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Time to create a winning team!

This week, we’re talking about creating a winning team - either at work, at home, at your place of worship, or even on your company kickball team.

One of my favorite authors, Jon Gordon, says almost all of the winning teams he’s dealt with over the years - from sports teams to management teams - have two things in common: A shared vision and a greater purpose.

Let’s start with shared vision. What does that really mean? It means understanding, collectively, where your team is heading.

If the goal is to launch a product, understanding what you’re going to launch, how you’re going to launch it, and what steps you are going to take to get to that goal.

If your team doesn’t share a common vision, you’ll often find a collection of people with good intentions, but no clear path towards working as a team to get the job done.

Next, a greater purpose. This is about understanding not just when or how you’re bringing this product to market, but why. Maybe it’s to make your customers’ lives easier, safer or more efficient.

Maybe it’s to make the world a better place, and solve a major issue.

Whatever the case, make sure your team understands the ultimate goal, and works together to reach it. If the only goal is to get rich and famous, chances are that team or that product is going to fail.

But if you keep your customer and what they need in mind, rather than what you want or need, your chances of success are much greater.

As Jon Gordon says, "when you know your why and you know the way, you won't let obstacles get in the way. You will keep moving forward toward the shared vision you have, and your greater purpose will fuel you on the journey."

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What do you want your legacy to be?

In business, and in life, the impressions you make upon people are so critically important to your success, and when you’re done with this life, or this career, those impressions often make up your legacy.

Think about it… your life is made up of two dates - the day you were born, and the day you die - with a dash in between the two.

That dash is everything you ever did and said. Every time you left a positive impression on someone, and every time you made a fool out of yourself.

It’s just a small mark but it is everything in between the two most significant dates in your life. So make it count.

If you’re a business leader, or want to be a business leader - how do you get people to follow you? And what kind of legacy will you leave behind?

No matter how much power you have as a leader, people will only follow you if others believe you’re invested in their success.

Trust your colleagues, respect them and their work. Understand what drives them and let them understand what drives you.

The legacy you leave is the life you lead, and no matter what you want your legacy to be, come up with a guiding principle for your life. Mine is so important to me, I have it tattooed on my arm: APE - Attitude, passion, enthusiasm.

It’s how I lead my life, and it’s how my legacy will be defined.

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One Thing. One Person.


Today we jump back in “The One Thing” by Gary Keller. I really like this week’s point on having just one thing, but also just one person.

We all do a lot of things that can clutter our focus. If we really sit and think about what our one thing is, it may surprise us to realize what it is compared to what we do every day. This is why we need that other person. If we have another person who is also focused on the one thing we can keep each other aligned. We can catch each other when we get distracted. We can bring each other back on track when needed.

I think if we really define what our true one thing is, then we can start taking the right steps to focus on our one thing. Then, and only then, will we start to see the results we're looking for. Have a great week!

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Success is Built on Relationships


I bet mail arrives in your mailbox six days a week. That's what the postal service does. Nothing more, nothing less. There isn't anything special about the arrangement.

Do you remember Fred the mailman from The Fred Factor? Something obviously made him different - so different that Mark Sanborn decided to write about him and even teach what he calls the Fred principals.

Today we learn that what made Fred different was one simple thing - the relationship. Fred knew he was making a positive difference and it was fulfilling to him. Fred is proof that in any job or business, relationship building is the most important objective because the quality of the relationship determines the quality of the product or service.

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Practice Makes Perfect


Not buying Geoff Colvin's idea that talent is overrated? Well, studies show that those who progress professionally simply practice more than those that don't.

Think about it - by the time Mozart was 5 years old he had already received more instruction in music than most people do in a lifetime. Tiger Woods, arguably the greatest golfer of all time, had a golf club in his hand as soon as he could walk.

Bottom line, if we want to achieve greatness, then we have to put in the time to get there. Check out this week's episode and let's continue our quest to achieve greatness - or Chase Excellence - together!

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The Domino Effect


Did you know that a single domino is capable of bringing down another domino that is actually 50% larger. With this random fact in mind, think of this...

If you started with a single domino that was only 2 inches high, and then each domino after that was 50% bigger, the 23rd domino would be taller than the Eiffel Tower. The 31st domino would loom over Mount Everest by almost 3,000 feet. Number 57 would practically bridge the distance between the earth and the moon!

No, today's Chasing Excellence isn't about random facts, it's about the power of the lead domino. When it falls, you've unleashed a power that can reach the moon!

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