Self-Leadership Precedes Team Leadership

Day 2 of the Building Champions Experience began with a simple message and principle: “Self-leadership precedes team leadership”. In other words, I can’t lead, sell, operate or be effective in my business if my personal life is not properly aligned to my priorities. I can’t lead those I love and serve with the energy and passion that is needed if I’m failing to lead myself.

Life Plan

Opening Night 2014 Experience

The Building Champions Experience opened last night with a wonderful message from coaches Daniel Harkavy and James Allison. The theme of their message was that taking the time to reflect, plan, and connect is a unique gift that we must accept and maximize if we are to live and lead with purpose.


The Building Champions Experience

BCE2014This week I will be in Sunriver, Oregon where my company will be hosting the Building Champions Experience. This four day event attracts leaders from across the nation and provides them with time, space, and coaching to help them reflect on their life and business, plan for the year ahead, and connect with other like-minded professionals.

I will be blogging from the event, providing my readers with a daily recap of key take-aways and experiences. You can follow the event on social media as well:

Twitter Hashtag: #TheBCE


I look forward to seeing clients and all the wonderful professionals at this year’s event.

I’m excited to be speaking to the wonderful loan officers at NW Mortgage Group during their quarterly sales meeting. I will be speaking on boundaries, high-payoff activities, and how to live, lead, and serve with greater purpose.

Date: September 10, 2014
Event: NW Mortgage Quarterly Loan Officer Meeting
Topic: Freedom Through Boundaries
Sponsor: NW Mortgage Group
Venue: George Fox University, Portland Campus
Location: Portland, OR
Public: Private

Developing A Long-Term Perspective

While being in the present is important, you must take time to reflect on the bigger picture. You must not lose sight of your overall strategy and plan for your life and business. Failure to do this can very quickly lead to feeling overwhelmed and anxious. Two feelings that will kill productivity and purposeful living and leading.

Long-Term Perspective

How To Be A Proactive New Team Member

Being the new team member in an organization can be stressful and overwhelming. The desire to fit in, make a difference, and not commit too many “newbie” mistakes can cause stress and sleepless nights. One area where I see many new team members struggle is having a reactive vs. proactive mindset and approach to their new organization.

New Team Member

Henry CloudProactive people show you what they love, what they want, what they purpose, and what they stand for. These people are very different from those who are known by what they hate, what they don’t like, what they stand against, and what they will not do.

Dr. Henry Cloud
Boundaries (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1992), 98

How To Set And Keep Boundaries

Without boundaries you will never be able to live and lead with purpose. Without boundaries you will begin to drift and lose control of your life. You will find yourself feeling like a “slave” to those you serve and eventually will begin to resent them and their needs. The late nights, going the extra mile, and always putting the customer first will lead to burnout, stress, and strained (potentially broken) relationships.

Stone Boundaries

“Three Questions Every Leader Must Answer to Avoid the Drift”
by Michael Hyatt

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This Is Your LIfe LogoIn this timely podcast Michael explains how easy it is to slowly start drifting through life rather than living with purpose and what you can do to make sure this does not happen.

We all desire to have a significant influence on those we love and serve, but what do we do when we wake up one day and life is nothing like we thought it would be?

Michael poses three questions that all leaders must ask in order to avoid the drift:

  1. How do I want to be remembered?
  2. What is important to me?
  3. What single brave decision will I make today?

Make it a great day!

Coach Dan