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Own it!

Have you ever heard the term, “buzz word”? A “buzz word” is defined as a word, term, or phrase that is trendy or popular in a particular context or place in time.

More often than not, these “buzz words” are not just made up into existence. Usually, these terms already exist; but a sudden re-purposing of them causes a rise in popularity – often to the point where the original use is no longer used or even known to others!

GroovyFor example, think of the term “groovy”; you might hear this word and think of the 1960’s or 70’s when people used it to mean something is “cool” (yet another buzz word) or fashionable. Because that’s when it really caught on and became a popular term, or
became a “buzz word”!


You may be surprised to knoneedle-on-record-playerw that the term “groovy” actually originated in the 1920’s!

It was used by jazz musicians to refer to music that was played with a certain “finesse“. The term was based from the phrase “in the groove,” which was used to describe the way a needle on a record player followed the grooves of a record to produc e sound.

Neat, huh? And probably pretty different from what you originally thought about the word “groovy”. That’s how powerful “buzz words” can be! Their surge in popularity can completely change the connotation of a pre-existing term!

Every generation or season has different buzz words. Some come and go; and others have lasted through the ages. I don’t remember the last time I actually heard the term “groovy” used like it was in the 70’s; but people still use the term “cool” (and I don’t mean temperature), despite it’s origin dating all the way back to the 40’s!

If you haven’t been inspired by any buzz words or phrases in the past, consider this one: OWN IT!

nikeNike started the “Just do it!” campaign back in 1988, and it is still part of their campaign 25 years later. Why? Because it held us accountable and made us responsible for making us “OWN” our decision to exercise and lay aside all excuses. Wow!

The same principal needs to be true in all that we do as leaders.  We need to “OWN IT!”

But what exactly does it mean to “own it”?

Taking ownership of something is when we take full undisputed responsibility of it from beginning to end; no exception, no excuses. Just like Nike’s renowned 2-word campaign!

The phrase Own It in magazine letters on a cork notice board

Your life, your choices, your legacy; OWN IT!

Your responsibilities, your titles, your career; OWN IT!

“Own it” leaves no room for being a victim to your own choices or failures. Even if  you reach part of your journey where something happens that is beyond your control; you must still “own” that situation and figure out the next step and move on.

The only true failure is in giving up.

You need to OWN your choices in order to create your OWN legacy.

Every choice has it’s own voice. What do your choices say?

It is my desire to inspire you to “own” everything you do on your journey to create AWCL. Consider the voices of the choices you make, what they say about you and your legacy, and always remember to OWN IT!


3 Powerful Lessons on Leadership I Learned from Rocky

I must confess, I am a big Rocky fan!

Not as in rocky road ice cream but Rocky Balboa, the boxer played in the ‘Rocky’ movies by Sylvester Stallone.

rockyThe writers of this champion-birthing series crafted Rocky’s journey to make us love him and deeply relate to the personal ups and downs of an undeniable leader in his boxing world.

I was caught up and inspired again by “Creed”, the 7th movie in the ‘Rocky’ series where Sylvester Stallone (Rocky) finds himself training his former rival and friend, Apollo Creed’s son as a young boxer.

In the movie, Rocky is old and out of shape. He is looked on fondly by many as once a great fighter and leader but not anymore.

What he doesn’t realize, at the time, is that though a leader’s body may age, their heart does not. Read More→

How to Avoid Burnout Whether You Are A “Yes” Person or “No” Person

We all have our internal defaults. What are yours?

Is your glass half full or half empty? In your mind, are people innocent until proven guilty or guilty until proven innocent?

Think about it.

What about when it comes to the words “yes” and “no”? What is your default?

Will you automatically say yes to almost any situation until you feel like you are physically unable? Do you still try to avoid saying no even if that is a case? Are you a yes person? Read More→

The Right Time to “Bow Out” as Leaders

Leadership comes in many forms, but regardless of who you are leading, relationships play a substantial role.


As leaders in management: the objective is to train others to be the best employees possible for the company. This cannot be accomplished without the employees having healthy relationships with the people they work with, the work they are given, and their lives outside of work. Read More→

How Do You Define Collaboration?

Collaboration can be defined as working jointly with someone that we do not currently know well to achieve a desired endeavor of importance or impact.

Collaboration can also be defined as willingly assisting the enemy of a country or purpose to prevent them from succeeding.

So Sweet

Interesting that this word can be defined as both a great help and a great hinderance, right?

Let’s break it down.

Co – working together

Lab – effort or experience

Or – or

Action – movement with purpose

When we collaborate with others, we are actually doing both sides of the definition.  We are collaborating to achieve a desired outcome, while also collaborating to not have a different outcome.

Collaboration is a powerful business concept.  Yet, it seems like, with the corporate environment, it is hard to get people to truly collaborate.  They will work with you but not really collaborate.

When we collaborate we have a shared and/or equal effort and/or investment focused on the same outcome.

Here are 4 keys to building a collaborative team: Read More→

The Power of Asking – Voices of My Choices – Part 4

I don’t know where I am going, so I ask for directions.

I don’t know how to make the cake I just tasted, so I ask for the recipe.

I don’t know what to buy my spouse for their birthday, so I ask for suggestions.

Part 4All of that asking is needful, but there is a power of asking that is of a greater choice.  Asking for help for those deep areas of our life.  Heartbreak, financial dysfunction, physical weakness, spiritual dryness or many other life crisis’ or circumstances.

Some of us have been brainwashed that asking for this kind of help makes us less than, less capable, less reliable or less valuable. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read More→

Why Words Have More Power in a Presentation Than You Think

DefinitionsIn case you have not noticed by reading some of my blog posts, I like definitions.  I like dictionary definitions, but I also like definitions that are birthed from knowledge and experience.

A great friend of mine is a wordsmith and a Minister of the Gospel.  She does an incredible job of defining biblical words by learning the dictionary definitions and then adding the understanding within the Bible on how it was used. She also mixes what she has heard and learned from God as a student of His Word.

When she defines a word from the Bible, you gain knowledge and understanding and therefore, the power to apply the meaning of the word within your everyday life.

I love definitions because they are tools available for future use in decisions, counseling, evaluation or negotiation.

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3 Considerations If You Are In Management

How many times a day do you think you read, hear, or see the word management?  There are hundreds of blogs, courses, and classes pertaining to management.

In my many years of working within management in corporate life, I have personally sat in several dozen classes and even taught many, but my view of management has greatly changed over the last ten years.


Management, at one time, was a status symbol or stamp of approval that you have made it to a great level of accomplishment in your field of business. This is no longer true, though. Read More→

5 Keys to Heathy Compassion

CompassionWhat do you think of when you hear the word compassion? Does it make you think of people that work with those that are terminally ill? Or does your mind go to people that go to third world countries to help starving children?

But what do you feel in your heart?  Compassion is one of our senses, like hearing or speaking, but we can dull that sense if we are not aware of what can cause this to happen.

We can do the same to all of our sense’s without realizing it.

For example, listening to loud music too much dulls the sense of hearing. 
Speaking, without thinking first, dulls our ability for impactful speaking. Read More→

Embrace the Power of “Unlearning”

UnlearningDo you love to learn? Big things. Small things. I love to learn new things.

Do you feel the same about unlearning?

I recently got a revelation that as hard as learning is, unlearning is much more difficult. It is like learning to drive in reverse for miles and miles. It is hard, and it takes focus and determination.

Over the years, I have learned these 3 keys to unlearning, and I want to share them with you. Read More→