Lessons in Leadership

10 Nov 2016

Why You Need an Off Season

Have you ever noticed the cadence with which Americans great each other and connect? It is remarkable that we all have this rigid habit of asking every new person we meet the same questions in the same order: “What is your name?” quickly followed by, “Where are you from?” and ultimately heading toward the only real question that intrigues us, “What do you do?” We value and esteem people in our country by their occupation. That is why America is such a work-centered culture—all we do is work. In fact, many professionals brag about how many vacation days and sick…

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03 Nov 2016

Visionary leadership! Can you see without your eyes?

I am a firm believer that there is a distinct difference between vision and sight. Sight means you can see what’s in front of or around you. You may need glasses but you can still technically see and don’t require a Seeing Eye dog or a cane to get around. However, just because you can see does not mean you have vision. Very few leaders are actual visionaries. Many leaders aren’t really leaders at all, but managers masquerading as leaders. A manager’s job is to keep everything the same and merely oversee it. A leader’s job is to actually take…

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27 Oct 2016

Accountability! High Performers Secret

I loved my NBA career. For a moment in time I was among the best in the world. Riding buses with teammates Karl Malone and John Stockton, and with legendary coach Jerry Sloan riding up front. I played against Michael Jordan and saw the fire in his eyes that burned like an Olympic torch. Everywhere I turned were highly successful, uber-competitive over achievers. It was an exclusive club that was nearly impossible to get into. One of my greatest lessons from being on winning teams and around great achievers was on accountability. All you heard was "my fault" or "my…

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Rent or Own text on paper, with Own circled - home owner concept
19 Oct 2016

The Basics of Leadership

I was tired of the dorm. It was time to take the next step into adulthood. I found it – the perfect apartment. It was nice enough, and my roommate and I could afford it. Do you remember your first apartment? I am sure you do because it’s your first attempt at being a grown-up. You first had to convince mom and dad that you were ready, remember? Once they said yes, you had to find a place you liked and could afford. You also had to find a landlord who was crazy enough to rent to you. You signed…

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13 Oct 2016

What is Executive Presence?

Executive presence is all about “it.” Do you have the “it” factor working for you? Professionals with executive presence can command a room; when they walk into a room, people notice and listen. Do people stop to listen to you? The key to EP is being perceived as leadership material. EP is a combination of perception and reality. In other words, you look and play the part. If you have the desire or have been frustrated with your lack of advancement, you need to consider improving your executive presence. Look at it this way: about 25% of your job is…

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06 Oct 2016

Servant Leadership: “Where is your focus?”

The old style of leadership is for the king/queen to sit on his/her throne and bark out orders. Anyone that doesn't comply—off with your head. Sounds like an episode of Games of Thrones, right? But leaders are still leading the same way: figuratively beheading people from a big chair every day. In this dog-eat-dog world, are you behaving like a dog? The real question is this: do you still subscribe to this archaic form of leadership? If so, no wonder you have low levels of engagement, high turnover, and trust issues on your team. Nobody wants to be beheaded at…

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