The Best Version

I just received in the mail the book The Dream Manager (Matthew Kelly). It was recommended to me by a new friend about a week ago.  Here’s an excerpt from the very beginning of the book:

“A company’s purpose is to become the-best-version-of-itself.  The next question is:  What is an employee’s purpose?  Most would say, ‘to help the company achieve its purpose,’ but they would be wrong.  That is certainly part of an employee’s role, but an employee’s primary purpose is to become the-best-version-of-himself or herself…

The company exists for people.  When a company forgets that it exists to serve its customers, it quickly goes out of business.  Our employees are our first customers, and our most influential customers.  

A person’s purpose is to become the-best-version-of-himself or herself.”

I’m looking forward to diving deeper into this book.  Thank you, Scott Druhot, for the recommendation!

Update:  I just finished this book during my lunch!  Wow!  I will be implementing these ideas with my leadership team soon!  You need to read this book!


Six Toxic Beliefs that Successful People Quarantine by Dr. Travis Bradberry

When it comes to self-talk, we’ve discovered six common, yet toxic, beliefs that hold people back more than any others. Be mindful of your tendencies to succumb to these beliefs, so that they don’t derail your career:

Toxic Belief #1: Perfection = Success

Human beings, by our very nature, are fallible. When perfection is your goal, you’re always left with a nagging sense of failure, and end up spending your time lamenting what you failed to accomplish, instead of enjoying what you were able to achieve.

Toxic Belief #2: My Destiny is Predetermined

Far too many people succumb to the highly irrational idea that they are destined to succeed or fail. Make no mistake about it, your destiny is in your own hands, and blaming multiple successes or failures on forces beyond your control is nothing more than a cop out. Sometimes life will deal you difficult cards to play, and others times you’ll be holding aces. Your willingness to give your all in playing any hand you’re holding determines your ultimate success or failure in life.

Toxic Belief #3: I “Always” or “Never” Do That

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Leadership Development at Your Company

At your company, how does leadership development happened? Do you have a formal program or process that you put emerging leaders in? Is there a formal program that you place all newly hired managers/leaders in? If so, who leads this initiative?

Or, is leadership development something more organic where it is the responsibility of the departments in which these people work? In other words, there is no formal program.

I would love your feedback and ideas. Please share in the comments below. Thank you!

The Path to Promotion

I just spent an hour with some staff talking about what I call the Path to Promotion – the presentation I’ve developed on helping people excel at their current jobs and working towards a position into the future. One of the staff people was eating her lunch while we were having the meeting. Her lunch came from Panda Express.

As we concluded I asked her to open up one of her fortune cookies and read the fortune. This is what it said.


If you are working on a better future for yourself, be preparing now. Always look ahead to be ready for that opportunity.