Are You Final Four Worthy?

The Men’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament is the sporting event I most look forward to each year. March Madness has been in full swing for the past couple weeks with some of the very best match-ups in tournament history.

Although I will not be collecting $1 billion from Warren Buffett this year, I did enter my bracket selections like I do every year. It is really not about the prize money. Now don’t get me wrong, I’d graciously accept it if I won. However, for me it’s more about enjoying great basketball games and seeing how many of the teams I selected are able to reach the Final Four.

March Madness

What does it mean to be Final Four worthy? Continue reading…

Entrepreneurship: The Path to Prosperity

It is a path well-traveled, but not without peril. Being an entrepreneur is risky business and the odds are stacked against you. You’ve seen the statistics, 50% to 75% of all new business starts fail within the first 3-5 years.

So, why do so many people choose entrepreneurship as the path to prosperity?

The reasons ‘why’ are numerous and whether entrepreneurship was thrust upon you due to a job loss, or born out of a desire for change, we all share a common goal. All of us are seeking a better life and to build something special that we can take pride in.

Prosperity

Although the path to prosperity can’t be assured, here are some things to keep in front of you that will help you reach your destination. Continue reading…

Is Social Media the Next ISDN?

“The stench of vaporware hung heavily in the air.”

This past year the Telco’s unceremoniously laid the Integrated Services Data Network (ISDN) to rest after more than 25 years of failed promises and lackluster performance. Will social media for business suffer a similar fate in the not too distant future?

Social Media

The comments above will no doubt raise a few eyebrows from my friends in the social media community, but it is a question worth considering further. Continue reading…

How to Overcome an 8-8 Mindset

No, this is not another article rant about the Dallas Cowboys performance on the football field in recent years, although there are some similarities we’ll draw upon here. This article is about you – if you are one of those business leaders who seems to be stuck in neutral and unable to find the magic formula to move to the next level.

None of us grew up with the notion of being average, just being good enough. Whether in sports, music, grades, business, etc., we have all been in-grained with the idea of being the best in our chosen pursuits. Does this seem realistic? There is nothing wrong with the quest for excellence. However, not everyone can be a top performer. Real life just doesn’t work that way.

Are your expectations aligned with reality?

Let’s talk for a moment about the ‘BIG LIE’. The big lie is what we tell ourselves when we’ve a bad day or when things aren’t going the way we had hoped, “Things are going to get better”. Continue reading…

If It Sounds Like Crap …

Don’t put it in your mouth! Discard it, don’t share it.

How often have we been guilty of saying or doing things that we have regretted later? Far too often I would guess. Yet, I still see numerous personal attacks in Tweets, Facebook posts and articles every day, not to mention the constant barrage of negative (and fake) news reports. This leads me to believe we’re not learning anything from our missteps.

So why do we do it?“People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.” – Oliver Goldsmith

Why do we feel so compelled to hurt others through our words and our actions? Let me set the record straight, it is not a result of genetic programming. It’s learned behavior and as such, we can all do better. Continue reading…

What’s Different About This Year?

Hard to believe that we are already two weeks into the start of a new calendar year. Where has the time gone, and what’s different about this year?

Well, here are a few things that are different about the start of this year compared to 2013 …

  • We’ve had record snowstorms and cold temperatures in the Midwest and East.
  • To start the year, the #1 song on the charts was ‘The Monster’ by Eminem and Rihanna.
  • Last year’s Super Bowl winner has already been knocked out of the NFL playoffs.
  • The Dallas Cowboys failed to make the NFL playoffs (oops, nothing different here).
  • 2014 is the ‘Year of the Horse’ according to the Chinese zodiac calendar.

You know, however, that is not where I’m headed when I asked, “What’s different about this year?” Let’s explore a few things you can do to make 2014 different (better).

New Year

Nothing changes until something changes. Continue reading…

10 Life Lessons from Holiday Cooking

This year ‘The Boys’, my son Daniel and I, decided to do most of the Christmas holiday cooking. It was our way of giving ‘The Girls’, my wife Laura and daughter Melanie, a much needed break to relax and enjoy the holiday. My crazy idea!!

Sweets & Treats All Done

We had no idea what we were getting ourselves in for when we started, but 11 recipes and 12+ hours of meal preparation, cooking and cleaning up our messes later, we had learned a lot from this experience. Here are some of the life lessons we took away from our holiday cooking adventure: Continue reading…

5 Days ’til Christmas Countdown

7 Days of Christmas

Happy Holidays Everyone! Yes I know, it is hard to believe that the Christmas shopping season is rapidly coming to an end.

Whether you have been naughty or nice this year, you are eligible to receive a special gift during our 5 Days ‘til Christmas Countdown.

Check out the special promotional offers below for my course, “Discover YOUR Formula for Success,” during the five-day period that begins Friday, December 20th.

 

DAY 1 – December 20th. The first (10) participants who register for Discover YOUR Formula for Success on December 20th will receive the course for FREE ($37 Value). Limit of (1) FREE registration per person. COUPON CODE: BLSFREE

DAY 2 – December 21st. The first (10) participants who register for Discover YOUR Formula for Success on December 21st will receive the course for ONLY $10. Limit of (1) $10 registration per person. COUPON CODE: BLSLIVE

DAY 3 – December 22nd. The first (10) participants who register for Discover YOUR Formula for Success on December 22nd will receive a copy of my book, Globalization: America’s Leadership Challenge Ahead for FREE ($14.95 Value). Limit of (1) per person. COUPON CODE: BLSBOOK

DAY 4 – December 23rd. The first (10) participants who register for Discover YOUR Formula for Success on December 23rd will receive 3o-minutes of business coaching for FREE ($125.00 Value). Limit of (1) per person. COUPON CODE: BLSCOACH1

DAY 5 – December 24th. LAST DAY!!! The first five(5) participants who register for Discover YOUR Formula for Success on December 24th will receive 6o-minutes of business coaching for FREE ($250.00 Value). Limit of (1) per person. COUPON CODE: BLSLAST

Here’s how it works … identify your favorite one-day offer, then register for my 7 Days of Christmas2online course via this link: https://www.udemy.com/discover-your-formula-for-success. You must register on the designated availability date, in order to be eligible to receive the special promotional offer of your choice.

Keep in mind these are limited availability, one-day only offers, so don’t delay! Be sure to include the appropriate Coupon Code when you register.

NOTE: These limited-time special offers cannot be combined with any other discount programs, promotions or offers available from Tres Coaching Services™, Udemy.com or its affiliates.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy, Prosperous New Year!

John

 

COPYRIGHT © 2013 John Carroll

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes

Before we take time off to enjoy the holidays, I want to ‘Thank You’ for your friendship, love and support. I’m so grateful and want you to know how much I appreciate you.

“Mary Did You Know”

“May God send you good fortune, contentment and peace, and may all your blessings forever increase.” –  An Irish Blessing for Christmas and the New Year.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy, Prosperous New Year.

Enjoy the journey!

John

 

COPYRIGHT © 2013 John Carroll

 

Leadership: Coming to Faith

With the holiday season upon us, we tend to make a religious connection when we read the words “coming to faith”. However, for the purposes of this article I want to move the conversation in a slightly different direction.

What is faith? By definition, it is the “confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea or thing”. Applied to leadership, faith in this context can be viewed as the confident belief in our ability to lead and our capacity for leadership.

How confident are you in your ability to lead and your capacity for leadership? Continue reading…