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The importance of vision – episode #1

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Why is vision so important? This is the vision you have for your future. What is your preferred state? If you know it, how can you get there? We’re meeting with executives over the next few weeks, to discuss the impact of the current health crisis. How has this impacted their vision? As one executive…


that’ll never happen


In her letter, Jess told me not to compare myself to other people. As we discussed, you can do that by focusing on your vision. Why is having vision so important? Without vision it’s too easy for you to get lost in your message. It helps you to return to a focal point. There are…


on top of the world

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Do you remember the last time you were in a downward spiral? This might feel like one of those times. In the attached video, I talk about being in a similar scenario. This time I was in a parking garage. There was nowhere to go but down. It would have been nice if it were…


Be an encourager

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Right now, the world needs positive people. It also needs encouragers. You can be one without the other. Positive people can sometimes keep their positivity to themselves. Encouragers give their positivity away. “But, Brian how can I be an encourager?”, you ask. Watch this video and see how a 13-year old girl did something the…


“F” words can get you in trouble

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It’s not a pretty sight to see me run, regardless of my outfit. When I run, I try to wear clothes that make it easier for drivers to see me. Once upon a time, I’d be more concerned with my fashion. Those days are gone. My perspective has changed to that of the driver’s on…



Cross country parents winking with Wagner

Many of you know, about a year ago, I started a mini-crusade of sorts. I would ask anyone that would listen if they would pose in a picture and wink with me. The occasion is called Winking with Wagner. The idea was for them discover what makes them unique. In reality, it changed my life….


she clapped


In two weeks I was supposed to pick up my mom, in Northwest Ohio, and drive to Knoxville. We’d spend two nights at the Knoxville Marriott, where I’d be speaking, and make our way back for my oldest son’s graduation on May 1st. He’s graduating with his Masters in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati….


Goal crushers

Motivating and developing teams

What’s the one thing that all leaders have in common? They all have blindspots. How can you avoid blindspots crushing your goals? For starters, start with asking your team three simple questions. When they answer them, encourage them to take their time and think about their answer. Is that a totally honest answer? Without the…


Leadership and blueberry pancakes

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Anyone that knows me, realizes how important family is to me. It’s great to have them all together in one room. We can play a board game, share a meal or watch a movie. One of the most interesting times is after one of those events. It’s when I can sit back and listen to…