Leadership
Jeff Orr

Leaders Are In The Wrong Conversation

Why are so many leaders burned out in their work or feel drained throughout the day? What I have found in coaching these executives over the years is they are mostly involved in management discussions disguised as leadership discussions. Leaders are not energized by management conversations. They are energized by

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Leadership
Jeff Orr

The Art of Leadership

Quick. Who is the best guitar player, alive or dead? Got someone in mind? Okay, why are they so great? Technical prowess? Ability to write great guitar riffs? Is it how they perform live in front of an audience? Regardless of who you think is the best, I’m pretty sure

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Leadership
Jeff Orr

The Power of Your Choice

How often do you wake and look at your schedule and think, “I get to do this today, and I get to do that today?” Most likely, it is thought of in terms of “I have to…”, “I have to do this today and I have to do that.” It

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Leadership
Jeff Orr

Leadership is an Inside Job

Leaders lift people up. We encourage others. We make strategic decisions. Hard decisions. Leaders direct living organizations toward destinies that impact many lives. We work to inspire the best in others. We pour into others on a regular basis. But who pours into us? I imagine you have thought of

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Leadership
Jeff Orr

The Bankruptcy of Leaders in Corporate America

     If the pandemic mess of the last year has shown me anything, it is that our current “leadership” conversation guiding our country in many areas is bankrupt. Individuals who call themselves leaders are talking furiously with the impression they are actually leading others. In reality, they are having

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LIFE LESSONS
Ryan Parker

The Character Conundrum

In business it’s rare to discuss character. It’s not tangible. It holds no cash value. It plays no part in budgetary meetings. It’s not bantered around at board meetings when discussing clients and suppliers. It’s not sexy like “scaling” the business. It’s not looked for in job interviews. It’s just

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LIFE LESSONS
Ryan Parker

FROM VISION BOARD TO GRATITUDE LIST

Just the other day I had someone ask if I had a vision board. It got me thinking – wow, have we really cycled back around to late 70’s early 80’s motivational tactics? Don’t get me wrong, I get the power of a vision board; but, is it really powerful

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LIFE LESSONS
Ryan Parker

Know when to fold ’em

Every business has cycles. Since I have been in the business world (from way back in 1995), I’ve seen numerous cycles run through numerous industries. The industry I was heavily involved in, real estate, took a major hit in 2006 – 2007 with the real estate meltdown. Like many, I

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LIFE LESSONS
Ryan Parker

Business Through a Child’s Eyes

As a Dad who works from home, I sometimes have the opportunity of my seven year old daughter, Faith, being at home while I am working. The other day she made an observation that hit me deep “Dad, you don’t smile as much when you’re working.” It got me thinking that evening

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LIFE LESSONS
Ryan Parker

What a 20 Year Old GCU Student Taught Me About Legacy

If you know me, you know I’m all about building a legacy. Not for self respect or for ego. No, I’m for building a legacy that gives others opportunities greater than I had. I reflect regularly on what I want to leave behind for others. My greatest hero, my dad,

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LIFE LESSONS
Ryan Parker

The Grateful Index & The Nonprofit

I have had the great blessing to work with a number of nonprofits since starting Xpleo in 2006. Some have flourished and grown immensely, always keeping in their hearts their mission, the community they serve and the donors, sponsors and supporters (their “base”) that are the lifeblood of their organizations. These are

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LIFE LESSONS
Ryan Parker

A Shift In Mindset – Breaking Legacy

It was two days after I was asked to present on legacy to the Arizona Suns Charities 88 annual review event that I sat in the car with my dad. I’ve presented on legacy to non-profits and small business groups over the past three years and held a strong belief

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LIFE LESSONS
Ryan Parker

The Lessons of Partnerships

Early on in my career as an entrepreneur one of my mentors, the epitome of the lone wolf entrepreneur, told me something that has stuck with me the past 20 years – “partnerships are like a marriage…without the benefits of good sex.” I think I’ve made every partnership mistake in

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LIFE LESSONS
Ryan Parker

The Blessing of Guidance

Yesterday I had an amazing blessing. To think that a young man about to turn 30 would come to my home office to ask for guidance was both humbling and scary. He is not your “average Joe.” No, he is charismatic, smart, driven, caring and searching. He, like many of us, reached the point

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LIFE LESSONS
Ryan Parker

FAILURE IS AN OPTION

I fail everyday. I fail to keep my cool and composure. I fail to stop and see the big picture. I fail to stop failing. I’ve heard it said “failure is not an option,” “failure is for the weak,” “only the strong succeed,” etc.  They are all wrong…to a point.

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LIFE LESSONS
Ryan Parker

The Brand Equity Formula

It has been an interesting occurrence of late that many smaller business and entrepreneurial clients and colleagues have asked me what it means to develop a brand and brand equity in today’s shifting technological and online social world. There are many definitions of brand and brand equity and I’m sure

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