“you can have everything you want if you can help enough people get what they want” — Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar is a diety in the sales training world. Every book of Zig’s that I’ve read includes this quote. Clearly he lives by it.

This morning the profoundness of these words landed as did many of it’s ramifications.

We struggle because we can’t see how to help other people…

Especially if you don’t want to be a leader

Leadership was not a goal of mine — until I learned that it was necessary for my business unit and company to succeed.

I spent a lot of years thinking that being a leader was too much work and required being mean and un-popular. I know — this doesn’t sound…

Happier teachers = academic excellence

Our kids are important. (Hopefully everyone agrees with this sentiment.)

Schools put a lot of thought and effort into curriculum design, equitable processes, and accommodations for their learning — much to my delight.

They try to scale educational models across a sea of smiling faces — and are generally successful…

People are way more complicated than data.

People need a ton of leadership training, practice opportunities, and safety to experiment and learn how to lead well.

It this gets the point across, it achieved it’s goal.

This may be written badly from a gramattical perspective and it may have spelling errors.

And despite that — you will get the point.

Bad religion

The world had made a religion of “getting it right”.

People put incredible effort, time, and emotional struggle into following all the right steps to have…

Or Command and Control vs Coaching

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, reading on the topic, talking with leadership trainers, and analyzing when/how I’ve been involved with exceptional teams vs not-so-exceptional teams.


I keep coming back to the same teeter-toter of command & control vs coaching. …

The data is in, this too shall pass.

And — you can be stronger, smarter, better prepared for the next challenge. We can learn, prepare, and adapt — including in our mental health.

Do you know why brushing and flossing are good for your teeth? Cool!

How about we try for the same level of habits for mental…

Not exactly the Mothers Day Card I planned.

My mom’s biggest fear was looking bad to other people.

She couldn’t swim or drive or ride a bicycle because she was afraid she would fail at learning them. She worried about my grades — because of what other people would think. She wanted me to take a career path that would…

Bill Lennan

Mental wellness fan. Ardent believer in effort. Parent, partner, persistent, physical. Co-Founder The HAERT™ Program. DBT is awesome :-)

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