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“ A man’s reputation is the opinion people have of him; his character is what he really is. ” – Jack Miner Quote

Posted in Business, Inspiration, Leadership, Quotes with tags , , , , , on January 9, 2014 by amandaaanthony

“ A man’s reputation is the opinion people have of him; his character is what he really is. ”
— Jack Miner #quotes #leadership


Excellent post on #Agile #Leadership :)

Posted in Leadership with tags , , , , , on December 3, 2013 by amandaaanthony

Excellent post on #Agile #Leadership 🙂 On Leadership & Agile Thinking | Linked 2 Leadership #leanstartup #testoften

“ Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength. ”-Unknown

Posted in Inspiration, Quotes with tags , on October 10, 2012 by amandaaanthony

“ Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength. ”

REBLOG @thesuccessking: The Top 10 Reasons Why You Will Never Be Successful

Posted in Inspiration, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2012 by amandaaanthony


RT @thesuccessking: The Top 10 Reasons Why You! Will Never Be Successful –


Do You have the Qualities that Make Olympians World Class Inspirational Leaders?

Posted in Amanda A. Anthony, Inspiration, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2012 by amandaaanthony

I started this entry 2 weeks ago, during the first days of the Olympics. Time passed & tugging guilt remained for not having made the time to finish it…turns out maybe I need to bookmark my own thoughts on what we can learn from Olympians. Read on & see what you think!


Competition Means Constant Improvement…Forever.

In the spirit of the Olympics, I can’t help but feel a little inspired by the greatest athletes in the world coming together for the toughest competitions in each of their sports.  What can we, as leaders, learn from Olympians? Here are some of the top qualities that come to mind:

Discipline: To me this is the most impressive quality of this caliber of athlete. These tremendous athletes & their families sacrifice so much to get them to where they can compete at this level.  Obviously the physical discipline to exercise, train, eat properly,sleep, recover, etc are evident.  What about the discipline to get up early, train long hours without quitting & make choices that enable them to stay “on track”?

Think about the families, who often have to make crucial choices, commitments…to practice financial discipline…to save & plan to come up with the resources necessary to get the best coaches & training opportunities for their Olympian.  To give up their own needs & wants to help fulfill the dreams of their loved one…that is something.

Perseverance: Haven’t we all wanted to quit? Every Olympian seems to talk about this, in a very matter-of-fact manner. To me, this quality is a double-sided admirable trait. On the first side, the sheer will to overcome challenge is admirable & aspirational. On the other side, the honesty & candid nature makes me admire & respect them even more. Admitting your moments of weakness in an articulate manner, in front of millions of people takes talent.

High Standards & Ownership: This only-the-best-is-good-enough mentality is contagious…like a tonic for success. Not settling for imperfections, trying to always do your best…no matter what. That is the core of any good leader. Even when these athletes don’t deliver #1, what you hear is that they tried their best, they will keep working, & usually acknowledging the superior performance of the winner. Wow. Let’s all emulate the articulation of this sentiment of respect.

Character: Overcoming Adversity: I can’t hide it. My favorite stories are the ones that bring a tear to my eye or cause me to call out to my husband, “Can you believe this?!” Many of these World-Class Athletes have overcome hardship I cannot imagine…yet accomplished things out of my personal reach. Again, WOW. What is it that sets them apart? I believe it is their ability to overcome adversity. The drivers vary between individuals but much of it boils down to sheer character. And that is a character I want to emulate.

Attitude: Failures lead to success. This is not a new concept if you read these types of writings.  Sacrifice & Failure are both merely stepping-stones to the place most of us want to be: Success. And there is no route that avoids these roadblocks….they are actually the rights of passage. The only question is what happens when each person confronts these challenges.  Olympians have the ability to maintain the right attitude to persevere to be successful NO MATTER WHAT. Attitude takes work, discipline, perseverance & character.

In other words, these leadership qualities to be the best winners in the world are interconnected…perhaps the ability to execute all at once is what sets them apart.

Wow. More World Records. Bigger Better Accomplishments. Who else is motivated to become the “Olympian” in their field? Four more years to take these examples until the next round of world class athletes appear to give us that special motivational tonic! Who is going to bottle it? See you in Rio, Baby

“It is only those who never do anything who never make mistakes.”

Posted in Inspiration, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized with tags , on July 27, 2012 by amandaaanthony

“It is only those who never do anything who never make mistakes.”– A. Favre

How about a Lighthearted Leadership “Swim” (Inspiration) to Start your Day?

Posted in Amanda A. Anthony, Inspiration, Leadership, Professional Development, Uncategorized, Work-Life Balance with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2012 by amandaaanthony

Ready for a Swim?

One of the benefits of working from home (and for myself) is that having abandoned a very long commute, I gained the opportunity for “me” time early in my day (if I plan it right).  The other morning I went down to the International Swimming Hall of Fame to swim laps, only to find that the pool was closed to the public for a meet. I felt disappointed…but on my ride home, I noticed the ocean was perfectly flat, shining like glass. A moment of guilt bubbled in my belly, imagining going to the beach on a workday; then I decided: this is really a benefit of a flexible schedule & working for myself! So I quickly changed at home & crossed the street to the beach for some quick “laps”.

I dove into the ocean with my goggles & kick board, paddling past the tourists on vacation & the retirees half asleep to align myself with the shore. Then I set off down the shore, swimming parallel to the beach. Any swimmer knows the ocean is a different swim than a lap pool,  most notably because of the salt water (and in this case, the tourists frolicking around). The other major difference is that in the pool, it would be rare to feel little nibbles that send you unexpectedly flying to your feet….which is exactly what happened after about 5 minutes of kicking.

As I looked around above water I didn’t see anything formidable…no sharks! (Whew!) What I saw when I put my face in the water was a big surprise-a school of fish had been swimming beneath me the whole time & I had not even realized it! I was leading a bunch of little fish down the shore, which made me a little nervous at first (haven’t we all felt nervous as “new” leaders?!) but then I settled back into my kicking routine, eventually feeling confident again.

As I swam down the shore I occasionally dipped my head below the surface of the ocean.  It made me smile to see some courageous fish approaching my board, while others tried to get right up to my goggles. Even more surprising, the further I swam, the bigger the  school became! Lots of metaphors here…I will let you use your imagination;)

Not Just Another Fish in the Sea…Are You Leading Today?

As I approached the landmark to turn around to head back to my starting point, I wondered if my new little friends would continue without me up the shore. I had grown comfortable with my new little buddies & the thought of swimming home alone suddenly felt like it would be a little lonely.  As it turned out, when I made the turn, they broke out of formation into a random little swarm beneath the sea…then when I started the other way, they made their way back into formation! They followed me all the way back until I made it to my exit point.

Whether it was my confidence, my large shadow or the color of my black swimsuit, it brought a little sunshine to my morning to think that even at the most unexpected times, when you lead-others will follow.  It made me smile; soaking in the sunshine, getting a little exercise & playfully thinking about blogging this little light fish story for you. Have a wonderful day…and remember: We are all leaders, even when we aren’t sure anyone is watching!

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