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Welcome to The Motivation Place

A Leadership and Motivational Dojo 

Since retiring from the Marine Corps nearly two decades ago, Master Sergeant Keith Bean has trained over ten-thousand leaders within the business, military, and scientific communities.


His insights into the emotional and rational constructs of leadership are second to none. 

Check out the Welcome Video Below for a New Perspective on Leadership. 

This video lays out the core leadership philosophy of the Dojo.        

Download the 1st Four Chapters of Keith's Book! This is unedited work in progress.

This video takes you to the whiteboard as Keith tells The Story of the First Marine.  This is his original work.      

NEW!  This video introduces a new 

perspective on leadership and employee


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As you heard in the intro video, Semperformance is a state of performance.  Semper, from the Latin, means "always." It's contracted with performance to conceptually express the

highest form of organizational performance.  

You reach Semperformance when you achieve that perfect alignment of vision, leadership, team, and effort, and it  coalesces into something special, and it leaves a mark, or legacy, like a perfect season, a miraculous turn-around, or sustained industry dominance.  

If you are searching for answers, they will be found in the Kata of Semperformance, the pattern of Extreme Organizational Excellence. Master this Kata and you will master your leadership legacy.


With that, I would like to cordially invite you to subscribe to the Dojo.  It costs nothing.  I’ll let you know as soon as I have finished making the Grand Kata video, and will keep you updated as new content rolls in.  I hope to see you back!

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The Dojo Library

I am often asked "what should I read?"  "What is the best book?"  It depends on what you have going on.  The books listed below possess some form of unique, actionable information that you can put to use along your personal journey.  I have made some notes next to each. I would recommend these to a dear friend.  The links take you to straight to Amazon if you want to purchase.  This is called an affiliate link and I may receive a few cents in commission.  Thank you for your patronage.  I think if a thousand books get purchased I can cover the cost of a new oven mitt.      

This is one of the most influential books ever written.  It should be required reading for every single employee in your organization from the CEO to lowest paid worker. 

Lencioni takes you inside a leadership team with typical problems and will give you much to think about.

Understanding Machiavellianism is important.  This is the bible of the ruthless authoritarian. The followers of this doctrine can be found at the highest levels of virtually every organization.  It is the villains ethos.

This was a very interesting read.  It will prompt deep thinking into how you are replicating and growing as an organization through a learning ethos.  How are you evolving?

These lessons are now over twenty-five hundred years old. This is a must read.

Simon is truly gifted.  This is 100% rock solid leadership- thinking that every leader should be thinking about.  

Ken Blanchard teaches powerful lessons and mindsets in this leadership story. 

This is rocket fuel for the entrepreneurial spirit. Pure gold here.

This is about understanding that state of consciousness when you are in a state of FLOW.  From Coding to Combat, this is how you achieve higher function, more often.

The research in this book is beyond valuable.  

Required Reading

Drucker is another giant who is required reading.

This is an exceptional read on leadership. 

This book explains in simple terms why most managers are awful and what needs to happen to fix it.

If you haven't read Deming, you are missing out.  Deming's thinking can take a small start-up to a successful global corporation.  

This is required reading.  Not optional.

The late Dr. Stephen Covey was a genius on several levels.  There is an elegant balance of logic and emotion in his work that is unsurpassed.  Absolutely required reading for everyone. You can build a whole culture around this book. 

This can provide insights into yourself and other people like nothing else can. 

There will be a Marine's Eye session devoted to how to use the information to achieve breakthroughs.

When any Navy SEAL is willing to share knowledge, you sit down and listen. Nothing else needs to be said.

EOS provides you the exact step-by-step process to establish a structured, team management approach.  I am hesitant to say this can be implemented on your own. The pay-off is huge but most leadership teams give in to bad habits.                       

This title is no joke. Tony opened my eyes to things I would have never discovered on my own. I have a lifetime of gratitude for this man.

This little book has had an immeasurable impact on my life.  I hope it does the same for you.

This book is about what can take you down as opposed to what can take you up.  Top performing companies have different kind of threats and Collins does an amazing job of illuminating how these threats first appear.

DaVinci was a genius on several levels that spanned art and science.  If you can believe that your brain can become "more," this book will rock you.

Tony Robbins = fantastic content. A better you makes a better leader for your people.  

Fantastic content! Michael Kelly takes servant leadership to a whole other level.  

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