Thursday, April 24, 2014

Can you speak it?

Why does leadership matters now more than ever?


Because …

1.      Leaders translate vision into action. Are you fluent in Leadership?

2.      Leaders know how to channel their anger. How many channels can you handle?

3.      Leaders greet the unseen with cheers. Can you be a master greeter?

4.      Leaders don’t lose their temper. How far can you go without losing it?

5.      Leaders have genuine love for their followers. Can you love the unlovable?

6.      Leaders are skilled in reconciling different viewpoints. Can you bend without breaking?

7.      Leaders are surrounded by smart people. Are you normally surrounded by people smarter than you?

Above all, leaders bear fruit in their trees. How is the quantity and quality of your fruits?

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Are you one of them or one of us?

Are you one of them or one of us?

This new economic age belongs to entrepreneurs. Do you have what it takes to be one? Here are the traits of entrepreneurs:

1.      Vision. Do you have a clear mission, purpose and cause to give you focus and direction? Are you chasing your dreams or just building a business?

2.      Learning. Do you have high curiosity for learning through self-discovery? Are you voraciously applying what you are learning?

3.      Discipline. Do you have the discipline to be productive and creative? Do you have the discipline to face your scorecard?

4.      Service.  Do you love people? Are you willing to love people where they are at and develop individuals and teams?

5.      Courage. Do you have the courage to go where others don’t date to go? Can you listen to faith instead of your fears?

6.      Failure. Do you have what it takes to handle failures and learn from them? Do you have the mental toughness to withstand the pressures and uncertainties of the entrepreneurial age?

7.      Persistence. Can you persist and stay the course? Can you be a finisher in a world of starters and quitter?

If you are, welcome to my world!

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Building or Wrecking

Building or Wrecking

The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).

A house divided will fall apart. A house united will stand.

1.      Be a builder. It is a lot easier to wreck than it is to build. Choose to build.

2.      Be an edifier. It is easier to bring others down than it is to build them up. Choose to edify.

3.      Build a strong foundation. It is easier to build a weak than it is to build a strong foundation. Choose the right materials.

4.      Mind the relationships. It is easier to break than it is to build relationships. Choose to relate.

5.      Plan and do. It is easier to make a plan than it is to implement the plan. Choose to implement.

6.      Be a servant. It is easier to be served than it is to serve. Chooser to serve.

7.      Maintain the building. In the long run it is cheaper to do the little maintenance here and there than to rebuild. Choose to maintain.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy

Monday, April 21, 2014

Live It!

Are you intentional?

LIFE = Living Intentionally For Excellence

Life is a game. Here are some rules for you to play the game and win.
1.      Intentional score keeping. Keep score in your victories and lessons log.

2.      Intentional learning. Learn daily lessons especially from your mistakes.

3.      Continuously learn. The lessons will continue until you go into eternity.

4.      Play your position. Whatever position you play make the most out of it.

5.      Compare with yourself only. Only you can determine how well you play the game.

6.      Be on the alert. Look around, listen, reflect and look inside you for clues on your next moves.

7.      Let your actions do the talking. You only know after you do. Be victorious in the game of life by the compounding of the results from your actions!

When life gets difficult, think of the above nuggets, and realize that what you are going through may not be as big or as difficult as you think.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Think Thinking

All about Thinking


Different thinking leads to different results. The proper thinking leads to predictable results.

1.      Get your life back. Free people leverage a system to get their time back. Can you surrender your ego to a system?

2.      The multiplier. Leverage is getting more out than the efforts going in. Do you have the right lever?

3.      Have vision.  Remember that the sky is always blue above the clouds. Can you see through the clouds?

4.      Lead others. Create an environment around yourself where others want to be part of. Can you cast a vision for others to see?

5.      Think change. Only by changing our thinking we can get out of our current reality. Are you willing to lead others through change?

6.      Invest wisely. From neck down we are all worth minimum wage. How much are you investing in your most valuable asset?

7.      Right inputs. Get the information from the right sources. We can only start changing our results by changing the information going into our brains. Where are you getting the information to change your thinking?

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Think of this

Think You Got It Tough? Stop thinking of you and think about them.

1.      Think of Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life and died on a cross for our sins.
2.      Think of George Washington who spent only 13 days at home out of 8 years to set the stage to give birth to our nation.
3.      Think of Abraham Lincoln who endured a brutal civil war to keep our nation together.
4.      Think of Mother Teresa who left the comfort of a home to go live in the midst of those dying without a home.
5.      Think of Rosa Parks who had to courage to sit in the front seat of the bus and start the civil rights movement.
6.      Think of Patrick Henry who had the courage to say “gives us liberty or give us death.”
7.      Think of Andrew Jackson who had the conviction and courage to stand up against a powerful banker and break up the monopoly of the national bank.

When life gets difficult, think of them, and realize that what you are going through may not be as big or as difficult as you think.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)

Friday, April 18, 2014

Unconsciously Competent

Unconsciously Competent

I know I cannot teach anything new to you. I can only remind you of what you know and are not doing. Knowing and not doing is not knowing. The glory goes to those in the trenches applying what they know to become unconsciously competent in their fields of endeavors.

1.      Be competent. Make your competence greater than your ego. Go from unconsciously incompetent to consciously incompetent to consciously competent to unconsciously competent.
2.      Be a catalyst. Catalysts make things happen. Catalysts create reactions using their words. Boy do we need catalysts today! Most catalysts have expired. We all have a shelf life; don’t lose your potency.
3.      Feel it. If you want to add passion to your life then sharpen your feelings. Become alive by pumping fun into all that you do. We all need to learn to have more fun.
4.      Do the difficult. Get good at doing things others can’t do and you will have the things others won’t have. Learn how to turn rejection into positive energy.
5.      Discover ability. Man’s greatest ability is the ability to discover ability in others. Help others turn up the flame inside them. Inspiration will do it! It is a lot easier to fix ignorant than stupid.
6.      Be purposeful. It is far nobler to die living your purpose than sitting on a pension. Question what kind of life you will have by relying on a small fixed pension in a high inflation environment. Mind the wolf and befriend the sheep dog.
7.      Look like a fool. When we do the uncommon things others will look at us and think we are fools by not complying with the sheep’s society we live in today. What a great fool Sam Walton was? Sam was a sheep dog and not wolf. Imagine what we would be paying for stuff if Sam had not looked like a fool at first.

Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in America? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.

Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)

Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)