Path To Peace and People To Walk It With

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“The path to peace requires courage, restraint, the willingness to listen, and an open mind.”

–     Roy H. Williams, “The Wizard of Ads” (b. 1958), in a recent Monday Morning Memo

Regardless of our path, it matters who we walk beside.

Today, The ‘Diff is a tribute to a handful of folks that make me better.  It also calls out a couple of tools that make a big difference for me (and thus, my clients).  I’d encourage you to check them out, ’cause I bet they’ll have the same effect for you.

Jodi Heston.  Mother to The Three, embodiment of tolerance and loyalty proved out over 21+ years and counting.  Better than I deserve, and Vegas won’t even put a line on how much better.  She’s the best event professional on earth.  Corporate incentive trips, association leadership, fundraisers, parties, recognition, you name it.  She’s creative, smart and gets sh** done, better than you knew you wanted it.  When I say “check her out,” I mean her work is worth a serious look.  If you don’t use Jodi, you’ll always wonder if your event would have been better.  And, yes, it would have been. Thanks for asking.

Seth Godin. I first met Seth nearly 20 years ago when we hired him to speak to clients.  I’ve read every post he’s made since that day, and 98.9% of them have impacted who I am and what I do.  

Marcus Buckingham.  In the late 1990’s a handsome guy sat next to me in First-Class on a United flight from Denver to Omaha.  He asked me, in a crisp British accent, 47 questions about the book I was reading.  It was a late Friday flight, and I was tired.  Stressed out, preparing to train some people on this cool book, I finally offered, as we deplaned at OMA — “Give me your card, I’ll send you a copy of the book,” thinking “since you’re so damned interested in it, pal.

“Oh, that won’t be necessary,” he replied in that perfect accent.  “I wrote it!”  DOH! 

Yep.  It was.  Marcus.  Freaking.  Buckingham!  Marcus was kind enough to have a few follow-up conversations and continue to write difference-making material for the next 20 years and counting.  His methods, philosophies, and approaches are foundational to leading well.

Roy, The Wizard, noted above. I’ve never met him, even though we lived a few miles apart in Austin.  Every Monday morning he connects me to a lot of the wiring that built my career, but that can get short-circuited by corporate hooey.  Read Roy’s book, Pendulum, for a compelling perspective on why we seem like we go through cycles in our society. (It’s because we do.)  Through Roy, I found Tim Miles.  Tim is a perfect blend of strategy, humor, Faith and common sense.  Again, I’ve never met him, but I feel like he’s right next door, and that he makes me better.

Oswald Chambers.  He died 102 years ago, but when I get it right, I start every morning with him.  And his Boss.  On days I don’t, I ain’t my best.

Patrick Lencioni.  Want to be a better leader?  Buy his books.  All eleven of them.  And then just do all the stuff he says to do in those books.  Oh, and don’t do the stuff he says not to.  There’s your MBA in bidness management, right there!  By the way, you could read all eleven of them in two weeks and not even have to stay up past bedtime.  They’re easy reads.  Easy in the way a 2×4 hits our noggin when we finally wake up and say, “Hmmmmmm…”

The Brothers Seeking Balance in MKE and The Iron Men in Austin, TX, along with the Friday Morning Crew in Waukee.  The band of Brothers and Knuckleheads with whom I’m closest. You boys know who you are, and I’d be toast without you.

The Harvard Business Review. Subscribe. Devour.  Contemplate. Debate. You will literally feel your influence and confidence growing.

The Bible. If you took away every other difference-maker on this list, this last one would be enough.  Thanks to the Author of this last one, though, I have the others.

Click some links and get you summa this stuff.  You have my word you’ll be glad you did.

 

 

 

 


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