Forbes Thought Of The Day

“ Take the tools in hand and carve your own best life. ”

— Douglas Lurton

Whatever your profession this thought alone could change your life.

Are you using the tools of your trade?

Are you using the resources at your fingertips?

What do you have access to that could be used as a tool to carve your own best life?

A friend, a mentor, a spouse, a teacher, a seminar, a book,  CD, or DVD, a blog?

Tools are everywhere, seek them out, and Seize the Day (Carpe Diem)!!

Carpe Diem

West Point Military Academy

I had the opportunity recently to tour the West Point Military Academy.  It was an interesting and inspiring tour. Most impressive was the tour of the Chapels and the Cemetery. The emphasis on Duty, Honor and Country gave you a sense of the commitment to and respect for our country these men and women have.

President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy in 1802. 

The United States Military Academy has been educating, training, and inspiring leaders of character for our United States Army and for the nation for more than 200 years. West Point provides a 47-month leader-development program steeped in academic rigor, military discipline, and physical challenges, all built upon a moral-ethical foundation. The academy is an internationally recognized institution for academic, military and physical excellence, and we are proud that today’s cadets will become tomorrow’s military, public and private-sector leaders.
 
West Point’s purpose is to produce leaders of character who are prepared to provide selfless service to our Army and the nation. In World War I, Academy graduates again distinguished themselves on the battlefield. After the war, Superintendent Douglas MacArthur sought to diversify the academic curriculum. In recognition of the intense physical demands of modern warfare, MacArthur pushed for major changes in the physical fitness and intramural athletic programs. “Every cadet an athlete” became an important goal.

Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley, Ulyseses Grant, Norman Swartzkopf and many other distinguished military leaders were graduates of the academy.

Perhaps your call is not to serve in the military or to attend a Military Academy but what is your role to live a life of “Duty, Honor and Country”?

Are You Living Up To Your Leadership Potential?

Have you ever wanted to do something significant with your life? Make a difference in a person’s life or make a difference with your own. Maybe you are a big dreamer and have dreamed of doing something amazing with your life. Perhaps even so bold as saying you want to play a part to change the world for good. If that is you then why haven’t you?

Maybe you have tried and fell short or are falling short right now. Do you question your leadership ability? Have you asked yourself or asked GOD “am I even the right person with all my weaknesses and  flaws”? Trust me, I know the feeling. I like anyone else who has attempted to do more than I thought possible and who has wanted to do something important with my life have questioned myself and GOD, if I am really that right person.

I’d like to share some thoughts from a book I’m reading, Exponential, by Dave and Jon Ferguson – who are challenging my questioning of myself and bring some amazing points that are helping me in my leadership growth and may help you in yours.

The Ferguson’s discuss the concept of what they call “Empowering Conversations” in discussing conversations where a coach asks a leader to take the next step in his/her leadership journey.

I would like to look at the conversations we have with ourselves in this regard. We’ve all been there, asking ourselves to commit to a higher level of leadership commitment. When the moment comes how many of us want to “think big” (not in caps intentionally), but shrink back and think to ourselves “I am not capable.”

Here is what the Ferguson’s say; when we settle for a lower level of commitment, we place the development of the leader in jeopardy in a number of ways.

–          We minimize our potential – We think we are doing ourselves a favor by at least getting us to make a small doable commitment, rather than fulfilling GOD’s dream for us to reach our greatest potential.

–          We minimize the vision – When we lower the bar on leadership we make the mission of helping people seem insignificant, hardly worthwhile. Consequently we are less likely to attract high capacity leaders.

–          We minimize GOD – Who says GOD can’t change the world through you?

So you’ve failed….. So you’ve doubted…..So others have dismissed your chance of success….

Welcome to the World of Leadership

Take a Risk – Be a Leader – Change Yourself

Orrin Woodward IAB Top Leadership Award Winner for 2011

Orrin Woodward is chosen as the Independent Association of Businesses 2011 TOP LEADERSHIP AWARD WINNER!

According to the IAB:

The IAB Small Business Awards recognizes and awards businesses who achieve both qualitative and quantitative results in their organization.  The leadership award is the highest award given among all 10 categories.  This award applies to one’s own leadership principals and how they help develop and influence successful leaders throughout American businesses.

Who is the IAB?

The Independent Association of Businesses, (IAB) is recognized as America’s Premier Membership Association as a leader of innovative access to membership benefits.  Acknowledged by having represented the interests of more than a million members and receiving prestigious commendation by state and federal officials for its ability to educate and advance the growth of America’s small businesses and the self employed.

As a friend, protégé, and business associate of Orrin Woodward I have witnessed firsthand his commitment to Honor, Character, and Excellence which are all qualities of a true leader.

Congratulations Orrin!