Equipping Leaders

Redefine Perfect

June 16, 2016
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Are you a perfectionist? If so, those feelings could cause you to mistrust the abilities of others. They may even keep you focused on the failures vs. the achieved successes. I have worked with and coached many highly-driven, high standard teammates. In fact, I am attracted to them; they are my favorite people to lead. […]

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From Across My Desk

June 6, 2016
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The other day I walked into my office, and for some reason I wasn’t motivated to sit at my desk and get right to work. Instead I sat across my desk in one of my two guest chairs. I sat there with my journal and looked at what adorned my desk, my wall pictures, and my […]

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Let Your Team Lead Your One-on-Ones

November 17, 2015
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I can’t overstate the importance of having one-on-ones. Yet, I’m familiar with all the excuses we (me included) can find not to have one-on-ones…we’re too busy, we already talk often, we meet as a team, and the list goes on.

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3 Things Your Teammates Need That They Won’t Ask For

November 5, 2015
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1. They need to know you believe in them. When was the last time an employee asked you to believe in him? Probably never. We don’t ask for our leader’s belief in us, but we need it to stretch ourselves, try new things, and achieve our best. Our belief in a teammate is especially impactful […]

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3 Actions for Equipping Leaders

October 20, 2015
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Equipping doesn’t happen by accident; it’s intentional. And equipping yourself and your team must be a top priority if you want to develop and grow. As a business leader, I’ve found that developing others with me is critical to sustain the type of growth I want to see in my organization. But how do we […]

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How to Receive Unsolicited Feedback

September 3, 2015
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Leaders often spend a lot of time talking about how we should give feedback. In fact, just next week I’ll be teaching a webinar on how leaders can conduct more effective performance reviews (if you haven’t yet registered for this complimentary event, you can do so here). Yet, we spend a lot less time on […]

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Leadership from the Inside Out

August 11, 2015
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What’s inside-out leadership? It’s a decision each leader must make to lead from the inside. It’s about leading from the heart and believing that if you’ve got leadership right on the inside, you can’t help but be a better leader for others on the outside. Inside-out leaders believe in people at all levels and leave perceived power […]

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7 Signs a Teammate is Ready to Lead

July 27, 2015
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“When is someone ready to lead?” It’s a simple, straightforward question leaders ask about their teammates and teammates ask about themselves. Although there isn’t a simple checklist that determines one’s capacity for influencing others or readiness for direct reports, there are seven characteristics I always look for in my leaders.

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How to Lead People Smarter Than You

July 6, 2015
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Am I seriously writing a blog on how to lead smart people? Ha, well I guess I am. Dan Rockwell’s recent post, “What If You’re Not that Smart,” made me think of a fairly common challenge I see on the flip side: leaders who aren’t sure how to lead smart teammates. Some leaders find super […]

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The Foundation is Built in the Weeds

June 17, 2015
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Stay out of the weeds! It’s often regarded as sage advice for all mid- to upper level leaders, but the reality, especially for entrepreneurs, is that the foundation of a business is built in the weeds. Leaders of young businesses who dwell in the weeds aren’t micromanaging; they’re establishing a foundation. When the foundation is […]

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