Disciplines Archives - Building Champions

Every­thing in your life and busi­ness is per­fect. You don’t have a care in the world, right?


Summer is here and for many of us, that means family vacations, mid-year reviews, and setting new plans to finish the year strong. (more…)

I still love the scene from The Office when Oscar (the bookkeeper) is asked to review Michael (the Manager’s) personal finances for advice. Oscar tells Michael he must declare bankruptcy, leading Michael to step out into the open office and shout, “I declare bankruptcy!” Classic.


As a coach, I ask for and review a lot of business plans around this time of year, and all of them have common denominators: Goals. While I fully endorse goal setting, I try to challenge clients to see goals in a larger context that follows what author Sean Covey calls The 4 Disciplines of Execution. (more…)

Building Champions CEO Daniel Harkavy recently spoke to an audience of executives at their  corporation’s customized Experience about prioritizing what is truly important to you. Urging them to  make tough choices each day to get the results they want in work and life, he asked, “Are you giving your  leftovers to the people who mean the most to you?” 


Leaders get asked to do a lot of things. In fact, the more successful you are in life aspects, the more you will be asked to do. Here lies an irony for the successful leader – a leader in business, at home, or anywhere in life: The more I accomplish the more I have to manage.


Our brain is often at war with itself. The primitive emotional centers (the Gecko) versus the advanced intellectual centers (the Geek). The Gecko gets us in trouble because it’s only capacity is to react, while the Geek thinks, then reacts.


The following is a favorite of the Building Champions team and was originally posted in February 2014.

The process of planting seed can be exciting. During this time the vision is fresh, expectations are high, and energy levels are at their peak. However, planting seed is not the end of the process.

Highly Productive People know it’s just the beginning. They understand the power of watering and waiting.


“I can’t do it all. I can’t be it all. I’m crazed!” Have you ever heard anything like that? You don’t have to listen very long to realize it’s become the mantra of this generation. Most of us feel overwhelmed. There’s just so much to do. Over and over again comes the same frustrated question: “How do I fit it all in?”


Time to Reflect

Growing up as a TV fan in the ‘80s, I was forced to get comfortable with waiting. When my favorite show ended on Tuesday at 9 p.m. (like this one or this one), we were forced to wait 7 long days to see what happened next to the characters we loved. In that forced hiatus,… Read More

Fighting a Fixed Mindset

Let’s be honest: 2020 has been a challenging year. That’s not to say there haven’t been moments of triumph and opportunity, but for many of us our mindsets and perspective have been tested like never before. We’ve been forced to re-think our rhythms, routines, priorities and schedules, all while dealing with a tsunami of change… Read More

The 7 Perspectives Video Series

Part I: Your Decisions & Influence In the first of a three-part video series, Daniel Harkavy explores how your decisions and influence affect everything from promotions to gaining and keeping the trust of your team and peers.  Read Video Transcript