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Solo Episode: Putting the Pin Back in the Grenade

Download Episode Here Business is chaotic.  Even in organizations that fully embrace decentralized decision making, the figurative “grenade” is thrown by good intentioned leaders. How we respond to these perceived “grenades” being thrown is worthy of intentional focus. What do you do when these figurative grenades are thrown? Do you run for your life? Do you deflect and give it to …

331 – Being a Leader, Not Just an Achiever

There’s a significant difference between being an achiever and a leader. Achievement is not a bad thing; of course we must push ourselves and achieve things if we are going to create a life of significance. But we can’t let talent and achievement overshadow the importance of leadership. It’s a given that you must be technically & tactfully proficient in …

328 – Creating Trust & Confidence

Trust is what makes leadership possible. Your character communicates your leadership. Think of those people that openly share their life with you… The ones that are completely vulnerable completely trust you Trust is like “coins in your pocket” Each time you make a good leadership decision…you earn a little pocket change Each time you make a bad leadership decision…you pay …

326 – Become a Decision Maker

Making “sound & timely” decisions is a hallmark of being a transformative leaders. You’re better off making imperfect timely decisions than making a “perfect” decision too late. The 75% Solution: Be prepared to make a decision once you have 75% of all the information..use your experience & intuition to fill in the other 25%. Becoming a “decision maker” is the …

325 – Culture Eats Strategy For Breakfast

Closing the gap between strategic planning & execution is a proverbial an enduring problem. The problem is that we tend to focus on strategy at the expense of getting our culture right. If our culture is dysfunctional and ineffective, our strategy will never get executed. The goal is to create a culture of decentralized decision making where we unleash subordinate …

323 – Accountability Vs. Responsibility

Accountability & Responsibility. People often use these terms interchangeably; often believing that they mean the same thing. If you are interested in dipping your foot into the leadership pool, you must understand that there is a subtle but very powerful difference between accountability and responsibility. As a leader you must understand that you can delegate responsibility to numerous individuals all …

321 – Making Yourself Useless Produces Opportunity & Growth

In 1920 there was a major change of attitude in the officer Corps with the U.S. Marines. General John Lejeune, the Commandant of the Marine Corps at the time, wrote the following on the heels of World War I: “The relation between officers and enlisted men should in no sense be that of superior and inferior nor that of master …

316 – Top 10 Dysfunctions in Business

During my experience consulting & coaching business leaders, I’ve found that the 10 most critical dysfunctions that hold an organization back are: 1. Senior Leadership Fails to Set the Example: They don’t emulate the behavior they expect of others. 2. Departmental Silos: Multiple territorial leaders selfishly defend their turf without consideration for the overall mission. 3. Lack of innovation: Problem-solving …

312 – Building Your Self-Image

You must value yourself if you are going to “add” value to yourself. The first step is believing that you’re worth of being a leader. Pursuing a leadership position is highly personal & shouldn’t be entered into lightly. “It’s impossible to consistently behave in a manner inconsistent with how we see ourselves” – Zig Ziglar An internal negative core will …

311 – Overcoming Limiting Beliefs (Or How to Slay Your Dragons)

Exceptional leadership requires mastery over our limiting beliefs Everyone has limiting beliefs & self-doubt to some degree. Regardless of success…it is the “dragon” that all of us have to learn how to “slay” You can’t avoid it – this resistance is real for everyone So what is a “belief”? Beliefs aren’t necessarily “right” or “wrong” Instead, beliefs are “empowering” or …

308 – Setting the Example = Leadership 101

“Setting the Example”: This is the foundational “Presence Principle” Whether you know it; whether you like it or not: You are a Role Model! More leadership responsibility means: A bigger spotlight on you… And less personal freedom People are always watching you; even when they aren’t “looking” at you. Perception is Reality You must be constantly aware of how you …

299 – Solo Episode: Thriving in Chaos

The reality is that all of us are dealing with ever increasing levels of chaos in all aspects of our lives.  The question becomes how do we effectively deal with the chaos and uncertainty that surrounds us. Though I’m not an advocate of bringing gasoline to a fire and adding to the chaos, I’ve resigned my thinking and mindset that …

282 – Solo Episode: Drivers of Employee Engagement

Employee engagement should be top business priority for senior executives; after all 70% of our key stakeholders are disengaged. This is a travesty costing businesses billions in lost profits and productivity. Having a high-performing workforce is essential for growth and survival. A highly engaged workforce can increase innovation, productivity, safety, and bottom-line performance while reducing costs related to hiring and retention in …