Crisis at 800 Feet: Tool

You likely:  Work in a fast-paced, dynamic, and demanding environment. Encounter curve balls and have to deal with the unexpected. Have people looking to you for answers and direction. Must rely on your experience, knowledge, procedures, or the example of others as you respond to a crisis.  Here are six practices to employ in the…

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What Are You Grateful For Tool

I am thrilled about The Five Leadership Challenge’s performance and the impact it is having. I’m also extremely grateful to:  My partners at HarperCollins Leadership for publishing the book and providing guidance throughout the last several months.  My teammates at Leddin Group for their hard work throughout the entire launch process and constant belief in…

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What’s in a Name Tool

The importance of names extends beyond what people call us as individuals to what we call our teams, departments, and entire organizations. This week’s tool and video are intended to get you thinking about what people call your group and if the name truly represents: –      Who you serve –      What you do –      Why…

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6 Keys to Launching Something New into the World

For the past few days, I have been traveling from event to event, promoting my new book, The Five-Week Leadership Challenge. From the first day I proposed the book to Harper Collins, to writing my first draft, to now, I have learned a lot. I’d like to share 6 of those lessons with you today. Hopefully,…

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Is It Time to Commit?

I recently had a conversation about commitment with retired Senior Chief and Navy SEAL Thom Shea. Thom knows a great deal about commitment. He served 23 years in the Navy, completed several combat tours, and holds the record for going through Hell Week five times en route to becoming a SEAL. I’m a fairly driven…

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3 Reasons to be a Lifelong Learner

You just started at a new job. You’re excited. You want to make an impact. You hit the ground running. Over time, you build new relationships, deliver good results, and make a name for yourself. A few weeks pass. Weeks become months. Months become years. You grow comfortable…too comfortable If you see yourself or a…

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4 Great Outcomes That Happen in the White Space

In the white space between the blocks on an organizational chart, learning happens. It’s in those spaces where team members step out of their comfort zones to connect, teams work across functions, and departments/divisions come together to make big things happen. Today’s tool and video are designed to help you to think about the white…

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Acknowledge Your Strengths Worksheet

In our careers, too often we dwell on the things we wish we were able to do, while not acknowledging all the things at which we excel. By focusing on your weaknesses, not only do you not give yourself a chance to succeed, but you also lose track of your strengths. I challenge you today…

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Trail Marker Leadership

I like to hike. I enjoy the sense of adventure, the opportunity to be outdoors, and the challenge that comes with pushing yourself. On every trail there are a series of trail markers. These can be posts, small signs, or a shape painted on a tree. All trail markers serve the same purpose: they inspire…

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