Leadership Development Principles

Innovative – creative in building and implementing solutions. Understanding that creativeness is endless in options. Barriers are opportunities to find new frontiers.

Inspirational – creating inspirational and aspirational ideas, goals, objectives that are based on creating exponential social and economic value to the communities to which it serves. Mentor to other team members through a formal mentor program.

Intellectual – knowledge seeker, constantly curious, vast in body of knowledge, mastery of subject matter, scope of knowledge is narrow enough to create a competitive advantage, yet vast enough to understand the broader economic, political and social impacts. Mathematically minded, high emotional intelligence, intensely data analytical, financially focused, global point of view, and technology immersive.

Iconoclastic – the ability to do things others say cannot be done. The ability to perceive ideas, solutions and problems differently than others through without taking shortcuts in cognitative, logical and rational thinking. The ability to manage fears of failure through experimentation, failing quickly and limiting downside risks. The ability to be highly influential of others to new ideas and solutions. To be an exceedingly rare individual that actively possesses all three traits of an iconoclast.

Integrity – Reliable and honest in actions, truthful in words and honorable in points of view with a focus on social good. Genuine in intentions, accurate in reporting and authentic in self-reflection.

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The World in 2050 – Its Happening Now

I have been a big fan of Dr. Peter Diamandis who is the Founder of the X-PRIZE Foundation and the Co-Founder of Singularity University.  I recently saw him speak in the Fall and truly enjoyed his discussion.  Both the X-PRIZE and Singularity University are focused on utilizing technology to stimulate groundbreaking, disruptive thinking and solutions aimed … Continue reading The World in 2050 – Its Happening Now


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The More You Give The More You Get – A Life Truth

Back in December 2014 I received one of the best gifts I could have ever imagined from my team.  They gave me a gift card to KIVA.  If you are not familiar with Kiva, it is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.  Kiva does this by leveraging the … Continue reading The More You Give The More You Get – A Life Truth


Engaged Employees Equates to Success for All


People Take Care of People…Period.

Thanks to Social Media, we are seeing just how communal and supportive people are to one another.  Our most basic needs to be socially and emotionally connected are being met in a broad and sweeping way.  It is an amazing new frontier we are experiencing and the business world is catching on in droves.  You … Continue reading People Take Care of People…Period.


A Hiring Manager’s Wish: The Ultimate Job Seeker

Like anything beautiful, great and unique, I have learned anything worth having comes with a hefty price.  In this case having a great team means the selection process is comprehensive and thorough. For the positions I am filling, I receive many resumes and frankly I think I spend more time reviewing than most others.  The … Continue reading A Hiring Manager’s Wish: The Ultimate Job Seeker


Millennial are Good Partners Full of Purpose and Community.

This Saturday I attended the Dallas Hispanic Youth Institute 2011 kickoff session.  There were probably 200 students in attendance that participated in the 4 day, 3 night series of events and workshops.  I wanted to attend the closing ceremony to witness for myself the program’s progress and see the beauty of the enlightened students. I … Continue reading Millennial are Good Partners Full of Purpose and Community.


The Power of Team Means Invincible

Below is a condensed excerpt a note I wrote to my magnetic group on the power of team. I was reminded time and again this weekend about the concept Team is Everything.  This past weekend, I saw a movie about a team of escaped prisoners from Siberia in 1940 who traveled over 4000 miles from Russia to India … Continue reading The Power of Team Means Invincible


Be a Connector

In continuation of the series Keep your Business Relationship Healthy and Sustainable let’s continue the 10 things to bring to a healthy business relationship.  For today’s post, we are going out of order, as that is part of what makes for good conversations…a little twists and turns. Be a Connector by bringing people together, building a … Continue reading Be a Connector


Keep your Business Relationship Healthy and Sustainable

You have seen those men and women that have been married for years and have let themselves go whether extra weight, outdated look, or the loss of pep that made the other like them so much.  Folks get settled into what is comfortable, easy and things just start to lose importance.  Before you know it, … Continue reading Keep your Business Relationship Healthy and Sustainable


You want to Get Great…You must be willing to Give Good first.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou Amen.  I am one of those loyal customers.  You know the ones you small business owners salivate over.  The ones that will drive 30 minutes out of their … Continue reading You want to Get Great…You must be willing to Give Good first.


Get Inspired

You are one of nearly 6 million; you employ 59 million people with a payroll of $2 trillion annually.  It is because of you that our economy leans on.  In my opinion, your grit, determination and perseverance helped to sustain us through this great recession. As you go forward, your strategic and tactical decisions will … Continue reading Get Inspired


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The Secret To Advancing Leadership Positions at Work


IBM Co Investing in Training – Employees Staying Relevant in this Fast Pace Technological Society

Computerworld broke this week that IBM recently distributed a letter to a select group of IBM employees.  According to Computerworld, a copy of the Sept. 12 memo was sent to IBM employees in its Global Technology Services strategic outsourcing group. The memo sent to affected employees opens by telling the impacted employees that an assessment has revealed “that some … Continue reading IBM Co Investing in Training – Employees Staying Relevant in this Fast Pace Technological Society


Instead of Being Interesting, Be Interested…..In Constantly Learning.

I recently read a Harvard Business Review article: The Best Leaders are Insatiable Learners. The author, Bill Taylor, discusses one of the more revered and read speeches of John Gardner  and the importance of constantly learning, growing and renewing yourself.  If you are not familiar with Gardner, you are in for a treat once you … Continue reading Instead of Being Interesting, Be Interested…..In Constantly Learning.


Know Enough

Knowledge is power. The more you know the more you realize you don’t know much. The more you know the more you understand you must have others by your side to fill in the knowledge gaps. The more you know the more you know who you should have by your side. In the future, no … Continue reading Know Enough


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Peter Thiel and Warren Buffett Have Interestingly Similar Views

This weekend I finished reading Peter Thiel’s Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future  which debuted this past week.  It was a great read utilizing interesting methods to deliver his message whether philosophical, Shakespearian or contrarian.  I would recommend folks reads it and consider the messages being delivered.  Interestingly, I found several of … Continue reading Peter Thiel and Warren Buffett Have Interestingly Similar Views


Corporate Culture and Steve Jobs. It is a Company Valuation Discussion.

Steve Jobs announced his resignation and CEO replacement this week.  The market flurried on the news, articles and cable segments were plentiful on Job’s revolution of the world, his greatness, his attention to detail, how round two leadership differed from round one and whether Tim Cook could sustain the innovation and therefore the stock profitability. … Continue reading Corporate Culture and Steve Jobs. It is a Company Valuation Discussion.


Be Successful in 2020? Expect to be a Writer, a Mentor and always a Futurist

Want to succeed in business?  By 2020, I predict we are all going to be measured, in some degree, by how much we share our knowledge with others in personal and written form, how many people we help in their business life and how we educate and empower.  I predict: 1)  Professor’s transition from lecturers … Continue reading Be Successful in 2020? Expect to be a Writer, a Mentor and always a Futurist


Politically Correct…Not Us.

Tim, one of your employees, comes into your office full of “you know what the problem is”…his saying for just about every issue he has uncovered.  He has done it enough that you know it is his “go-to-line”.  You think to yourself, “wow he has superhero vision, since he sees all the problems of the … Continue reading Politically Correct…Not Us.


The Day You Get Promoted by Election

Imagine the Day When Your Promotion is not by your boss or what others leaders have heard about you and your past performance.  Instead, you are promoted based on an election of the people you will be managing in a team environment.  They pick you based on what they thought of your past performance, previous … Continue reading The Day You Get Promoted by Election


Respectful Opinions Speaks Volumes about Yourself

n response to some blog banter, I felt inspired or maybe it was compelled to respond.  For all of us who get nay sayers or maybe even worse outwardly critical and destructive comments, keep the below words of support in your heart when you hear their comments. “Max, You will have many folks over your … Continue reading Respectful Opinions Speaks Volumes about Yourself


Every Dream Every Action Every Word Resides Within You

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/russell-simmons/confessions-of-a-serial-e_b_870799.html Russell, I appreciate your words of wisdom and inspiration.  Success requires tenacity and to some extend a deaf ear to those that wish to see only the negative and not the possible.  Keep giving the message and pushing people out of their comfort zone.  Having met many people over the years that are out … Continue reading Every Dream Every Action Every Word Resides Within You


Be Accountable to Each Other. Dismiss Cynicism

“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.” – John F. Kennedy It is unfortunate that we do not yet see what must be clear before real change will happen. By … Continue reading Be Accountable to Each Other. Dismiss Cynicism


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Leadership Observations and Mantras

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Save Yourself the Energy and Help Business Get Back Value – Opt Out

If you receive direct mail and you do not respond, save yourself the energy and the soliciting company some cold hard cash and OPT OUT.   There are options to reduce or permanently opt out of receiving offers: Opt Out for Five Years – Call 1-888-5-OPT-OUT (1-888-567-8688) or visit www.OptOutPrescreen.com Opt Out for Life – You … Continue reading Save Yourself the Energy and Help Business Get Back Value – Opt Out


Internal Controls and Accountability – Corporate Culture Necessities

This week another “what is going on” happened in the financial industry.  This time it is UBS and 31-year-old UBS trader Kweku Adoboli who is accused of rogue trading with estimated losses now closer to $2.3B.  The activity had been occurring for the last three years but according to UBS it just recently uncovered the … Continue reading Internal Controls and Accountability – Corporate Culture Necessities


Learn from History: Transparency in Corporate Culture is Essential

I am watching a rerun of “Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room“.  Had the Stockholders had transparency into the company, the corporate culture and the legacy of leadership decisions, things would have been different.  A sad story of how so many people on the inside knew or sensed much but said little until it was … Continue reading Learn from History: Transparency in Corporate Culture is Essential


Social Media Liberates and Amplifies. Do you Feel Like Liberating?

Social media is authenticity with a liberating microphone ready to amplify if we use its power for good. I would encourage leaders to look at the implications of social media more broadly than just marketing and fads.  It really is a liberating tool to express the feelings and thoughts we have about people, companies and … Continue reading Social Media Liberates and Amplifies. Do you Feel Like Liberating?


There is Truth to Both Sides of Every Story

There is truth to both sides of every story…every time.  In the business environment, look for the truth to the other side of issue, the story, or the problem.  When the two views are complete opposites, try to find the truth that you can live with or the truth that may be hard to swallow. … Continue reading There is Truth to Both Sides of Every Story


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The More You Give The More You Get – A Life Truth

January 27, 2015

Back in December 2014 I received one of the best gifts I could have ever imagined from my team.  They gave me a gift card to KIVA.  If you are not familiar with Kiva, it is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty.  Kiva does this by leveraging the … Continue reading The More You Give The More You Get – A Life Truth

Career Advice You Wish You Had Received

January 26, 2015

I have been asked to participate in a panel discussion on Career Advice I wish I had Known Earlier On. I am looking forward to this panel discussion.  I will share the results of the session and post my thoughts on the subject after the meeting (it is being held in early March 2015, so stay … Continue reading Career Advice You Wish You Had Received

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