love a part of your every day mantra […]

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Decisions Aren’t Always Easy

Decisions Aren’t Always Easy

I’ve been a member of the Transformational Leadership Council for the last 12 years.  It is a group of innovative and out-of-the-box leaders that meet twice a year from all around the world, and last week we met in Napa Valley, California.  I use this time to expand my mind, brainstorm new content for my blog and articles and most of, all learn from the incredible teachers around me. […]

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Balance Doesn’t Exist

Balance Doesn’t Exist

Forget about balance. It’s an illusion. Yes, you read correctly. Balance assumes that we spend equal amounts of time in each area of our life, which realistically, is impossible. I believe in harmony, in finding ways to creating synergy between the things you love to do and the things you’re paid to do (if you’re lucky, they’re one in the same!) Try these seven simple techniques: 1. […]

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Can Your Business Serve the Greater Good?

Can Your Business Serve the Greater Good?

A friend of mine once said, “If we could get every single business person in the world, every single entrepreneur, to play their part, we could get on top of most of the worlds problems.” That friend was Richard Branson, and I took his message to heart. It made me think about what I could do through BNI to make an impact on the globe […]

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Life Lessons – A 40-Year Plan

Life Lessons – A 40-Year Plan

Almost forty years ago, I assembled a plan of where I wanted my career to be as I matured throughout my professional years. I know, I know–life never turns out the way you plan it. But try telling that to a 20-something who has overwhelming ambition to blaze his own trail. Right after college, I sat down and wrote out my vision of where I […]

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The Entrepreneurial Spirit Within

The Entrepreneurial Spirit Within

What does it mean to have an entrepreneurial spirit, and how do you know if you have it? For me, I knew (or at least in hindsight, I would come to know) that I was an entrepreneur at the age of 13. It wasn’t even a word that I knew or even understood at the time, but I had an instinct for business. There was […]

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Which Networking Style Are You?

Which Networking Style Are You?

This is the fifth and final video in the “Ivanism” Garage to Global series, hosted by Entrepreneur.com. In this series, I expand on common phrases I’ve used throughout my 31 years of referral-based networking. When you’re at a networking event, do you eagerly bounce around the room, chatting with various people and passing out business cards? Do you tend to seek deep connections by only […]

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State Side Once Again

State Side Once Again

Passion. Energy. Gratitude. Those tokens are what I remember from those who attended the BNI Conferences of Italy and England. For those of you who don’t know, my wife Beth and I were in Europe the past three weeks traveling to Italy and England for their BNI National Conferences. This was our first trip to Italy, and  I hadn’t visited England in several years, so this was […]

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How to make the Ordinary, Extraordinary

How to make the Ordinary, Extraordinary

This is the fourth video in the “Ivanism” Garage to Global series, hosted by Entrepreneur.com. In this series, I expand on well-known phrases I’ve used throughout my career. Success is the uncommon application of common knowledge. It’s common knowledge within the business company that success in business comes from having passion, systems, goals and vision, social capital and leverage. So if we all have the same idea of […]

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Are You Spread Too Thin?

Are You Spread Too Thin?

This is the third video in the “Ivanism” Garage to Global series, hosted by Entrepreneur.com. In this series, I expand on classic phrases I’ve used over the years. Do six things a thousand times and NOT a thousand things six times! But what does that really mean? It means focus on key priorities and making them perfect (or close to it) before moving on to […]

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