Vertical Development & Hermit Crabs

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Hermit crabs live in shells. As they grow, they need to move into bigger and bigger shells. The process of upgrading shells is called “molting.” The molting process takes 4-8 weeks and hermit crabs will molt every 12-18 months. Since hermit crabs can live for more than 30 years, this means that they can potentially molt 30 times in their lifespan.

Are You More of a Deteriorator or an Elevator?

Whether we realize it or not, our mindsets (the mental lenses that we use to view the world) are foundational to everything we do. For example, how do you typically react to constructive criticism? When I ask this to groups, most say that they get defensive (or some variation of that). But, there are some […]

Becoming a More Positive Influence: Create a Culture Committed to Greatness


Consider the following quote: (In fact, in the comments, let me know whether or not you agree with it and why.) For now, let’s take it at face value and assume that people and organizations are either committed to greatness, or by default, they are committed to mediocrity. Let’s apply this quote to your organization. […]

Becoming a More Positive influence: Be Intentional


Success rarely comes about by chance. It comes about because someone set a specific destination and made specific intentions about how to get there, and then took those steps. In other words, success comes about through intention, being deliberate with what we do. Effective leadership and being a positive influence comes about the same way. […]

Becoming a More Positive Influence: Develop a Clear Self-Purpose

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Of 110 people surveyed, 8% seemed to have a clear purpose for their life. It is only by having a clear self-purpose that we will be willing to: (1) put off what is best for ourselves for what is best for a higher cause, and (2) do what is right, not what is easy.