This story is often attributed to Chinese leader, Chou En Lai, and has been rewritten in multiple forms by authors unknown. As the story goes, there was once a farmer and his only son in the days just before the Civil War. Having only one horse, the farmer and son worked long hard days, sun up to sun…

While coaching clients and executives, I often utilize this simple model to help people to the next level of performance. If you want to improve on a particular aspect of your life, you must have a balance of Focus, Will and Capability. Let’s look at golf for a moment. To hit the perfect shot, consistently,…

We all have things that we have done and we all have some things left undone. Ask yourself the question:  Why have I started and completed certain goals, actions, or tasks in my life? Now ask the next question: Why have I not yet completed certain goals, actions, or tasks in my life? I remember…

How many new people have you met in the past 30 days? How many people have you known for over a year and you have just discovered something new about them? The older I get, and hopefully the wiser I become, I have learned to appreciate that when I take the time to seek, learn and…

Unlike sports, we do not always have to keep score with the things we do for others. Have you heard this line before? 
“Hey, I helped you….now you have to help me.” It’s tough to keep track and know if it is even or balanced….does it have to be? In the world of life and…

I have the good fortune to know and work with many organizations and within each organization there are great people at all levels, titles and positions. What is very cool for me is that by taking the time to build relationships for keeps with people at all levels I discovered many of these great people….

Guest blog by Nicolle Germain, MBA As you sit here today on a hopefully sunny, warm Thursday reading the latest X5 blog, I will challenge you to reflect on your current life and your habits – both professional and personal. Habits are things we all have – whether they are good or bad. Perhaps drinking…

Guest Blog by Kelsey Jones When businesses and individuals are trying to up their game when it comes to marketing, many may hire a consultant or outside professional; others may buy a ton of marketing books on Amazon, only to never open them as they collect dust on a bookshelf on their office. There is a…

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