Living #aSensationalLife

Things GREAT Leaders DO!

Things GREAT Leaders DO!
Just a couple things I believe Great Leaders DO! Read More

A New Year---A New Leadership Lesson

A New Year---A New Leadership Lesson
In 1999, I was a soccer coach at St. Gregory’s University and just before the holiday break, I sat down with my mentor Father Victor Roberts to discuss the upcoming New Year. Over the course of an hour, he eloquently gave me a lesson, that to this day is one of my guiding principles. Read More

Toxic Triggers Take Their Toll---Learn To Take Control Of Your Life

Toxic Triggers Take Their Toll---Learn To Take Control Of Your Life
You can take control of your life...but you must understand your TRIGGERS! Read More

An Artist For The Ages…How Dakoro Edwards Used Strokes Of Compassion, Tolerance, & Love To Create A MASTERPIECE LIFE

An Artist For The Ages…How Dakoro Edwards Used Strokes Of Compassion, Tolerance, & Love To Create A MASTERPIECE LIFE
Last week my wife and I, along with hundreds of other people, had the distinct privilege of attending the grand opening of a new art studio here in the Atlanta area. The proprietor and host was the artist known simply as “Dakoro.” The occasion was truly "decades in the making" and the date held huge significance for him, because July 28th was the birthday of his late father Curtis T. Edwards. Read More

The World Has Been Screaming…Have You Been Listening?

The World Has Been Screaming…Have You Been Listening?
Maybe I’m alone, but this summer has left my ears ringing and heart broken. Since the middle of June, our species (yes that’s one thing we have in common) has raised its’ “Violent Voice” and SCREAMED into reality horrible acts of violence like the Orlando massacre, Istanbul bombing, and the senseless killings around the United States…which oddly enough made people SCREAM LOUDER! Read More

From Picking Cotton To University President...The UNLIKELY Story Of A Leader Worth Following

From Picking Cotton To University President...The UNLIKELY Story Of A Leader Worth Following
As the daughter of a sharecropper, Shirley Raines grew up working in the cotton fields of Western Tennessee. Each day as she labored, she would regularly see airplanes passing over and constantly dreamed of traveling the world. Years later, that dream was fulfilled when DOCTOR Shirley Raines began circling the globe as one of the most inspiring educators and thought leaders on the planet. Read More

How To Make A Wish Come True

How To Make A Wish Come True
Like many other children, I spent part of each summer going on trips. Often that meant traveling to spend time with distant relatives. During one such visit, my cousins and I wanted to go to an amusement park, but were told “NO” because of the cost. Without thinking I blurted, “I wish we were rich.” To which my aunt instantly replied, Read More

The 3 Things You SHOULD DO After Being Fired

The 3 Things You SHOULD DO After Being Fired
The fact is, people get fired everyday. Unfortunately, it usually comes as a huge surprise. Having been on both ends of that gut-wrenching scenario, I’ve come to believe that generally “people fire themselves.” I know that may sound harsh, but it was definitely the case when I got sacked from a job almost thirty years ago. Read More

5 Surefire Ways To Ruin Your Presentations

5 Surefire Ways To Ruin Your Presentations
Whether you’re presenting in a weekly meeting to co-workers, pitching a proposal to a potential client, or giving a keynote talk at a conference, the following are my top 5 ways to ruin your presentation. Read More

My Thoughts On...What Caused The Gender Gap?

My Thoughts On...What Caused The Gender Gap?
From the U.S. Women’s Soccer team to countless other cases, legal battles are being waged as a result of “The Gender Gap.”

For those of you who haven’t heard that phrase before, it represents the inequality in pay and opportunity between men and women in the workplace.

I’ve found it incredibly interesting that much of the discussion revolves around how to "close the Gap,” but I’ve yet to hear many people addressing "what caused it?" Read More

Want To Become A LEADER WORTH FOLLOWING...Start By Finding Your VOICE

Want To Become A LEADER WORTH FOLLOWING...Start By Finding Your VOICE
Even though it’s been over twenty-five years since my wife made the decision to take our son and file for divorce, just recalling that moment brings me to tears. In addition to my marital catastrophe, I also lost my job, as well as the respect of friends and family…it was definitely the lowest point in my life and there’s no question at that time, I was NOT (whether with family or in my business) a Leader Worth Following! Read More

The 5 Must Have Elements Of An Awesome Blog

The 5 Must Have Elements Of An Awesome Blog
It’s not everyday that a writer starts by saying, “you may NOT want to read on,” and I’m taking a HUGE RISK, but I believe it’s right to say….

Fair Warning---If you’re hoping to learn more about topics like; the many platforms that are available to bloggers, ingenious ways to co-brand, or case studies of blogs that went viral…those items won’t be found in this post. Read More

So You Want To Be A Billionaire, SO DARN BAD---Start By Checking To See If You Have These Five Traits?

So You Want To Be A Billionaire, SO DARN BAD---Start By Checking To See If You Have These Five Traits?
Not all that long ago, it seemed the “popular financial goal” was to earn six figures, then the scale slid up to a million dollars, and now the “financial success bar” has been raised yet again. It now seems that becoming a billionaire is the new mark to aim for. Read More

If You Want To Improve Your Leadership Skills---Spend A Day Caddying

If You Want To Improve Your Leadership Skills---Spend A Day Caddying
Yes, today was the start of The Masters Golf Tournament, and since I didn’t qualify to play, I did the next best thing…I caddied. Read More

You Must Dare To Dream Big---For Big Dreams To Come True

You Must Dare To Dream Big---For Big Dreams To Come True
One look at any of my childhood report cards, and it’s obvious that I’ve always been a dreamer. Every quarter, my teachers would check a box, provide a grade, and then add remarks like, “Tons of aptitude, but he must stop daydreaming.” There was also, “Needs to get his head out of the clouds and into his books” and at a parent-teacher conference, my eighth grade teacher went so far as to say… Read More

Three Possible Reasons Why NETworking Is NOTworking For You

Three Possible Reasons Why NETworking Is NOTworking For You
Several times a month I have the opportunity to be a guest speaker at various networking events. Often, the organizer keeps my selection a secret from the group. So, I’ll usually dress down, slip in, and just act like a new member. After being introduced, (usually to everyone’s surprise) Read More

A Tale of One Customer, Two Sales People, and Three Ruined Opportunities

A Tale of One Customer, Two Sales People, and Three Ruined Opportunities
A couple of days ago, my wife came in to the kitchen and said, “You won’t believe it, but there is someone at the door that wants to give us an estimate on our repairs.” You see, since settling back into our North Atlanta home months ago, I’ve known that we needed to replace a few exterior doors and shutters…but hadn’t addressed it yet. Read More

What's Your Definition Of A Sensational Life?

What's Your Definition Of A Sensational Life?
As a child, I remember “grown ups” talking about their hopes and dreams. They longed for “the good life, ” which to many of them meant job security, a big house, nice cars, incredible vacations, and lots of money. My definition was slightly different…I wanted an endless summer vacation, to have lots of friends to play with, and to get a new toy every time we stepped foot in a store. Read More

The Most Endearing MARK Of A Champion

The Most Endearing MARK Of A Champion
If we sat down and identified the traits and characteristics of champions, the list would be long. Now, I can't begin to guess what you'd have as the most endearing "MARK" of a champion, but mine would be HUMILITY. I’m guessing it stems from my little league baseball coach, who always said… Read More

A Legend Who Initially Dropped Anchor At CNN---Now Leads HER Own Ship

A Legend Who Initially Dropped Anchor At CNN---Now Leads HER Own Ship
When people ask about my twenty-eight year marriage, I usually say, “Kim is the anchor and I’m the sail. We’ve had an incredible life, because together we figured out when to stay put and when to go exploring.” It's been a amazing, because I know... Read More
Duane Cummings