In 1997, one of the finest business leaders in the world died. His name was Roberto Goizueta, and he was the chairman and chief executive of the Coca-Cola Company. A few months before he died, he said, “A billion hours ago, human life appeared on Earth. A billion minutes ago, Christianity emerged. A billion seconds ago, the Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. A billion Coca-Colas ago . . . was yesterday morning.

He told the Atlanta newspaper he had no plans for retirement. Six weeks later, he was dead. And so was Coca-Cola. Or was it?

Normally, when the CEO suddenly goes away, the company goes in the tank. But not so with Coke. Goizueta had grown Coke from a $4 billion company to a $150 billion company. But he did something more important than that. He groomed Douglas Ivester to take his place, if and when the need would arise. Goizueta taught Ivester everything he knew, just in case. And “in case” happened. It always does.

You see, the key to your success in any venture is not what you do, but what you prepare others to do. Paul mastered this concept, and he told Titus to do the same. He understood the importance of finding good men and training them to lead the next generation.


Standing Watch

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me” (Ezekiel 33:7).

A lot of people assume that part of being a real man is handling life on our own. This distorted view of independence makes sense when we look at Hollywood’s examples of manhood. We see Rambo, armed only with his hunting knife and M60 machine gun. We see Jason Bourne with his spy-bred wit and martial arts expertise.

Using a military metaphor, the prophet Ezekiel points out the errors in thinking this way. He reminds us that we face a true spiritual battle and that – whether or not we admit it – we need help on the battlefield. And just as God places Ezekiel on guard to stand over Israel, we also need friends who care about us to stand watch in our lives.

Leadership guru Stephen Covey says, “Accountability breeds responsibility.” We were never intended to live the Christian life in isolation. We are part of a bigger family and a bigger picture. We need accountability. Someone needs to man the watch tower for us. They need to have our back. Who has your back today?

The Rushmore Report – Five Striking Members of Time’s Top 100 People

Editor-in-Chief for the Time 100, Edward Felsenthal explained how the magazine chose the 100 people on the list. “Influence increasingly knows no single zip code and no minimum age.” The current list, just released, has expected names such as President Trump. But several names surprise. We have chosen to highlight five of the most interesting members of the Time 100.

1. J.J. Watt

Hurricane Harvey brought Watt to an even higher pedestal than he already enjoyed. The historic storm brought 50 inches of rain to the Houston area, damaging more than 300,000 homes. Watt jumped into the recovery effort right away, raising more than $37 million. In the process, he raised the spirits of the fourth largest city in America.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner: “Every few years, a professional athlete touches the heart and soul of a city in a way that has nothing to do with athleticism. Such is the case with Houston Texans star J.J. Watt, who is a star on and off the field.”

2. Bhavish Aggarwal

You may not know this name. Aggarwal is India’s version of Bill Gates. From the town of Ludhiana, which is best known as the world’s largest manufacturing center for bicycles, Aggarwal co-founded Ola, one of the world’s largest ride-sharing companies. This made him one of the richest men in the world at the ripe old age of 32.

Sachin Bansal: “It’s easy to forget the struggles Bhavish faced while building one of India’s most storied startups. From bootstrapping Ola when Indian consumer tech was still taking baby steps to braving regulatory hurdles and fighting off foreign competitors, Bhavish has driven around the block a few times. He is one of the most polite, soft-spoken, genuine men you will ever meet.”

3. Sean Hannity

The most watched host in cable news, Hannity has risen from construction worker to political heavyweight. With the retirement of Bill O’Reilly, Hannity has emerged as the most popular – and controversial – figure in prime time cable.

Newt Gingrich: “Sean Hannity has a remarkable impact between three hours of radio and an hour of TV every day. His fans listen to him and learn from him. One of his biggest fans is President Donald Trump, who routinely watches the TV show and talks with Sean as a fellow New Yorker. Hannity played a major role in helping Trump get the nomination and win the general election. Sean is both a principled conservative and a ferocious opponent of the left and the deep state. He has made and is making a difference.”

4. Carl June

Dr. June has created a treatment called T cell, that trains immune systems to fight against cancer. It has saved the lives of countless children, through a complex treatment plan and induced coma. One such patient is 12-year-old Emily Whitehead, a child cancer survivor, thanks to June’s treatment.

Emily Whitehead: “I was a fun and energetic child. Then I spent two years in a hospital getting cancer treatment, but it wasn’t working for me. That’s when my parents and I learned about an experimental treatment, called T cell. It hadn’t been tried on a pediatric patient before. My parents believed it was the right choice for me, so we transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia to enter the trial. After getting the treatment, I went into a 14-day coma and awakened on my seventh birthday. But the treatment had worked! Dr. June saved my life and had a huge impact on my family. Without him, I wouldn’t be here today writing this. Dr. June is my hero!”

5. Roger Federer

Widely acknowledged as the greatest tennis player to ever pick up a racket, Roger Federer is much more than that. At age 36, he’s still winning Grand Slam tournaments, putting his records further out of reach every year. But it is what Federer has done off the court that landed him a spot on the Time 100.

Bill Gates: “Roger and his team work tirelessly to improve the life prospects for poor children – a mission that stems from his childhood visits to his mother’s home country of South Africa and seeing extreme poverty firsthand. Roger knows that effective philanthropy, like great tennis, requires discipline and time. It will be a sad day for all of us fans when he hangs up his racket – but we can take comfort in knowing that he is committed to making the world a more equitable place.”

The Birth of McDonald’s

McDonald’s was born 115 years ago today. Sort of. Actually, Ray Kroc was born October 5, 1902. But it was Kroc who made hamburger history.

At age 15, eager to be an ambulance corpsman in World War I, Kroc joined the Red Cross, lying about his age. Before he completed his training, however, the war ended, whereupon he worked for decades in various jobs. In 1954, as a salesman for a milk-shake machine company, the middle-aged Kroc visited a California restaurant that used an assembly-line approach to the preparation of food and offered just a few menu items.

The Multimixer salesman then sat down with the owners of the hamburger joint – the McDonald brothers – and hammered out a franchise agreement. The next year, he founded McDonald’s System, Inc., which by 1958 had sold its hundred-millionth hamburger. When Kroc died in 1984, there were more than 7,500 McDonald’s restaurants around the world.

Ray Kroc is a testament to what one man can do. So remember him the next time you order a quarter-pounder with cheese. One man. One franchise. World history.

The Rushmore Report: Top Ten Qualities of a Great Leader

Having a great idea, and assembling a team to bring that concept to life is the first step in creating a successful business venture. While finding a new and unique idea is rare enough, the ability to successfully execute this idea is what separates the dreamers from the entrepreneurs. The key to success in business, and in life, is becoming a great leader. As I see it, there are ten qualities of a great leader.

1. Honesty

Whatever ethical plane you hold yourself to, when you are responsible for a team of people, it is important to raise the bar even higher. Your business and its employees are a reflection of yourself, and if you make honest and ethical behavior a key value, your team will follow suit.

2. Delegate

Finessing your brand vision is essential to creating an organized and efficient business, but if you don’t learn to trust your team with that vision, you might never progress to the next stage. It’s important to remember that trusting your team with your idea is a sign of strength, not weakness.

3. Communication

Knowing what you want accomplished may seem clear in your head, but if you try to explain it so someone else and are met with a blank expression, you know there is a problem. If this has been your experience, then you may want to focus on honing your communication skills.

4. Confidence

There may be days where the future of your brand is worrisome and things aren’t going according to plan. This is true with any business, large or small, and the most important thing is to not panic.

5. Commitment

If you expect your team to work hard and produce quality content, you’re going to need to lead by example. There is no greater motivation than seeing the boss down in the trenches working alongside everyone else, showing that hard work is being done on every level.

6. Positive Attitude

You want to keep your team motivated toward the continued success of the company, and keep the energy levels up. Whether that means providing snacks, coffee, or relationship advice, remember that everyone on your team is a person.

7. Creativity

Some decisions will not always be so clear. You may be forced at times to deviate from your set course and make an on the fly decision. This is where your creativity will prove to be vital. It is during these critical situations that your team will look to you for guidance and you may be forced to make a quick decision.

8. Intuition

When leading a team through uncharted waters, there is no roadmap on what to do. Everything is uncertain, and the higher the risk, the higher the pressure. That is where your natural intuition has to kick in.

9. Inspiration

Creating a business often involves a bit of forecasting. Especially in the beginning stages of a start-up, inspiring your team to see the vision of the successes to come is vital. Make your team feel invested in the accomplishments of the company.

10. Approach

Not all human beings are the same. It is a basic concept, but something that is often overlooked. You have cultural  perspectives, language barriers, different educational backgrounds, personality traits, and varying value systems with which individuals come pre-conditioned that greatly affects how information is processed and interpreted.

About the Author

Tanya Prive is a contributor to Forbes.

World Leaders

The President of the United States, the Prime Minister of England, and the Communist leader met and started discussing the dreams they had. The President of the U.S. said, “I dreamed that I was made President of the world.”

The Prime Minister of England announced, “I dreamed I was made Prime Minister of the world.”

Then the communist leader responded, “That’s funny. I have no recollection of appointing either of you!”

The fact is, we all want to be President, Prime Minister, or leader of the world . . . or at least, our world. But the truth is, we are good at leading everyone but ourselves. And that is where real leadership begins.

It’s good to have dreams. But start with yourself. Learn to lead yourself, and the rest will come easy.

Five Frogs on a Log

There were five frogs on a log. Two decided to jump off. How many remained on the log?


The fact that two decided to jump off the log didn’t change a thing – until they actually jumped. That’s how it is with a lot of us. We have made a lot of good decisions. But it’s what comes after the decision that matters. Deciding to do something is not nearly as important as doing something.

The 12 steps have provided recovery for millions. The early steps talk about making decisions to surrender to one’s higher power. The later steps talk about following through with those decisions.

What decisions are you facing today? General Norman Schwartzkopt said, “We know what to do. The problem is we don’t do it.” Let’s make right decisions today. But more importantly, let’s follow through on those right decisions.

Southwest Airlines

Leaders impress from a distance, but they influence up close.

Take Herb Kelleher, for example. The former CEO of Southwest Airlines was such an influence on his employees that on Boss’s Day in 1994, they paid for a full-page ad in USA Today. The ad consisted of a letter addressed to their boss, Herb Kelleher.

As you read the letter, think about the kind of leader you are, and how you treat those who look to you as their boss. Think about what others might say about you.

“Thanks, Herb for remembering every one of our names. For remembering the Ronald McDonald House. For helping load baggage on Thanksgiving Day. For giving everyone a kiss (and we mean everyone). For listening. For running the only profitable airline. For singing at our holiday party. For singing only once a year. For golfing at the LUV Classic with only one club. For outtalking Sam Donaldson. For riding your Harley Davidson into Southwest headquarters. For being a friend, not just a boss. Happy Boss’s Day from each one of your 16,000 employees.”

The Bible says it like this. “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).

Climbing Trees

Stephen Covey says, “A leader is the one who climbs the tallest tree, surveys the entire situation, and yells, ‘Wrong jungle!'”

Life is a jungle, and there are a lot of trees. If you want to be a leader, you need to understand the Pareto Principle. The idea is this. Focus your attention on the activities in the top 20 percent in terms of importance, and you will have an 80 percent return on your effort.

You should have a to-do list, unless you don’t mind wasting time. On that list, let’s say you have ten items for the day. You need to spend 80 percent of your time on the two items that will produce 80 percent of the results.

As a pastor, I focused on two things: feed and lead. I fed the flock and I led the church. All the other stuff went into my 20 percent category.

That doesn’t mean the other stuff isn’t important, but you can’t do everything. You need to focus on that which a) you do well, and b) only you can do.

That is what Jesus did. He spent 80 percent of his time with 12 men. He didn’t visit hospitals, write books, or teach seminary. He did a few things very well.

And every now and then, he had to look at the disciples who wanted to do too much, and say, ‘Wrong jungle!'”

A Special Friend

In 1919 a young man, recovering from injuries suffered in World War I, rented a small apartment in Chicago. He chose the location to be near the home of a man named Sherwood Anderson. An author, Anderson had written the popular novel Winesboro, Ohio, and he was known to be willing to share his wisdom with young writers.

The two men spent time together nearly every day. They shared meals, took long walks, and discussed writing late into the night. The young man wrote passages and asked Anderson to critique them, which the novelist did with brutal honesty. The young man didn’t defend himself or his writing because, as he said later, “I didn’t know how to write until I learned from Sherwood.”

Within two years, the young man set off to write on his own. In 1926 he published his first novel, The Sun Also Rises, which was met with critical acclaim. His name was Ernest Hemingway – one of the greatest American writers of his generation.

But the story doesn’t end there. Sherwood Anderson also mentored William Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, William Saroyan, and John Steinbeck. Three of Anderson’s proteges earned Nobel Prizes; four won Pulitzer Prizes.

Why did Sherwood Anderson help aspiring new writers? Perhaps because he himself had been mentored by the famed authors, Theodore Dreiser and Carl Sandburg.

In like manner, the Old Testament prophet Elisha was mentored by Elijah. In the New Testament, Timothy was mentored by Paul. I suggest that each of us needs a Paul (mentor) and a Timothy (mentee) in our lives.

What about you?