• Columnists

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

COLUMN = SALES

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.

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

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

– Jim Butcher, White Night

If it really was a no-brainer to make it on your own in business there’d be millions of no-brained, harebrained individuals quitting their day jobs.”

– Bill Rancic, "The Apprentice"

Tolerance and patience should not be read as signs of weakness. They are signs of strength.”

– The Dalai Lama

But all the while I was alone, the past was close behind, I seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind, and I just grew, tangled up in blue.”

– Bob Dylan

Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do.
 Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”

– Ella Fitzgerald

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

– T.S. Eliot

That man is richest whose pleasures are the cheapest.”

– Henry David Thoreau

If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more.
 If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough.”

– Oprah Winfrey

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

– Mae West

Almost anyone can start a community, but it takes real talent and commitment to get people to show up and keep coming back.”

– Andy Sernovitz

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction.”

– JFK

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

– Martha Beck

Everyone is a mirror image of yourself—your own thinking coming back at you.”

– Byron Katie

The quality of your life is directly related to the amount of uncertainty you can comfortably live with.”

– Tony Robbins

If you do not tell the truth about yourself
, you cannot tell it about other people.”

– Virginia Woolf

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

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

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

– General Omar Bradley

Passion makes perfect.”

– Eugene Biro

Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

– Thomas Carlyle

My task is really not to change myself but to become familiar with who I am.”

– Maureen Cook

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn. If you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far.”

– Steve Jobs

The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.”

– Voltaire

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

My job is my hobby. I come to work to play.”

– Uli Becker, president, Reebok International

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

– William Shakespeare

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

I’m not afraid of storms,
for I’m learning to sail my ship.”

– Louisa May Alcott

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

– Chinese Proverb

The important thing is not being afraid to take a chance. The greatest failure is to not try.”

– Debbi Fields, Mrs. Fields Cookies

Never never never never give up.”

– Winston Churchill

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

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

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

– Leo Jozef Suenens

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

– Patrice Wynne, WomanSpirit Sourcebook

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

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.”

– Francesca Reigle

If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. 
Now put foundations under them.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Find somebody to be successful for. Raise their hopes. Think of their needs.”

– Barack Obama

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

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

– Gandi

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

– Robert Frost

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

– T.S. Eliot

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

– Guy Kawasaki

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

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

– Lord Chesterfield