The Path to Business Leadership

The Path to Business Leadership

If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur, you know how challenging it can be to find the path towards leadership that works for you. With all the information available to us online, leadership styles are a dime a dozen and no one has the time or resources to try every style. Getting back to the basics is important, and understanding how those basics can improve […]

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Introducing Garage to Global

Introducing Garage to Global

What does it take to start a home-based business and turn it into a global organization?  I am sharing the many lessons I’ve learned to do just that. In 1985, I started a small business from my home in Southern California.  Today, BNI has over 7,400 locations in more than 65 countries around the world (see the member growth chart to the right). From business […]

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Three Reasons Why Your Mentor is Your Greatest Asset

Three Reasons Why Your Mentor is Your Greatest Asset

Where is your cell phone? Close by? Some of you may even be reading this on your phone right now. Most professionals will have easy access to the internet, and so many of us will jump straight to Google when looking to answer the simplest of questions. Google can’t always answer your questions, though. Articles and message boards can only get you so far. Occasionally […]

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The Top 7 Things I’ve Learned from 30 Years of Heading the World’s Largest Business Networking Organization

The Top 7 Things I’ve Learned from 30 Years of Heading the World’s Largest Business Networking Organization

30 years ago this past Thursday, I put together about 20 people in a small coffee shop in Arcadia, California for the very first meeting of BNI® (Business Network International).  The organization was run from a small bedroom which was converted into an office inside my house in La Verne, California. I am humbled by the fact that today the organization has over 7,000 chapters in […]

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Dr. Mark McKergow on Host Leadership

Dr. Mark McKergow on Host Leadership

At a recent TLC (Transformational Leadership Council) conference, I had the opportunity to talk to my good friend Dr. Mark McKergow (author of The Solutions Focus) about his new book Host Leadership and the concept of leading with a host mentality. Host Leadership is all about the art of hosting–bringing people together, getting things moving, inviting the right people, and creating the space for things […]

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Are Your Coaching Skills Lacking?

Are Your Coaching Skills Lacking?

In this video, I talk  to Dave Buck, the owner of Coachville, about the importance of coaching skills for entrepreneurs. Any successful entrepreneur can tell you that success depends on the quality of the results produced by the people on your team; and the best way to get better results from the people on your team is to coach them. Watch the video now to find […]

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Warren Bennis, An Icon Passes

Warren Bennis, An Icon Passes

Last week, Warren Bennis, an icon and mentor, passed away from natural causes at the age of 89. I studied under Dr. Bennis at USC in the late 80’s. I hadn’t seen him for many years until 2008 where we reconnected at the story telling event held by movie executive, Peter Guber.

We were sitting at a small round table with about five other people having lunch. Warren looked at me curiously and said, “we’ve met before haven’t we?” I told Dr. Bennis that it had been close to 20 years, but he sat on my doctoral committee for the qualifying exams of my program. That’s when he looked at me and said, “I wasn’t very nice to you was I?” I was flabbergasted that he would ask me that question. Now the truth was that he was very, very tough on me. His critiscims were always professional and insightful, but I always remembered him as just plain tough!

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What Dog Sled Teams Can Teach Us About Leadership

What Dog Sled Teams Can Teach Us About Leadership

My wife Beth and I had the opportunity to experience a dog-sled excursion while visiting the Ice Hotel in Sweden last year. While waiting to get onto the sleds and take off across the frozen river, we observed a very interesting behavior being exhibited by the lead dogs in each dog team. Virtually all of the dogs in the pack were leaping and straining against […]

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Lacking Motivation?–Follow These Steps

Lacking Motivation?–Follow These Steps

Sometime ago, one of my blog readers asked me this question: I was wondering what do you do when your motivation level is lacking as well as your self esteem? What do you do to regain the motivation needed to move on with your plans and pursue your endeavors? This is a great question and here’s my answer: First of all, let me say that […]

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Making a Difference in Someone’s Life

Making a Difference in Someone’s Life

There are little ways and big ways of making a difference in someone’s life.  More likely than not, there’s someone you can immediately call to mind who has impacted you and really made a difference in your life, whether it happened recently or even back during your formative years. There are definitely certain individuals in my life who have made a big difference for me […]

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Lead from “Among” Not from “Above”

Lead from “Among” Not from “Above”

Stewart Emery (Success Built to Last) was over my house a few months ago.  At breakfast one morning he told me about an interview he did with a well-known billionaire in the computer industry.  The billionaire shared an intriguing story with Stewart about an experience he’d had when the senior executives of a company interested in purchasing his company visited his office to discuss the […]

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Can’t Do or Won’t Do?

Can’t Do or Won’t Do?

People often ask me how they can get someone in their networking group to take action and participate at a higher level in the group.  I love this question and I have the perfect answer for this . . . Have someone in a leadership position within the networking group go to the person and ask them: “How can we help you do XYZ more […]

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