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Amazing Mondays

Love Your Mondays! Weekly doses of inspiration to help you strengthen your organizational health!

Why Culture Works

April 15th, 2019|

Let’s talk today about why culture matters—why it works at transforming and positively impacting all results within an organization. So why does it work? The answer is simple really. A company with a strong workplace culture taps in to the emotional and intellectual energy of every employee.  When a workplace culture is weak or unhealthy, people often do just enough to get by. They never emotionally or [...]

The #1 Thing You Can Do To Love Your Job Again

April 8th, 2019|

Are you a leader that is struggling to love your job? Do you feel like you’ve lost a sense of purpose or do you wonder if you are making a difference? Are you frustrated with your team’s performance and results?   If so, I get you. I’ve been there before. It’s not uncommon to feel frustrated, lost, discouraged, or even apathetic at times. Leading others can be hard!     So what is [...]

How Will You Be Remembered?

April 1st, 2019|

If you manage people, your influence on others is huge! Period. Whether you know it or not, or believe it or not, your influence on the people you lead impacts all things in their life. Notice I didn’t say work, I said life!  As a leader, you have a tremendous privilege to influence others, for good or for bad. The direct impact you have on the lives of those you supervise [...]

The One Behavior Undermining Your Success

March 24th, 2019|

Today let’s talk trust. One of the best ways to improve trust in the workplace is by doing what you say you are going to do. That’s it! Sure, sounds easy but it can be hard.   Do any of these scenarios sound familiar….   Scenario #1 Employee: Can we talk?   Leader: Sure, I’ll get back to you within an hour. (gets tied up and forgets to get back)   Scenario #2 Employee: I [...]

Parent Leadership

March 18th, 2019|

I recently read a quote that made me smile. It said, “Everything I learned about parenting is leadership and everything I learned about leadership is wrong.” – Bob Chapman  It made me smile because in so many ways it’s true!   Though I won’t debate the merits between taking a leadership course or a parenting class to become a stronger leader, let me share five things I’ve been taught about being a [...]

3 Ways To Win At Work

March 11th, 2019|

Are you winning at work? How do you know? Too many people aren’t sure if they are winning at work or not. They go through their routines, strive to do their best, but at the end of the day they feel unsure.   So, today, let’s talk about three ways you can know whether your winning at work or not.   #1 Define What Winning Looks Like  Too [...]

Where to Start in Creating a Strong Culture

March 4th, 2019|

A common question I’m asked about creating a healthy and strong organizational culture is where should I start? Though there are a lot of things you can do right now to improve your culture, the best place to start is with a mission statement. (Check out my article on 3 Essential Elements To A Well-Crafted Mission Statement).  Purpose A good mission statement is the best place to start because it gives [...]

Two Ways to Start Helping Your Team Reach Their Potential

February 25th, 2019|

Does it feel like your team or organization is under performing? Do you think you could and should be doing better?  If so, you are not unlike most leaders and organizations out there. Unfortunately, many aren’t sure what to do or how they can move forward to help their teams reach their potential. Today I have two suggestions to start helping your team or organization truly reach their potential.   #1 Improve Clarity  Often [...]

4 Things to Do When You Feel Like Giving Up

February 18th, 2019|

Have you ever questioned if you have what it takes to accomplish your goals?   Have you ever felt like giving up?  Leadership can be hard. It can often feel like you aren’t making progress or that you will never achieve your desired outcomes.   When this happens, what should you do?  First, have patience. Things are rarely as bad as you believe.  It just feels that way in the [...]

Upgrade Your Decision Making

February 11th, 2019|

What do you stand for?   What does your organization stand for?  Is this clear to all of your team?  Establishing core values for your life and for your organization is one of the best things you can do to improve results. When values are established, defined, and made clear, it can guide decision-making.   This is extremely important when faced with critical, tough, and in-the-moment decisions.   Imagine for example that your employee is dealing [...]

Own Your Monday!

February 4th, 2019|

It's another new week, a fresh start, a chance to reach your goals and do something amazing! Another opportunity to reprioritize and align yourself with your dreams and goals!   What will you choose to do with it? Who will you choose to be? So much depends on this day, right now—Monday, the start of a new week.  Too many people will choose to dread today. They will start their week [...]

What Makes A Leader Great

January 28th, 2019|

Good leadership doesn’t have to be complicated. Though many experts would have you believe otherwise, I’ve learned great leadership comes down to an accumulation of doing a lot of small and simple things consistently. When leaders discipline themselves to do little things each day that show those they lead that they care about them, it has a transformative effect on everyone.  At the crux of great leadership is consistency. Sure doing the right things every once in a while is nice and will [...]

Why A Vision?

January 21st, 2019|

Every great company is lead and guided by a vision. A vision is what the organization eventually hopes to accomplish or the contribution it hopes to make in this world. Much like a mission statement and core values, a vision should be well articulated and referred to often. It should be easy to understand and be clear.   A vision can be viewed as being unrealistic by others. It is a long-term goal. When leaders are [...]

The #1 Way To Improve Your Company

January 14th, 2019|

It's a New Year, a time for new beginnings. Nothing can help your organization more this new year than to improve the health of its culture.   A healthy organizational culture is one where little confusion and politics exists. The team is aligned and working toward common goals. Everyone understands the company’s mission, values, and vision. Employees know why their job matters and how they are making a difference. The levels of [...]

3 Ways To Ensure You Crush It In 2019

January 7th, 2019|

It’s hard to believe but 2019 is upon us. Are you excited?! Hopefully you are prepared or are preparing to have your best year ever. Whatever your goals or ambitions might be for 2019, below are three suggestions to help you crush it this year.  #1 End of Year Vision  All great things start with a vision, so what is yours for 2019? What do you hope to accomplish and [...]

My One Piece of Advice to Accomplishing New Year’s Resolutions

December 31st, 2018|

I love starting a new year, especially because I love to make New Year’s resolutions. A new year presents you with a perfect opportunity to reflect on the past and plan for the future. It gives you a fresh start and even a fresh perspective on life. New Year’s resolutions can push you outside of your comfort zone and help you improve. Unfortunately, most people fail to [...]

All I Want For Christmas is…Discomfort?!

December 24th, 2018|

If Santa is good to you this year he will provide a little bit of discomfort in your life. Why discomfort you might ask? There are a couple of reasons. Let me explain. First, discomfort is an indicator that we are growing or that we need to grow. We can’t get better or improve our circumstances in comfort. In fact we must step out of our comfort [...]

3 Things to Help You Get Unstuck

December 17th, 2018|

Have you ever felt like you were stuck? Like you just weren’t making the progress you hoped to make and that you felt you should be making? That happened to me over the last couple of weeks. You see, I’ve been trying to complete a book project and just felt it wasn’t good enough. I wasn’t sure how to improve it or make it better. I felt [...]

5 Reasons Why People are Leaving Your Organization and Joining Your Competitor

December 10th, 2018|

Nothing is more discouraging for leaders than when they find out they are losing a high-quality employee—especially when they learn that person is going to work for the competition!  When this happens, too often leaders allow themselves to believe that people are leaving because someone has offered them better benefits or more pay.  The truth is believing this is a lazy and convenient copout.  Though there is [...]

9 Leadership Principles to Live By (The Final 4)

December 3rd, 2018|

Last week I introduced the first 5 Leadership Principles To Live By that will help anyone become a great leader. These five principles included removing fear, standing on equal ground, serving those you lead, being a teacher, and working hard. Today I will share the final 4 leadership principles to live by that will help you have a lasting impact on those you lead. #6 Set An [...]

9 Leadership Principles To Live By (The First 5)

November 26th, 2018|

Being a great leader is hard.  It requires a tremendous amount of discipline, courage, and self-sacrifice.  Those who want to be good leaders must work at it constantly.  Here are the first 5 of 9 leadership principles to live by that will help anyone become a great leader and have a lasting impact on those they lead. #1 Remove Fear It can be natural at times for [...]

How To Create A Healthy Workplace Culture

November 19th, 2018|

A healthy workplace culture is at the heart of success within every organization. Patrick Lencioni has often referred to organizational health as “the last competitive advantage.” In today’s world, it’s not enough to just be smart, develop a good strategy, work hard, and offer a great product or service. These are necessities to survive. Companies that hope to not only survive but thrive must also establish a healthy organizational culture. Just as proper eating and regular exercise can help you maintain your personal health, there are certain things leaders must [...]

Two Reasons We Must Be Grateful

November 19th, 2018|

Most of us know we should be grateful, but it can be hard at times to remember. Here are two good reasons why we must all make it a priority in our life and why we must always remember to be grateful. #1 For You The first reason why we should be grateful is because of you and how it impacts your life. Numerous studies on gratitude have [...]

3 Essential Elements To A Well-Crafted Mission Statement

November 12th, 2018|

A Mission Statement is an essential building block to developing a strong organizational culture. When a mission statement is well written, it can inspire a team and give them a purpose. Unfortunately, too many mission statements are still poorly written and do little to help their organization. It doesn’t have to be this way. Below are 3 essential elements to help you create a well-crafted mission statement [...]

Too Important To Be Kind

November 5th, 2018|

"You are never too important to be kind." I recently read this on a sign somewhere and felt it was very applicable to us as leaders. It’s easy to get caught up in all that is going on. With important decisions to make, deadlines to meet, issues to address, meetings to attend—things are just busy and stressful! Because of all this, it can be hard to [...]

3 Ways to Overcome Fear

October 29th, 2018|

It’s the week of Halloween so it only seems fitting to talk about fear. But let’s not talk about the fun fear we experience during this time of year that gets our hearts pumping and our adrenaline flowing. What I want to focus on is the more common and often times debilitating negative fear. So let me ask you, have you ever been afraid? We all have [...]

Redefining Superheroes

October 22nd, 2018|

Have you ever wanted to be a superhero? Yeah me too. It never happened for me though. At least not in the way I thought it would…. Maybe you are like me. Let me try and explain. At times when I talk to leaders about their careers many express or even lament the fact that they aren’t in a more service-oriented occupation. A doctor, firefighter, civil or [...]

Surprising Discovery About Workplace Culture

October 15th, 2018|

Is there one kind of workplace culture that trumps all others? One specific type of culture that each organization should be trying to establish for the absolute best results? This is a question I’ve asked myself many times over my career. I’ve come to the conclusion that the answer is a resounding NO. This answer might surprise you. It did me. You see I wanted to believe [...]

A Case For Culture

October 8th, 2018|

Culture is the number one way to improve performance within any organization. Many leaders I talk to believe they can’t do much to change the culture of their organization because they are only a department head, supervisor, or only lead a small team within a larger organization. I’m here to tell you that’s not true. If lead people, than you can have a dramatic impact on culture. [...]

Love Your Mondays!

October 1st, 2018|

This is my first AMAZING Monday and I must confess, I love Mondays! Maybe because it’s a new week and a fresh start, maybe because I like to root for the underdog and go against the grain a little bit, or maybe it’s because I’ve made the choice to love Mondays. The truth is, all of these are true. I do love Mondays because there is so [...]

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