Lead Face to Face

28 February, 2011 18:04

February 28, 2011
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Along the rough patches of your life, and the clear paths too, there are significant people and cheerleaders who help you make things happen. When I wrote my book, mom supported me as she always has, and it’s been her continual encouragement that has allowed me to be who I am today. Now that I’m a husband, father, and business owner I hope I can leave a legacy like my mother has, and impact lives.

The last chapter of my book is titled Legacy, because its just that important.

Who is it that has impacted and influenced your life for the better? And how will you impact the lives of others? In leadership, parenting, life, and business, you can lead and mentor others. Giving back, is something you can do in your daily work.

Thanks mom!


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The business of books

February 18, 2011
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Writing a book is a whole lot different than running a business. But the book industry is a business in itself, and the process of writing a book, having the discipline to put words on paper, and then publishing the book, is a specific step by step evolution.

So far, I’m about 90% through the process.

I’ve had meetings with my publisher. I’ve had conversations with them about websites, book marketing, and how to market and sell the book. But so far… I don’t have the book.

Right now I imagine the blank pages are waiting at the printing press. Soon the ink will hit the white paper, and all of my ideas, life experience, leadership knowledge and brainstorming from the past few years will come together.

Good news: my website just went live! All the puzzle pieces are falling into place. Visit http://www.readfacetoface.com.
I’d love your feedback.

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The Book

February 17, 2011
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My first book, Face to Face, was written for endodontists by an endodontist.  But my editor and others in my life keep reminding me that leadership is leadership, and business is business. So it’s really a book about leaders, for leaders. 

Wherever you fall on the Leadership scale, I wanted to help you enhance your skills. Because I’ve been there. 

I learned hard things, from hands on experience by building a business from the ground up. In the book I cover:

Learn how we unknowingly limit our businesses potential 

Becoming the leader that you were meant to be.

Making your practice a magnet for talented, committed staff.

Learning how to narrow your focus to create success.

Creating a culture of abundance.

Seeing yourself and your practice from a new and powerful perspective.

A portion of the sales proceeds will be donated to the AAE Foundation. Hope you like it!

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The Cost of Success

February 10, 2011
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Have you thought about the cost of the success you’re seeking?

You can earn more, but it’s going to cost you. It’s going go cost time, money, energy and resources. What’s your expectation of success? Will you measure it, to understand if you have achieved a certain outcome, or will you keep on chasing a moving target? “There’s nothing wrong with seeking success, but remember that it can be intoxicating. Just be sure to do two things before drinking the Kool Aid— Negotiate the price and identify the designated drivers.”

The designated driver is the responsible one. The one who takes on the burden of support for the rest of the team. Who is your designated driver? Who will you go to for accountability if you need serious, transparent advice about the direction you’re traveling? Who will step up when your drive, work hours, or vision spins out of control?

We all need designated drivers, because sometimes the road signs are hard to read.

Along the way I’ve known a lot of successful people who lost their way, and lost it all. They either paid too much attention to one thing (usually work) or too little attention to the important things. They let the priorities of family, health, and peace, take a backseat to the daily activities of life. They let their to do lists guide them. They spent too much time on the planning of it all and too little time living.

Reminds me of a story of a young man who worked his entire life to live the dream of becoming a professional airline pilot. He finally did achieve that dream, yet decades into a masterful career he failed his flight physical. In his quest for this dream, he had failed to take care of his health. He had led a sedentary lifestyle, and didn’t exercise at all. He smoked for decades. In the quest to achieve the dream he’d had since childhood, he neglected the all important steps to maintain and nurture that dream.

There’s nothing wrong with Success. But it’s important to determine what you’re willing to give up, in order to achieve it. And don’t forget to get your family and trusted friends in place, to be your designated drivers who will bring you safely back to reality when you need it ….

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