value oriented actions

January 12, 2010


Values are a tricky thing. You can tell yourself and others that you value something, but if your actions don’t reflect it, it really doesn’t matter to you. For example, if you say that you value saving money, but your savings account has the amount in it as it did five years ago, you probably […]

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blog rebrand

January 11, 2010


After a long hiatus on the blogosphere, I’m finally ready to unveil my new rebranded blog. The new hour9 blog will be more specifically focused on providing reading material for leaders, like myself, who are either starting their careers in leadership or desiring to obtain some concrete tools or skills to take them to the next level. […]

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make your life “more than”

November 3, 2009


Recently, I caught the new documentary More than a Game showcasing LeBron James and his high school teammates journey through school and life. Though the movie is advertised as spotlighting LeBron, it’s actually much more about his teammates and his coach. LeBron is one of the best players in the NBA and one of the […]

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The ultimate connector

October 22, 2009


Life and leadership is about connecting. To make the greatest impact and influence on people you have to be able to connect with them and connect them to others. Though connecting may seem like an easy thing, most people mistake conversing or a fun, positive conversation as connecting with someone. That’s not how connecting works. […]

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What is flat leadership?

October 16, 2009


A lot of people who study management or leadership have been talking about this idea of “flat” leadership: a leadership structure within an organization that carries no hierarchies or fancy titles. Initially, this idea drove me crazy; a structure with no hierarchies?! How can this be?! My mind couldn’t get wrapped around the idea of people […]

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What’s integrity to you?

October 16, 2009


We’ve all heard it before, integrity. It’s actually an extremely nebulous word if you really sit down and think about what integrity means to you and how you see it portayed on a daily basis.  Two bloggers that I follow, Bret Simmons and Mary Jo Ausmus, recently posted on the topic of integrity, how to […]

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Happy Birthday Coach Wooden

October 14, 2009


Today is the 99th birthday of one of my favorite leaders of all time. Though I don’t know him personally, his coaching philosophy, his pyramid of success and endless amounts of quotes have impacted my life greatly. His life and leadership have transcended time and crossed paths with just about every industry whether coaching or […]

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