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12:26 pm

Driving Business Success through Leadership Collaboration

I started reading the blog from Vernal Management Consultants. Today's post discusses how leadership can use the 'soft stuff' to make the 'hard stuff' happen. It's a nice piece that posits that driving leadership to work collaboratively and positively can have a great impact on a business.

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11:49 am

Understanding You are the Best you Can Be at any Moment Unleases your Potential

Respect leads to value. Value leads to trust. And trust is the antidote to fear, an antidote that allows you to unleash your unlimited potential. - Joe Shrand, M.D., Harvard University.

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9:08 am

How Coaching Youth Sports is Like Coaching your Team in Business?

I’ve coached youth basketball for a number of years. I’ve often compared coaching youth with coaching teams in business. I’ve come to the conclusion that there are number of similarities and differences between the two audiences, such as:

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11:51 am

Why it's an Honor and a Privilege to be 'The Boss'

Being the boss comes with certain benefits - more money, maybe an office, a title that says you should be shown higher respect inside the company and out. Maybe you like that you get to tell people what to do.

However, if you do things right, you will get so much more out of this experience, your team will be better off and your company will thrive.

First off, believe and act like you are the boss because your team LETS you be the boss. 

Secondly, you have the unique opportunity to shape and mold those that work for you. As their boss, just like a coach, you are there to inspire them to become more than what they thought they were capable of being.

Thirdly, when the team does well and the results show it, you get recognized for it. Now, you can take credit for the success, or you can take credit for helping them along and unlocking their power.

Lastly, if you do great things with your team and they succeed, you are filled with such great satisfaction that trumps any bonus or personal accolade.

After every large group meeting with my team, I ended with the statement, "it's an honor and a privilege to work with you." They gave me so much more than I ever gave to them. I was happy to be able to spend time with them each workday.


5:32 pm

Servant Leadership Fills your People...and Yourself

I, a sales and marketing executive, was at a HR conference recently and it was....great. Seriously! I had more than one attendee come up to me praising my choice to attend. I shocked them.

The seminar put on by Sue Bergstrom and her company hr connection. The keynote speaker was a gentleman named Ryan Estis who spoke about Rethinking HR. Even though the topic was HR, Ryan comes from a background of advertising and strategy. His talk was inspiring.Read More

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1:37 pm

What makes a great coach/leader

I just heard Hall of Fame basketball player, Isaiah Thomson say this, "The great coaches work from the neck up. The bad coaches work from the neck down."

He expanded that the great coaches, at any level, teach the mental aspect of the game as well as life lessons - how to help the person become a better person. The bad coaches just work on skills.

The same goes for leaders. What kind of leader are you?

7:55 am

4 Tips to Empower your employees to make the right decisions

About 15 months ago, I wrote a post about how much leeway a leader should give to employees to make solid business decisions. I had a very nice conversation with an entrepreneur I met recently that brought this topic back to light for me.Read More


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8:34 am

Effective work is done with effective reflection

"Follow effective action with quiet reflection. From the quiet reflection will come even more effective action." ~Peter Drucker

In my experience as an employee, manager and business owner, I've seen so many people miss the quiet reflection part of their jobs, and even their lives.

In my last post, I talked about how I was able to open up and see the world around me in a different light while taking a walk. I've also talked about how to get more 'it came to me in the shower' moments.Read More

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7:21 pm

I had an 'in the shower' moment while taking a walk

I went for a walk this morning.

I committed myself to being open to whatever experience came to me.

The first 10 minutes or so were filled with searching for things or holding onto issues that had been on my mind for a while.

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4:50 pm

Do we really treat one another as fully human in business?

What becomes available to us when we greet one another as fully human?

- Margaret Wheatley

What does it mean to greet (and treat) one another as fully human and what benefits come from it? Do we really act like this in the business world?

I think not.

We enforce hierarchies that stratify and separate. We say, 'it's not personal, it's business." we fear to engage with our peers because of potential ramifications.

However, we have seen countless times how providing compassion and treating another as fully human can do amazing things.

Let down your guard. Serve. Assist. Care. You will be better for it as well those around you.

Read this Daily Good post to learn more.

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