Month: December 2015


Three Virtues

Today is Christmas! On the Christian calendar it celebrates the birth of Jesus, the son of God, in Bethlehem. It is very easy to argue that Jesus has had more “significance” than any other living human being in the history of mankind.

I believe that Jesus was all about love. He preached that we should look forward to salvation with HOPE, believe and have FAITH in God and show LOVE for one another by our behaviors. These three virtues, hope, faith and love, are depicted in the triptych recently released by Nathan Rohlander, my son.

As you think about the new year coming in a matter of days, I would encourage you to spend a few minutes in reflection. How are you doing in making your life “significant” and what are you doing to show “love” by your behaviors. Religions have a tendency to focus on politics and power while at the same time only giving lip service to love.

Study the way you behave, how you spend your time and money. Examine your integrity. What you believe, say and ultimately do is different than giving an idea or philosophy lip service.

I pray that you and I will receive many blessings this coming year and that people will see hope, faith and love in our behaviors.

Building Blocks

Building Blocks for Personal Development

Building blocks for personal development for you and your people. You need more than talent for success. If you have talent, you have something to work with as you become more aware. Awareness is like opening the window or a door. Nothing happens until you have awareness.

Now focus on your most important attribute, a positive attitude. Each individual is personally responsible for and completely controls their own attitude. No personal attribute is more important than a positive attitude.

Deliberately and continually strive to improve your knowledge and skills. Put it all together and the ultimate result is shown in your behavior. Your behavior is the real tangible evidence of all the other building blocks, it is the only legitimate proof. When you master it, you will be a winner.

Create Your Masterpiece


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Do you consider yourself a leader? The easiest way to tell if you are a leader is to look behind you. Is anyone following you? Leadership doesn’t really amount to much unless you cause people to take action, follow you.

Having the desire to become a brand is the same thing. Being a brand doesn’t really amount to much unless you are able to influence people to take action, buy your product or service.

More and more people and organizations are awakening to the value of being or having a brand. As consumers continue to cultivate discernment, the need for you to have a branding strategy is increasing. If you have a good brand it will attract new customers, shorten the selling cycle, improve your profits and build customer loyalty.

So, what is a brand? In its simplest form a brand is just a word: Kleenex, Xerox, or Jell-O. In its most advanced form it is the core of your strategy, your DNA. It embodies your image, determines your marketing from concept to execution, includes assets and liabilities, and influences internal and external customers. Developing a good brand takes focused effort, time and consistency.

Start at the Beginning

What is it that makes you unique? What are your special strengths? You may want to be a leader in the technology field but if you don’t possess the natural gifts of understanding needed in that field, you may just be whistling Dixie. Bill Gates is built to run Microsoft. Michael Jordan is built to play basketball.

At Harvard University they are doing research…..


If you would like a complete copy of this article just let me know. The holidays are a great time to “reflect” and reassess your strategy.

Happy Holidays!

Let them eat cake.

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Last night at Odeon Society a small group of executives enjoyed a delightful dinner and discussion. The topic was a Harvard Business Review article about strategy and communication. The individual points of view were as varied and diverse as the group.

Ages ranged from the 30’s to the 70’s. People’s origins included east, west and central United States, Europe, Japan and China. Educations included numerous graduate degrees, professional designations, executive careers with Fortune 100 companies and solo entrepreneurs. Conversation was wide ranging: the C-suite, military, international travels and marketing, media mergers and acquisitions, politics, family, religion, divorce and a host of perspectives.

People were engaged. They enjoyed hearing each other’s opinions, even when they didn’t agree or have the same belief system. They were tolerant, respectful and good listeners. I loved it. None of them were concerned about being “politically correct.” They openly shared their “truth.”

Our society has a real problem. Too many people are primarily concerned with appearances, self and greed. “And I want it Now!” They seem to be coming from a place of fear, insecurity and confusion. They walk away from discourse, get absorbed in their smartphone and have low tolerance for different points of view.

Think about the meaning of these words.

Political Correctness: the idea that people should be careful to not use language or behave in a way that could offend a particular group of people.

Political: of, involved in, or relating to government policy-making as distinguished from administration or law

Correct: free from error, to set or make true, accurate, or right

Oxymoron: a figure of speech that juxtaposes elements that appear to be contradictory (Ex. Crazy wisdom, Ethical egoism & Violent relaxation) Oh, another example is Politically Correct.

Every individual has their own “truth” which is shaped by many things including their own personal experience. You will never be able to be politically correct with everyone until you know, understand and care about the other person’s personal life experience. If you want to communicate better it is important to engage, listen and relate to people. Especially those who have a different world view than you do.

Last night there were many “take aways” by the attendees. Worth noting was the take away by the 30 something executive who was the youngest person at the dinner. “I can’t remember my friends and associates ever having a discussion like this.”

If you are interested in this kind of discourse please call DGR at 714.307.4438 and check out the Maestro Group in the Events section of my website.

Please wake up and smell the coffee!

There are some very serious events unfolding on a geopolitical and financial scale that need attention by an adult.

Do you remember the RTC, Resolution Trust Corp? Perhaps you more easily recollect the burst of the bubble in 2008? I’m sure you heard your parents or grandparents talk about the Great Depression. See as we all know, when we choose to admit it, everything is connected. Yes, everything.

You could say, “No man is an island.” Or maybe you prefer to use, “What goes around, comes around.” The current administration prefers their mantra from a Chicago church, “Your chickens will come home to roost.”

Take a minute and review a wide ranging article on David Stockman’s blog.

Stockman is not a timid fellow. He also is smart, he served in the White House as a Presidential advisor on economics many years ago. Unfortunately a lot of what he says is too obvious to ignore. You and I need to be well informed, make some decisions and take action.

Financially the United States is not in good shape. The current leaders are clearly “in over their heads.” The people, oh the wonderful, smart and oh so clever people, are apathetic, dull and confused. My question to you is: “What are you going to do about it?” This entire state of affairs, the current condition of the United States, is going to impact you, your bank account and your family’s future.

As many really smart people have said: “If you continue to do what you have always done, you will get the same results you have always gotten.” Are you satisfied with the current state of affairs? Ready to act? Well, that’s what DGR is all about. Let’s kick in the afterburners and make something tangible, practical and positive happen! It starts here and now!