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  • Blog Post: Life Quotes That Will Change Your Life

    Life’s better with the right words. And life quotes can help us live better . Life quotes are a simple way to share some of the deepest insights on the art of living, and how to live well. While some people might look for wisdom in a bottle, or in a book, or in a guru at the top of a mountain, surprisingly...
  • Blog Post: Boost Your Confidence with the Right Words

    Confidence is one of those things that makes all the difference when it comes to realizing your potential. So many people have great ideas and great ambitions, but lack the confidence to follow through when it counts. They hold themselves back. Their amazing and bold ideas turn into lackluster ideas...
  • Blog Post: 7 Habits of Highly Motivated People

    Motivation is a powerful skill. It can lift you up from the worst of places, and inspire you to new heights. After all, nothing is worse than slogging your way through your days, or working your way through a bunch of mundane tasks. But, like I said, motivation is a skill. You need to learn it.  ...
  • Blog Post: 10 Leadership Ideas to Improve Your Influence and Impact

    "In a battle between two ideas, the best one doesn't necessarily win. No, the idea that wins is the one with the most fearless heretic behind it." -- Seth Godin One leadership idea can change your life in an instant. Like the right key, the right leadership idea can instantly unlock or unleash...
  • Blog Post: Successful Digital Vision Starts at the Top

    Business change is tough.   Just try it at Cloud speed, and you’ll know what I mean. That said, digital business transformation is reshaping companies and industries around the world, at a rapid rate. If you don’t cross the Cloud chasm, and learn how to play in the new digital economy, ...
  • Blog Post: 101 Proven Practices for Focus

    “Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.” -- Zig Ziglar Here is my collection of 101 Proven Practices for Focus .   It still needs work to improve it, but I wanted to shared it, as is, because focus is one of the most important skills we can develop...
  • Blog Post: The Great Positive Thinking Quotes Collection

    I revamped my positive thinking quotes collection on Sources of Insight to help you amp up your ability to generate more positive thoughts.  It’s a powerful one. Why positive thinking? Maybe Zig Ziglar said it best: “Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will...
  • Blog Post: The Great Motivational Quotes Revamped

    When you need to make things happen, motivational quotes can help you dig deep and get going. I put together a very comprehensive collection of the world’s best motivational quotes a while back. It was time for a refresh.  Here it is: Motivational Quotes – The Great Motivational Quotes Collection...
  • Blog Post: The Great Inspirational Quotes Collection Revamped

    I think of inspiration simply as “breathe life into.” Whether you're shipping code, designing the next big thing, or simply making things happen, inspirational quotes can help keep you going. In the spirit of helping people find their Eye of the Tiger or get their mojo on, I’ve put together a hand-crafted...
  • Blog Post: The Great Love Quotes Collection Revamped

    A while back I put together a comprehensive collection of love quotes. It’s a combination of the wisdom of the ages + modern sages. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I gave it a good revamp. Here it is: The Great Love Quotes Collection It's a serious collection of love quotes and includes...
  • Blog Post: The Great Productivity Quotes Collection Revamped

    A while back I put together a comprehensive collection of personal productivity quotes.   It’s a combination of the wisdom of the ages + modern sages.   It was time for a revamp.  Here it is: The Great Productivity Quotes Collection It's a serious collection of personal productivity...
  • Blog Post: The Great Personal Development Quotes Collection Revamped

    “Knowing others is intelligence.  Knowing yourself is true wisdom.  Mastering others is strength.  Mastering yourself is true power.” -- Lao Tzu A while back I put together a comprehensive collection of personal development quotes.   It’s a combination of the wisdom of the ages...
  • Blog Post: The Great Leadership Quotes Collection Revamped

    A while back I put together a comprehensive collection of leadership quotes.   It’s a combination of the wisdom of the ages + modern sages.   It was time for a revamp.  Here it is: The Great Leadership Quotes Collection It's a serious collection of leadership quotes and includes...
  • Blog Post: Happiness Quotes Revamped

    I've completely overhauled my collection of happiness quotes.  It was time for a revamp.  Hear what Charlie Brown, Dale Carnegie, Aristotle, Confucius, and more have to say about the art and skill of happiness. Here is the new collection of happiness quotes fresh from the press: Happiness Quotes...
  • Blog Post: Interview with The Entrepreneur's Library on Getting Results the Agile Way

    What is Agile Results all about?   What are the most important keys to using Agile Results to master productivity, time management, and work-life balance? If you've ever wondered what Getting Results the Agile Way is all about, or want to know how to make the most of the book, this is it. ...
  • Blog Post: Bandita Joarder on How Presence is Something You Can Learn

    Bandita is one of the most amazing leaders in the technology arena. She’s not just technical, but she also has business skills, and executive presence. But she didn’t start out that way. She had to learn presence from the school of hard knocks.   Many people think presence is something that...
  • Blog Post: Habits, Dreams, and Goals

    I’ve been talking to people in the halls about what they learned about goals from last year, and what they are going to do differently this year.   We’ve had chats about New Years Resolutions, habits, goals, and big dreams. (My theme is Dream Big for 2015.) Here are a few of the insights that...
  • Blog Post: Use 30 Days of Getting Results to Help You Reach Your Goals for 2015

    Several Summers back, I used a 30 Day Improvement Sprint to share my best insights and best lessons learned on getting results.  I called it 30 Days of Getting Results: 30 Days of Getting Results It’s timeless advice to help you be YOUR best. The overall goal of the site was to help you master productivity...
  • Blog Post: Lessons Learned from John Maxwell Revisited

    I did a major cleanup of my post on lessons learned from John Maxwell: Lessons Learned from John Maxwell It should be much easier to read now.  It was worth cleaning up because John Maxwell is one of the deepest thinkers in the leadership space.  He’s published more than 50 books on leadership...
  • Blog Post: My Story of Personal Transformation

    Everybody has a story.   I thought I would share mine at Sources of Insight: My Story of Personal Transformation It’s the story of how I figured out how to do more of what makes me come alive, and how to share my unique value with the world. It’s a journey, but this story is a look backwards...
  • Blog Post: Get Your Goals On

    “Another year over, And a new one just begun.” – John Lennon Ready to get your game on? January is a great time to focus on what you want out of this year.  As you close out last year, you can reflect on what went well and what things you could improve.   Focus on the growth. January is...
  • Blog Post: Productivity Books to Help You Know More, Be More, and Achieve More

    I’ve put together a roundup of the best productivity books that have helped me get better results in work and life.  It contains many of the same books that I recommend to people and teams that I mentor.  Here is the list: Productivity Books It has a lot of books.  To be productive, it...
  • Blog Post: 10 Big Ideas from A Christmas Carol

    Sometimes with all the hustle and bustle, it can be tough to find the holiday spirit. It’s easy to say “Bah!—Humbug!”, but that’s a spiral down. The key is to find the people and ideas that lift you up and remind you what you’re capable of.   I’ve put together 10 Big Ideas from A Christmas...
  • Blog Post: Former Softie Patricia Walsh Sets a World Record for Blind Triathletes

    I’m always of fan of hearing about how Softies change the world, inside and outside of Microsoft. I was reading Blind Ambition: How to Envision Your Limitless Potential and Achieve the Success You Want by Patricia Walsh.  It’s an inspirational story, as well as an insightful read if you are looking...
  • Blog Post: Emotional Intelligence is a Key Leadership Skill

    You probably already know that emotional intelligence, or “EQ”, is a key to success in work and life. Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, assess, and control the emotions of yourself, others, and groups. It’s the key to helping you respond vs. react.  When we react, it’s our lizard...
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