Time To Get Over It. Stop Labeling “Millennials” and Start Leading Them

Time To Get Over It. Stop Labeling “Millennials” and Start Leading Them

Great leaders look at that youthful spirit as a positive attribute to be harnessed. They don’t judge, they lead. They let their young followers make mistakes, gently guide them in the right direction, and accept that as time advances so do ideas.

Want To Be a Great Leader? Train Your Glutes!

Want To Be a Great Leader? Train Your Glutes!

Be sure to pat someone on the back for a job well done. Ask about your employee’s kids or pet. Host a team lunch to build camaraderie. These are all good things, but they are not the basic elements of leadership. They won’t prevent injuries, to stay with the metaphor. Poor performance is the most painful leadership injury and to prevent it we need to do the basics.

You Hate the Cliché for Only One Reason: It’s True

You Hate the Cliché for Only One Reason: It’s True

Justifying bad behavior by blaming it on a circumstance or individual seems to be a popular, and sadly effective, way of escaping personal accountability today.

Are You a Leader Who Does The Difficult Work Yourself? Good For You…Now Demote Yourself

Are You a Leader Who Does The Difficult Work Yourself? Good For You…Now Demote Yourself

It’s hard work to ensure your team is properly planning for success. It’s hard work to ensure you, as the leader, know the plan and are holding the team accountable for the successful execution of the plan. It’s hard work to ensure your people are properly trained so they can execute their duties.

There is Only One Real Way to Get Inspired

There is Only One Real Way to Get Inspired

DOING is where the inspiration comes from. We must get comfortable with being good at being bad initially. But we must start DOING to find our inspiration. And, no, not just once or twice. Over and over until it becomes a habit. Finding inspiration is actually hard work because it comes from the DOING.

The FBI and The Importance of Culture

The FBI and The Importance of Culture

Showing integrity and doing the right thing is only part of the integrity equation. This is because we are human and we all make mistakes. So, if the culture you are propping up in the name of integrity is that you never make mistakes, then there is a problem. The ability to be honest and admit your mistakes is every bit as important in the integrity equation as simply doing the right thing. Because honestly, admitting a mistake is the right thing to do.

Crumbling Orthodoxies

Crumbling Orthodoxies

I believe a culture based in leadership principles drives success by challenging orthodoxies at every turn. Show me a small or big challenge and I’ll show you a behavior that is rotting an organization from the inside out. And then I’ll show you how to turn that behavior on its head.

What Does Making a Sales Call Have To Do with Leadership?

What Does Making a Sales Call Have To Do with Leadership?

Are your sales calls meeting a deadly conclusion? If they are, check your plan. If you had a plan and you failed, adjust your plan. If you failed and didn’t have a plan…be a leader and make a plan before you act.

Emotional Leadership?

Emotional Leadership?

As leaders we can let our emotions inspire us to act, but we cannot act emotionally. Allowing the emotions that inspired you to act into your decision making or planning process will limit your objectivity and steer you away from being methodical and …. UN-emotional. And believe me, methodical and unemotional is where you need to be when you decide to plan, act, and ultimately find success.

Accountability Is Not a Zero-Sum Game

Accountability Is Not a Zero-Sum Game

Let’s cut to the chase. If, as a leader, you are asking how to hold someone accountable for bad performance after the fact, guess what? YOU failed. Time to figure out how to hold yourself accountable.

The Numbers Speak: What If You Started Your Leadership Development Program This Time Last Year?

The Numbers Speak: What If You Started Your Leadership Development Program This Time Last Year?

If you are looking to disrupt the status quo stop investing in what every other one of your competitors is investing in. Start thinking on the fringe, where great things happen, and invest…REALLY invest, IN YOUR PEOPLE and let the numbers work in your favor!

Sometimes the Safest Place is in a Thorn Bush

Sometimes the Safest Place is in a Thorn Bush

If it’s good enough for the battle field, it’s good enough for the boardroom. Let’s talk about the comfort of the environment we work in and see just how committed we are to excellence, making a difference, and having massive impact.

This Is What It Looks Like to Invest In Your People (Millennials Too!)

This Is What It Looks Like to Invest In Your People (Millennials Too!)

For CEO Sheldon Wolitski and The Select Group investment in their people is a way of life, not a check the box. This organization has set a new model for building a high-performance culture. Stay tuned.

When We Meet a True Disruptor…. Or Should I Say Leader?

When We Meet a True Disruptor…. Or Should I Say Leader?

There are countless ways to describe leadership and leaders, so let’s get a little raw and discuss my favorite, “The Disruptor.” Leadership fires me up and disruptive leadership really fires me up. So, when I meet a disruptive leader, well, I get fired up. Today I’m fired up because I think I just met one on a podcast that I co-host. There’s a new company called Civil and it was founded by Matthew Iles. Matthew and Civil are taking on the journalism industry with words like blockchain, decentralization, honesty, and accountability. Most importantly, he doesn’t care what he’s up against.

Embrace the Moment That Matters the Most

Embrace the Moment That Matters the Most

See the moment, embrace it, think, decide, then act. The extra steps between seeing the moment and acting can take a split second. Nobody is saying it will be easy, but it will give us the best opportunity to get the life we say we want. Embrace the moments that matter the most.

What If I Don’t Love My Job?

What If I Don’t Love My Job?

Fall in love with the idea of excellence and you’ll be surprised how quickly excellence will find you. When it finds you you’ll be surprised at the doors it opens for you. And they’re not the doors you’re expecting. This concept should be taken seriously because so many people are in the position of feeling dissatisfied with their current employment. And if you’re not sold and are writing this concept off as fluff, let’s just take a second to look at the potential benefits of falling in love with excellence.

Two Reasons Why Companies MUST Invest in Employee Development

Two Reasons Why Companies MUST Invest in Employee Development

Hiring employees into executive leadership positions is not always a crap shoot. Sometimes the perfect person comes along, who is a perfect fit for the job, who is committed and motivated, and is a great leader. The other 99% of the time we hope we’ve hired the right person based on their resume and interviewing skills. How do we improve our odds of selecting and empowering the leaders we want and need?