My Way

April 11th, 2014

Years ago, I shared a les­son I called My Way with a group of won­der­ful clients who are in our Mas­ters’ Coach Pro­gram.  After years of work­ing with top per­form­ers in many roles and indus­tries, I came to real­ize that most of them have some set pat­terns in their lives. It’s their way of liv­ing life.

What these peo­ple do is that they at some point make an inten­tional deci­sion and then man­age their many dis­trac­tions, chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties, to exe­cute on that deci­sion repeat­edly until it becomes habit. They do this with dozens of things each and every day until these habits become their way of doing busi­ness and life.

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Dynamic Tension

March 24th, 2014

A lit­tle more than a decade ago, I had the priv­i­lege of coach­ing the CEO of First Hori­zon Home Loans who went on to become the CEO of First Ten­nessee Bank, Ger­ald Baker. As many of you know, Jerry is now a CEO Men­tor and Coach here at Build­ing Cham­pi­ons and he sent out this email to me and a few of his clients last week. I thought it was a great reminder and asked Jerry if we could share it with all of you.

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Redeeming the Time

March 7th, 2014

Time keeps on slip­pin’, slip­pin’, slip­pin’ into the future.” The Steve Miller Band’s Fly Like an Eagle isn’t just a clas­sic song, it relates to one of my great­est chal­lenges as an Exec­u­tive Coach — help­ing those I work with — to redeem their time. Life has a way of caus­ing us to become blind to the real­ity of the tick­ing clock. As a result, too many peo­ple are miss­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties and worse yet, deal­ing with regret.

Those who are the most present and fill their days with things that mat­ter are the ones on a quest to redeem their time. They are doing the most impor­tant work, not the most urgent.

Those who redeem their time are present at the main events of those who mat­ter most. They are tak­ing risks in their busi­nesses and lives that enable them to make an even greater dif­fer­ence. They know that today is the day! Read the rest of this entry »


Separate the Who from the What

February 28th, 2014

When a deal doesn’t go as planned with a friend or long-time client, when a boss or team­mate make a deci­sion that neg­a­tively impacts you, or when a fam­ily mem­ber doesn’t fol­low through, you are wise to try to sep­a­rate the per­son from the prob­lem. It’s not easy. Our gut reac­tion is to think we’re help­less in our cir­cum­stances and that the world is to blame. This kind of think­ing might make us feel relieved tem­porar­ily, but it doesn’t help us long-term. Instead, try sep­a­rat­ing the per­son from the prob­lem. In other words, the who from the what. Read the rest of this entry »


Coaching is for Top Performers

February 21st, 2014

When I first started Build­ing Cham­pi­ons back in 1996, very few busi­ness peo­ple knew what exec­u­tive or lead­er­ship coach­ing was. Now, two decades later, most top per­form­ers have worked with a coach or know of col­leagues who have.

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