The One Thing Getting in the Way of Your Professional Growth
APRIL 18, 2017
I’ve never stopped learning and striving to improve my professional development. The most difficult challenge is that I cannot rely solely on self-awareness to identify and modify behaviors that may be holding me back.
The Leader Profile That Will Have People Following You
APRIL 12, 2017
The feeling in my stomach was sickening. At first, I sat there in slight disbelief with the simple thought running through my head over and over, “How in the world could my team possibly rate me like this?”
Self-Assessments Only Get You So Far (Do This Instead)
APRIL 6, 2017
We are the worst judges of ourselves. Whether we are talking about strengths or deficits, especially our deficits. It’s scientifically proven. Don’t believe me? Look up the Dunning-Kruger effect. No one sets out to be a bad leader and bad leaders don’t believe they’re bad leaders.
How Leaders Effectively Listen To Their Team
FEBRUARY 21, 2017
Listening. In my humble opinion is one of the most undervalued aspects of leadership, yet most important. There’s nothing more frustrating and downright rude than talking to someone who can’t or won’t listen. Maybe you have a leader that constantly interrupts.
Why We Have Too Few Young Leaders
OCTOBER 5, 2016
Life is made up of many choices. We make massive choices like where we go to college, who we marry, where we live, what profession we pursue, or what kind of parent we are. We make small choices like what we eat, what car we drive, how we respond to an event, or what show we pick out on Netflix.
The Simple Leadership Lesson Bad Leaders Forget
MARCH 20, 2017
Barry Bonds played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, was a 14 time all-star, holds the all-time home run mark for a career (762), holds the record for most home runs in a season (73), and yet he isn’t in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Now if you know anything about his story you probably know he has been linked to many reports of Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED’s) which is why even with all his great accomplishments, the people who vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame have not elected him.
3 Vital Questions Your Leader Must Answer this Year
JANUARY 2, 2017
To say being a great leader is hard would be an understatement. That’s exactly why the saying “people leave managers, not companies” became not just popular, but true. People are fed up with leaders who make their professional lives harder or downright miserable. They desire people who contribute value to their life not just take value from them. The leader/employee relationship is important because it impacts pay increases, job movement, skill development, and engagement at work.
The One Thing You Must Get Right to Be an Effective Leader
APRIL 3, 2017
I assumed I knew what it took to be an effective leader. My first six months of leading a team consistently proved my assumptions to be wrong. I made mistake after mistake.
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5 Songs That Dramatically Improve Your Work (and Writing)
FEBRUARY 20, 2017
As I walked down the hall, cruising through pods, the only acknowledgment of my existence were simple hand gestures. A few people people gave me a wave, others threw up an air fist pump, and a few ignored me. What was interesting was each and every person I passed was doing the exact same thing. They were all wearing headphones and listening to music. If your office is anything like mine, you are used to this environment.
3 Ways to Improve Confidence in Yourself
JULY 13, 2016
When I joined the 10 million people who have discovered their strengths through the Gallup Assessment , I wasn’t all that surprised to see my results. Strategic. Command. Belief. Responsibility. Maximizer.
Leadership isn’t Just for ‘Old’ People
APRIL 27, 2016
Have you ever had an experience that changed the way you viewed the world? Last week, I had one when I watched a video from AARP titled ‘Millennials Show Us What Old Looks Like’. In just a couple weeks, the video received over 375,000 views on YouTube.
The 4 Most Powerful Words a Leader Can Say
JANUARY 23, 2017
It was all I dreamed about and the opportunity had finally arrived. I was stepping outside of my comfort zone to lead a team of people professionally. It was surreal. In an instant, a wave of fear rushed over me that I had only felt a few times in my life. The best way I can describe it was uncertainty, doubt, and unworthiness. I had been around long enough to know these feelings would pass, but in the back of my mind, I could never forget them.
Seven Simple Secrets to Off-the-Shelf Course Success
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The Key Performance Indicator’s Great Leaders Measure
JULY 20, 2016
The old expression that still carries a lot of weight in the world of business. What gets measured gets done’. If you can measure something, you can work on it and you can improve it. The problems come when you measure the wrong thing. It sounds like an amateur mistake but is surprisingly easy to do. Most management information focuses on historic performance. In fact most organizations often concentrate on revenue, costs and profit as indicators of success.
How to Protect Yourself from becoming a Bad Leader
JANUARY 30, 2017
Nobody starts out wanting to be a bad leader. Yet, in research we conducted, more than 50% of respondent rated their leader as being below average (based on success and effectiveness). What gives? Nobody wants to be a bad leader, but the majority don’t seem to be getting the job done.
The Value of Values
SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
It’s always been important to me to have good values, and I try to show them by making good decisions, giving to others, and sharing my talents. As human beings, that’s just what we are supposed to do, right? Well, what about businesses? Can businesses have values that that make a difference in the world and propel them to higher levels of success? I recently saw a quote that says: “Corporations don’t have values, the people that run them do.”.
8 Things You Must Know Before Leading a Team
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
When I think back to my first few months leading a group of people, it makes me cringe. I was learning as I went and my team had to go through that period of time as guinea pigs. Of course, I sought out the advice and guidance of those who came before me, but it was well after I had taken the role. To save others the heartache and missteps, here is a summary of the knowledge I wish I had when I started as a leader: Have a Purpose Beyond Money.
Learning Insights Guide 2017: Progress with Purpose
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Reigniting Creativity When You’re in a Rut
OCTOBER 10, 2016
Whether you’ve just come off a huge project that ended with a thud or are running at full pace in repetitive execution mode, there comes a time where you take a step back and ask yourself, “Why am I doing this? I don’t have anything else to give!”. We’ve all been there. Stuck in a rut. I have a feeling creatives, more than others, fall into ruts because we are asked, on a day-to-day basis, to use our minds to make something from nothing – and that will be put out there to be judged by everyone.
Why Great Leaders are Never Totally Satisfied
SEPTEMBER 12, 2016
It was like he was playing a mean joke. I had sent him three different versions of the proposal and every time he came back with the same answer, “You Can Do Better.” Nothing more, nothing less. It was really starting to get to me as he wasn’t providing any coaching or direction just 4 simple words: you can do better. It wasn’t until my 6th version and 20+ hours of work that he gave it his blessing to send to the client.
6 Ways to Be an Authentic Leader
SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
You aren’t a perfect leader. You probably don’t claim to be because you know you never will be. You know this because leadership is a skill that can be improved but never truly mastered. Similar to golf, just when you think you’ve improved, it brings you to your knees and humbles you. So it’s simple, leadership isn’t a destination, it’s a journey because economies evolve, the competition gets better, people change, and life happens.
Why You MUST Stop Following Your Bad Boss
NOVEMBER 14, 2016
At some point in our careers, we’re all guilty of settling for a bad boss. Deep down, we knew we weren’t growing or moving forward because of this person, but why did we stay? Or rather, why didn’t we leave sooner? There are at least two reason I can attribute: The “Golden Handcuffs” Predicament. There is no denying most of us adapt our lifestyle to the amount of money we make.
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Why Modern Leadership is So Hard
AUGUST 22, 2016
In many ways the current beliefs and thinking around leadership seem amazing compared to the leadership beliefs of prior generations. No longer does it feel like leaders have to rule with an iron fist, not care about the people being lead, or are afraid to show vulnerability in front of those people. Instead it is encouraged to be a servant leader, to be committed to the development of people, and to try and create more leaders, not more followers.
The Simple Essentials for Fulfillment at Work
MAY 25, 2016
Every professional has struggled being fulfilled in his or her profession at one point or another. A recent report by The Conference Board showed that 53% of Americans are unhappy in their work and a Gallup report showed 71% of millennials are not engaged (or actively disengaged) at work.
The Critical Thing Great Leaders Bring to Work
JUNE 22, 2016
It didn’t take long to realize that morale was at 3 on a 1-10 scale. The team had been beat up by poor business performance, selfish leadership, and unrealistic expectations. My first reaction was to jump right in and try to start solving problems, but I knew from my mentors that solving problems was only part of the equation. What everyone needed was hope and confidence about the future. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that was the exact definition of optimism.
Leadership Boils Down to Two Choices
SEPTEMBER 28, 2016
Just this week I have had five different people tell me they were struggling to be an effective leader. I wasn’t surprised; leading other people is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet.
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Why Strong Leaders are a Massive Blessing
AUGUST 8, 2016
As I stood up to shake his hand, it hit me like ton of bricks. This man had come into my life for a purpose. His overwhelming love and support for my development as a professional was on display in every interaction we ever had both in good times and in bad. I felt my lip begin to quiver, the water build up in my eyes and as I took a deep breath I extended my hand and said, “Thank you from the bottom of my heart, you will never know how big of an impact you have had on my life.”
5 Useful Truths for New Leaders
MAY 3, 2016
Here’s a story I’ve heard too often: A professional has finally arrived at a leadership position because of their relentless pursuit of achievement. To their surprise, the moment is bittersweet. While they alone bear the responsibility for their team’s success, they find that they’re unable to control what determines it. The realization hits them that they finally have authority, but they can’t seem to use it to move their team in the right direction.
What You Must Do To Get Your Next Promotion
OCTOBER 12, 2016
It didn’t take long to realize who would be on the short list for promotions. They stood out like a lightning bug at night because they were doing things differently than the others. Instead of immediately putting anyone on a pedestal, I wanted to better understand their tactical moves to help codify their behavior to create more people like them beyond the few that stood out.
Powerful Characteristics Leaders Look For in Employees
JULY 4, 2016
We had been looking at Salesforce.com for the last hour when my leader finally turned to me and said something I will never forget: “I know you are proud of your sales performance, and you should be, but it’s far from all I care about.” When he said this, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I had gotten so caught up in performance and results I had missed an opportunity to differentiate myself over other sales reps based on the things he actually cared about.
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3 Things Leaders Gets Right to Ensure Alignment
JUNE 27, 2016
When I left the Royal Marines, one of the biggest differences I noticed between the military and civilian world was how poorly leaders in the civilian world was at getting their teams aligned. It was evident people tended to challenge their leader but didn’t proceed in alignment once a final decision had been made. They held on to the fact that a decision was made that they didn’t agree with and then passed that on other employees or their team members.