Listen First, Listen Second, Speak When You Understand

Listening, a task I struggle at. As a coach, trainer and speaker, I tend to be a problem solver. In fact, I think I’m so good, I’ll finish your sentence or thought for you. Why should you waste valuable oxygen.

Self-Leadership, My Most Difficult Challenge

A leader’s greatest challenge and most difficult task, is self-leadership. If you lead yourself correctly, you will influence others and they will follow.  Failure to manage your self-leadership will create a loss of respect and the inability to influence, causing people to leave and follow others.

Can’t We All Just Get Along? 6 Principles to Solving Conflict

John C. Maxwell said; “People naturally see themselves in the light of their intentions, but they measure others according to their actions.” Man that was me. I use to avoid conflict all cost. Hmmmm, that’s probably not entirely true. I think it would be more accurate to say, that I use to instigate conflict when I could. Overall, I HATE CONFLICT! Can’t we all just get along?

TIPS TO GET BETTER AT SMALL TALK

I recently published a blog titled, “8 Personal Habits That Will Ensure A Good First Impression.” Number 8 on that list was “Initiate Relevant Small Talk”. I discuss the need for relevant small talk and how it can create a connection and lead to building a relationship. Effective small talk can provide clues in providing a deeper understanding of that person.

AVOID SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE, Email and Texting Etiquette for Leaders

You’ve been there.  You get an email from a colleague that is accusatory or is downright rude and inappropriate.  The email is addressed to several people.  As you read the … Continue reading AVOID SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE, Email and Texting Etiquette for Leaders

GRACE ABOUNDS FOR THE STUPID

think the biggest lesson learned from this fiasco was that while we were let down, this situation ultimately brought us closer together and made us both realize how easily errors are made. The way we respond and handle stressful situations determines the outcome.

REALLY, YOU LEAD PEOPLE?

There is a very small percentage of leaders that act and behave poorly. I feel I’ve probably worked for more than most. My career has been full of poor leaders. Heck, there are a lot of my past and present employees that might say the same about me.

WHEN THE EARTH CREATES SHAKY LEGS, A Leader Must Remain on Solid Ground

It was 5:39 am. My wife and I were laying in bed trying to motivate ourselves to get out and start our day. As we were laying there, I heard a loud rumbling noise, felt the bed shake violently and heard the windows and pictures shaking.

A YEAR IN REVIEW. My Reflective Evaluation of 2015

2015 is coming to a close and 2016 is quickly approaching.  For me personally…the end of 2015 can’t come soon enough.  However, 2015 was a year of growth for me. … Continue reading A YEAR IN REVIEW. My Reflective Evaluation of 2015

THE RIGHT ROUTINE RESULTS IN SUCCESS

As I grow in my leadership, I realize the importance of creating a daily routine that will  drive my thoughts and actions for that day.   What I do at the … Continue reading THE RIGHT ROUTINE RESULTS IN SUCCESS

5 STAGES OF LEADERSHIP

Without influence there is no leadership.  John Maxwell states, “leadership develops daily, not in a day” Leadership is a process. In the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, John Maxwell states, “Champions … Continue reading 5 STAGES OF LEADERSHIP

INFLUENTIAL LEADERS ARE EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATORS, 10 Principals to Becoming a Better Communicator

Great Leaders are Great Communicators!