The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork – Embrace Them and Empower Your Team (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 2001)

The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork

  1. The Law Of Significance – One is Too Small a Number to Achieve Greatness

  2. The Law Of The Big Picture – The Goal Is More Important Than the Role

  3. The Law Of The Niche – All Payers Have a Place Where They Add the Most Value

  4. The Law Of Mount Everest – As the Challenge Escalates, the Need for Teamwork Elevates

  5. The Law Of The Chain – The Strength of the Team Is Impacted by Its Weakest Link

  6. The Law Of The Catalyst – Winning Teams Have Players Who Make Things Happen

  7. The Law Of The Compass – Vision Gives Team Members Direction and Confidence

  8. The Law Of The Bad Apple – Rotten Attitudes Ruin a Team

  9. The Law Of Countability – Teammates Must Be Able to Count on Each Other When It Counts

  10. The Law Of The Price Tag – The Team Fails to Reach Its Potential When It Fails to Pay the Price

  11. The Law Of The Scoreboard – The Team Can Make Adjustments When It Knows Where It Stands

  12. The Law Of The Bench – Great Teams Have Great Depth

  13. The Law Of Identity – Shared Values Define The Team

  14. The Law Of Communication – Interaction Fuels Action

  15. The Law Of The Edge – The Difference Between Two Equally Talented Teams Is Leadership

  16. The Law Of High Morale – When You’re Winning, Nothing Hurts

  17. The Law Of Dividends – Investing in the Team Compounds Over



The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork – Embrace Them and Empower Your Team
John C. Maxwell
Thomas Nelson

BUILDING AND MAINTAINING A SUCCESSFUL TEAM is no simple task. Even people who have taken their teams to the highest level in their field have difficulty recreating what accounted for their successes. Is it a strong work ethic? Is it "chemistry"? What tools can you wrap your hands around to build - or rebuild - your team?

In The 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, leadership expert and New York Times best-selling author John Maxwell shares the vital principles of team building that are necessary for success in your business, family, church, or organization. Whether coach or player, teacher or student, CEO or non-profit volunteer - with the "how-tos" and attitudes for building a successful team.

What do you look for in members of your Inner Circle?

Lifters need here!

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Over the past month I have been organizing myself for the task of president of my church’s council. A huge task which is humbling and too important to take lightly. As a person of faith I understand it is only with God’s help that I will be up to the task. Gratefully His help comes in the form of not only council members but also past council members ready to help. Normally it takes a smaller group agile enough to get things done. Besides the structured executive committee the real go to group becomes the less formal “Inner Circle”. How are they chosen? Well here is one of the criteria as found in John C. Maxwell’s teaching of the inner circle.


There are two kinds of people on the earth today,

Just two kinds of people, no more, I say.

Not the good and the bad, for ‘tis well understood

That the good are half-bad and the bad are half-good.

No! The two kinds of people on earth I mean

Are the people who lift and the people who lean.

There are two kinds of people, no more, I say.

Not the sinner and saint, for it’s well understood,

The good are half bad, and the bad are half good…

No; the two kinds of people on earth I mean,

Are the people who lift, and the people who lean.

Look only for lifters for your inner circle.

–          Ella Wheeler Wilcox



Do you have an inner circle?

What are the criteria used to chose this group?

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership Workbook
John C. Maxwell
Thomas Nelson

Influence Should Be Loaned But Never Given


There are books that have to be read and taken in their entirety and those that you can take a section, chapter, or even page and pick out a lesson to learn. Years ago I found Leadership Gold by John Maxwellto be one of the later. Each chapter, a nugget of gold, a lesson which stands on its own.

It is my habit to periodically pickup Leadership Gold and just browse through it seeing what may strike me. This time it was, “Influence should be loaned but not given.” A timely title for me, as I assist several new leaders grow in influence in their organization. In addition in the past week, my healthcare facility management association provides opportunity to us my network to connect several peers who I believed would benefit from each other’s acquaintance. John’s writings were a reminder that in each case they were still responsible for the outcome of any opportunity provided.

Although I recommend you pick up a copy of Leadership Gold yourself, here is a brief outline of that responsibility in the form of a contract John provides us with.

“My Loan Contract for Potential Leaders”

I can give you a position of leadership.

You must earn permission to lead.

I can give you an opportunity to lead.

You must make the best of that opportunity.

I can set you up as a leader with potential.

You must stay up by fulfilling your potential.

I can get people to follow you today.

You must get people to follow you tomorrow.

My influence to you is a loan, not a gift.

Express gratitude, and use it wisely.

Give me a return on my investment.

Give others a return on my investment.

Give yourself a return on my investment.


Leadership Gold, by John C. Maxwell


Leadership Gold


Choose A Direction !

The Good or the Best?

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Lately I have been disoriented both in direction and orientation in life. Whether caused by several recent challenges or a result of the over exposure provided by our everyday life and culture.

To focus myself I realized I had to discipline myself and get back to my morning routine of reading and meditating on these readings. This morning I chose to do so with The Maxwell Daily Reader by John Maxwell and My Utmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers. Each had exactly the right answer for me as I struggled.

Maxwell’s Daily Reader had a meditation from his book, Developing the Leaders Around You, which challenged me to choose a leadership model. John as always did so by asking questions. Here are the six to ask yourself as well.

Does my model’s life deserve a following?

Does my model’s life have a following?

What is the main strength that influence others to follow my model?

Does my model produce other leaders?

Is my model’s strength reproducible in my life?

If my model’s strength is reproducible in my life, what steps must I take to develop and demonstrate that strength?


Oswald Chambers used Abram’s story (Gen 13) of choice when he allowed Lot to take his choice of lands for himself as they went their separate directions. Abram relied on the Lord taking care of him rather than taking his rightful first choice himself. This choice replaced the Good (in man’s eye’s) for the Best (following and walking with God).


What choices do you have to make?

What questions do you have to ask yourself?

Who are you relying on as you make your choices?


The Maxwell Daily Reader
John C. Maxwell
Thomas Nelson

5 Critical Principles Every Entrepreneurs Must Learn to Do Well

Promotion concept. Business hand go up to the painted staircase

  1. Entrepreneurs must practice Patience.

  2. Entrepreneurs must possess Self-Discipline.

  3. Entrepreneurs must know how to Sell.

  4. Entrepreneurs must Develop Themselves Daily.

  5. Entrepreneurs must learn how to Lead.


    6. Entrepreneurs must learn that Mentorship Matters.

5 Crucial Principles Every Entrepreneur Must Learn Well
Maximum Impact Mentoring - Episode 10
John C. Maxwell
April 2016