Every workplace has them.

Cautionary tales of the guy who got too drunk at last year’s Christmas party.

Or the sales rep who never make any calls, but fudged her reports.

Or the guy from accounting who got caught pinching pennies.

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According to author and leadership guru, Tom Peters, “Excellence is not an aspiration.  Excellence is what you do in the next five minutes.”

Wow.

That means your next email.

Your next customer interaction.

Your next conversation with your peers and staff.

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You don’t climb a mountain in a single leap, you do it inch by inch.

You don’t make a million dollars in a single transaction, you do it dollar by dollar.

You don’t get fit through one big workout, you do it rep by rep.

You don’t build a great cathedral in a day, you do it brick by brick.

Inch by inch.

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With my recent change in roles, I was considering what changes I would need to make to my LinkedIn profile.

As a part of my new role is “leading a team of about 20 people.”

But that didn’t seem sufficient.  Something was missing.

Then it dawned on me.

It should read, “leading a team of about 20 awesome people.”

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Have you been lukewarm for too long?

Have you been going through the motions for a while?

Is your heart still in it?

Maybe it’s time to change the heat settings.

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I strongly believe that everyone is good at something.

Something that matters.

Something that can make the world a better place.

Something that can help them to earn a reasonable living.

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Whether you’re a parent, a leader, a teacher or anyone else in a position of influence, it’s time to catch the people around you doing something right.

It’s easy to catch them doing something wrong.

To focus on the negatives.

To highlight the weaknesses.

But is that really the best way to positively impact and motivate others?

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There’s a yearning within most of us to fit in.

To look like the people around us.

To talk like they talk and do what they do.

To find safety in the herd.

To avoid the embarrassment of mistakes.

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Imagine a parade marching down the main street of your city or town.

Spectators line the street as sporting stars, local celebrities, war heroes, marching bands and people with slightly loopy costume making skills walk on by and wave to the onlookers.

We all have a choice.

We can watch and wave.

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If you fall down, you can get back up.

If you make a mistake, you can learn from it.

If you have a bad day, you can turn it around tomorrow.

If you offend someone, you can say sorry.

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