A Disney Lesson on Leadership

The cloud of Pixie Dust descended on South Florida last Saturday. David and I were happily at lunch waiting for our salads to arrive, surfing our Facebook feeds like we always do. And yes, we do look like geeks in public quite often. But on this day my feed was lit up with friends heading to Orlando and the Magic Kingdom for Disney World's 40th birthday. In addition, while we were sweltering in SoFL, apparently Orlando was getting one of…

Starbucks North American President and Rick Cone

Congratulations to our friend Rick Cone on his visit with Cliff Burrows, president of Starbucks North America!!! Rick not only is a great Starbucks barista and manager (obviously!), but he also attended Christ Fellowship and hung out in general Saturday night "cool guys" area until he and his family moved to Nashville last year. Now managing one of my favorite stores in the Cool Springs/Franklin area, Rick has obviously continued to use his amazing people and leadership skills. Recently Cliff…

The Nines: the best of what technology can do!

Tomorrow I am inviting you to participate in some of the best technology you will find on the internet. So many times we hear about what is "wrong" with the internet, with social media, with the new digital society. Tomorrow we will see what is RIGHT about all those things. I am talking about "The Nines," an online conference happening over the internet tomorrow. Over the course of the day tomorrow, this FREE (Yes, Free!) conference will present 70 of…

This barista brews up community: Starbucks Palm Beach Gardens will miss you!

[caption id="attachment_1273" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Jeremy and David before a coffee cupping!"][/caption] Today the inevitable happened. We walked into our favorite Starbucks and Jeremy wasn't there. He's been there, in one way or another, for the last year and a half. But today was the first day our little band of coffee lovers had to realize Jeremy really is moving. Or trying to, as he and Maria are in the throes of packing madness. After commiserating and chatting for awhile, I…

Leadership Lessons from the Gym

There are certain situations that put me into a creative zone, ideas spinning and new connections made. As we all know, coffee shop are one of those places. The music, the scent of the coffee, the buzz of people, the buzz of caffeine! Oddly enough, working out on the elliptical is another creative spot for me. I guess it's the oxygen to the brain? In any case, my mind races with prayers and people, blog posts, party ideas, future plans.…

Glenn Beck: who ARE you???

"You need to do what you say you'll do. You need to be who you say you are." This is what I heard Glenn Beck saying on the radio just before I stopped in to the "office" to get some work done. Glenn was in the middle of a discussion on the G20 summit that took place in Washington this past weekend. Quite frankly, the summit scares me to death: does the idea of all the nations of the world…

Leadership lessons I learned in Starbucks today

There are some Starbucks stores I just can't walk by even if I just downed a triple espresso and have no business going near more caffeine. Jeremy's Starbucks, outside Macy's in the Gardens Mall, is one of them. Not only have we gotten to know many of the staff by name, but we consistently enjoy a good experience in the store. Today David and I were pondering a few leadership lessons we observed while getting our fix. You have more…

John Maxwell: How to Hold Up Under Criticism

One of the best parts of writing posts everyday, in my opinion, is to sometimes write in order to give yourself a pep talk! I've often heard preachers say, "I'm preaching to myself, here." Well today, I'm preaching to myself. I need to constantly stop and evaluate where I am at in my thinking, since I can allow wrong attitudes to sneak in the back door. Or come grandly through the front door. Today I am working on knowing who…

John Maxwell speaks in West Palm Beach

It was a busy day on the blog as I was blogging from the John Maxwell Leadership Gold conference. I enjoyed the day spent thinking through leadership concepts, a  passion of mine. Leadership has always seemed a strange topic to study. If you have to study it, do you really have it? Is it innate, like the ability to jabber on and on with perfect strangers for example? Or is it learned, like ping pong and touristy Spanish? In any…

John Maxwell Leadership Gold Session Three

John opened session three with a very quick principle: Few leaders are successful unless a lot of people want them to be. You don't get to the top by yourself, so if you are lonely you might want to turn around and go find your followers! John repeated this phrase over and over: "Walk slowly through the crowd." Main point of session three: Keep Your Mind on the Main Thing John shared the Pareto Principle, which shaped and impacted his…

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