nichols-1933I am a executive coach, keynote speaker, and author. And this is my personal blog.

I believe that if you are going to live and lead well, you must be thoughtful and purposeful about it.

I help leaders pursue intentional growth – personal, team, organizational – and I often include resources I am discovering as I grow.

I started this blog in 2008 with some pressing questions and a few ambitions. I wanted to know:

  • How do successful leaders do it?
  • What makes organizations grow consistently?
  • What does it really take to lead?
  • How am I supposed to lead when I’m not in charge?
  • Why do leaders lead?
  • How do you succeed at leading without driving everyone crazy?

Along the way, I found a community of people who were experiencing many of the same struggles in these areas. So, this is where we join together to grow and lead with purpose in our lives and work.

My goal is to create insightful, relevant content that you can put to work in your personal and professional life. If you are in a position of leadership—or aspire to be— this blog is for you. If you have any interest at all in growth, this blog is for you.

I post 2 to 3 times each week and always try to provide practical value. If you don’t want to miss a thing, you can sign up for free updates by entering your email in the subscribe form.

What Others are Saying

nichols-1890“You’ve got so much to share!”   – Jeff Goins // Author

“If you are a leader, you should be reading Michael’s blog. Such amazing content.”    – Justin Lathrop // Co-Founder of Some Company & MinistryCoach.tv

“With insight this authentic, Michael’s passion for purposeful leadership is contagious.”    – Chad Miller // Writer

“One of my leadership favorites!”   – Ken Byler // Higher Ground Consulting Group

“Keep creating great content and I’ll keep sharing it!”   – Mark Sieverkropp // Blogger

“Michael’s writing is very informative and insightful. I loved his book, Creating Your Business Vision.”   – Haven Hawk // Executive Coach

“Great stuff. Love learning from you. Keep it coming!”   – Dwayne Morris // Author

My Most Popular Articles

New to my site? Here a few of my most popular articles to get you started…

One-on-One Meetings That Work – Template Download Included

Creating Your Business Vision – Free eBook

Developing a Vision With Your Team

Are You a Good Leader? – 5 Simple Tests

6 Steps For Making ANY Major Decision – Free Template

The ONE Thing That Limits EVERY person

7 Things That Will Guarantee Your Failure

Your Life Matters

The most influential people in the world

When you’ve been hurt deeply – 5 ways to deal with it

Top 10 Posts for Starting (or Improving) Your Blog

Top 10 Posts That Will Take Your Writing to the Next Level

Keep in Touch

Michael Nichols | Grow on PurposeI hope this blog challenges, inspires, and motivates you to grow and lead with purpose. If it does, comment on the post or send me a note via email. I would love to hear from you.

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  • If you are interested in having me speak at your event.
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Who is Michael?

DR. MICHAEL NICHOLS has led unprecedented growth in companies, colleges and universities, churches, and non-profits for more than 25 years.

He has served as Chairman and CEO of an international marketing firm, a college and university executive, and a non-profit executive. He is the author of Creating Your Business Vision and has a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Leadership.

Dr. Nichols coaches leaders and teams through vision development, strategic planning, process development, and life and work balance. He is a keynote speaker at conferences, events, businesses, and on university campuses all over the world on a variety of topics, including Personal and Business Planning, Vision, Team Leadership, Organizational Growth, and Marketing.

He is currently serving as President and CEO of The Guidestone Group and the founder of Guidestone University and The Retreat at Guidestone Hills. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for The GreenTree Foundation.

Dr. Nichols works every day to help busy people excel in life and in their work. He is deeply committed to serving organizations and leaders all over the world.


This is my personal blog. The opinions I express here do not necessarily represent those of my organization, our team members, or our Board of Directors. The information I provide is on an as-is basis. I make no representations as to accuracy, completeness, currentness, suitability, or validity of any information on this blog and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its use.