Are You Willing to Pay the Price, Again?

Through the last several blogs, we’ve taken a look at some of the things we need to be prepared to do as leaders in order to develop and empower our team members to reach their full potential and help us carry the load as our organizations grow. That requires a significant degree of trust, confidence, patience, and investment on our part. Before I share something with you that John Maxwell and Mark Cole challenged me to consider recently, there’s one quick thing I’d like to call your attention to…

On Friday, October 9, we get to host the first ever live, virtual LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg experience! In addition to the world class content from John, Steve Harvey, Kat Cole, Alan Mulally, and Craig Groeschel, there’s a TON of bonuses. This includes a full 72 hours to access the 2020 content, access to content from all of the 2019 Live2Lead speakers, a lesson that Cindy and I are building just for this year’s event, and complimentary access to one of...

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What Does It Really Cost?

As I wrapped up the last blog, I referenced a study that showed how many organizations lose as much as 17 hours per week to miscommunication. Unlike the Salesforce.com study, I couldn’t put my find on any of the additional details that study covered or who conducted it. That said, I found it! We typically share these statistics during the second lesson of our Emerging Leader Development course, Critical Principles for Effective Communication… Here you go:

According to an SIS International Research study, the cumulative cost per year due to productivity losses resulting from communication barriers is more than $26,000 per employee. Not only that, the study found that a business with 100 employees spends an average downtime of 17 hours a week clarifying communications. Translated into dollars, that’s more than $530,000 a year.

I go on to detail out that math for companies half that size and twice that size, just so participants have a chance to relate it to the...

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We’re Only Human...

In the most recent LinkedIn article I published called If You Want It Done Right…, I shared a comment I heard John Maxwell make recently, “A leader who empowers their team isn’t someone who believes they have to do it all themselves for it to be done right.” While that’s not necessarily as easy as it may sound, it’s absolutely something we have to begin doing at some point if we have any hope at all of moving beyond that busy-ness we’ve kicked around over the last several messages to a place where we’re building a team that accomplishes what it’s really capable of!

I closed the last blog by challenging you to really think into how much it really matters when someone on our team makes certain mistakes. If it’s a true life or death scenario, we may need to stay in complete control of the situation. But let’s be brutally honest, those are few and far between! There are far more situations where a mistake here and there...

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How Much Does It Really Matter?

As we continue digging into the idea that all of us are going to make mistakes and that can’t be what completely stops us from delegating tasks to our team members, there’s one big thing we’ll need to be able to answer: How much does it really matter?

Before we get wrapped up in answering that question, let’s make sure we’re on the same page… Some mistakes come with a higher cost, and none are more expensive than the ones that are covered with excuses! Learning from a mistake is often part of the price of learning, but making an excuse rather than accepting responsibility and finding the lesson means there will never be the slightest chance to pull value from the mistake!

Whether it’s a team member who we’re developing as we begin providing them with new opportunities or a politician who’s “set up” by a salon owner, making excuses for this mistake limits (and sometimes completely removes) our chances of trusting them...

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WHEN a Mistake is Made, How Do You Handle It?

Know this: I was VERY intentional about the title of this message! I’ve often heard that there are only two certainties in life; death and taxes. Not true!!! We can easily add a third certainty to that list by simply admitting that we’re all going to make mistakes, and the vast majority of us will likely make at least one yet today… If someone suggests otherwise, they’d probably lie about other things too!

Before we take a look at a recent example of why it’s so much easier to accept responsibility for mistakes and move on than to make excuses justifying the mistake, please allow me to call your attention to the FIRST EVER live virtual LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg experience on Friday, October 9! In addition to the live content from John Maxwell, Kat Cole, Steve Harvey, Alan Mulally, and Craig Groeschel during the event you’ll get to circle back to all this for 72 hours following the event! You’ll also get access to bonus content from each of the...

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LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2020 Announces Craig Greoschel, Founder of Life.Church

Craig and Amy Groeschel married in 1991 and have six children and three sons-in-law: Catie and her husband Andrew, Mandy and her husband James, Anna and her husband Luke, Sam, Stephen, and Joy. Craig and Amy are also proud grandparents of Cole and McKenna.

Craig and Amy started Life.Church in a two-car garage in Edmond, Oklahoma in January 1996. Since then, Life.Church has grown to include dozens of locations all over the United States but its mission statement remains the same: to lead people to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Life.Church has become known for its innovative use of technology to spread the Gospel, launching the first fully digital church experience in 2006 and the most downloaded mobile Bible app in history, YouVersion, in 2008.

Craig is a New York Times bestselling author of books on a wide variety of topics, including dating and marriage, social media, purpose, direction, church leadership, and more. His latest book, Dangerous Prayers, shows you how to...

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LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2020 Announces Kat Cole, COO, FOCUS Brands

Kat Cole is the COO of FOCUS Brands North America. Prior to FOCUS Brands, Kat was President of Cinnabon, Inc. and a Vice President at Hooters at age 26, making her one of the youngest executives in chain history. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Cosmopolitan and many others. Also, Kat has made appearances on
CBS, CNN, Bloomberg CNBC, MSNBE, as well as an Undercover Boss episode in 2012 for Cinnabon Inc.

Kat is the Co-Founder of Changers of Commerce, a movement and group of leaders that identify with putting meaning into money and making as much of a difference in the world as they make a profit. She is also the Founder of the Be the Change Revolutions, a leading social movements agency.

Kat Cole’s twitter handle reads “Connected-Creative-Conscious-Community building Capitalist, Biz Advisor, MBA, Coffee-loving Chronic Learner” which describes perfectly her approach to mentorship, advising and investing taught...

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John C. Maxwell’s Live2Lead 2020 is Coming!

John C. Maxwell, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 30 million books, has been identified as the #1 leader in business by the American Management Association® and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Business Insider and Inc. magazine.

Dr. Maxwell has also received the Horatio Alger Award, as well as the Mother Teresa Prize for Global Peace and Leadership from the Luminary Leadership Network. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, EQUIP, and the John Maxwell Leadership Foundation—have trained millions of leaders from every nation in the world.

Experience John at LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2020 with world-class thought leaders Steve Harvey, Kat Cole & Alan Mulally happening in-person October 23rd and virtually November 13th.

Reserve your spot now for this first time ever Steve Harvey, Kat Cole, Alan Mulally & John Maxwell coming together to deliver the leader...

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LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2020 Announces Alan Mulally, former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes & The Ford Motor Company

Alan Mulally served as president and chief executive officer of The Ford Motor Company and as a member of Ford’s board of directors from 2006-2014. Mulally led Ford’s transformation into one of the world’s leading automobile companies and the #1 automobile brand in the United States. Prior to joining Ford, Mulally served The Boeing Company for 37 years as executive vice president, and president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes and of Boeing Information, Space and Defense Systems.

Throughout his career, Mulally has been recognized for his contributions, industry leadership, and service, including being named #3 on FORTUNE’s “World’s Greatest Leaders”, one of “The World’s Most Influential People” by TIME magazine and “Chief Executive of the Year” by Chief Executive magazine.

Mulally currently serves on the board of directors of Google, Carbon 3D, and the Mayo Clinic.

Reserve your seat now for this first time...

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LIVE2LEAD:Harrisonburg 2020 Announces Steve Harvey Emmy Award-winning Entertainer & Corporate Visionary

Steve Harvey is an Emmy® Award-winning entertainer, radio personality, motivational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, businessman and philanthropist.

From a young age, Steve Harvey knew that he wanted to be on TV. He held fast to his dream, against all odds for a stuttering African American boy in the 1960s, and his unrelenting pursuit formed one of Mr. Harvey’s life philosophies:  “You have to dream big and believe that you will succeed.”

Mr. Harvey’s entry into comedy was a leap of faith. He was encouraged to perform at an open mic comedy night in 1985. His performance brought down the house, and the next day he quit his job to pursue his dream.

But the road to success was not an easy one. It left Mr. Harvey homeless, living in his car and traveling the country for performances.

He never relented.

Today Mr. Harvey is known as “the busiest man in Hollywood.” But in addition to his work on radio, stage and screen, he is a...

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