No Limits (New York: Center Street, 2017)

This book is the result of a two-hour table conversation in which all individuals acknowledged they had never read a book about Potential. From that conversation John Maxwell became motivated to write on this topic in his book, No Limits, Blow The Cap Off Your Capacity. The book is set within three parts;

  1. Awareness: Remove The Caps From Your Capacity
  2. Ability – Develop The Capacities You Already Possess
  3. Choices – Do The Things That Maximize Your Capacity

The ability to reach your fullest potential begins with a journey of AWARENESS! In this opening chapter the formula for reaching your potential is expressed; AWARENESS + ABILITY + CHOICES = CAPACITY! If you grow in your awareness, develop your abilities, and make the right choices, you can reach your capacity.

Blowing the cap off of your capacity is not about some special endowment of knowledge and expertise. It is more about who you are as a created person using your natural gifts- energy, emotional, thinking, relationships, creativity, production, and leading others.

There are ten capacities that are unique to every person. Again, the genius of this material is about utilizing our natural abilities and endowments. Responsibility, Character, Discipline, Attitude, and Spiritual capacity to name just a few. Every person is a person without limits!

It has been said that tough times do not last, but tough people do! In a radio conversation John Maxwell was asked, “How have you kept your passion hot and your energy up for forty-five years? His response was amazing; “I value people. I believe people can improve their lives. I am improving mine so I can give more. I know how to help people improve their lives. I see results in the many people I have helped.” If you are aware of yourself and your ability to improve, if you develop the abilities you already possess, and if you make the everyday choices that help you improve, you will reach your capacity.

Becoming A Person of Influence (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2006)

Increase your impact on others by Becoming a Person of Influence.Learn simple, insightful ways to interact more positively with others, and watch your personal and organizational success go off the charts. Managers will see their employees respond with new enthusiasm. Parents will connect with their children on a deeper level. Coaches will see players blossom. Pastors will reach more people. Salespeople will break records. Authors John Maxwell and Jim Dornan have spent most of their lives raising up influencers. With humor, heart, and unique insight, they share what they’ve gleaned from decades of experience in both business and nonprofit arenas. Their insights are practical and easy to apply to everyday life. Whether your desire is to build a business, strengthen your children, or reach the world, you can achieve it by raising your level of influence in the lives of others.

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My coaching involves the ability to understand you: to think how you think, and understand your perspective. From this benchmark, I will place another perspective on top of yours – stretching and growing you to gently see a more empowering way. As a certified John Maxwell coach, I can see what you are going through now and what is up ahead. Coaching is foreseeing, paving the way, coming alongside you while helping you achieve goals and overcome limiting paradigms.

Leaders Made Here (Oakland: Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc, 2017)

As the Executive Trainer for Chick-fil-A, Mark Miller tells us about some amazing leadership principles set within a story about a new CEO named Blake and Charles, an old trusted friend who attempt to create a strong leadership bench. You are grabbed at the outset by statements that all leaders S.E.R.V.E.;

See The Future

Engage and Develop Others

Reinvent Continuously

Value Results and Relationships

Embody the Values

The essence of the book is about establishing a Leadership Culture. In order for this to occur there must be an agreement on certain key ideas:

  • There must be an agreement on what leadership means
  • Offer varied instructional methods of equipping others
  • Realize the power of opportunity – allow people to lead early and often
  • Establish metrics that matters
  • Leaders must walk the talk

What is at stake if you chose to not follow through on the basics just mentioned? Consider that a majority of organizational leaders cannot articulate and agreed upon definition of what leadership is. Only a very small percentage of current leaders have attended a training program in the last 24 months. One-third of emerging leaders have confidence their organization is on track to make a difference in leadership development. Fewer leaders are even involved in an ongoing coaching relationship to improve themselves. Fewer leaders that are transitioning have confidence in their successors.

If there is to be a strong bench of quality leaders, a quality culture must be created and implemented.

Christians Are Hate Filled Hypocrites (Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2010)

According to the media, the church is rapidly shrinking, both in numbers and in effectiveness. But the good news is, much of the bad news is wrong. Sociologist Bradley R. E. Wright uncovers what’s really happening in the church: evangelicals are more respected by secular culture now than they were ten years ago; divorce rates of Christians are lower than those who aren’t affiliated with a religion; young evangelicals are active in the faith. Wright reveals to readers why and how statistics are distorted, and shows that God is still effectively working through his people today. [Amazon Review]

What many people do not realize is that the way a question is worded will have everything to do with the impact of results. Careful research is always needed. Unfortunately in our hurry up digital age we do not take the time to dig deep – we are prone to interpret everything from a face value proposition.

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The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007)


You can ignore LAWS but you cannot ignore CONSEQUENCE! 

This is a timeless masterpiece on leadership development. The simplicity of writing should not be mistaken for ease of application. We are not masters of all 21 laws, but this gives a target in which to aim our efforts and skill development. According to the author, these laws are foundational to our development of leadership, they can be learned, and they stand alone!

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The Advantage (San Fransico: Jossey Bass, 2012)



The author states that an organization doesn’t become healthy in a linear, tidy fashion. Like building a strong marriage or family, it’s a messy process that involves doing a few things at once, and that it must be maintained on an ongoing basis in order to be preserved. That messy process can be broken into four simple disciplines:

  1. Build a cohesive leadership team
  2. Create clarity
  3. Overcommunicate clarity
  4. Reinforce clarity

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