Tuning Our Strengths

My 16-year-old son John is becoming quite an accomplished piano player. I love to hear him play, but I confess that I haven’t always felt this way.

When he was first learning it sounded more like noise than music. In the beginning, he found a song that we all enjoyed. We encouraged him, and he got better and better at that one song.

He continued playing it over and over again. He never got tired of playing it, but we got tired of hearing it. He played it fast and slow, and loud and soft. He played it in the morning and at night. It seemed like it rang through our home every waking moment.

Tips from the Entrepreneur’s Bookshelf for Entrepreneurs, Startups & Business Owners

You’ve heard you are what you eat, well we believe that you are what you read. We receive hundreds of books to read to help out entrepreneurs and business owners but more than just offering a chance to hear about a book we believe we want you to walk away with some wisdom just like we did from reading these books.

Teach a CEO presents lessons from the Entrepreneur’s Bookshelf on how you can improve and grow your business venture. We have taken some nuggets from our library and provide them for entrepreneurs and business owners and to help your ventures.

Are You Leaving a Legacy?

As business owners, we spend much of our lives building companies that we hope will last. Our work is a big part of our legacy. However, it is easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight of the broader purpose.

Personally, I don’t want to look back at the end of my life and be proud about all the emails I sent. I want to see a true impact. As a result, I am constantly asking myself:

Defining Your Leadership Legacy

Most of us think about legacy as something we leave behind. But we have our focus on the time backwards. Dr. Andrew Thorn says that legacy is the quality of who we become. And this is a very present day oriented perspective. Because, as Dr. Thorn explains, “the real work [for leaders] is becoming the person that [they] can be, the best that [they] can be.”

It’s an intriguing shift, the present day focus of legacy. Imagine if more of us spent time thinking about how we’re impacting people today rather what we’ll leave behind. Would we show up differently as leaders? Would we make different choices? Reprioritize our life and our focus-areas?