Worksheet: Translating Values Into Behaviors

Think back to when you were a child. There was likely a time when someone told you to clean something – your bedroom at home, a locker at school, etc. Let’s say that you set out to do the task well and impress others with the quality of your work. At some point, the person…

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How to Build a Team of Problem Solvers

If you want your people to solve problems, then you need to straighten up your ACT: Authority, Clarity, and Transparency. Authority Many individuals and teams fail to make decisions or take action because they don’t feel they have the authority to act. Suppose you want to create a culture where decision-making and owning problems happen.…

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Weekly Leadership Development Rhythm

I frequently tell a story about how my daily physical training in the Army allowed me to run a marathon on a whim when I was in my twenties. My consistent regimen led to freedom of action. In order to become a great runner, you must have a habit of running and follow a consistent…

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Name it, Capture it, & Shred it

Every once in a while on the Leadership Lab podcast, I sit down and talk to a professional athlete. I’ve spoken to people like Dansby Swanson, the shortstop of the Atlanta Braves, or former NFL player Desmond Clark. When I learn about their approach to shaking off mistakes and getting back in the game, the…

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Worksheet: 2 Biggest Assets

As a leader, one of the biggest challenges you have is that there are so many things to do, opportunities to tackle, and problems to fix. It can be overwhelming. But the reality is that your success is not defined by trying to do everything. Your success often stems from tackling a few critical things.…

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Worksheet: Gaining Support

Wise leaders recognize that the change management game is not won by getting every stakeholder to become a strong supporter but by moving everyone one step closer. They work to move someone who is opposed to a spot of neutrality on the issue. Or, they attempt to move a neutral party to a position of…

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5 C’s of Consistency Tool

Sometimes, especially as leaders, we get frustrated and ask ourselves: Why wasn’t I more consistent in having one-on-one conversations with my people this week? Why didn’t I put more energy into checking on certain things this quarter? Why did I allow other issues and demands to distract me? I have two things to share with…

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Fan the Flames Tool

Leadership isn’t merely organizing resources or delegating tasks. At its core, leadership is seeing the potential of every team member and communicating, encouraging, and supporting them to unleash that potential to achieve what they hadn’t thought possible. In short, great leaders fan the flames of success. If you want to see your people succeed in…

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