Mark holds the Certified Speaking Professional designation from the National Speakers Association (NSA) and is a member of the Speaker Hall of Fame. He was recently honored with the Cavett Award, the highest honor the NSA bestows on its members, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the speaking profession. In 2020, Global Gurus named Mark the #5 Leadership Authority in the world.

Improvement without Change

Improvement without change? It doesn’t happen. Not all change is an improvement, but all improvement requires change. I’ve been involved in an effort to improve some significant processes within an organization. Most everyone want to improve the processes; few are willing to actually change them. Recently someone threw up the old “change for the sake…

Inform to Perform

Our family just returned from a trip to Mexico where we’ve visited many times before. This time we stayed at the Princess Resort near Playa del Carmen. Our experience was extremely disappointing despite the beauty of this new hotel. As Darla and I reflected on our disappointments, we realized that probably 80% of the problems…

The Productivity Family Tree

Sanborn Associates here posting an interesting mention on “Uncle” Mark made by Mike St. Pierre writing at LifeHack.org: Mike had some fun with the whole family tree paradigm and created a family tree consisting of the top productivity bloggers on the internet (according to his criteria). This is what he says about Mark: The Rich…

Ask a Better Question

If you are truly leading, you are truly learning. If you aren’t learning much, you aren’t leading very effectively. I am working on an article for a friend’s ebook. The focus will be on “what I wish I had known about leadership at the beginning.” Here’s an insight learned over many years of leading: “How…

Does Being Ethical Pay?

That is the focus of The Journal Report in today’s WSJ. The section provides some interesting insights into the dollars and cents of ethical behavior. Such questions, however, miss the point: if ethical behavior didn’t pay, should it be abandoned? What’s the alternative? I know business professionals are interested in the implications of ethical behavior,…