Author Archives: Alan Allard

Why This Success Guru Is Just Plain Wrong

Published on December 10, 2017 by

I read a lot.

It all began when I was a teenager and read a short book, Your Greatest Power.

That began my quest to better understand myself, to gain insight into human behavior, happiness and yes, "success."

Today I read an article by a prolific writer who deals with ...

Continue reading...

The Hardest Question in Life to Answer

Published on June 18, 2017 by

 

Years ago I had a friend who sold life insurance.

He didn't really like it and he only made enough money to pay his bills.

I suggested he find another kind of sales job; one he was better suited for and one he enjoyed.

He insisted he just needed to ...

Continue reading...

Happiness

Published on May 31, 2017 by

Happiness—it's such a broad topic and one we tend to make more difficult than necessary. At work and in life, your level of happiness couldn't be more important.

I was recently a guest on The Energy of Success Podcast, hosted by author, speaker, and trainer Marc Schwartz.

Marc is an ...

Continue reading...

A Leadership Kick In the Ass

Published on January 16, 2017 by

One of my favorite authors on leadership is Bill Treasurer--and you can get a free chapter from his new book out today. Jim Kouzes, co-author of The Leadership Challenge said, "This is one of the most unique and valuable books you will read all year, and I highly recommend it."

...

Continue reading...

This Guy Is Changing Young Lives

Published on January 10, 2017 by

I recently came across someone who inspires me and who is doing incredible work with youth--someone who is changing their lives and doing it all on a volunteer basis. This is someone with vision, passion, talent and a drive to be a force of nature in a unique way.

His ...

Continue reading...

What’s Your Real Potential? (Video)

Published on August 21, 2016 by

Last week I watched a video of women gymnastics, comparing Olympic gymnasts from the 1950's and those currently competing. I'm sharing it to ask the question, "What is our real potential?" What have we learned since the 50's in terms of the human body's potential, mental potential and so on?

...

Continue reading...

Why “Just Do It” Is Great For Nike But Not For You

Published on May 3, 2016 by

When it comes to “motivating” others (and ourselves) there are three well-known phrases I see and hear a lot:

  • “Just Do It!”
  • “No excuses!”
  • “No one owes you anything!”

As a former psychotherapist and now as a coach for the past decade, I have spent thousands of hours ...

Continue reading...

Go From “Here” to “There” Faster & Easier

Published on February 22, 2016 by

In 2007 Ursula Burns became the president of Xerox Corporation. In 2009 she became the CEO and In 2010 she was also named chairman of Xerox. That’s quite a success story, but like all success stories, there is a beginning.

For Ms. Burns, that beginning was as an intern ...

Continue reading...

Dark Night of the Soul & Taking Responsibility

Published on February 16, 2016 by

About nine years ago I wasn't doing well--in fact I was going through what some have called the "dark night of the soul."

I was burned out, angry, confused and couldn't see any way things were going to get better.

Things did get better, by far.

It took work ...

Continue reading...

Serena Williams’ Coach’s Advice to Us All

Published on February 6, 2016 by

No too long ago I was coaching a client in his late sixties and he said something in passing. I paused and asked, "What did you just say, can you repeat that?"

I'm not going to share what he told me--but it was about a life-long dream he's had ...

Continue reading...