Living #aSensationalLife

20 posts tagged with "leadership"

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

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

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

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

How One Man Helps Keep Life In “CHECK” For Those In Need

How One Man Helps Keep Life In “CHECK” For Those In Need
The first time I heard, “play chess not checkers” I was attending All-Army soccer tryouts. The coach, Angus McAlpine must have shouted that line a million times in his heavy Scottish accent…well maybe not a million, but since most of them were directed at me, it sure seemed like that many. Read More

Want To Know How To Consistently Achieve The Impossible?

Want To Know How To Consistently Achieve The Impossible?
What if I told you that accomplishing goals, or overcoming challenges is as easy as following three steps---would you believe me? Read More

Becoming A Great Leader Is NO LAUGHING MATTER---Or Maybe It Is?

Becoming A Great Leader Is NO LAUGHING MATTER---Or Maybe It Is?
A two year study by the Bell Leadership Institute in Chapel Hill, NC, found that the phrase, “sense of humor” is mentioned twice as much as other phrases when describing a GREAT LEADER. Dr. Gerald D. Bell, the founder and CEO of Bell Leadership Institute says… Read More

Want To Know A Skill Most Great Leaders Have---But That Few People Talk About?

Want To Know A Skill Most Great Leaders Have---But That Few People Talk About?
It’s fascinating to me that with all of the articles, books, talks, training, podcasts, events, and courses on the subject of Leadership, the importance of a “Battle Cry” is rarely addressed. Yet, if you study history, most of the Great Leaders of armies, countries, religions, athletic teams, and corporations have utilized one to rally their followers. Read More

For Those Who Think Working In The “Fast Food Industry” Is A Dead End Job

For Those Who Think Working In The “Fast Food Industry” Is A Dead End Job
Not long ago, my wife and I were at the food court in the mall, when we saw a teenager from our neighborhood working behind the counter. He quickly noticed us, came out, and with a downturned mouth immediately said… Read More

Totally Committed To Charity, Happiness, & Family…Robert Boudwin Always Comes Through In The “CLUTCH!”

Totally Committed To Charity, Happiness, & Family…Robert Boudwin Always Comes Through In The “CLUTCH!”
Last year, my wife and I were “people watching” while waiting to board a boat in Hawaii. Within minutes, we locked eyes on a couple that approached, probably because the man’s hair was dyed half green and red. As they got closer, we could see they were both sporting tattoos and were acting childlike, which for some reason didn’t seem to sit well with the dozens of retirement age people in line. Read More

An Entrepreneur Who Found The Spice Of Life ~ Then Made It Profitable

An Entrepreneur Who Found The Spice Of Life ~ Then Made It Profitable
Correct me if I’m wrong, but it’s probably a good bet that most people don’t expect to be approached by a young MALE entrepreneur at a WOMEN’S business conference. But, that’s exactly what happened to me a number of years ago and as a result, today I’m able to introduce you to my friend, Keith Lorren. Read More

If Your Situation Stinks, Perhaps You Should Adjust Your Syntax

If Your Situation Stinks, Perhaps You Should Adjust Your Syntax
Have you ever had the following happen? You’re life is moving along perfectly, and then SPLASH, you end up neck deep in a nasty mess? If that sounds familiar, it’s possible the issue wasn’t WHAT you did, but instead it could’ve been the ORDER in which you were doing it. Maybe you attempted to cross the river before building the bridge? Read More

One Mentor, One Mirror, and One Incredible Leadership Lesson

One Mentor, One Mirror, and One Incredible Leadership Lesson
Yes it’s true, even the best leaders can get off track. I know many who’ve admitted to losing sight of the mission, goals, vision, and perhaps even their purpose. It’s not pretty when someone who seemed to have it all together one day, can be so out of sorts the next. I know, because it happened to me almost two decades ago. Fortunately, I had a mentor who stepped in and got me headed in the right direction. Read More
Duane Cummings