Want success? Take these five steps and reap huge rewards!

It doesn’t matter if you are trying to achieve personal success or you are a corporation trying to reach your peak performance potential; using the five step SPEAR method will greatly increase your chances of successful goal attainment. It’s simple to understand simple to use, and best of all, the highest achievers and most successful companies all do the same things.

Like the tip of a spear, the power of any great plan is getting to the point. What is the exact result you hope to achieve? Your goal should be focused, detailed, and clear enough so that anyone reading it understands exactly what your objectives are.

Set a Goal
It doesn’t matter who you are; top-level athletes, successful business-people and peak performance achievers in all fields use goal setting strategies. Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your ability to acquire knowledge and helps you to manage your time and your resources so that you can get the...

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Is This Meeting Really Necessary?

In offices and boardrooms all over the world you can hear the groans...another meeting?! It doesn't matter if the company is large or small; many people would agree that on a whole, most business meetings are not productive. In fact, they suck!

There's nothing more wasteful than having a meeting just because you had it scheduled, or because it’s an excuse to get together and socialize. If it's the latter, call it what it is and don't hold a meeting. Schedule a get together, lunch, or some social function after business hours.

Business meetings are not social functions. They are serious "business" functions. When you treat meetings in a lackadaisical manner, so will everyone else. You might as well serve drinks and hors d'oeuvres!

Don't just have a meeting for the sake of meeting. Some companies have a standing weekly or monthly meeting just because they think they must do it. This is often based on either some cultural aspect of group interaction or possibly even an issue of...

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Is There a Place for Love in the Workplace?

I recently attended my daughter’s high school graduation from a Catholic girl’s school. The salutatorian and valedictorian both talked about “love” for their fellow students, the bonds that were formed between the classmates, and their mission to take this power out into the world as graduates. I’m very spiritual but not particularly religious. In fact, the quality of education was the main deciding factor in sending daughter to the school that I did. But, I was so pleasantly struck by the fervor that these girls had in caring for one another and their fellow humans. This was a product of religious focus in their education and it made me think about all of the challenges that business professionals face in the workplace. I wondered if the practice of love was similar to a technique that I have used in business.

Over my career, I’ve successfully practiced the art of “appreciation” to help influence my interactions with others that I...

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Who Are You Leading?

There’s an old saying, “leader of one, leader of many, if you can’t lead one you can’t lead any.” If you are not leading yourself, someone else is leading you…and it may not be the person or people that you want! Being a good leader in business or in life takes a lot of hard work as well as a conscious effort of self-development.

There are some people that are naturally talented when it comes to leadership. For most of us however, it's a skill that needs to be developed. The good news is that anyone can develop the skills necessary to become be a leader.

Unfortunately, most people aren't willing to pay the price it takes to get there. People want things quickly and that's not the way it works in leadership. It takes a sense of purpose and patience. Becoming a good leader doesn’t happen in a day.

You don’t read a book on leadership or go to a seminar and all of a sudden become a good leader. It takes effort to learn and to grow....

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