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What do you do when your plans go sideways? When chaos and clutter are prevalent and the fog rolls in?

We’ve all been there. Some of us are there now.

We’ve all had moments or seasons where chaos reigns and we struggle to maintain focus and forward momentum. Stress rises. Things break. We freak out. Blood pressure rises. Distraction settles in and we feel stuck.

I love what President Eisenhower said about plans and planning. He said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” …


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“Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the future”

-Fly Like An Eagle — The Steve Miller Band

There are a few things true about time. Time is relentless. Time keeps moving. Time never surrenders and time is undefeated. We can try to accelerate or decelerate time but it does not work. Time just keeps right on ticking. As the Steve Miller Band said so poetically, “Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the future,” and that is how I often feel. Time is relentless.

A few years ago I started to define my One Word for the year. It was something I picked up from Jon Gordon, the author of The Energy Bus among other books, and something I’ve used to bring focus to how I frame up my year. It has been a powerful and sometimes entertaining process. It is interesting to look back at each year and see my One Word emerge as a constant theme throughout that year. …


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Remember Mr. Miyagi?

Yes, the “wax on, wax off” sensei from the Karate Kid movies that taught Daniel LaRusso how to defend himself against the dreaded Cobra Kai’s.

He was often seen pruning and grooming Bonsai trees while Daniel was off waxing cars and staining fences. The cool thing is there’s a key leadership lesson we can learn from Mr. Miyagi related to the Bonsai trees he meticulously took care of.

Did you know that Bonsai trees are not naturally tiny trees? They actually have the DNA to grow to all different sizes, but are limited on purpose.

Bonsai trees are placed in a “bon”, a small tray/pot, which limits the room the roots have to grow. The tree is actually pruned to be small and placed in an environment where growth is limited. Keeping it small is intentional and the “bon” constrains it from growing beyond the size of the pot. …


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It’s that time of year again.

For most of us, we gladly say goodbye to 2020 and a very unique, colorful and creative way.

As we start 2021, it’s a time for us to refocus and cast a new vision. It’s a time for us to reset and start fresh. It’s a time for us to envision how we make 2021 our best year ever.

Most of our energy is focused on what we want to “DO” in 2021. We work on resolutions and set new goals. Most of these are tied to things we want to start doing, keep doing or stop doing as we reset for the New Year. …


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I often get asked what makes up a high-performing team and how do I build one.

As leaders, we all aspire to build a high-performing team. We want our peers and boss to perceive our team as high performing. We want our team to not be just an average team but be a team others aspire to join and a team that delivers extraordinary business results.

We know there is a lot at stake. We know team performance is an indicator of how well we are doing as leaders. We know it reflects engagement, efficiency, productivity and other aspects that make a great team. …


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Did you know you are contagious?

I’m not talking about the latest sickness making its way around your home or anything related to COVID-19. I’m talking about your energy and your attitude.

Contagious means there is something spreading from one person to another by direct or indirect contact. This is how viruses spread but also how our personal attitudes and energy spread.

We are all contagious.

In fact, there is research from the HeartMath Institute showing that when you have a feeling it can actually be felt by other people up to (10) feet around you. This means that every day, whether you realize it or not, you are contagious and your energy is broadcast to all those around you, even through your Zoom video. …


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Remember learning how to do math back in elementary school? Remember learning about the order of operations? It was probably the first real advanced math we were introduced to. We learned addition and subtraction but now we were dealing with division, multiplication and having all of them in the same math problems. As a seven or eight-year-old, our minds were blown. I had the privilege of relearning this the past few months as my daughter experienced it for the first time. Needless to say, things were a little rusty.

Do you start on the left and make your way right? Do you start on the right and go left? Do you start with the parenthesis? The way you approach solving the problem has a direct impact on the result you get. Solve it the wrong way and you will get an unintended result. …


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There is an emerging currency for leaders.

This new currency has the ability to differentiate leaders and set leaders on an accelerated course towards success.

Think for a minute what currency is and how it is used. Currency is something you exchange for something that is valuable to your or needed by you. You exchange cash for your favorite latte at Starbucks or to fill your car with gas. Currency facilitates a transaction and results in you getting something valuable to you.

There is an emerging currency for leaders. There is an emerging currency for leaders that, if accumulated, can really start to separate and allow the leader to deliver more and more value. …


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Most great stories have a villain.

The villain is often the one who is plotting to do harm to the hero in the story.

Villains such as Thanos in The Avengers, Bane from The Dark Knight Rises, Darth Vadar from Star Wars, the Joker, Sauron or Nicholas Andre from Dumb and Dumber. The list goes on with the villain playing a specific role in the stories of our heroes.

There is also a villain we fight against as manager. …


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“Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the future”

-Fly Like An Eagle — The Steve Miller Band

There are a few things true about time. Time is relentless. Time keeps moving. Time never surrenders and time is undefeated. We can try to accelerate or decelerate time but it does not work. Time just keeps right on ticking. As the Steve Miller Band said so poetically, “Time keeps on slippin, slippin, slippin into the future,” and that is how I often feel. Time is relentless.

Time starved is how we often feel as organizational leaders. We often feel dominated by the tyranny of the urgent and can’t catch up. Work keeps piling on our desks and we come in every day just trying to survive and make it to the next day. …

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Corey Towe

Leader. Storyteller. My passion is to inspire and instruct others on how to go further faster and live their purpose.

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