Taxi Principle

Taxi fare

Find out the cost before you get in.


Put Your Dream to the Test
John C. Maxwell
Thomas Nelson
Hard Back

Businessman walking on Tightrope


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.

‘ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

You are a child of God.

Your playing small does not serve the world.

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you.

We are all meant to shine, as children do.

We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.

It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine,

we unconsciously give others permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.



Making Vision Stick by Andy Stanley

Leadercast Now

Do you have a system for deciding if new initiatives are in line with your organization’s vision?

When your organization decides to roll out a new initiative, a new product, or a new service, it’s much like rolling out a new vision. Somebody has to get up and talk about it. Somebody has to answer these questions; why are we doing this? What problem does this address? How is this new initiative a solution to a problem? Essentially somebody has to get up and cast a compelling vision in order to get everyone energized and involved.
Now as leaders we love all the new stuff, don’t we? A new product, a new service, new initiatives. But in our enthusiasm around a launch we sometimes forget to address the broader question, why? Why are we doing this?


Your Action List:

Consider the “Let’s Build A Bridge” example that Andy discusses. Why was this effective?

What are several ways in which you can inform the public/those around you about your new initiative?

Add your own action items.


Chicken Little


“Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain cool and unruffled under all circumstances.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving Greeting

Thanksgiving is among my favorite holidays. It’s a time we’re all forced to slow down a bit, and whether voluntary or involuntary we’re moved to reflect on thankfulness. Like everything else in life, it’s about perspective.

“I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet” by Helen Keller.

What a blessing to truly be content within oneself. Even if we’re fortunate enough to have gotten a good dose of it at Thanksgiving, so easily we lose that momentum. Human nature is to not know what we have till it’s gone…. health, family & friends, the ability to shelter and feed our families, simple pleasures in spending time with loved ones, etc.

This year, my hope for all of us is that we’ll look at the sore spot in our lives, the real thorn in our side that often robs us like a pick pocket, and turn it into a reason of thankfulness, Helen Keller style.

Happy Thanksgiving! I thank you so much for your patronage of this site. Here’s to best wishes for a joy filled holiday season and a year of priceless contentment all year long.



Dinner Conversation


What to strike up some dinner conversation with guests? Use the secret of John C. Maxwell. Ask questions. Here are a few that he just provided his readers.

  1. What’s your favorite Thanksgiving or holiday memory?

  2. If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would it be?

  3. What’s the best gift you ever received?

  4. What’s the best advice you have ever received?

  5. What’s the best book you’ve read and what makes it special?

  6. Share about a time you had a need. How was it met?

  7. If you could meet your great great grandchildren what wisdom would you pass on to them? What would you want them to know?

  8. If you could spend one day doing a job that you are not currently doing, what would you do?

  9. What’s one thing that you would love to do in your lifetime that no one knows?

Thanks John for these great open ended questions that will lead to interesting dinner conversations.


Which are you? A Thermostat or a Thermometer

Leadership Tip

Close Up Of Female Hand On Central Heating Thermostat


Thermometers report the temperature while a thermostat is designed to bring the temperature into a prescribed range. As a leader which do you do, report on the conditions or do you do what is necessary to move things to where they need to be?


Don’t Say Whatever!

It means you don't care.





Sometimes we learn from those younger than us. That is the case of the often used response “whatever“. My oldest grandson Alex has been known to correct extended family members from using the word “whatever“. His explanation, “whatever means you don’t care.” And of course the assumption is that we should always care.

Great reminder for each of us.




Link To Speech


Moral Dilemma Ahead

“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”



– Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)


Any thought?