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Lisa Earle McLeod, Author, Sales, and Leadership Expert, McLeod & More, Inc.

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Business strategist Lisa Earle McLeod is an expert in sales force and leadership development. An author, consultant, syndicated columnist, media commentator, and keynote speaker, she is recognized as a thought-leader whose latest book, “The Triangle of Truth,” was named a Washington Post Top 5 Business Book for Leaders.

A bottom-line oriented business advisor whose firm, McLeod & More, Inc. was featured in Fortune Magazine, she is also a problem-solving expert whose conflict resolution handbook was delivered to every member of the House and Senate. And she’s a leadership contributor for Forbes.com and the author of more than 500 articles.

This high-energy keynote speaker who has rocked the house everywhere from Apple to Pfizer to The United Way, is a repeat guest on “Good Morning America” who has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows.

Lisa’s clients range from pharmaceutical to financial services, including Ann Taylor, Capital G, West Pharmaceutical, Black & McDonald, Kimberly-Clark, CMIT, and numerous franchises and entrepreneur organizations. She is also a personal development expert whose first book “Forget Perfect,” was featured in The New York Times, and continues to sell a full decade after the original printing. And her essay collection, “Finding Grace When You Can’t Even Find Clean Underwear,” was featured on Oprah.com.

Lisa and her husband Bob live in Atlanta. They are the parents of two fabulous teenage daughters.

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.”

– Corita Kent

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

If it isn’t good, let it die. If it doesn’t die, make it good.”

– Ajahn Chah

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.”

– Robert H. Schuller

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Chuck E. Cheese's

The good ideas are all hammered out in agony by individuals, not spewed out by groups.”

– Charles Brower, Advertising Hall of Fame

To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.”

– Robert Louis Stevenson

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

We are perfectionists. We are hungry to work all the time. We are entertained by every aspect of business and we never want to stop working.”

– Suzy Welch

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.”

– Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., U.S. Supreme Court justice

Who cares if my glass is half empty or half full; I still have something to drink.”

– Optimism rules

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

We need to learn to set our course by the stars, not by the lights of every passing ship.”

– General Omar Bradley

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

– Charles Dickens

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

– Thomas Edison

You don’t go into a field that requires cracking people’s heads open or operating on something as delicate as the spinal cord unless you are comfortable with taking risks.”

– Dr. Ben Carson

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.”

– Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

You only live once. But if you do it right, once is enough.”

– Mae West

You may ask me for anything you like except time.”

– Napoleon

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”

– Charles R. Swindoll

Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”

– E.B. White

I’ve come to confirm that one’s title, even that of president, says little about how well one’s life has been led. No matter how much you’ve done, or how successful you’ve been, there’s always more to do, to learn, and to achieve.”

– Barack Obama

Do you believe it is important to give back some portion of your wealth to support charitable causes?”

– Steven Schussler

When I was younger I thought success was being a star, driving nice cars, having groupies. But today I think the most important thing is to live your life with integrity.

– Ellen DeGeneres

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

You take your life in your own hands, and what happens?
 A terrible thing: no one to blame.”

– Erica Jong

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.”

– T.S. Eliot

If you want to be busy, keep trying to be perfect. If you want to be happy, focus on making a difference.”

– Lisa Earle McLeod

That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche

What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

– Jim Butcher, White Night

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”

– Leonardo da Vinci

Do not say, ‘why were the former days better than these,’ for it is not from wisdom that you ask this.”

– Ecclesiastes, 7:10

I have spent a good part of my life convincing people that a blank sheet of paper is the greatest opportunity in the world, and not frightening at all.”

– Marty Skler, executive vp, Walt Disney Imagineering

What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?”

– Magical

The awakening to the mystery of life is a revolutionary event; in it an old world is destroyed so that a new and better one may take its place.”

– J.J. Van Der Leeuw, The Conquest of Illusion

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

I will pay more for the ability to deal with people than any other ability under the sun.”

– John D. Rockefeller

A lot of people have ideas, but few decide to do something about them now. Not next week. But today.”

– Nolan Bushnell, founder, Atari

As each woman realizes her power, she transforms the world.”

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

Once you find something you love to do, be the best at doing it.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens