Does Your Business Have A First Strike Mindset?

Does your business have a first strike mindset? Navy Seal, Lt. Commander (Ret.), Brian "Iron Ed" Hiner, makes a powerful case for business leaders to adopt a "First strike" mindset in his book First, Fast and Fearless, How to Lead Like a Navy Seal. He explains: "Leadership is, first and foremost, a choice and a state of mind. You can and you must work to control your state of mind to be an elite leader. You don't leave things up to chance; you go on the offense." At first blush this may not sound like something that applies to running a business, but it is actually critical to achieving sustained growth. Any business that is not leading from the front, with a offense mindset, is by defi

How to Lead Like a Navy Seal

I recently finished "First, Fast, Fearless: How to Lead Like a Navy SEAL" by Brian "Iron Ed" Hiner. As we start the new year looking for ways to improve ourselves, our businesses and our families - I cannot recommend highly enough this book. I have read much in leadership from some of the best known authors out there and this book stands in class of its own because it is forged and tested in battle - in life and death moments. It is highly readable and will give anyone who wants to grow in leadership a wealth of food for thought, whether you apply it to business, family or any other leadership role. Check out the book on Amazon

Are You Setting Your Aim Too Low?

"The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark." - Michelangelo This quote from Michelangelo really captured my attention not only because of what he had achieved - but because he thought this way, in spite of what he achieved. In other words, his vision for himself was not to settle for what he had done in the past, but to continually work towards becoming the best he could be, which is a never ending and wonderful process of growth. Michelangelo's wisdom does not only apply for individuals, but for businesses. We see a tremendous parallel to this thought in Keith McFarland's book: "The Brea