Archive for the ‘Remarkable’ Category

But What About But?

January 7, 2008

No Excuses

 Photo from Flickr.

I’ve read and heard several places that the word but, is an acrostic for

Behold the



And I’ve told many people about the fact that but is like an eraser – it erases whatever comes before it – and what follows is the real truth.

Today I read a WONDERFUL blog post about BUT. Titled Is Your But Too Big?, it comes from the Millionaire Mommy Next Door blog (thanks to Lifehacker for the tip.).

 If you want to get on, and stay on your road towards your goals, resolutions and realize your version of Remarkable, read this post (perhaps often).

Make a Remarkable Decision

January 2, 2008

This post comes with a tip of the hat to Seth Godin, who wrote the post that led to this one.

 Seth concludes the post by asking “Why not be great?”

Of course, I would beg to modify question, but not necessarily the sentiment.

Why not be remarkable?

This is the perfect question to ask yourself every day, in every meeting, as you look at any leadership task, as a parent, (need I go on?).

I plan to ask myself this question every day, and I urge you to do the same.

Create Remarkable Resolutions!

December 31, 2007

26 Questions

Some will argue for New Year’s Resolutions, others against.  The one argument is that people are actually thinking about their future and considering making changes for the better.  The Glass-is-half-empters are citing a variety of statistics as to how few people make good on their resolutions.

I sit solidly in the first camp.  Even if not every resolution is kept, the process is valuable.  What I have done is created a tool to help people look at the past year to harvest the lessons and learning, and use that information to project a future filled with remarkable results.

This tool is designed around 26 questions – 13 to reflect on the past and 13 to project into the future.

I’ve made this tool available for free and am blogging some of my answers to these questions, one day at a time.   You can learn more about this project, by reading the first post from December 18th. I will begin with the projection questions starting tomorrow.

 All of this activity is important for us as individuals, but as leaders we can leverage from this as well.

You can take advantage of people’s tendency to make resolutions to get people thinking about the future, new actions and different results more easily during this time of year.  You can also use the questions with your team to help them both learn and plan more effectively – for the benefit of them as individuals and the organization collectively.

Another Definition of Remarkable

December 27, 2007

Seve MartinI’ve been a fan of Steve Martin since the King Tut and arrow-through-the-head days. Now, I can’t wait to read his new book, Born Standing Up (I bought it for my son for Christmas, and I told him to read quickly!)

I’ve always felt he was smart and talented in so many ways, and this quote from his recent interview with Charlie Rose, proves my point.

At the very end, he gave his advice to someone who’s trying to make it in any field: “Be undeniably good.”

“When people ask me how do you make it in show business or whatever, what I always tell them — And nobody ever takes note of it ‘cuz it’s not the answer they wanted to hear. What they want to hear is here’s how you get an agent, here’s how you write a script, here’s how you do this — But I always say, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.” If somebody’s thinking, “How can I be really good?”, people are going to come to you. It’s much easier doing it that way than going to cocktail parties.”

I believe that Martin’s concept of undeniably good is much like my concept of remarkable.  Since we are focusing in leadership (and not stand up, for example), I might have used slightly different wording. Really, though, I’d only make one addition –  all of us can be remarkable if we work from who we are, not patterning ourselves after someone else, but truly becoming  our own version of of remarkable.

Will it require work?  Of course it will – but when head towards the destination from our strengths, and move confidently knowing it is possible, our path will be easier and more enjoyable.

Thanks to 37Signals for the quotation.

What is Your Biggest Question About Remarkable Leadership?

September 25, 2007

I’ll answer your question on  Thursday September 27 at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT, when Joe Farcht will be facilitating a live teleseminar that will be based entirely on questions submitted to us.

The website will pose this question:

What is your most important question about developing “Remarkable Leadership” in your life and work?

I look forward to hearing your question, and hopefully answering it (if it is one of the questions chosen from the many that have been submitted) on Thursday night!

Go here to submit your question and register for this free, live event.