Are you getting a bit overloaded by tips and advice from everyone about how to be more effective?

There’s a lot of noise out there– and it is hard to differentiate what to read and what to listen to.

I don’t want to just be part of the “noise”.  I want to have a deeper impact.

This “Maximize Your Impact” blog you are reading started in December of 2013 as a result of reoccurring feedback from the leaders I was working with over the years.

At the end of a leadership workshop or a coaching engagement, many of my clients would comment about how inspired they felt to focus on their own development, not only as a leader, but in all areas of their lives.  They would also express their sincere desire to stay motivated and inspired yet confess how easy it was to lose sight of and focus on maximizing their own impact when the daily routines took over and reactivity set in.

“You should send us reminders to stay motivated,” several people suggested.

“Reminders to pause and think about the impact we are having…”

I took the suggestion to heart and did just that.  For nearly the past four years, I have been writing and sending out weekly posts intended to cause you to take a few moments out of your crazy busy life and think about your personal or leadership impact in any given area.  While leadership development workshops and executive coaching were the catalysts, these posts are not meant to be mere tactical suggestions about how to delegate more effectively or just tips to get promoted.  While I have indeed written posts on those sorts of topics, my intention is not to just provide simple solutions or the secret answers.

Instead, I want to tap into a different place – a place where you go deeper and take time to reflect about what behavioral choices you are making and who you are being in any given moment.

Beginning in September, I will be changing the format of this blog to have even greater impact.  It will be in a video format, and will be entitled: “The Power Portal”, with the same intention—to help you Maximize Your Impact in the World.

Viktor Frankl, an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist was a Holocaust survivor who wrote an incredibly profound book, “Man’s Search for Meaning” about his revelations from his experiences in a concentration camp.  He says something in the book that is the basis for not only “The Power Portal”, but for all the work I do with people.

“In between stimulus and response, there is a space.

In that space is our power to choose our response.

In that response lies our growth and our freedom.”


In other words, what happens to us, what are circumstances are, what people say to us, and the like, are stimuli.

Where our real power as a thinking human being lies is in being able to pause long enough to choose our reaction to the stimulus, whatever it is.

To pause long enough before we respond to think about who we are, who we want to be, and what is important to us, and to choose the behavior that is in direct alignment with that.

Our emotions, habits, and behaviors are often not in alignment with what we say we value and what we say is important.  Responding to a stimulus without pausing in that space to think about our own impact and alignment is where we tend to live on a daily basis.

My goal is to help you change that.  To help you summon the unlimited power you have at your disposal.  To help you live in the space between stimulus and response, and reflect more deeply about your own reactions to stimuli.

You don’t live in that space with four or ten tips.  You get there through self-reflection, setting clear intentions, and continual practice.

Leave me a note with your thoughts, reactions, and/or comments.  I always love hearing them.



If you’re interested in making some big changes—I have a special 2-day workshop coming up in Laguna Beach, CA on October 11 & 12. 

Spaces are limited–

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