The Christmas Gift

As we head into the Christmas weekend, we want to share a story from Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, highlighting the true meaning behind this very special holiday.

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, a noted minister andauthor, tells the story of a young girl, an exchange student from Sweden, who was spending the holiday season in New York City while living with an American family.  Her chores were helping around the house so she didn’t have much money.  She knew she couldn’t buy nice Christmas presents for her host family; besides, they already had so much with new gifts arriving daily from family and friends.

With the little money she had, she bought an outfit for a small baby, and then set out into the poorest part of New York looking for the poorest baby she could find. At first, she received strange looks from people when she asked for help, but then a kind stranger, a Salvation Army bell-ringer, guided her to a poor part of town and helped her deliver her gift.

On Christmas morning, instead of giving her host family gifts, she shared her act of kindness done in their name. Everyone was speechless, and everyone was blessed — the girl for giving, the wealthy family for seeing others with new eyes, and the poor family for receiving an unexpected gift.

We believe unexpected gifts are some of the most special.  During this season there are many opportunities to give to those who have great needs.  Sure, money is always good, but your giving could be a simple thing like a smile, a listening ear or a word of encouragement.  We encourage you to adopt this spirit of giving – of your time, talent and resources to help others.

Christmas began with the giving of ONE gift.  Over 2,000 years ago, God gave His son, Jesus Christ to the earth as His special gift.  And to many, it was unexpected.  Christmas began with Christ and if you are not familiar with this story, we encourage you to learn more this holiday season.

To our clients, family and friends, we appreciate the special gift you are to us and we thank you for allowing us to help you, your team and your business over this past year.  We look forward to working with you again in 2017!

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

David & Lonna Drewelow
Owners, ActionCOACH Heartland

Ready for a Unique Leadership Experience?

IMG_3369 - CopyAre you ready for a different kind of leadership experience?

I invite you to attend Live -2-Lead, a live simulcast hosted by John Maxwell on October 9th broadcast to hundreds of sites across the globe.  This live half-day event originates in Atlanta, GA featuring global leadership experts.  To find an local Live-2-Lead site in your area visit www.l2l.johnmaxwell.com.

The Eastern Iowa L2L event will be held at the Mount Mercy Graduate Center in Cedar Rapids, from 7-11:30 am, followed by a Think Tank Luncheon. You will network and learn from local leaders and other community members who desire to become better leaders in Cedar Rapids and eastern Iowa.

Meet the Live-2-Lead Speakers 

John C. Maxwell speaking on Intentional Living

When you intentionally use your influence every day to bring about positive change in the lives of others, you achieve significance.

John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 25 million books, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine in 2014. In that year Dr. Maxwell also received the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP—have trained more than 5 million leaders in 188 countries.

Patrick Lencioni speaking on Organizational Health

Organizational health will one day surpass all other disciplines in business as the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage.

Patrick Lencioni is founder and president of The Table Group, a firm dedicated to providing organizations with ideas, products and services that improve teamwork, clarity and employee engagement. Lencioni’s passion for organizations and teams is reflected in his writing, speaking and executive consulting. Pat is the author of ten best-selling books with nearly four million copies sold. After twelve years in print, his book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team remains a fixture on national best-seller lists. His most recent book, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, became an immediate national best-seller.

Valorie Burton speaking on Getting Unstuck

Resilience doesnt mean you dont stumble or fall. It doesnt mean you dont take breaks or have a need to recuperate from failures and mistakes. It means that along your path, regardless of what happens, you do what it takes to recover, heal, rebuild, and move forward.

A bestselling author and Certified Personal and Executive Coach who has served clients in over 40 states and ten countries, Valorie Burton has written ten books on personal development, including Successful Women Think Differently, What’s Really Holding You Back?, Happy Women Live Better and her latest, Get Unstuck, Be Unstoppable. She is the founder of The CaPP Institute, which provides tools and training that build resilience, well-being and productivity for life and work.

Kevin Turner The COO of Microsoft, an interview with John C. Maxwell

As Microsoft’s chief operating officer, Kevin Turner leads the company’s global sales, marketing and services organization of more than 47,000 employees in more than 190 countries. Under his leadership, the sales and marketing group delivered more than $78.6 billion in revenue in fiscal 2013. Turner oversees worldwide sales, field marketing, services, support and partner channels as well Microsoft Stores and corporate support functions including Information Technology, Worldwide Licensing & Pricing and Operations. The sales and marketing organization is focused on delivering Microsoft’s family of devices and services to customers and partners all over the world.

Why You Should Attend

The simulcast provides a unique experience for leaders in Cedar Rapids to come together and experience the expertise of great leadership inspiration as a community. You’ll enjoy the company of other leaders, finding that inspiration comes from being around the best. There will be an optional lunch after the simulcast for further mingling about your takeaways and how to apply them to your everyday life.


  • Connect & Network with top leaders in our community.
  • Enrich your leadership by engaging the best in leadership inspiration.
  • Maximize your time with this half-day format.
  • VIP Package includes reserved seating, exclusive Think Tank, lunch and John C. Maxwell book.
  • Enjoy the company of other leaders and inspire one another while adding value to our Community

Registration is open at www.l2cr.net.  Bring your team and be prepared to grow in your leadership.

For more information on the Eastern Iowa Live-2-Lead simulcast, call David Drewelow at 319-743-0642 or email [email protected].

Winning and Learning

pete-carrollThe Super Bowl came down to one play.  The result was one team winning and the other losing.

For the New England Patriots, they experienced the thrill of victory.  For the Seattle Seahawks they went home disappointed.

You don’t have to be a football fan to understand this concept.  This is life. And I believe in losing there is great opportunity for learning.

Sometimes we win sometimes we learn.

The Twitter world exploded with Monday Morning Quarterbacks who thought Pete Carroll, Seahawks head coach, made a terrible mistake.  He elected to pass instead of run.  The most obvious call would be to run when you are on the one yard line and you have one of the best rushers in the NFL in your backfield.

Pete Carroll made the call to stick with his plan.

As I listened to his post-game interview, Carroll took full responsibility for the call.  He said they had pre-designed a series of plays for just that goal line situation.  To Carroll, it was important to follow his plan, even though it didn’t result in the outcome he wanted.  He knew the Patriots (and everyone else on the planet) would expect them to run the ball.

The Seahawks did what most people didn’t expect.  They stayed true to their plan, one they had prepared and practiced for over the past two weeks.  Unfortunately the outcome was not a win.

It is easy to second guess a decision after the fact.  Judgements based solely on outcomes don’t lend much credence to the value of a pre-determined plan.

Winning is important and so losing.  Why?  Because what matters most is what we learn from both.  My friend and mentor John Maxwell wrote a book on this topic called, “Sometimes You Win Sometimes You Learn.”

Here is my big question for you, do you have a plan?  One, that when executed, allows you to evaluate your wins and your losses?

In business and life, your losses can create huge learning opportunities that lead to growth.  Just like in football.

How are you doing in the Super Bowl of your life?  My guess is sometimes you win and sometimes you learn.


It Jump Started my Success Journey!

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John Maxwell’s newest book “Good Leaders Ask Great Questions” was recently released.  I am offering a 5-week mastermind groups in Cedar Rapids starting November 11th.

A mastermind is a “book study on steroids.”  And it is even more effective if you are doing your studying with like minded professionals. My experience has been that the attendees like a facilitator to guide both the questions and the conversations. Plus, over a few weeks, the attendees are kept on pace to read, prepare homework and then finish the book.

A mastermind is accelerated group learning.

As I look at John’s newest book, he once again has done a masterful job of using some very timely stories to bring home the BIG idea that asking key questions helps you become a more relevant leader. John uses stories to show how great questions have impacted his life, sharing the leadership questions that he has asked himself and others from people in many countries, backgrounds and professions.

For me, masterminds have helped me to jump start my success experiences, especially in the early stages each time I am working on my annual personal growth plan.

Maxwell’s newest book is another great example of America’s #1 leadership guy at work with a his humor, wit and clear insight into the leadership world.  Jumpstart your success journey today.  Join a mastermind group.  You will enjoy the learning and the experience.