But I Didn’t SAY It Was OK…

Uncategorized Aug 12, 2020

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 2, 2020.

In the last few blogs, we looked at how much more the people on our teams will follow what we do than what we say and then we looked at how much responsibility stinks at times when we realize someone is ALWAYS watching… And as tough as walking that fine line can often be, every leader will run into situations where maintaining the highest of standards with their own behaviors still isn’t enough!

Well crap!

A scenario we walk participants through in the very first lesson of our Emerging Leader Development course deals with the importance of self-discipline as a leader. For many folks, that’s simply having the character to set the right example for what the team they lead is expected to follow. But one of the most common frustrations I’ve seen supervisors, managers, and executives deal with in nearly every organization I’ve worked with over the last two decades initially started when...

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Responsibility Stinks!

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 1, 2020.

Do you remember a time in your career, or even in your personal life, when so many people weren’t depending on you to make the right decisions? And maybe there wasn’t even anyone watching if you did something stupid, or something you wouldn’t have been proud to tell your grand kids about… Since smart phones have entered the equation, those days seem to be gone, huh…

I kinda remember those days… But I more clearly remember the day I volunteered to serve on a safety committee and learned that every move I made from that point forward would be under a microscope. The idea we touched on in the last message about Monkey See, Monkey Do would be hard at work in my life from that day forward. I couldn’t promote the importance of choosing safe behaviors and continue to do dumb stuff that could get me hurt if I wanted to earn any credibility at all! And as I accepted different roles...

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Monkey See, Monkey Do? Team Member See? Team Member Do!!!

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on June 30, 2020.

Ok… Think back to when you were a kid. What did you see the people you admired most doing that you weren’t allowed to do? Maybe you were too young, maybe “it was bad for you”, or maybe it was just something that same person had told you that you weren’t allowed to do…

How did that usually end up? For me, it typically only made me work that much harder to do that exact thing that I was told I shouldn’t be doing because that person I wanted to emulate was doing it! I was quite frequently very successful in accomplishing that forbidden thing… To save a little face here, I won’t go into any of the specifics. But I’m sure your imagination can do its own work. And I’m also sure I’m not alone!

Now fast forward to your current leadership responsibility. How often have you been in situations where you’ve either wanted to, or absolutely had to, do...

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Go Ahead & Admit It, They Already Know Anyway…

Uncategorized Aug 12, 2020

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on June 26, 2020.

While taking a course on direct-response marketing for small businesses with one of my mentors a few years ago, I remember being initially puzzled when he emphasized that it’s far more important to handle any slip-up appropriately than to act like they never happen. Christian went on to say, “Everyone makes mistakes. It just happens. What separates a best-in-class business from its mediocre (at best) counterparts is all in how they accept responsibility for mistakes and do everything in their power to make things right.”

As I thought more about that statement, it reminded me of the story John Maxwell shared in Leadership Gold about the CEO who pulled him aside at a break during a session he was doing for the company’s top executives. John had made a statement in the first session suggesting that each of them should be open about their weaknesses. The CEO took issue with that, telling...

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Vital to Business and to Life Itself!!!

Uncategorized Aug 12, 2020

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on June 25, 2020.

OK… It’s clear that a very select few ever make it through all that’s required to become a Navy SEAL, and thank God for each and every one who does! But regardless of what the rest of us have chosen to pursue, even the Bill’s of the world, developing A Cycle for Success just won’t be sustainable without a solid foundation. 

While I’ve typically kept this series focused on leadership and professional development, specifically with regards to how we can each make a positive impact with the teams we lead in a work environment, having a foundation of trust as we create A Cycle for Success in every area of our lives is crucial. And to that end, would success even be worth it if we had to build it without that foundation of trust?

If you’re at all familiar with the New Testament, you may recall this statement from Matthew 16:26 – “What good will it be for someone...

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Bill had Friends on the Hill, but He was no SEAL!

Uncategorized Aug 12, 2020

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on June 24, 2020.

Several years ago, just a few weeks after I started with a new company as their Safety & Human Resources Manager, I joined a coworker and the guy who handled the company’s group health policy for lunch. This was the first time I had met Bill, but the goal was for me to get to know him outside the office a bit since I would be interacting closely with him moving forward. One of the insurance options he was explaining to us on the way to lunch was fairly similar to something a friend of mine had rolled at with a local company just a few years earlier, and I had dealt very closely with that option at another company. I mentioned that experience to Bill, who had woven in a list of all the folks on Capital Hill he had just visited that week before slumming with us for lunch, with hopes of giving him some peace that I actually had some experience in dealing with group health insurance. 

Apparently peace...

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People Do Business with People they Know, Like, and Trust – Right?

Uncategorized Aug 12, 2020

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on June 23, 2020.

We took an in-depth look at what we each need to work on to build A Cycle for Success in our own lives through the last several blogs, but those all required us to look inside of ourselves. But for any kind of success we’re able to create to have a shot at lasting, there’s something else we need to be very intentional about building with each person we interact with!

Most of us have heard the phrase People do business with (or buy from) people they KNOW, LIKE, and TRUST. But is that really THE truth?

I’ve studied and worked with tools focused on human behavior for more than twenty years, and that statement has always seemed to have quite a bit of merit. It wasn’t until I began studying the work William Marston did that we know today as the DISC Model of Human Behavior that I began to understand that this statement was A TRUTH but not always THE TRUTH

The two-thirds of the population,...

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It Fuels the DRIVEN Style, but It’s Important for Everyone!

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on June 19, 2020.

When Cindy and I work with teams to build a foundation for effective workplace communication throughout their culture using the DISC Model of Human Behavior, we always share that the one thing that puts fuel in the tank for folks with the DRIVEN style is Getting Results!!! But it’s not just the DRIVEN folks who need results because the results we all achieve on a day to day basis are so important in building that Cycle for Success we’ve been looking at through the last several blogs!

While we’ve looked at each of the other individual steps that build to our results, let’s take a quick glance at the entire cycle one more time before we dig into the Results piece specifically…

Our belief controls our thoughts, our thoughts drive our actions, and those actions will produce some sort...

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Yoda Had It Right, and So Much Depends on This…

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on June 18, 2020.

I don’t know that I’ve ever watched any one of the Star Wars movies start to finish, but the one line that I’ve resonated with more was where Yoda said “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

Leading up to this point, we’ve looked at the importance of being very intentional about what we allow to shape our beliefs, then we took a hard look at controlling our thoughts, so let’s move on now to the next step in A Cycle for Success: the ACTIONS we take on a day to day basis…

Master Yoda may have been on to something. While we don’t always have complete control of the outcome, one of the few things we can control 100% of the time – IF WE CHOOSE TO – is our actions. And when we’ve been intentional about those first two things we looked at in this cycle, our ability to maintain complete control over the actions...

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“Many People Would Rather DIE than Think; In Fact, Most Do…”

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on June 17, 2020.

British polymath, Bertrand Russell once said that “many people would rather die than think; in fact, most do.”

And this is the second piece of A Cycle for Success in Any Endeavor that we started looking at in the last blog; our THOUGHTS!

There’s clearly some level of importance in this since it’s specifically referenced in two of the most influential personal development books written in the last hundred years; Think & Grow Rick and The Magic of Thinking Big. We could go back even farther with James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh… And more recently, John Maxwell has written two books dedicated to it; Thinking for a Change and How Successful People Think.

Okay, Okay… Maybe it is kind of important. But Russell’s statement seems a bit far-fetched… Possibly, but even Thomas Edison is quoted as saying “5% of people think, 10% of people think they think, and the...

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