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Are you ready?


Life isn’t happening to you it’s happening for you.  Are you ready to lean into all the opportunities life brings?  When was the last day you felt at your best?

What does it mean to be ready?

When you're ready you feel prepared.  You feel rested.

To be the best we can be, it takes caring for our mental, physical, spiritual and emotional states. Taking care of what it means to be human.

When we fail to prepare we're preparing to fail.

To be the best we can be means helping others be the best they can be.

To unleash the collective talents and passions of people we have to invest in others' success. We coach more. We help more and judge less. We pour ourselves into those who are coming after us.

We truly rise by lifting others!

Active Listening

Silent & listen use the same letters! Technology has caused an inversion of expertise. Because of this we must not be afraid to be mentored from everyone.

Listen, learn, then lead!

Remove Barriers

To maximize our efficiency and effectiveness we must identify the aspects of what makes it hard to get things accomplished. What resources do people need to do the job the best way they can do it? With this commitment we help everyone own the problem and the solution and move performance from good to great.


It's not about motivation, if they don't want to be on the team there's little even the best leader can do to turn this around. It's about engaging and inspiring their best.

Engagement isn't on you it's in them.

Human Skills

Let's stop labelling them "soft" skills and start calling them "human" skills. These are the innate qualities that drive hard results. These are the qualities that unleash passion and curiosity of all team members. Take care of the humans on your team and you'll see they are ready for anything!

Be ready!

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