Gallup’s #1 Way to Succeed at Work


Gallup recently released their findings from their largest global study on work, and the results are not all that surprising. In their study they discovered that the quality of a company’s managers and leaders is the most critical element to long-term company success. I didn’t need a Gallup study to know this was the most critical, but it’s good to see their research confirms what most of us already knew.    Last Monday my book, Be An Awesome Boss!, was released on In this book I explain The Four C’s Model that leads to leadership success. If ever there was a book that could [...]

Gallup’s #1 Way to Succeed at Work2019-05-20T02:07:56+00:00

Who Needs Encouragement?


I heard on a podcast recently that the founder of Chick-fila, S. Truett Cathy, once asked a friend, “who needs encouragement?” and then after a moment responded, “every human being that is breathing.” At times as leaders we are trained to look for the bad and correct it. What if instead we trained ourselves to look for the good and praise it? How do you think this shift in mentality might benefit your business? How do you think it might impact your ability to lead? Those you work with and interact with need encouragement; we all do! This week let’s [...]

Who Needs Encouragement?2019-05-15T11:21:32+00:00

Employees Are Volunteers For Your Organization


Having worked in health care most of my career, I’ve relied heavily on a good group of volunteers to help in the different facilities and hospitals I’ve worked. Volunteers are the best! I’ve noticed that as leaders, we are quick to forgive a volunteer’s mistakes, thank them for their time, and are gracious for any efforts they make to help our company. We also tend to trust they have good intentions and want to do a good job. We normally are quick to smile at them and shake their hand. We are always so grateful they came in [...]

Employees Are Volunteers For Your Organization2019-05-06T12:33:18+00:00

Your Most Important Job


The most important responsibility a leader has is to provide clarity for their team. That’s right, most important. The reason is because there is nothing that will negatively impact the productivity, engagement, and satisfaction among your team members more than confusion. Confusion at work causes a lot of problems including anxiety, contention, apathy, frustration, and stress. Clarity needs to come from the top. If the top is not providing clarity than you can bet that people throughout the organization are receiving different messages from different people which leads to what? That’s right, confusion. So what should be made clear [...]

Your Most Important Job2019-04-26T16:50:11+00:00

The Leading Cause of Death For Leaders


The number one leading cause of death for leaders is distractions. Distractions have killed more leaders than anything else I know.     Now let me clarify for a minute. When I say death, I mean being removed as a leader whether it is losing a job or being asked to step down.   Why are distractions the leading killer for leaders? I believe there are two main reasons.   One is because they are so enticing. They often appear as fires that need immediate attention. They beckon for our help and often make us feel that if we don’t react quickly, then we will be burned. They also entice us by making us believe we are the only ones who can properly deal with them and thus lure us away from what is most important. Distractions are also enticing [...]

The Leading Cause of Death For Leaders2019-04-22T13:31:53+00:00

Why Culture Works


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 intellectually engage. They fail to feel a compelling reason to give their all. They don’t believe they are a part of anything special or significant so they simply do what they have to do to [...]

Why Culture Works2019-04-15T12:27:34+00:00

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


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 a leader to do? How can you fall in love with your job again?  The number one way I’ve learned to regain love for my job is by helping others  love theirs. As strange [...]

The #1 Thing You Can Do To Love Your Job Again2019-04-03T16:06:13+00:00

How Will You Be Remembered?


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 is hard to quantify, but in many cases, if you’re not number one, you’re among the top three most influential people in their lives. In so many ways you impact their emotional, mental, and even physical [...]

How Will You Be Remembered?2019-03-27T18:28:39+00:00

The One Behavior Undermining Your Success


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 need a new laptop computer can you order me one so that I can get my work done?   Leader: Yes, let me order it. (puts it on the to do list but never [...]

The One Behavior Undermining Your Success2019-03-25T12:57:28+00:00

Parent Leadership


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 good parent that is applicable to great leadership.  And these ideas you won’t hear often in most leadership courses…   #1 Be An Example   For better or for worse, children mirror the [...]

Parent Leadership2019-03-15T19:40:13+00:00