THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG

From Where I Sit

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG The turf was a rare, rich, flat piece of land positioned at the foot of the Northeast Georgia mountains. It was midsummer. And it was hot; it was very hot! I was primed for an irritation. The Garden The garden that simply began as therapy for...

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Just Like Thinking

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG  Underneath my picture in my Senior High School Annual is the following quote: “Minds are like cement. All mixed up and permanently set.” The key word is “like”. When it comes to raising my creativity and performance levels, I can think of no...

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Pesky Kudzu How We Speak to Others

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG One question haunting every author  “Will my book title capture both the attention of the reader and the central thought of the book?” Never has this question held as much power over me as did with my first book, The Art of Killing Kudzu. My...

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The Leadership Dock

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG A platform where leaders can anchor, release, and receive leadership concepts. “If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favorable to him.”  Seneca. “The leadership dock is not anchored in an elitist lake, but in an all...

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Behind the “Ate” Ball

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG Professionals across the country agree on one thing: They are effective because they spend much time on self-development. Studies indicate that many of them spend as much as 50% of their time servicing their own journey. They are wise. You...

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Macklyn Did You Forget that I Was Here?

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG Couched between “Stephen” and “Gower” lies my middle name, “Macklyn.” If recognized at all, “Macklyn” is reduced to “M”--one letter preceded by seven letters and followed by five letters. “Macklyn” is overpowered, camouflaged, dwarfed by...

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Be a Doer

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG Information Minus Implementation Equals Irritation The conference speaker was stellar. Her content was riveting; her style was real. The audience was spellbound by her delivery. She received a standing ovation. She had obviously paid the...

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Gestalt!

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG I caught a glimpse of him on television in the midsummer of 2007.  He was a key character on the television series, The A-Team and also played the role of a boxer in one of the Rocky movies. You may have figured out by now that I am referring to...

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When Focus Finds You

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG Within a culture of change, there is a great deal of emphasis on finding focus. Our environment moves faster and faster with each passing day. Often I wonder if we do not have it backwards.  Do we actually find focus? Or, can focus find us? Is...

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Take Notice

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG Around age 60, you begin to notice “as I have noticed” that: 1.  Friends can become family. 2.  Wherever you go, you take you with you. 3.  Happiness is defined by circumstance – still, so, joy defies circumstance – more so. 4. ...

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​Competition

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG Competition! Last week, for the second year in a row, there were co-winners in The National Spelling Bee Competition. They simply ran out of words. So, early this morning, I decided to share some thoughts on competition: 1. Competition can be...

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Too Quick to Judge

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG I was a passenger on a public transportation system, almost three thousand miles away from home.  I began to notice that one of the transit conductors was staring toward me. It appeared to be a stern look, and I became troubled. Within a matter...

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​Evaluations!

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG Monitoring is a necessary growth tool for the professional speaker and others who want to soar beyond success. Over 50 years, I have observed the polarization of my evaluations: 1) I have been described as “A Georgia Treasure and a National...

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How to Excel As an Emerging Leader

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG The verb “emerge” has more than one meaning. Emerge can mean simply to surface as a sea mammal surfaces from the ocean for breath and then returns. On the other hand, emerge can equal a moving out front, a soaring far beyond the surface. The...

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Incremental “Finished-ness”

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG The afternoon project was to weed the garden. Fatigue set in after two hours.  In the past, this gardener would have pushed himself toward conclusion. But, on this occasion, there was a halting and a trip to the ice tea. There was no frustration...

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The Kitchen Table!

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG At the center point of my office is an old kitchen table. It is there for a reason. That composite of wood served our family until I was 14. My memories of those moments are pleasant. When we moved to our new home, TV trays replaced the kitchen...

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Use “I” Sparingly

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG “Sir, you took notes today but did not take notes the first four days. Is there a reason for this?” “I was not taking notes. I was counting the number of times that you used the word 'I'. In the first hour, the count was 75.”   Authentic leaders...

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The Two-Minute Drill

  THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG   For approximately fifteen years, it has been my privilege to serve as “Color Commentator” for high school football broadcasts over a very powerful FM radio station. During that period of time, I have helped broadcast close to two...

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Pass the P’s

  THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG   Pass the P's please: Parkinson's, Perfection, Practice, and Passion What you think can/will hurt you, can rise up and help you. I was not prepared for my shock when I was told that Parkinson's was the diagnosis. Years before I had...

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Minority Opinions

  THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG   Any discussion of the national government will eventually include the Supreme Court. Routinely, the interest in the court for many revolves around new appointees. I am more intrigued by two documents that are written about the...

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DNA of Leadership: Encouragement

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG Aggressive enough to Affirm – Caring enough to Confront As late as 2000, leaders were sharing that the number one driving force for them was monetary compensation. A close second was the feeling of being appreciated. More recently, those two...

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Obsession: Beating the Buzzer

THE STEPHEN GOWER BLOG The 2016 Final Four is over—finally. The highlight of the championship game was the buzzer beater at the end of the game. In this instance, beating the buzzer was a good thing for Villanova, a bad thing for North Carolina. Beating the buzzer can...

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