Global Leadership Summit: My Personal Leadership Development Recharge

Global Leadership Summit personal leadership developmentNothing recharges my personal leadership “batteries” like the Global Leadership Summit, founded by Bill Hybels, lead pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Chicagoland.

I’ve attended the Global Leadership Summit for 13 years at one of the first live videocast locations – Kentwood Community Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where I served on the pastoral staff for 10 years.

2011 Global Leadership Summit Speakers

The 2011 Global Leadership Summit happens this Thursday and Friday, August 11 and 12, and features some of the top leaders in the business, education, government, and compassion arenas who will share their real-life strategies for personal and organizational turnaround, including: [Read more…]

The Secret to Success

Secret to successAre you still searching for that “one thing” that will guarantee your success?

Seems like just about everyone is searching for the “one thing.” I’ve been there myself, too. Thinking that if I just bought this one product, then my problems would be solved.  Or if I attended this one certain event or conference, then I’ll have what it takes to be a success. Or if I took this one step or action then all my dreams will fall into place.

But it doesn’t work. At least, it hasn’t worked yet for me. And why not? [Read more…]

Defining Success: Is it the Destination or the Journey?

Do you define success as the destination or the journeyWhen you think about what success looks like in your life, do you tend to define success as the reaching of your desired destination (in other words…achieving your predetermined goals)?  Or do you think about enjoying success in the journey too?

I’ve known of people – you probably have too – who worked hard all their lives, made a lot of money, and couldn’t wait for the day when they could retire and finally enjoy time off and all the fun, happiness and fulfillment they thought their money and time could provide.

But when they finally did reach that destination and achieve that goal, they were greatly disappointed.  Why?  Because the happiness and fulfillment they thought they’d find doesn’t always magically appear when a goal is achieved.  It is also accumulated, little by little, along the way.

Sadly, some people give themselves totally to a dream of happiness and fulfillment in the future and miss the opportunity to enjoy happiness and fulfillment right here, right now. [Read more…]

About Mentors: What Do You Need and What Do You Know?

I’m in Phoenix this week for work, and one of my favorite places to eat whenever I’m in the sunny southwest is In-N-Out Burger.

In fact, most of the time, In-N-Out is my first stop after getting off the plane whenever I go to Phoenix, LA or San Diego. And it’s usually the last stop before heading back home.

In-N-Out Burger’s menu is very simple.  It only has six items on it:

  • Hamburger
  • Cheeseburger
  • Double Cheeseburger (called a Double Double – my favorite)
  • Fries
  • Soft Drinks
  • Shakes

I had been happily eating my Double-Double, fries and a Coke for years, when a friend of mine asked me if I knew about In-N-Out’s secret menu.

“Secret what?” I asked.  “Secret menu,” he replied. [Read more…]

Unleash Your Creativity to Change Your Life

unleashing your creativityIf you want to change your life, learn how to unleash your creativity.  So says Dan Perini,  author of Rhyming with Orange:  A Workbook for Unleashing Your Creative Potential to Change Your Life and World.

Perini is also the world’s first professor of creativity at Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, Michigan (one of my alma maters).

So how does creativity help you change your life?  Perini says “Creativity teaches you how to think. So when you come across any problem, you know how to solve it.”

And in today’s world, with a million choices and voices around us, people need to know how to think, choose for themselves, solve problems, and create opportunities.  The more creative we are, the better we’re able to handle those situations, according to Perini.

How do you become a creative person when you feel as though you do not have a creative bone in your body? How do you generate ideas when you cannot come up with a single one? How do you resist fear, perfectionism, and self-doubt to complete a creative endeavor? [Read more…]

Personal Growth Roundup for Feb. 12

On Saturdays, I offer a weekly roundup of posts from other blogs on the topic of money, personal growth, and work-life balance.

Here are some that I found interesting this week:

And here’s a recap of what we talked about here at Life Compass Blog this week:

Thanks for being a reader here at Life Compass Blog.  I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day on Monday.