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Leadership Lessons from Arnold Schwarzenegger - May 2017 - No such thing as a self-made man.

Leadership Lessons from Arnold Schwarzenegger - May 2017 - No such thing as a self-made man. Tuesday, January 2, 201810:40 PM "Leadership is a relationship. It's a relationship between those who aspire to lead and those who choose to follow. Whether the relationship is with one or many, leadership requires engaging others. No matter how much formal power and authority our positions give us, we'll only leave a lasting legacy if others want to be in that relationship with us." -Handbook for Developing Emotional and Social Intelligence: Best Practices; pg XIIKouzes and Posner identified four key characteristics of great leaders that stand out above all other traits. The characteristics of great leaders are competence, humility, vision and inspiration. Listen and watch Arnold Schwarzenegger exhibit each of these core traits in his speech to the graduating university students.  You will see there is no such thing as a self-made man.   ReferencesHughes, M., Thompson, H. L., …

Influence and Persuasion via Seduction

The power of seduction in our everyday lives | Chen Lizra | TEDxVancouver - YouTubeThe video is about leveraging interpersonal communication skills via seduction. However, seduction goes beyond sex. Seduction is about appeal, self-confidence, charm, connection, and vulnerability.

Seduction is about establishing focused personal contact. You need to identify what you want... it's about turning a no into a maybe, and a maybe into a yes. Learning where the "emotional buttons are" and then "triggering them"."Clipped from:


Time as Strategic Capacity – Liability or Asset?
Time is a strategic resource; it is initially free to each living being, but is limited to how long we live and how we use it.The use of time shapes the quality of life for oneself, and those around them. Management of time indicates if one will live a life of wealth, or debt.
Time is real; money is not. Time is free, but limited to our lifespan.Money comes in many and continuously changing forms. It can be paper, stone, virtual, etc. Money has value based on value perceived and given by others.We learn and talk about investing money and what compounding interest can bring, however, we do not teach much about investing time and what intangible compounding interest it can bring.

There are 24 hours in a day. Eight of those hours are needed for rest and rejuvenation. It appears the remaining 16 hours are ours to use as we wish.This is not the case.
Time as a Liability
Many people work at least eight-hour days making money for someone else’…

Thoughts regarding Innovation

Innovation is the ability to create new concepts, capabilities or products. Innovation often involves taking what is already known and adapting, or transforming it, in a manner to meet new needs and/or address new problems.  Innovation can be an interative process that can take days, months or years to achieve.  The electric lightbulb is one example... thousands of attempts and roughly 80 years in the making. 
An example of innovation is what many of us call ‘sticky notes’. Sticky notes were allegedly produced by accident by a scientist in the late 60s; some sources say as early as the 40s. The doctor was trying to produce a strong adhesive; he failed. Frustrated, the doctor allegedly left his office and wrote a note and stuck it onto something to let people know he was out for the day. 
Regardless of which story one believes, we know for a fact that sticky notes were created many decades ago, but did not become a popular commodity until decades laters. Sometime later someone …

The Strategic Value of the Human Will

The Strategic Value of the Human Will
It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.

Affirmations are strategic tools. Affirmations gives us inner strength and persistence to succeed when the odds seem against us. Take Muhammad Ali, for example. He grew up during when segregation was alive and well in America. Allegedly, Ali had his bike stolen, and he wanted to take out his anger on the person who stole it. Ali’s inner strength captured the attention of a police officer who recognized the potential Ali had to become a great boxer. That police officer helped change Ali’s life- for the better. Muhammad Ali leveraged his will to generate strategic capacity that created more opportunities.
Ali’s energy created options, that led to more options, as he developed new skills and relationships to propel him to wealth, fame and self-actualization. Ali became wealthy, a philanthropist and a social activi…

Strategy, Opportunity and Options

Strategy, Opportunity and Options

Here’s a thought for the day. We often hear the word strategy, and often do not know what it really means.  In fact, the word strategy is often an overused term, as well as a misused term.  I’ve seen myriad misuses in all spheres, to include my dominant domain, the military.
To focus thinking, I view strategy from the perspective of one’s ability to generate capacity, and to use that capacity to live life on my own terms.
I learned this perspective as a young Marine mentored by a Marine Major I worked for. He taught me that ‘captains think tactics; generals think logistics’.  In other words, great generals think of the long game. Great generals develop the capacity to sustain their organizations and people to achieve a form of victory.
In the civilian world I learned another form of developing capacity. Through podcasts, and renowned speakers, I learned how to generate mental and moral capacity that leads to strategic opportunity. Tim Ferriss and Derek S…