Larry Broughtons FLASHPOINTS

Larry Broughtons FLASHPOINTS




Sometimes we need to cut our hair to find the true color.

We often rely on the reflection of a mirror to assess our physical appearance. But isn’t the reflection only as good as the mirror? Partially. In reality, it’s based mostly on our own PERCEPTION of ourselves. For example, someone who’s anorexic sees fat where none exists. This truth is not limited to our physical being, but to all areas of our self-perception. Think professionally, relationally, spiritually … or wherever we’re seeking excellence. Our perception may be totally off the mark, and that’s when we need to throw out the mirror and stop lying to ourselves. Often only mentors and loved ones can truly reflect reality to us. Who are you using to reflect your true image? Are they bold enough to share the truth? Are you courageous enough to listen?



       Where do opportunities come from?

                                                              Achievers create opportunities where others see work.

When it comes to opportunity, it’s rarely just a matter of good fortune. Not often can we say it was simply meant to be. And only sometimes can we attribute it to being in the right place at the right time. Most of the time, opportunity comes from serving others first, generating good word-of-mouth, expanding our sphere of influence, creating our own opportunities from nothing, and working hard to achieve excellence in every piece of work we put our name to. Building on our credibility, serving others, and demonstrating results will get us there. Where will your next opportunity come from?


Create a routine to maximize productivity.

Sometimes, no matter how organized we are, too much of our day is spent answering questions. Rather than getting through our own to-do list, we spend a disproportionate time with our team, helping them move forward with their own workloads. It’s times like these that having a daily or weekly routine can boost productivity. For example, meeting with the team each morning for a short block of time (in the hotel/restaurant industry this is called a “line up”) will cut down our time answering questions throughout the day. Also, marking out blocks of time during the week for undisturbed work, encouraging the team to do the same, works wonders. What would be the effect in productivity and morale if you tried one or both of these?


Being true to our word makes leadership a whole lot easier.

Making daily decisions is challenging for many and forces some into a severe case of analysis-paralysis, preventing them from taking action. Those gray areas of life can be difficult to negotiate, as there may not be a clear right or wrong, winner or loser. But, if at the very core of all our actions is being true to ourselves, our values and our goals, and acting in the best interest of those involved with our ventures, suddenly putting ourselves out there isn’t as challenging as we imagined. If we only take actions consistent with our values, even if the results are less than expected, at least we haven’t compromised who we are. How have you made speaking the truth on a daily basis part of who you are?


 You might give in just before the biggest achievement of your life.

As high achievers, we often take on the most demanding of tasks. At times this means feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and tired. It’s enough to make us want to throw in the towel, and trade it all in for a more average life. But, hold on! Didn’t you realize there’d be days like these? Yet, you chose to step into the arena, anyway. The fact is, you’ve always been up for the challenge … so, don’t stop now. Tenacity drives us to take on opportunity after opportunity, despite the hard work and long hours required. It’s disastrous to give up too early, only to miss out on a great success that’s just around the corner.What are you working on that needs a little extra “oomph” to cross the finish line?

Forgiveness starts with the most important person: YOURSELF

Having an exceptional life comes with a boatload of decision-making and risk-taking. Sometimes outcomes don’t match expectations, which leads to that dreaded F-word: FAILURE. And as people who take responsibility for our own actions, we’re often quick to point the finger and lay blame on the same person over and over: ourselves. Dwelling on these negative experiences doesn’t make them any less so—in fact, quite the opposite. Yet ignoring failures is also a mistake—we must embrace them, learn, and move on. Most importantly, we must forgive ourselves and let go of the negativity. So, next time the mental blame-game starts, we shouldn’t be too hard on ourselves; we’re all only human, after all. How can you embrace your humanity and cut yourself a break?



If you are traveling with children,
or are seated next to someone who needs assistance,
place the mask on yourself first, then offer assistance.

We’ve heard the safety presentation by the flight attendants regarding the use of oxygen masks should there be a sudden drop in cabin pressure. If we’re going to provide optimum, long-term value to our team, we must take care of ourselves first: physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Creating time for things like working out, regular break times, proper rest, and better planning to avoid the constant need for late night work contributes to that goal and sends a powerful message about priorities to our family and teams. Even taking time off to volunteer for a worthy cause does wonders for team morale, a sense of team cohesion and spiritual fulfillment. How are you ensuring that both your and your team’s needs are being met? Maybe you should ask them.

Opportunities are disguised as problems. From paper boys to CEO’s, what’s one skill needed to take advantage of those opportunities? Problem solving!

Opportunities are problems waiting to be solved; those that solve them reap the rewards. Being a problem solver is not just for ourselves—those around us MUST be adept at it. But can we promote more effective problem solving? Consider it two sides of a coin. Each individual must: (1) possess the desire to problem solve and think creatively and (2) be comfortable with and capable of problem solving together with others. So why not emulate a sports team and practice? Do a fun problem-solving challenge at the next team meeting. It will provide insights into how each person thinks and raise the collective skill level of the team. How well do you problem solve as a team, and what can you do to increase that?

Mediocrity only breeds more mediocrity.

The world is chocked full of people satisfied with working week after week without passion, living a life of gray mediocrity; for the grand payoff of two days a week, and two weeks a year of relaxation and fun.  We were created for more!  As we travel our paths towards a vision of greater things in life, we must remain diligent.  We must strive for excellence, and we must persevere.  If we don’t, we’re in danger of falling into the company of fools, naysayers, and energy vampires who let obstacles and fear paralyze them.  One day, they’ll get bitten by the hungry dog of regret. Now’s the time to identify our passions and articulate our vision for greatness.  What will you do to move your vision from fantasy to reality?


The best contribution we can make to our communities is challenging ourselves

and teammates towards personal growth and development.


As our teams and dreams grow (and sometimes fail), it’s important to remember we’re getting closer to our cause. Too often, we’re so caught up in our own personal & professional development & training programs that we forget to cast our eyes & energy on the development of those around us. Check your priorities and ensure your team has sufficient tools & resources to act successfully; give them ample opportunities to learn; and be driven by your desire to serve others. Most importantly, ask your teammates what they hope to accomplish by being part of your tribe (using private one-on-one meetings, confidential surveys, group meetings, etc.), then seek to make this their reality.  How can you help make the hopes & dreams of your teammates a reality?