When is the best time to plant a tree? - Leadership Shift Video Tip

"When is the best time to plant a tree?" 

I first heard this question at the start my professional selling career. As I was celebrating a strong sales month, my manager was trying to share a valuable business and life lesson. And I had no idea how to answer his question. To be honest, I thought he was doing some Yoda Mindset jiu-jitsu on me.  

Then he asked me, "When is the second best time to plant a tree?" 

And with that, I was just puzzled, but his lesson was clear - Close your business today and always be planting for your future.  

Discover more and the answers to his questions by watching this week's video Shift Tip.  Click HERE to view.


And speaking of planting  - During the 2017 holidays, I had a conversation with a sales leader who wanted to work with me to maximize her professional and personal life. She was frustrated because her company was never going to provide her with a company-sponsored executive coach and she couldn’t afford my coaching services on her own. Her frustration bummed me out because I wanted to help, but wasn't sure how.  

Our conversation planted a seedling.    

It got me thinking about my early career and all the high-potential individuals and sales, marketing, and advertising managers and directors out there in her boat. 

Yes, many have great managers interested in developing their people, but many don’t. They don’t have access to a c-suite mentor, executive coach, or a professional guide who has been in trenches and is trustworthy, confidential, and not in their movie. 

So I kept watering and fertilizing the seedling. I wanted to find a solution, but I was stuck. My seedling looked more like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. Then we had another conversation, and that led to the shift that sparked the creation of a new membership academy called The Pace Line. 

Each month as a Pace Line member you will receive: 

  • One curated, noteworthy business/leadership book to further your development.
  • One webinar/tutorial/expert interview on a range of business-leadership topics that will help you achieve complete success.
  • One Q and A session to answer your questions.
  • Access to 1:1 executive coaching sessions to help you strategize and game plan for success. 
  • Additional resources to help you become the best version of yourself. 
  • Private Facebook and LinkedIn groups to share best practices and network with like-minded professionals 


You and others get all this and more for a price that is less than your Starbucks habit, health club membership, and a nice date night dinner. 

And some of the proceeds go to charity - how cool is that? It's a great win-win for you and others.  

I will open enrollment on July 11th - the anniversary of my last bad day. Which could be the best day to plant something for your future. 

If you are interested in learning more and getting on the Peloton VIP waiting list, please let me know.  

Have fun storming the castle and don't forget to plant something today.