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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How To Drive Your Organization To Mediocrity

No one wants to work for a mediocre company, at least that’s my assumption. In fact, one of the fastest ways to drive your top talent out of your organization is to allow mediocrity as a leader. If this is true, then why do many of us work in mediocre environments and what is the role of the leader in all this?

Jim Collins said, “People are not your most important asset. The right people are.” If that is true, then a significant responsibility of the leader is to make sure the teams we manage are performing at maximum levels and the right people are on the right team. If not, mediocrity will slowly creep in and, before you know it, you will have drifted far away from the performance level you were hired to deliver.


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The (2) Things A Leader Always Gets

There are (2) things you always get as a leader.

You always get what you CREATE.

You always get what you ALLOW.

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What The Navy Seals Teach Us About Our Need For Connection

Like most guys, I’m fascinated by the Navy Seals. I loved reading No Easy Day about the account of the mission that killed Osama Bin Laden and love reading/hearing about other stories related to the Navy Seals. They are a rare breed among men and to be admired.

While listening to an interview with Brene Brown, author of Daring Greatly, she mentioned a fascinating protocol Navy Seals use once they land on their feet after being deployed on a mission. The fascinating thing about this is the relevancy it has for all of us and our need for connection.

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I Don’t Have Enough _______! What’s Yours?

Have you ever said the following: “I don’t have enough __________”. We fill in the blank with many things with the answer often changing hour to hour.

This type of thinking is called “scarcity thinking”. Scarcity thinking is characterized by focusing on what’s not going to work, what you don’t have and all the reasons why we can’t do something we are trying to do. This type of thinking has a “can’t do” attitude that throws up obstacles when ideas are presented. This type of thinking can be very toxic.

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Vulnerability: A Leader’s Hidden Power Keg

What comes to your mind when you read the word “Vulnerability”?

Do you think of weakness? Honestly? Being exposed? Shame? Fear? etc.

This is a topic I’ve been thinking about and reading about lately. One of the most watched TED videos is the one by Brene Brown on vulnerability. She unpacks this idea of what vulnerability really is and creates a new paradigm for us to think about this topic.

If you haven’t watched the video, here it is. It’s worth 20 minutes of your time. It won’t be a wasted investment.

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A Christian View of Work: We Are God’s Co-Cultivators

One of the things that drives me crazy in companies I’ve worked for, companies I’ve consulted for, and even the build-out of my own company is when people refer to other people as resources. The intent may not be bad in using that word, but it does something to the way we view the people we work with or who work for us.

I’ve always tried to stay away from using the word “resource” and instead refer to people as “people”. People are not primarily a resource like bandwidth, or raw material, or some other tool we use daily to assist us in doing our job. People are people, designed by God, and equipped with a unique wiring, skills, experience, etc. to contribute to the value creation of our organizations.

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