Is Your Relational Bank Account Empty?

Ever have the scenario where you need to influence someone and realize you are relationally bankrupt?

Ever try to motivate your team to go the “second mile” or give above and beyond only to face resistance and pushback?

Maybe your relational back account is empty and you have no currency to exchange for your “ask”.

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What Mr. Miyagi Teaches Us About Leadership

Remember Mr. Miyagi?

Yes, the “wax on, wax off” sensei from the Karate Kid movies that taught Daniel LaRusso how to defend himself against the dreaded Cobra Kai’s.

He was often seen pruning and grooming Bonsai trees while Daniel was off waxing cars and staining fences. The cool thing is there’s a key leadership lesson we can learn from Mr. Miyagi related to the Bonsai trees he meticulously took care of.

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Simplify Your Battlefield – How To Deal With Chaos

What do you do when your plans go sideways? When chaos and clutter are prevalent and the fog rolls in?

We’ve all been there. Some of us are there now.

We’ve all had moments or seasons where chaos reigns and we struggle to maintain focus and forward momentum. Stress rises. Things break. We freak out. Blood pressure rises. Distraction settles in and we feel stuck.

I love what President Eisenhower said about plans and planning. He said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” In other words, once the bullets start flying, chaos ensues and we’re left to regroup and pivot.

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Are you Swen Nater? – A Key Attribute of an Ideal Team Player

Who is Swen Nater? My guess is you’ve never heard of him but he serves as model of a key attribute of an ideal team player.

The key attribute is making those around you better.

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What God Wants To Do With Your Anxiety

We’ve all been there.

We’ve all had moments or seasons where chaos reigns and we struggle to maintain focus and forward momentum. Stress rises. Things break. We freak out. Blood pressure rises. Distraction settles in and we feel stuck. Anxiety rules and everything feels cluttered.

What do you do in those moments? How to you deal with the anxiety?

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I Quit! (But Stayed)

This is the worst place for a leader to find themselves.

You have people on your team who quit but they stayed and forgot to inform you they’ve quit.

These are the team members that have “checked out” for some reason and have an “I’m here for the paycheck mentality.” It would be better if they would choose to exit the team or company, but they are covert in their disengagement and directly impacting the productivity of the team. This is very costly for a business and has a direct impact on the performance of others on your team.

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How To Be So Good They Can’t Ignore You

What attributes or behaviors do people have that make them so good they can’t be ignored?

I get asked often what separates high performers from those who just blend in. I’ve had the privilege of coaching, mentoring and promoting several high performers and there are performance trends that separate them from their peers around them.

Seth Godin refers to this as positioning yourself as a “linchpin”. A linchpin is a person who is indispensable, who cannot be replaced. It’s a person who consistently delivers value and works in such a way that their performance is undeniable.

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The (2) Most Important Words for a Leader

There are a lot of words in a leader’s vocabulary, but have you ever paused to think about the most important ones? What can I say today that will inspire someone? What can I say today that will unlock what’s inside my teammates? What can I say to provide vision and clarity?

All those are important but I’ve learned that there are (2) words we should say often that have powerful impacts on the lives of those we lead.

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The (1) Question Every Leader Needs To Answer

What are you going to do with your POWER?

At some point, you’ll walk into the room and realize you’re the most powerful person there and will have to decide what you’re going to leverage your power for. What you do in those moments will define you as a leader and set the tone for your followers and your legacy.

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Stop Complaining. Start Acting

We’ve all done it.

Felt Frustrated. Stuck. Overlooked. Felt like we were running place or hitting our head against a wall. Felt overwhelmed. Tired. Stressed. Busy.

What do we do about it?

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