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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.

Our deepest wishes are whispers of our authentic selves. We must learn to respect them. We must learn to listen.”

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Many people prefer to play it safe when it comes to business matters. Are you willing to take risks in the pursuit of entrepreneurial success?”

– Steven Schussler

Instead of loving your enemies, treat your friends a little better.”

– Edgar W. Howe

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson

There is little success where there is little laughter.”

– Andrew Carnegie

Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”

– Eckhart Tolle

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

– Jalaluddin Rumi

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

He who wants to tear down a house must be prepared to rebuild it.”

– African Proverb

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

– Arundhati Roy

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.”

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence.”

– Robert Frost

Remember that it’s okay to ask for help when you’re stumped, because sometimes you really can’t be expected to handle everything alone.”

– Martha Beck

Why am I whispering when I have something to say?”

– Eve Ensler

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”

– Leonard Cohen

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

– Gandi

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

The gem cannot be polished without friction; nor man perfected without trials.”

– Chinese proverb

The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

I don’t do very well without fear. There needs to be a part of me saying, ‘That’s going to fail,’ so I can prove myself wrong.”

– Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe

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

– Thomas Edison

Women once had the goal of being Superwoman; I think most of us now simply strive to have a super day.”

– Author, Activist Lee Woodruff

Persist and persevere, and you will find most things that are attainable, possible.”

– Lord Chesterfield

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

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

– John D. Rockefeller

No longer talk at all about the kind of man a good man ought to be, but be such.”

– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”

– Groucho Marx

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

Do you have the desire to create something new; the strength of conviction to believe your creation will be successful, and the reservoir of energy necessary to thrust it into the marketplace?”

– Steven Schussler

Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences.”

– J.K. Rowling

“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.

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius.”

– Joseph Addison

‎That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

– Anais Nin

I was taught at a very young age that you can do whatever you want to, but you have to make it happen — not just talk about it.”

– Kathleen Jo Ryan

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.

– Robert Frost

Don’t wait for someone else to lead you to your right life; that privilege—and responsibility—is yours alone.”

– Martha Beck

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

– T.S. Eliot

A truly forgiving person is someone who experiences all the anger merited by injustice and still acts with fairness and compassion.”

– Martha Beck

When I dare to be powerful—to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

– Audre Lorde

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

– Robert Louis Stevenson

If people like you they’ll listen to you; if they trust you, they’ll do business with you.”

– Zig Ziglar

Never cut what you can untie.”

– Joseph Joubert

A man who strikes first admits that his ideas have given out.”

– Chinese Proverb

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

– Ajahn Chah