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Igniting Greatness


Spirited Leadership
Pain is God’s megaphone.
C.S. Lewis

In the United States for many years, researchers found that the average age for the onset of depression was 27. Today it is 14. A recent study found that hospital admissions for suicidal thoughts and actions among children and teens doubled from 2008 to 2015.

What are we teaching our future leaders that is prompting this epidemic? Success at the cost of losing your credibility and soul? Bullies are to be tolerated? You are what you wear? Don’t rock the boat? More is better? Our attitudes and behaviors directly impact our kids and the future of business and the world.

The Harvey Weinstein yuk put me into a spin as I relived the intense shame and guilt of my own workplace Harvey experience. The incident was dismissed by leadership with “boys will be boys.” The “good news” is that we are bigger than what happens to us. Every experience has a purpose. I left that organization, went to Harvard and with faith and better choices changed the trajectory of my life by changing my definition of success.

Success is liking yourself,
liking what you do and
liking how you do it.

Maya Angelou

You are the smile someone needs. Your impact matters and is far reaching. The life you save could be your own.

Let’s create a brighter future for our kids and everyone starting now. Consider using the following questions as measures of success:

How many people did I encourage today?

In what ways did I show respect and inclusion?

How did I express appreciation and gratitude?

Did I consistently exhibit common courtesy and good manners?

How many meaningful conversations did I have today by putting my tech devices down and being truly present?

Did I have the courage and compassion to give constructive uplifting call-to-action feedback that ignited greatness?

How many dreams and possibilities did I affirm were doable?

Did others feel visible and valuable in my presence? Did I actually stop looking at my texts and emails and say “hi” on the elevator, in the office, at dinner and in the gym?

Whose burden did I ease?

Measure your success not by the things you collect,
but the lives you affect.

Joubert Botha

We have the power to stop the epidemic ... to create a brighter and happier future!

We are the difference makers!

Coaching Moments

Does your current definition of success benefit others? Please elaborate. If not, why not?

What three actions can you commit to taking that will make this world a better place for our future leaders and everyone?

YOU are the SMILE someone needs.

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Stop the epidemic of depression and suicide by mastering your impact. Take the #URImpact 31 Day Challenge daily for 31 days to be the difference maker.


Thank you so much for your energetic and motivating presentation. You are divine.

                                                   MONICA, Mesquite Independent School District

I don’t know what your destiny will be,
but one thing I do know:
The only ones among you who will be really happy
are those who have sought and found how to serve.

Albert Schweitzer

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