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Simple Math

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Resolutions for Life

Let’s travel back in time to approximately 1501 – when the artist Michaelangelo was beginning to work on the statue of David. His raw material was an enormous block of marble that had been abandoned for twenty six years, left outside suffering damage from the elements & rejected by other artists as suitable marble for sculpting.

Michaelangelo, however, would later say that upon seeing it, he “saw” David and that it was his task to chip away all that wasn’t David, so that the finished project could emerge to be seen by others.

Continuing the subject of PDCA (Plan, Do, Check & Adjust), the question is often posed: are leaders born or are they made? I don’t know that we’ll be able to answer that fully in one, solitary post – but I believe that there’s a leader inside of each one of us – AND that, like the story of David, there are steps one can take to facilitate the chipping away, emergence and development of that leader.

The chisel, if you will, are resolutions (principles, values, maxims) that, when repeatedly studied, embraced and applied, can impact our character and leadership ability. One is “chipping away” all that isn’t conducive to #leadership.

Benjamin Franklin employed this method of self-improvement: drafting 13 value-statements, which he studied for a week each, running the cycle 4 times per year; checking the day’s conversations each night and awarding himself points when he succeeded in following each maxim, and subtracting points when he encountered failure in his quest (a PDCA process). And, after years of consistent practice, Franklin was able to buff & mold himself from an obnoxious, argumentative & opinionated man, to an individual who became the eloquent point-man during the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

Here are 2 examples of Ben Franklin’s virtues:

· Silence – Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation and edify others.

· Justice – Wrong no one by doing injury or omitting benefits that are your duty.

Here are several suggestions for kick-starting this resolutions exercise, for those of you who may choose to begin, or continue, this life-long learning process. I’ve facilitated this process by placing “appointment reminders” on my Outlook calendar with various resolutions chirping on my phone. The reminders serve as feedback and reinforcement for each resolution. Once read, I reschedule the lesson for a specific future date, for repetition and reinforcement:


· To choose character over reputation any time they conflict, knowing that character is WHO I am, while reputation is only what others SAY that I am.

· To have a positive attitude in ALL situations, knowing that my BELIEFS that determine my attitudes which lead to my results.

· To align my conscious ANT with my subconscious ELEPHANT mind. Knowing that ending that Civil War initiates the journey to success.

· To develop and DO a game-plan in each area of life, knowing that planning & doing are essential parts of the success process.

· To keep score in the game of life, knowing that the scoreboard forces me to check the score, confronting brutal reality to make adjustments in order to WIN!

· To develop the ART & SCIENCE of friendship, knowing that everyone needs a friend to lighten the load when life gets heavy.   

Those are a few “starters” and suggestions for your potential pilot Resolution program.
My personal list contains 6-7 more. Feel free to reach out via PM if you’d like the rest of that list in a PDF.

And . . . happy chipping!
(Material adapted from ’13 Resolutions for Life’, an audio program by Orrin Woodward)

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The GROWTH Cycle

The Growth Cycle is Plan – Do – Check – Adjust (a project methodology):

PDCA: Rotating that pattern over & over again in your life.

1. You’ve got to PLAN it: what is your plan to grow? In whatever you’re doing or whatever business you’re in: a business that’s not GROWING is DYING.

Source: LENS Effect, by Orrin Woodward

2. Then you have to DO the plan – because the best plans in the world are useless without action behind them – you’ve got to set the plan into motion.And every plan should have a predictor result: if we do this, this & this, we should get “X” result/outcome.

Let’s say you’re in sales: it might be to make 10 phone calls every morning. And this is an excellent way to deal with what I call “micro-failures”: small setbacks that can upset us & cease forward motion. Imagine the change if these setbacks are not processed as failures, but as learning experiences along the road to ultimate success.


  • 75 Phone calls
  • 20 appointments
  • 1st time % run in a manufacturing plant
  • A personal program of exercise
  • Improved relationships

3. You Check it: were the results predicted in step 1 achieved?

4. You Plan it, you Do it, you Check it – and once the results are in, you Adjust as needed. This is the point where most will throw in the towel and say something like “I tried; it didn’t work and I’m a failure.”

But let’s examine the example of Thomas Edison who, when trying to invent the electric light bulb, failed approximately 1000 times before his first success. Did he fail, or did he really just cycle the PDCA process one thousand times until he finally discovered the right combination of elements that worked? Whether Mr. Edison called it “PDCA” or not – he really was engaged in the Growth Cycle: Planning it, Doing it, Checking it & Adjusting it.

This will work In any business, in any community, in any family:
“Man we wanna’ improve our family time & the relationships in our family”;

Great: Set a plan – Do the plan, Check the results & Adjust as necessary.

Imagine if you now wear the PDCA LENS so that every time you adjust your plan it’s not seen as a failure – but simply as another way that didn’t work – on the way to the eventual plan that does!

And then envision what your world would look like if you PDCA’d every area of your life: Business, Family, Spiritual, Health, Fitness & Finances. __________________________________________________________________

Materials excerpted from ‘The LENS Effect’, by Orrin Woodward

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What We Built During Lockdown . . .

As we emerge from the #COVID19 lock-down & look back — what metric(s) can we use to determine our effectiveness during #QuarantineLife?

Did you change or tweak a few habits?     What weve Built
Did you begin an exercise program?
Did you improve your skill sets & marketability?
Did you get done all the things you wrote down to do?

Here’s some of we’ve done @ LIFE Leadership; we’ve been building a “Super App“!

The LIFE “Super” (meaning multiple platforms) App combines a Pandora-like #Leadership Radio program, a University approved Financial Fitness curriculum, discounts on the Zoom online audio & web conferencing platform/App for educators & a Marketplace payment platform that builds both cash & virtual currency for the user — all secured via blockchain technology.

. . . and here it is:
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Super App Graphic

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Are ‘Super Apps’ the Future?

By Betsy Atkins I Article

According to the Mary Meeker internet trends report, 51% of the world (3.8 billion people) are internet users, an increase from 49% (3.6 billion) in 2017. Smartphones are the primary internet access point for many people across the globe; emerging markets in remote geographies are a mostly untapped market for tech companies.

New trends are emerging that are closely tied with the growing number of internet users. Some of these major trends were described by Hans Tung of GGV Capital at the 2019 Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference.  Super Apps

Real-time example:
The LIFE Super App (video)

Here are my learnings and takeaways:

For the past 20 years the model coming out of Silicon Valley has been the “single purpose” app. As the name suggests, these apps are single purpose and focus on solving one consumer pain point and have a clear, easy to use interface. These apps are built to be scalable at the global level with architecture that enable them to expand globally without changing much.

However, over the last 5 years there has been a new trend of “Super Apps” coming out of China. China has a rapidly growing, high density, urban middle class population that has enabled tech companies to capitalize on a “leap frog” effect.

Consumers embrace companies that are able to provide a service with a clear and intuitive interface; that service is then augmented by adding other services/functions. This encourages other merchants to want to partner with the app and provide their services on the app as well. Chinese users are accustomed to seeing a busier interface and appreciate the “one stop shop”. Users will be very loyal to an app that is easy to use, friction free, functional, provides good services and allows for a multifaceted experience. An example of a Super App would be an app where you can order your groceries, book travel, and buy a concert ticket all in one place.

This “Super App” creates an ecosystem where the user’s time is monopolized and there is no need for them to use a variety of apps.  The Super App model is rapidly growing in emerging markets such as India, South America and Southeast Asia. The US/Silicon Valley model is to grow vertically and go global. The focus of these super app companies is to aggressively expanding horizontally and dominate a specific geography.

The emerging markets present the opportunity for digitally born companies to thrive. There is no outdated infrastructure to overcome in these markets – everything can be built and tailored to a new generation of internet users.

Many of these emerging markets (i.e. China) are densely populated areas which has spurred another new trend: the “group purchase model”. This has the potential to be a major macro trend and is worth looking into and understanding.

In developing urban areas (often in China in the 2nd and 3rd tier cities) there is an eruption of urbanization. You will see 20-30 buildings in a cluster, each building with 30-60 floors, each floors with 6-12 units per floors. This is an instant community of about 10,000 people. It becomes much easier to efficiently deliver goods to this one cluster (where there may be several thousand people receiving the same good). A dominant Super App enables the “group purchasing” model in these highly dense areas. Hans Tung from GGV articulates these trends in this video.

The developing super apps and “group purchasing” model trends are also spurring a new era in the payments space. In China it is nearly impossible to pay for anything with a credit card, everything is done through mobile payments. Anecdotally it has been said that beggars on the street in China will have a mobile payment QR code so donors can give charity via a mobile phone. Every mom and pop shop will have a mobile payments account set up. It is difficult to find anyone who wants to accept a credit card as payments as they do not want to incur the transaction fees. Legacy credit card companies such as AmEx, Visa, and MasterCard would be well served to consider how mobile payments may disintermediate their user base across all geographies. More smart mobile payment apps will continue to emerge with much lower transactional fees.

The world is becoming a smaller place as more and more people are becoming internet users. These developing geographies are untapped markets – digitally born companies who understand the needs of these consumers are racing to become to become category winners as larger legacy companies are too slow to meet the rapidly increasing demands of these markets.

As you consider your boards’ products, it would be very valuable to ask management to explain their plans to participate in these rapidly dominating new trends of group purchasing, digital payments, and emerging market Super App dominance.

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The Financial Matrix (pinned post)

The Financial Matrix, like the fictitious Matrix in the film, is a system of governmental money control designed to keep people in bondage to debt (control the flow of capital & you control the masses & a culture of borrowing).

This eight minute video peels back a few layers of the onion and, more importantly, offers real-time solutions.

The Financial Matrix 2


The Financial Matrix

Red or Blue

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LLR Corporate Subscription overview (pinned post)

LLR Corporate Development

The LLR Corporate Development Program (overview)

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Motivate & Manifest

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Legacy Leadership

Build a legacy that outlives the oldest grandfather’s grandfather in the line of succession!

Legacy #Leadership

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& Hurdles.

How do we process , respond & move on from them?

I was rewatching the classic Zack Snyder film, 300 (about the Greek King Leonidas & the 300 Spartan soldiers that held off the 100,000 horde of King Xerxes at the Hot Gates) and was struck by the way they recovered from the enemy’s attack.

At a key point in the film, after defeating many in Xerxes army in hand-to-hand combat, Xerxes unleashes what appear to be 10,000 arrows at the Spartans – so many that the sky is darkened by the airborne arrows themselves. The Spartan army quickly moves into a formation where they’re covered by their collective shields (each man’s shield buttressing the one on his right & left). A moment or 2 after the arrows have fallen, many of them embedded in the Spartans’ metal shields, a general gives the command to “RECOVER!”.

Each soldier then stands up, holds his shield in front of him and, with his sword, cuts the wooden shafts of the arrows off close to the shield. He is now ready to do battle once again.

Note that they don’t complain, whine or become distracted by the attack. They endure it and then . . . recover.

They display resilience:

  • They’ve defined what matters most to their organization: in their particular case, defending their Spartan homeland.
  • They’re aware of the risks involved (it’s a 300 vs. 100,000 battle).
  • They’ve identified the immediate challenge of 10,000 speeding arrows and supplied the needed resources (their stamina, strength & shields)
  • And, by fighting closely alongside one another, they’ve integrated, empowered & operationalized their plan of defense.

As professionals they respond to the challenge.

They’ve trained, they’re prepared, they are competent; and, when the threat has passed . . . they recover.

It’s a mindset; completed without another thought about it as the warrior prepares for the next challenge. And, with enough mental practice, we can do likewise.

Here’s the clip on You.Tube

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20 Years

#September11 | #911Memorial | #OnThisDay

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Enjoying the Journey

Enjoy the journey (whichever path it takes) — you may even want to intentionally pursue BIGGER problems!

#Success #Focus #Pathway #Perseverance

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BREAKER-BREAKER (Thought Management)

I was part of a conference call over the weekend, the final section of which dealt with the topic of “Managed Thinking” – how we steer our thoughts; enabling ourselves to live our lives in the “Extraordinary Lane”.

An analogy was made to a circuit-breaker box (or panel). Occasionally, in our kitchen, if too many appliances are run off the same circuit (stove, microwave, convection oven & maybe a food processor), the basement circuit will “pop”. I then have to run down & reset the breaker. The trick, in our kitchen, is to run “extra” appliances from the island’s electrical power grid – which runs off a different circuit.

The “On” position was likened to 5% (extraordinary) thinking; the “Off” position to 95% (victim & emotion-driven thinking/helplessness as regards one’s current circumstances).

When the yogurt hits the fan & the pressure is on, our emotional brains want to flip “off” & back to a 95% thinking environment (akin to a comfort zone in our brains). This may take the form of frustration, anger, sarcasm, shutting down/zoning out or obnoxiousness – all less-than-optimal states for peak performance.

Staying on point and at the top of our game, requires rigorous, intentional and DAILY thought management. It requires us to keep flipping our emotional circuit breaker back to the “On” position whenever it flips to “Off”.

The takeaway was this:
If you’re not experiencing the success you’re expecting or want, it means your switch hasn’t been flipped to “5%” for a long enough time period.

Now . . . manage that switch!

#Focus #ManagedThinking#ThoughtProcess #Success #Consistency #Goals

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Rock & Quarry

What core values make up your #leadership? What new skill sets are you honing?

When we go back to the basics (the quarry), we ask ourselves “Where were you hewn?”

Isaiah 51:1

Listen to me, you who pursue righteousness
    and who seek the Lord:
Look to the rock from which you were cut
    and to the quarry from which you were hewn;

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