The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Moment of Understanding

         The heavens declare the glory of God;

         The skies proclaim the work of His hands.

         Day after day they pour forth speech;

         Night after night they display knowledge.

         There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.

         Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

         Let us join in creation’s chorus as we worship our God.

          Psalm 19:1-4           


These are on my stack of books to read.

Man climbing a stack of books


Looking for something to read? If you are like me, you normally have a rather large stack of books that you are attempting to get to yet. Here are several that I am particularly interested in trying to get to.



Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers Into Leaders by L. David Marquet

How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

The Road to Character by David Brooks



Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALSs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader by Dianna Booher

Leadership Presence by Belle Linda Halpern and Kathy Lubar

Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action by Simon Sinek

The Seasons of Life by Jim Rohn

Unleashing the POWER of the Rubber Band: lessons in non-linear leadership by Nancy Ortberg

Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters by John C. Maxwell

The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy


“Many times the reading of a book has made the future of a man.”‘

by Ralph Waldo Emerson


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The Fable of Chicken Little

Some times the best lessons can be learned from simple children’s fables. Here is one as told by Dianna Booher in her book Creating Personal Presence. In her words.

Chicken Little
One day Chicken Little is walking in the woods when an acorn falls on her head. “Oh my goodness! she says, “The sky is falling! I must go tell the king.” On the way to the palace, she meets Henny Penny going into the woods to hunt berries. “Oh no, don’t go!” she says, “I was just there, and the sky was falling!” Come with me to tell the king.” So Henny Penny follows her.

They follow along until they meet Cocky Locky, who was going into the woods to hunt for seeds. “Oh no, don’t go!” says Chicken Little. “I was just there, and the sky is falling! Come with me to tell the king.” So Cocky Locky follows her and Henny Penny.

They follow along until they meet Turkey Lurkey going into the woods to look for berries. Same drill.

Finnally, they meet up with Foxy Woxy, who asks where they’re going. Same warning from the feathered friends. But instead of following Chicken Little, Foxy Woxy says, “I know a shortcut to the palace.” Rather than the palace, he leads them to the entrance of the foxhole, where he plans to gobble them for dinner.

Just as they are about to enter, the king’s hunting dogs rush up growling and howling. They chase the fox away and save Chicken Little and her other fine-feathered friends. The smart king gives her an umbrella to carry for future walks in the woods.

So what’s the moral of this fable? Where personal presence is concerned, consider the credibility gap the next time Chicken Little warns colleagues about impending danger.

Creating Personal Presence - Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader
Dianna Booher
Berrett-Koehler Publishing, Inc.

What is that one more lead or call worth?

Senior Housing Forum
January 27, 2016

Many times we are reminded that in sales the successful person is the one who makes that one or more additional call before calling it a day. One of the blog sites I follow, Senior Housing Forum provides an example of how unanswered or slowly answered calls, can make the difference of filling the facility. In an industry or sector that averages a 15% vacancy rate, that provides a 15% increase in revenue. Almost all of this goes to the bottom line since much of your overhead does not change regardless of the census.

Take a look particularly how the math compounds relatively small numbers when looked at on an annual basis. How would this equate to capturing just a few more leads each week in your particular business?


“The average assisted living community only follows up on about half of all inbound leads within the first week.”

  By Tom Goldman, COO, SoftVu


I first met Steve Moran and becoming aware of the Senior Housing Forum while attending the 2015 Senior Living Innovation Forum hosted by the Influence Group. Steve moderated a panel discussion with several thought leaders in the Senior Living Industry and is well versed in asking great questions. It was a privilege to be invited to attend and given the opportunity to meet peers and facilitate a small work shop “Building – How to be Agile in a Market That’s Slow to Adapt?” . Since the Senior Living Innovation Forum is structure more like a smaller scaled niche retreat, it was possible to get to know most of the attendees on a more personal basis. In the case of Steve it was a true please to get to see him interact with his peers in the Senior Living sector, as he is a true personality standing out in the crowd.

Senior Living Innovation Forum

An invitation-only gathering for senior executives from the nation’s largest long-term care and senior living providers to explore innovations in technology, design and care.

Influence Group produces invitation-only B2B leadership forums. The opposite of a tradeshow, influence events are intimate, personable and highly interactive.



Date: June 5, 2016—June 7, 2016
Event: Senior Living Innovation Forum
Topic: Innovations in Senior Living
Sponsor: Influence Group
Venue: Silverado Resort & Spa
(707) 257-0200
Location: 1600 Atlas Peak Road
Napa, CA 94558
Public: Private
Registration: Click here to register.

Book Launch – Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want

Michael Hyatt Your Virtual Mentor
January 19, 2016

I have mentioned numerous times that one of my mentors who has influenced me most is Michael Hyatt. Here is an opportunity to not only follow his posts but also receive and early copy of his newest book, Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. Maybe I should mention, if chosen your copy could be free.

Although I am taking a chance that I am increasing my odds for winning a free book, I am more than willing for that to happen if more people get a chance to share Michael’s content. Take a minute to register for a chance or if you are like me, go pre-order the book regardless.  Good Luck.