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My mother was an elegant woman who never went out in public without looking very pulled together. Her hair was always well-coiffed, her clothes properly tailored and suited for her petite frame, and her youthful face was stark in its contrast to the date of birth listed on her passport.

“If you want to look good 10 years from now,” she said, “you’d better get started on that today.”

Many years later I realized that my mother’s advice applies to both life and business.[…] Continue Reading »

A number of leaders I know are beginning 2016 facing extremely challenging business and/or personal situations. I want to encourage them to keep moving forward because I believe their greatest contributions are yet to come. Here are four pieces of advice to help.[…] Continue Reading »

As I finished reading a recent article in The Guardian about the changing nature of our careers, I leaned back in my chair and began to reflect on my recent past and path.

I’ve had the unique opportunity to play professional football, work in a church ministry, be a head football coach in a public school system, work in corporate America, and own my own business.[…] Continue Reading »

It sometimes seems like the high achievers in business are superheroes. They have stellar work records, amazing families, healthy bodies and still have time left for charity work. You’re working hard to get ahead, but can’t seem to fit everything in. How are they doing it?

The answer: They probably aren’t, and you shouldn’t either. Even top executives make sacrifices.[…] Continue Reading »

While making a mad dash to board an airport train last week, I ran into Stephen — literally ran into him — as we both jockeyed to squeeze ourselves in among the other harried travelers. We had not seen each other since our days as middle managers when we both worked for the same large multinational firm.[…] Continue Reading »