In the early 2000’s I conducted research to find out what characteristics were common among great leaders, both living and deceased. I learned that first and foremost, great leaders have a powerful connection to a higher purpose—the reason they are here on Earth—what I call, Destiny. They also had a keen awareness of how they wanted to live the values they wished to practice in their lives—what I call Character. And they had deep clarity about their gifts and talents and how they would use these to serve and change the world—what I call, Calling. The shorthand for this is Why-Be-Do®, because these three characteristics provide deep inner awareness of Why we are here, how we want to Be while we are here, and what we will Do with our lives. All great leaders have this profound clarity—an inner compass pointing to their North Star. These findings were published in two books, Inspirational Leadership in 2003 and Inspire: What Great Leaders Do in 2004
In a recent research paper from Cornell entitled, “The Ideal Road Not Taken: The Self-discrepancies Involved in People’s Most Enduring Regrets,” the authors describe three aspects of a person’s sense of self. First, the “actual self” which defines the qualities we believe we own. Second, the “ideal self” which describes the qualities we would ideally like to possess. And finally, the “ought self” which is the person we feel we ought to have been, if we had lived up to your duties and responsibilities.
After surveying hundreds of participants in six separate studies, the authors reported that, contrary to what one might assume, people do not fret so much about the gap between the actual self and the ought self. Instead, 76% of those surveyed regret the gap between their actual self and their ideal self—in other words, their failure to strive towards, and achieving, their dreams.
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In the early 2000’s I conducted research to find out what characteristics were common among great leaders, both living and deceased. I learned that first and foremost, great leaders have a powerful connection to a higher purpose—the reason they are here on Earth—what...read more
The Kindle version of my latest book, The Bellwether Effect, is on sale on all Amazon and Indigo websites for US$0.74 (CDN$0.99). This offer ends Sunday night June 30 after which the price will increase to $12.95 US. So please take advantage of the remaining few...read more
I am excited to let you know that my latest book (#22!) is now available in all markets. Because I believe this message is so important for the world right now, I am making the Kindle version available of Amazon sites for US$0.99 until the end of June, 2018. I really...read more
In a conversation I had recently with a prospective coaching client, they explained that they were not yet ready to move forward because "of other priorities". Are there any priorities higher than effective and inspiring leadership? The way I see things, every...read more
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This has been a big week for awards for the Secretan Center. We have once again been ranked in the "Top 30 Leadership Gurus in the World" and also in the "Top 30 Coaching Gurus in the World". This continues a trend we have been fortunate to enjoy for several years in...read more
I am in the process of finishing my next book. As all writers appreciate, the Internet is a wonderful resource for research, fact checking and searching for data, stories, quotes and more. But the Internet is notoriously sloppy as an arbiter of facts. For example,...read more
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Conscious Business Profits the World: Why Lifting Consciousness in Business Means Prosperity for All
On Thursday, January 18, 2018, at 9:00 AM Los Angeles CA time (PT), Dr. Lance Secretan and Steve Farrell, Worldwide Executive Director, Humanity's Team, will discuss creating a work environment where Love holds a place in conscious businesses. Join us for this...read more
I am close to finishing my next book which will be published in the Spring. It describes how organizations (often mindlessly) copy the business practices of pace-setting organizations, consultants, and academic institutions (I call these Bellwethers), the 8 most...read more
I am in that strange place where authors live from time to time - the twilight zone between the intense period of writing a book and coming close to the end of the writing/researching journey, and now wondering if it will make sense to the world when it is finished....read more