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Black Belt Leadership: Creating a Life of Purpose by Discovering your Inner Champion by Chris Natzke


I recently heard Chris Natzke speak on his book titled Black Belt Leadership: 7 Keys to creating a life of purpose by discovering your inner champion.  I enjoyed his talk so much that I picked up a copy of his book so I could learn more. Being a life-long learner is something I’m committed to and having the mindset of […]


Build a Network


When you are able to put together a group of individuals with various skill sets you have the tools you need to take your business to the next level. Darren Hardy talks about influence and there are three things that influence your life; What you put into your head, who you hang out with, and where you hang out. I […]


Collaboration is Essential


The key to collaborating with others is to find the common ground.  When you work with others as part of a team the victory is much more meaningful.  You increase the creative flow by getting other peoples’ opinions.  When you collaborate with others it leads to better decision making. I’ve learned some pretty good benefits of collaboration that have helped […]


Do What Ever it Takes


Have you ever had one of those days when you felt like crap and have barely made it through the day and then realized you still had an event to attend that night? I have.  In fact, I had one a few years ago when I was supposed to go see a speaker talk about the law of attraction.  That […]


Gary Patton’s book launch – Stepping Up to an On Purpose Life


Denver, CO May, 2013 Local inspirational author and business coach Gary Patton launched his first book “Stepping Up to an On Purpose Life! Overcoming life changing events and the obstacles they create to live the life you desire.”   The launch was held on Friday March 29th with over 75 in attendance.  To date the book has received top rating of […]


Stepping Up to an On Purpose Life – Book Signing


Join Gary Patton at the Morrison Town Hall, 110 Stone St. Morrison, Colorado where he will be signing his new book Stepping Up to an On Purpose Life.  On June 1st from 12:00 to 4:00PM he and several other local authors will be present to discuss their books and autograph copies.  Don’t miss this great opportunity!


Awards and Rewards


I spent part of Sunday afternoon catching up on some filing that needed to be done.  As I was going through a few weeks of paperwork I began to reflect on all that has happened in my life lately. Two weeks ago I had a book release party to celebrate my book; Stepping Up to an On Purpose life! Overcoming […]


Four choices that will make a difference in your business.


Saturday I had a book signing at a local book store for my new book.  I was there for four hours and it wasn’t exactly busy with people lining up to purchase my book, or the books of the three other local authors who were there. As I sat at my table I began to look around at the various […]


Stepping Up to an On Purpose Life


This month I published my first book titled Stepping Up to an On Purpose Life! Overcoming life-changing events and the obstacles they create to live the life you desire on Outskirts Press.  It is available on as well as So why did I write the book? Over the past eighteen months I spoke to thousands of people about […]


Conflict Resolution in the Work Place


Leadership and conflict go hand-in-hand.  ”Don’t fear conflict; embrace it – it’s your job.” Trust me – in my twenty eight years of working in corporate America I’ve dealt with my share of conflicts.  And in some cases not too well… You can try and avoid conflict which is not a good idea, but you need to realize that you […]


How do you eat an elephant faster?


I was talking to a friend yesterday at her office when she pointed to a new quote on her white board.  It said “How do you eat an elephant?”  Of course we both said “One bite at a time.”  We were talking about the BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals) we had both set for this year.  She was mentioning that […]


Honoring those you serve


What does it mean to honor those you serve?  Wikipedia talks about honor being an abstract concept entailing a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual or corporate body. As a Go-Giver coach I talk about adding value to not only to your customers, but to everyone you come […]


I believe the children are our future!


I believe the children are our future I was a guest this past Sunday on the Million Dollar Butterfly radio show and was fortunate to be interviewed by not one, but two beautiful co-hosts.  The topic of the segment was opportunity and as I was getting ready to go on a funny thing happened. As I listened to Mary McNeilly […]


Book Review: The Motivation Myth


For years I tried to motivate employees through praise and compliments with varying levels of success. Then I read The Motivation Myth and it changed the way I approached recognizing people. By acknowledging people I was able to take my opinion out of the formula and show others that I value them and appreciate their efforts. At first it wasn’t […]


Six Steps to Better Customer Service


Over the past month or so I have encountered my share of bad customer service.  I won’t name the Internet provider who has me a lot of time and money because they already have a name in the industry for terrible customer service.  Let’s just say their advertisements fall short of their promises. Before I wrote this I decided to […]


What is holding you back from achieving your goals in 2013?


What is holding you back from achieving those Big Hairy Audacious Goals in 2013?  You are.  That’s right.  Over 90% of the people who set goals fail to achieve them because they start off “gung-ho” and never make it past the first thirty days.  Most of them don’t even last two weeks.  Why?  Because, no one holds them accountable especially […]


100 Reasons why Relationships and Value are What Sells Every Time!


We provide our clients with information, encouragement and guidance to help them build a business based on value and service.  If you take off two weeks next year you’ll work for fifty weeks.  Our advice to you is to apply two of Gina’s 100 Reasons why Relationships and Value are What Sells Every Time each week for the next year […]


Creating Your Stratospheric Company Board


“I believe that in all relationships you either grow together, or you grow apart. “ ~ Gary Patton, Chief Connecting Officer at On Purpose Leadership Do you have a picture of where your company will be in a year? How about three years? Five years? A company needs to have a vision of what their company will look like in the […]




As I sit here at my computer it’s just after 4am.  I love getting up and starting my day off early.  It’s so peaceful at this time of the day and I like to take a few minutes to reflect how grateful I am for my life. This morning I was reflecting on the last few days.  They were a […]


Personal Growth Plans


This week we wanted to talk about something near and dear to our hearts – Personal Growth Plans.  On Purpose Leadership is a big believer in Personal Growth and we both invest heavily on continuing our education every year. So why are PGPs (Personal Growth Plans) so important? To quote John Maxwell “Anyone can steer a ship, but it Takes a […]


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    “Michael is a man who is dedicated to helping others. After serving 18 years in fire and safety and earning the rank of Captain,Michael now passionately serves the business community and individuals with his leadership skills, ability to connect with others, his vision, creativity and adaptability. Michael is a valuable asset and will help you to achieve your goals in your personal life and in your business.” – Kereakos Zuras (June 23, 2012) Former Advisor To George W.Bush,Business Turn Around Expert And TV-Media Contributor, Zuras & Associates Inc

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    “I cannot say enough good things about my recent attending of Michael’s “5 Levels of Leadership Mastermind” study group. Michael is a fantastic facilitator who is well prepared with relevant material and has an art to eliciting great discussion within a group. I learned that I already posses leadership traits I didn’t know I have and I learned what I need to focus on to reach the next step. I highly recommend Michael and any study group he is offering to anyone aspiring to be a better leader.” –Vernon, Veteran, US Army

    “Michael is an excellent example of leadership at its’ best! He is attentive, listens and guides the group in moving forward with their leadership skills. He understands all aspects of leadership from the personal to group leadership management! Michael presents leadership in an effective format from which all levels of an organization can benefit.” —Sharon, President, SE Denver MainStreetChamber

    Gary is a highly, self-motivated individual that will rise to the top, no matter what the journey is. He is someone I would recommend in many areas of business with complete confidence. Whether you are in search of ideas, motivation, organizational skills, leadership capabilities, or just an amazing individual to add to your circle of partners, Gary will not only measure up to your expectations but he will go above and beyond. His enthusiastic hard work, has earned the confidence of those around him.
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    “I highly recommend Michael to any professional group seeking to educate and inspire its members.”
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    “The first thing you notice about Michael is that he is humble, and that he genuinely cares about you as a person. Then you get to learn a little more about him. He has been in leadership positions for years from his education in leadership and human studies, to his position as a Captain with the Aurora Fire Department. I would highly recommend Michael as a speaker and trainer to get you and your business headed in the right direction.”
    Gary, Mobile Consultant, Trout Mobile

    “There is much to receive from the fountain of Michael Stanley. His leadership skills and experience cannot be measured in words. A meeting or project opportunity with Michael will leave you with a thirst for more of his knowledge, bravery and priceless teachings.”
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    “Michael is one of those people you meet only so often; he is very knowledgeable, patient and insightful in providing solutions to complex situations. I have personally watched Michael as he provided “one minute” deliveries of facilitation and mentoring to those aspiring to become involved in leadership roles, and enjoyed and learned when listening to him as a public speaker. I highly recommend contacting Michael if you’re looking for this type of leader, speaker and consultant.”
    Gene, Executive Director, Commission on Emergency Services Education

    I highly recommend Gary Patton! He is a high energy, positive, motivator with very high ethical standards and a genuine interest in helping others succeed.  Gary thinks outside the box and is a terrific collaborator, always finding ways to make connections and add value.  Gary is a terrific resource and partner. If you have Gary in your corner, you’re heading in the right direction!
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    Gary has been a tremendous resource to me with this extensive network, positive attitude and willingness to jump in and get things done. I highly recommend Gary to anyone seeking a great sales leader and motivator.
    Susan Roberts, ActionCOACH, Owner, ActionCOACH Business Coach | Certified Business Coach | Executive Coach, Action COACH (Summit Freedom Coach, Inc)

    “Michael Stanley is a true motivator and inspirational leader. He is friendly, witty and will come up with many clever ways to expand your business. What’s more, he truly cares about his clients and will go the extra mile to make sure they are happy with the services he provides.”– Anne, Owner, Awesome Writer LLC

    “Leaders are recognized among other things because they take initiatives and lead themselves first; Michael exhibited these and other qualities. I will recommend Michael without any reservations!”– Aldo, Founder, Aliento Canada

    “Michael is an excellent trainer and coach who is truly passionate about people and bringing the best out of them”– Alex, Manager, Citywatch Security

    Gary Patton is a Highly Motivated Entrepreneur who is always ready to help you grow and succeed in your business. You’ll be successful when Gary is on your side!
    Susan Gomez-Corriere, Owner, LLC.

    “Mike is an outstanding and enterprising collaborator, with an incredible sense of judgment and a keen ability to understand and relate to others while offering them support in his areas of expertise. Mike is a resourceful, creative, talented and enthusiastic individual who is impassioned to help others. To top it all off Mike’s good sense of humor and warm personality make it easy to develop good working relationships and partnerships. I look forward to working with him in the future!”
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