“The first and best victory is to conquer self.” – attr. Plato
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There’s a lot of talk in the professional world about leadership and productivity. But as a leader, I’ve noticed that a key ingredient is often missing: Personal leadership. It’s what makes powerful leaders and high performers.
I’ve been lucky to have opportunities to spend time in management, sales, marketing, customer service, recruiting, and more. In the end, I’ve learned how to do well in each. But it hasn’t been an easy road.
Like every other ambitious professional, I’ve known what it means to struggle in the working world. At first, I blamed it on my circumstances and the people around me.
Finally I realized that circumstances would never be ideal. There is no such thing as a free ride to success. I realized that success starts with me: If I want to start seeing results and feeling satisfied, I have to figure out a way to be bigger and better than the problems around me.
I realized I needed personal leadership–the key to high performance.
One day I decided I’d had enough of letting the people and circumstances around me make me ineffective. I decided to do something about it.
So I tried something crazy. I don’t know why I did–maybe because I like planning, organizing, creating…
I grabbed a pen and a journal and started writing down the big skills and challenges I needed to work on. And then I started writing down the logical steps and exercises to develop each one. It’s like I was creating my own professional curriculum.
And guess what! It worked!
It’s amazing what happens to your productivity and motivation when you accept responsibility for your results and start intentionally coaching yourself.
So I started writing. I wrote for myself. I brainstormed high performance strategies and personal development exercises.
I became my own coach! And it made a big difference in my leadership and productivity.
But that inspired a bigger dream. Why should I keep the coaching to myself? Why can’t I share what I’ve learned with others? And why not encourage other professionals to become their own coaches?
So my desire now is to help as many professionals as I possibly can learn personal leadership, and through that personal leadership develop high performance.
My mission is to help you develop personal leadership and high performance.
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