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Is Love the Killer App in the Workplace?

Love.

That’s not the first word that comes to our minds when we think about business. Strategy, sustainability, operational efficiency, cash flow, etc. are all relevant topics in business, but what about love? In the infamous words of Tina Turner, “what’s love got to do with it?”

That’s a question answered by Tim Sanders in his book Love is the Killer App. I read this book a while ago and have been churning on its contents since then while thinking about how this impacts me as an organizational leader.

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How To Build Momentum

Have you ever had the challenge as a leader to sustain or build positive momentum?

For me, it’s always a challenge to keep the “ball moving down the field” when it comes to sustaining positive momentum. It seems I often take one step forward only to take two steps back. Through my ups and downs in trying to build leadership momentum, I always come back to one key word that serves as a catalyst for momentum. That one word is FOCUS.

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Attributes of The Ideal Team Player

I’ve spent a lot of time in my career building teams. I’ve been a part of great teams and part of highly dysfunctional teams. I’ve seen people step into teams and add tremendous value. I’ve also seen people step into teams and completely disrupt or destroy the team. We’ve all experienced this at some level.

A while back I came across a book written by Patrick Lencioni called The Ideal Team Player. The concepts in the book helped provide a framework for the attributes I evaluate as I’m searching for ideal team players when I build a team. It’s a fascinating book that I highly recommend. It’s a complimentary book to Lencioni’s book The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, a must read book for any leader.

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The Power of Working Together

Our work culture requires us to learn to function well in a team environment.

There’s no way around this.

Everything is interconnected and working well with others is something that is imperative to individual and team success. This was a lesson our mom’s taught us while we were growing up, but it’s increasingly more critical for success in our work environments. If you don’t embrace this reality, you won’t survive.

The cool thing is we have examples all around us that prove out the reality that we can go further, faster together.

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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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