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My Favorite Books and Videos

I am always searching for more education, motivation and inspiration. Here’s a list of my favorite books and videos. Please share your favorites in the comments section below this post.

Some of my all-time favorite books

One Thing by Gary Keller

Everybody Matters by Bob Chapman

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Strength Finders by Tom Rath

Good to Great by Jim Collins

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

Lead with a Story by Paul Smith

The Elephant and the Dragon by Robyn Meredith

Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott

The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo

On the bookshelf waiting to be read

Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss

Primal Leadership – Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Galeman

Getting to Yes by Roger Fisher and William Ury

Links to some of my favorite videos

Start with Why – Simon Sinek:

US Airways video (fast forward to 4:00)

It’s Not about the Nail:



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Four Principles of Fundraising Success

Four Principles of Fundraising Success

If you spend any length of time in the nonprofit world, sooner or later you’ll be faced with the need to raise a large sum of money in a short amount of time.

How do you pull together a successful fundraising campaign quickly, especially given the pressure you’re under and the stress you’re feeling? (more…)

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3 Time Management Tips for Busy Executives

3 Time Management Tips for Busy Executives

You’re a busy executive with a million things that all have to be done right now. You’re not sure if anybody else really understands.

As the Chair of our local Vistage group in Springfield, Missouri, I work with lots of other executives who are in the same boat you’re in. I have also been that busy executive, working with organizations around the world. So I know what it’s like to have that endless stream of responsibilities coming from all directions.

We all get the same 24 hours in a day. So, how do some leaders spend those 24 hours better than others?

Here are 3 tips for effective time management that I’ve learned along the way. (more…)

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Four Habits for Leading in Uncertain Times

Four Habits for Leading in Uncertain Times


It’s a word you hear a lot these days.

Not knowing what the future holds is a big source of stress for large and small organizations alike — from nonprofits to private firms.

Patrick Harker, President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, has declared uncertainty to be the biggest risk to the economy in 2017.

Uncertainty comes from all directions.

  • Is your current job the right fit? What should you do if you don’t like your job?
  • How do you address work performance issues with employees? How do you improve your own performance?
  • Should you hire new workers or wait for more economic data?
  • Do you launch that new product or will consumer habits shift on you?
  • Will policy changes put a dent in your plans?
  • What about the impact of new technology or pop culture trends?

In over 30 years as a CEO or executive, doing business in more than 40 countries, I’ve learned that every age is an age of uncertainty, and that good leadership skills include the ability to make good decisions even when you can’t see the road ahead very clearly.

I’ve also learned that practically every situation you face, no matter how dire it seems, offers opportunities for personal and professional growth — for you and all of your stakeholders.

Today I’d like to share four interconnected habits that will help you and your organization to be more successful, even in today’s unpredictable business environment. (more…)

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Make 2017 a Better Year by Investing in People

Make 2017 a Better Year by Investing in People

…Another year over, and a new one just begun. — John Lennon

Once again, we find ourselves taking stock of what has been in 2016 and how to chart a successful course in 2017.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll see the familiar litany of New Year’s resolutions — lose weight, make more money, be a better spouse or parent, and so on.

And once again, all the talk shows, websites, and magazines will runneth over with self-proclaimed experts peddling an endless array of diet secrets, wonder potions, self-help books, and hot new gadgets to help us out.

But if you’re a CEO or business owner, you’re likely making New Year’s resolutions for business, too. You may be pondering how to make 2017 a better year, not just for yourself, but for your workers, your customers, and your family. How can you make life better for all of the people affected by your decisions? (more…)

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Why Should CEOs Join a Peer Advisory Group?

Why Should CEOs Join a Peer Advisory Group?

As a CEO or business owner, you have to face many challenging decisions.

You have to manage relationships with board members, middle managers, employees, customers, and other stakeholders. Lots of people expect you to have ready answers to their questions and quick solutions for their problems.

But where do you turn when you have questions? Who will help you resolve your own tough dilemmas? (more…)

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Why Executive Coaching?

Why Executive Coaching?

As a CEO or business owner, you’re expected to answer questions, solve problems, and make decisions that benefit your organization.

You challenge employees to dig deeper and continuously update their skills.

But how do you invest in your own professional development? What happens when you have a question? Need constructive feedback? As the old saying goes, “It gets lonely at the top.” (more…)

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