Conviction-Driven Leadership: Knowledge Refines ~ Action Defines…

| March 9, 2020

“Real leadership is a transferring of conviction to others, affecting their actions, motivations, intuition, and commitment.” ~ Albert Mohler, Author


Your #1 Leadership Mandate: Keep HOPE Alive…

Years ago, I took an intensive leadership course at Harvard where I learned a lesson that has stuck with me ever since — living inside every choice I make and every action I take. Especially in my role as a CEO.

A leader’s prime responsibility — his or her only duty actually — is to keep HOPE alive.

Everything else is mere window-dressing.

If a leader fails to ignite the flames of hope, all is lost and failure is certain.

But if you keep hope alive, especially within all who look to you for guidance, success is equally guaranteed.

Providing you work hard, work smart, and most of all, continuously raise your expectations for what is possible.

When we created The Power of TQ and 10 Choices of Intentional Excellence — the world’s first and only custom-produced personal book written for an audience of one — YOU — we discovered an essential characteristic of successful people… in good times and bad.

With hundreds of millions of data points, we found that there is indeed a “secret” to success…

People who SUCCEED, EXPECT to succeed…

People who FAIL, don’t EXPECT to succeed in the first place.

It turns out that our EXPECTATIONS are the chief driver of success, and without high expectations, there is simply no point in better execution.

This is a thought that should drive all leaders forward as we collectively face the unknown in today’s challenging environment.

Right now, the most important priority of every leader is to inspire hope that we will come through these times stronger than ever. That we will continue to make great products, offer wonderful services, and build on our legacy of freedom and

In times when people are confused, frightened, and need direction your leadership matters. Not lip-service to the word, but the true essence of what it means to lead in times of uncertainty, fear, and forced change.

Charles Darwin said it best, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” Put another way, in this rapidly changing global economy, you either adapt or die.

We are in a time of unprecedented upheaval, a sudden and abrupt change to our way of life due to the hysteria surrounding the COVID19 virus. We must now quickly adapt or find our businesses decimated.

As CEO of the world’s leading publisher of virtual training products exclusively focused on the intentional pursuit of excellence, I, more than anytime in the past 25 years, see this as an “acid-test” of our leadership skills.

Leaders with positive reinforcement of a clear vision will succeed. Others will face staggering losses that will set them back decades, or worse, cause an “extinction-level event” within their companies.

Today — yes today — we have been given a global problem that can only be addressed on a deeply personal basis.

Supply chains have been disrupted, major events canceled, and the transportation/hospitality industry has been shaken to the core. This is not a corporate issue, it is a people issue.

When your people are frightened, they need direction, hope, and a clear vision. You must lead them to the conviction that what they are doing is the right thing to be doing. This conviction must then turn into the courage to act. I call this Conviction-Driven Leadership.

My dear friend, Sir John Edmund Haggai, founder of one of the largest Christian leadership missions in the world, penned this decades ago — and it still drives my decisions to this day…

“The leader seeks to communicate his vision to his followers. He captures their attention with his optimistic intuition of possible solutions to their needs. He influences them by the dynamism of his faith. He demonstrates the confidence that the challenge can be met, the need resolved, the crisis overcome.”


Knowledge Refines ~ Action Defines…

My company creates tools and tech to make people more efficient, effective, and productive through a systematic process of self-measurement, self-evaluation, and self-improvement. Over the past 25 years, we have been highly successful in good times and bad. We have helped millions turn their hopes and dreams into tangible results.

But here’s the truth: It’s hard to be productive when scared for your friends and family… it’s hard to be effective when confused and conflicted at home and at work… it’s hard to be efficient when constantly worried. Unfortunately, this is the environment we have been thrust into.

So, to help your people not just adapt but embrace the changes immediately ahead, give them The Time Prism — The World’s Smartest App™ — at zero cost to your people. You may send it to all your customers, employees, suppliers, stakeholders, and leadership with my compliments. It provides intuitive encouragement, motivation, and highly condensed training… an infinite flood of “Aha Moments” that inform smarter decisions in the moment.

We call this Transparent Learning. Which is exactly what we need at this time. Sure, we have many different products that will help you grow your organization by training your people to inculcate The Excellence Habit (our forte).

My motivation is to provide a known tool that gives your people ideas for action that will make an immediate difference in their performance and in their lives. Think of this as my contribution to your success… making leadership excellence a reality, not just a buzzword. Learn more:

Feel free to send this link to everyone who wants to achieve more by adapting faster. Access from your phone or tablet on either iOS or Droid devices: ThinkTQ.Page.Link/TQ

Finally, the key to success is to continuously raise your expectations for what is possible, then execute beyond expectations.

Expect Success,

E. R. Haas, CEO, Serial Entrepreneur, Author

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E. R. Haas is CEO of the TQ Smart family of web sites including,,,, and hundreds of others.E. R. is a "serial entrepreneur" and has created over 20 different businesses in software, manufacturing, finance, publishing and many other areas.He is married to Jan Haas who shares his interest in model railroading, gardening, and traveling by train. Together, they have 5 grown children, 9 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren.

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