Anything Worth Doing Is Worth Doing Badly

It’s an honor to introduce you to my creative friend, Darrell Fusaro. Darrell’s an accomplished painter whose works have exhibited side by side with Andy Warhol’s; an actor, who has performed his play, “The Basement,” on stages throughout Canada and the US; and who has appeared in television shows and commercials. He also cartoons weekly and is a Producer of the Emmy nominated Los Angeles news program, “Local Edition” that airs on CNN’s Headline News. Thanks Darrell for providing this guest post via i-ITALY.org.

EVERYBODY LOVES A HERO. Someone to look up to, whose success we admire and aspire to reach. They inspire us by their ability to have achieved success in areas that we ourselves hope to one day. They are living proof that our dream is attainable. “If they can do it, so can we!”

Unfortunately, for most of my life, heroes were a bummer. You see, I belong to a smaller group who are overwhelmed by the great accomplishments of others. Standing in awe of their success, we become intimidated. Surrendering to the belief that they possess a secret something we lack, we give up. Then we wander the earth condemned to live life alternating between regret for never having tried and resentful toward those who made it. Of course we tell ourselves it was only because…(CLICK HERE TO READ MORE).

It’s Your Choice To Be Great

Great organizations, great companies, and great people strive for more than just accumulating profits and piles of money.  They strive to serve and inspire their sphere of influence and become change agents for good.  It is your choice to be great, or not.

LEADERS ARE READERS: Strengths-Based Leadership by Tom Rath

For decades, Gallup scientists have researched the topic of leadership. They’ve surveyed a million work teams, conducted more than 50,000 in-depth interviews with leaders, and even interviewed 20,000 followers to ask what they admired in the most important leader in their life. The results of that research are unveiled inStrengths-Based Leadership.

Using Gallup’s discoveries, authors Tom Rath and Barry Conchie identify three keys to being an effective leader and use firsthand accounts from highly successful leaders – including the founder of Teach for America and the president of The Ritz-Carlton – to show how each person’s unique talents can drive their success. A new version of Gallup’s popular StrengthsFinder assessment helps readers discover their own special gifts, and specific strategies show them how to lead with their top five talents. Loaded with novel research, inspiring stories, and actionable ideas, Strengths-Based Leadership offers a new roadmap for leading people toward a better future.

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Great VISION minus Great PEOPLE equals IRRELEVANT


GreatVISION – GreatPEOPLE =IRRELEVANT

LEADERS ARE READERS: Extraordinary Comebacks – John A. Sarkett

The human spirit is among the most powerful and resilient forces on the planet, and the stories of these incredible people prove that, with commitment and perseverance, you can do anything! From daunting physical challenges to spiritual crises to utter poverty, these success stories of people young and old, rich and poor, famous and not-so-famous demonstrate the incredible strength inside all people to overcome unbelievable odds and make their dreams a reality.

Find inspiration in the triumphs of these and many other amazing people:

— Julie Andrews
— Georgia O’Keeffe
— Andre Agassi
— Wally “Famous” Amos

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7 Keys to Organizational Excellence

There are plenty of examples of bosses, leaders and organizations who fall short of their potential, and never meet the expectations of those in their charge.  Scott Adams has made a living pointing these folks out with his wildly popular Dilbert character.  Just as often, however, there are those who get stuck in a loop of inaction, for fear of falling short of perfection.  The pursuit of excellence, not perfection, should be the goal of every organization and leader.  With that in mind, here are 7 keys that will unlock the potential found in every organization.

1. Capture the hearts and minds of all team members & clients with a unique and compelling vision. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18

2. Encourage open communication between all levels of the organization.

3. Create partnerships between all team members built upon trust, equality, and sharing.

4. Drive learning into every nook and cranny of the organization.

5. Emancipate & reward the action of every team member to increase service and profits.  (Watch Dibert’s experience with rewards and bonuses before going on.)

6. Value an appropriate balance between work and family. The single greatest element of high-energy living is finding and respecting that “balance.”

7. Celebrate & have fun! When you stop laughing, you stop thinking. When you stop thinking, you stop learning.

Why Entrepreneurs & Execs Need an About.Me Profile

Can it be that it really is all about.me?  The battle wages on between LinkedIn, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, and legions of other social networking sites, blogs and URLs fighting for space in our cluttered minds and the limited real estate on our business cards.

Most of the entrepreneurs, executives and leaders we know spend more time than they’d like molding, grooming and trimming their online profiles in an effort to expand their sphere of influence, only to learn that the “friends” they’re trying to attract on Facebook are really spending their time growing circles on Google+.

With so many diverse friend groups and networks out there, and so little time, what do we do to stay organized and current?  After all, friends, clients and contacts have varying tastes and preferences: some may find LinkedIn to be boring, Facebook too causal, Twitter too superficial, and MySpace too far gone…add the URLs from corporate and personal websites to the mix and it just gets overwhelming. Why not leave it up to our friends, clients and contacts to choose how to reach us?

If only there were a simple, visually stunning, personalized landing page with just one unique URL that used hot-links and social media buttons to organize our online life like a business card on steroids.  Well, as it turns out, it really is all About.Me, where beautiful, free profiles simplify and de-clutter our online lives.  (Check out http://about.me/larrybroughton)

Head over to http://about.me to claim your unique About.Me handle before your name is snagged by someone else.  Once it’s secured, add the URL to your email signature block, share it on social networks, and use it to replace the jumble of other links and icons on your business cards too.  We give About.Me two thumbs up.

Watch this fun intro video on About.Me to learn more:

All about about.me from about.me on Vimeo.

MUST Read for Leaders! I Have A New Business Hero

Today’s Op-Ed piece in the New York Times by Greg Smith, who is resigning today as a Goldman Sachs executive director and head of the firm’s United States equity derivatives business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, has simply blown me away. I may have a new business hero!  If you ever wanted an explanation of why corporate culture is so vital to the organization’s success, read on.  No matter the size or nature of your organization, this truly is a “must read.”

Op-Ed Contributor

Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs

By GREG SMITH
Published: March 14, 2012

TODAY is my last day at Goldman Sachs. After almost 12 years at the firm — first as a summer intern while at Stanford, then in New York for 10 years, and now in London — I believe I have worked here long enough to understand the trajectory of its culture, its people and its identity. And I can honestly say that the environment now is as toxic and destructive as I have ever seen it.

To put the problem in the simplest terms, the interests of the client continue to be sidelined in the way the firm operates and thinks about making money. Goldman Sachs is one of the world’s largest and most important investment banks and it is too integral to global finance to continue to act this way. The firm has veered so far from the place I joined right out of college that I can no longer in good conscience say that I identify with what it stands for.

It might sound surprising to a skeptical public, but culture was always a vital part of Goldman Sachs’s success. It revolved around teamwork, integrity, a spirit of humility, and always doing right by our clients. The culture was the secret sauce that made this place great and allowed us to earn our clients’ trust for 143 years. It wasn’t just about making money; this alone will not sustain a firm for so long. It had something to do with pride and belief in the organization. I am sad to say that I look around today and see virtually no trace of the culture that made me love working for this firm for many years. I no longer have the pride, or the belief.

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FLASHPOINTS: Manipulation is Cheating…Not Leading

Manipulation is Cheating Not Leading.


Receiving praise, expanding your influence, and winning friends & allies is a lot simpler than you think—and you don’t need a weekend workshop or bestselling book on manipulation to find out how.  Here it is: hard work, integrity, and authenticity are all it takes to make lasting friends in business and life.  A strategic mind, awesome resume’, and nice headshot don’t make you the person people want to be around and endorse – it’s all to do with your attitude and actions.  By embracing this reality, remaining true to yourself, and selflessly serving others along the way, you’ll forever be able to count on those you’ve met on your journey to stand with you in crisis.  Are you the kind of leader and friend people fall in love with?