The Tremendous Power of Staying Power

The Tremendous Power of Staying Power

Tracey Jones

Becoming the next version of tremendousness is simple: Spark your willpower; fuel your staying power; and watch your tremendous power become a reality. Write down what you want to do with your week, your month, your year, your life, then ask yourself the two follow-on questions. Once you can answer yes to both, add healthy doses of people, books, prayer, self-discipline, and self-belief, and you’ll be on the path to a tremendous transformation.



Lead Like a Tree

Lead Like a Tree

Tracey Jones

As leaders, we wear many hats. We are optimists, encouragers, ethicists, decision-makers, saviors, and sense-makers. So just like the mighty forests, we must do the same for ourselves and our organization. We need to be intentional about who we allow in our forest. After all, you cannot get it right without the right people. We need to stay nourished as well because leading others, although incredibly uplifting, can also be unbelievably draining. We must deal with bureaucracies, laws, budgets, attitudes, and global issues. To stay above the fray, we need to make sure our roots go deep; so deep that when the winds of change or fires of crisis come into our forest, we can not only survive, but thrive.

Waiting for Chewbacca

Waiting for Chewbacca

Tracey Jones
Life is tremendous, it really is. It’s even more tremendous when you find your Chewbacca. But here’s the thing; you don’t find your Chewbacca; your Chewbacca finds you. Maybe a wonderful Wookiee will come into your life for a season, maybe for a lifetime; but you’ll know it when it happens. We are all coded to be relational, from an evolutionary as well as a spiritual standpoint. None of us can fly the Millennium Falcon of our lives alone.
Falling Apart or Falling Into Place?

Falling Apart or Falling Into Place?

Tracey Jones
Unless you are broken, you cannot be transformed. You need to melt the ice before it can be remolded. If you want to be a vessel that is poured out in service to others, you must be put in the kiln repeatedly in temperatures over 1,000 degrees.
What Happens In Book Club Doesn’t Stay in Book Club

What Happens In Book Club Doesn’t Stay in Book Club

Tracey Jones

With everyone clamoring about what’s wrong with the world today, there’s one solution that’s rarely suggested: reading. They tell me it’s too old school, that people’s attention spans can’t focus for that long, that everyone is too busy with digital addictions and watching online to take the time to read. Well then, they’re never going to find what they are looking for.

Five Books For Which I’m Eternally Grateful

Five Books For Which I’m Eternally Grateful

Tracey Jones
Everything I read imprints on me and when you consider that I read several books a week that's a whole lot of imprints! It seems almost an offense ...
Keeping the Leadership Light Burning Bright: Tips for Inner Inspiration & Motivation

Keeping the Leadership Light Burning Bright: Tips for Inner Inspiration & Motivation

Tracey Jones
My doctoral classes are back in full swing and one of my classes is Teaching and Learning: Theory and Practice. One of our texts is Parker Palmer’s...
Bring It On! Why Avoiding Challenge is the Fastest Route To Stagnation

Bring It On! Why Avoiding Challenge is the Fastest Route To Stagnation

Tracey Jones
Challenge. Do you suffer through it? Do you deny it? Do you curse it? Do you run from it? Or do you experience it? You cannot build a tremendous li...
The Mentoring Mudslide: How to Offer Guidance Without Slipping Into Doing It For Them

The Mentoring Mudslide: How to Offer Guidance Without Slipping Into Doing It For Them

Tracey Jones
One of the hardest things to discern in leadership is if you are truly helping someone or enabling them. My father used to say you can lead a horse...
What Makes A Mentor? Six Steps to Getting Started

What Makes A Mentor? Six Steps to Getting Started

Tracey Jones
I’ve spent so much time speaking with reporters lately about bully bosses, unethical CEO’s, and unhappiness at work, that it’s time to talk about s...
Born to Lead:  Encouraging Your Standouts

Born to Lead: Encouraging Your Standouts

Tracey Jones
Where would we be without our A-Team? We’d be nowhere, that’s where. You can’t get any kind of traction without standouts. But so often we miss opp...
When Your Uber goes Under

When Your Uber goes Under

Tracey Jones
When I was stationed in Germany I heard the word Über for the first time. It denotes an outstanding or supreme person or thing, kind of like tremen...
Building a Better Team:How to Bridge the Chasm Between Extroverts and Introverts

Building a Better Team:How to Bridge the Chasm Between Extroverts and Introverts

Tracey Jones
During my first week as a Project Manager at a Security firm, I attended a job orientation. The speaker began the briefing with the following jok...
Planting Seeds to "Grow" Future Readers

Planting Seeds to "Grow" Future Readers

Tracey Jones
Growing up, I thought leadership was all about what you did. As I grew older, I realized a huge part of leadership is about what you read. Every da...
Accountability and The Ripple Effect

Accountability and The Ripple Effect

Tracey Jones
Have you ever noticed that when you attempt to focus on one area of your life, with an eye toward improvement, you tend to notice other areas that ...

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