3 Steps to Depart your Comfort Zone

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that's not what ships are for.” ― William G.T. Shedd Near the end of the Cold War, I made seven patrols as a young Naval Officer on the nuclear submarine, USS Tennessee. One of those patrols was over the holidays. Being deployed over Christmas and New Year’s Eve... Continue Reading →

Take Care of your Employees

I met with the CEO of one of my large customers last year and he said something I will never forget.  When describing his business philosophy, he told me it was very simple, "We take care of our employees and our customers and the rest works itself out." How refreshing!

The Secret to Great Brainstorming

Brainstorming is one the most effective methods of engaging employees in generating new ideas and solving tough problems. If done right, it is a fast-paced, interactive session where new ideas are generated. As a leader, the challenge is facilitating the discussion to ensure the absolute best ideas are surfaced. Aaron Aders, co-founder and CSO of DigitalRelevance,... Continue Reading →

Are You Truly a Leader?

Great article by Steve Keating. If you strip away your title, position, and authority, are you still a leader?


John Maxwell’s one word definition of leadership is this: Influence

I agree, sort of. Only sort of because what you do doesn’t make you a leader, why you do it does.

Dictionaries define influence as the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.

Everyone has at least a little influence. We all have some effect the behavior of those around us, just as they have some effect on ours. We have that effect whether we intend to or not. So does that mean everyone is a leader whether they intend to be or not? I would say no.

That means we probably cannot define leadership with just one word. We need two.

Intentional influence. Okay, maybe we need three words…. Intentional directed influence.

Wandering around influencing others does not make you a leader. Being keenly aware of your…

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The Gifts Leaders Give

This is the time of the year where we think about gifts. Whether it’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Small Business Saturday, we are thinking about what we are giving to those who are closest to us. It’s also the time of year where we begin to reflect on the past year and plan for... Continue Reading →

Embrace your Critics – Here’s How

“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing” ~ Aristotle I had my first real harsh blog post critic last week and it was a great! Let me explain. I recently wrote an article called 10 Simple Ways to Become an Extraordinary Leader in 2015. In the article, I shared ways to show respect for employees... Continue Reading →

10 Simple Ways to Become an Extraordinary Leader in 2015

Jimmy Johnson probably said it best, “The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” This is especially true in leadership. Getting the business fundamentals right is critical for success, but how you treat your people is that little “extra” that can truly inspire an organization. The problem is that too many leaders don’t... Continue Reading →

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