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Leadership Lesson – 12 characteristics of All In Leaders

Are you a leader who is “ALL IN”?

I want leaders on my team who are “all in.” Coaches want players who are “all in” on their teams. Every organization out there wants employees and team members who are “all in.”

Being ALL IN as a leader means:

1. You don’t look at the clock, and you’re not punching a time card. Your role is not defined by 9 – 5.

2. You get it done no matter how long it takes. You are “managerless,” meaning no one else has to worry about whether you are getting it done.

September 11, 2013   No Comments

Leadership Lesson – 7 Ways to create a Courageous Organizational Culture

Courage is not just a personal trait. It’s an organizational trait as well.

And we all want, in some way, to be part of an organization and team that demonstrates courage. That is willing to push up the hill, against the odds, beyond all doubts, to achieve results and impact that most thought not possible.

So here are a a few points about creating a courageous organizational culture:

1. Allow for Failure. The road to success is many times put together through multiple failures.

2. Reward Innovation. You reward what matters most.

September 5, 2013   No Comments

Leadership Lesson: It’s All About People

During my corporate career I had the good fortune for many of those years of being associated with the hardest working, most dedicated team of professionals one could imagine.

Not only were they extraordinarily proficient at what they did, but also innovative and adaptable to new and better processes, procedures, and technology, always open to better ways and new ideas.

What was even more impressive though, beyond their professionalism and technical expertise, was their caring attitude toward the people they served. I know that for a fact for I had the opportunity to observe day to day how they fretted and sweated over doing the right thing – for people.

August 22, 2013   No Comments

Become a Better Leader Through Experience

Do you want to become a better leader? What is the most effective and efficient way to take your leadership to the next level?

One word, experience. There is no way around it. To grow as a leader you need to learn from experience. There are two ways to do this.

Learn from your own experience

What is the best way to learn about leadership?

Lead

Whether you aspire to be a leader, or you are more seasoned, the best way to develop your leadership is to lead.

August 14, 2013   No Comments

Disney University Avoids the 4 Employee Development Traps, Do You? By Doug Lipp

“Marketing is the time and money you spend to get people in the door. Training is the investment you make to get guests to come back and cast members to stay; it creates loyalty.”
– Jim Cora, retired chairman, Disneyland International

Yet …

The word “Training” has a nauseating effect on most employees. Why? Because most organizations don’t enjoy the four vital ingredients of success that drive the Disney University.

What is the secret behind the success of Disney’s world famous employee development organization, the Disney University? Why are its training programs valued, and well attended? How does Disney University create employee development programs that avoid the dreaded training trap of being viewed as a “necessary evil,” or worse … “nauseating?”

June 27, 2013   No Comments

Leadership over playbooks & pedigree By Ted Sundquist

Ted SundquistAfter every NFL regular season cranks down and the playoff picture begins to become clear, so too does the thermostat crank up underneath those teams on the outside looking in. Rumors run rampant as to Head Coaches and General Managers that might soon be part of the federal government’s monthly unemployment report. And as hot as the names on the “to be fired” list are, there are an equal number of lists beginning to speculate who their replacements will be.

Hot candidates

June 18, 2013   No Comments

Leadership Lesson: Circle of Consequences

We tend to think of consequences with respect to the short term—the immediate impact of our performance (positive or negative). That’s the easy part of defining specific consequences. But it still leaves a lot to the
imagination.

We need to help employees see the longer term, the downstream impact of their performances on team results, on the organization, on customers, on shareholders, and ultimately on themselves. When employees see how their actions help or hinder each of their various constituents, the personal consequences of their performances become evident. External performance is ultimately a reflection of internal commitment.

April 23, 2013   No Comments

Leadership Lesson: Mastering the Art of Adherence

By this time of year, nearly 70% of all we are resolving to change is on the brink of dissolving. Mastering the Art of Adherence can make a difference for you this year. World-class leaders and organizations use this time-tested, real-world validated formula for winning:

When you consistently sharpen Focus, build Competence and ignite Passion, you plant the seeds of victory. Initially, you may not see tangible results, but rest assured growth is occurring under the surface. As you stick with it, momentum builds, creating a self-reinforcing cycle of victory.

April 11, 2013   No Comments