Less Talk, More Action…

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 10, 2020.

A I closed the last blog where we looked at how important it is for us to not only set the example for our team to follow when challenges come our way, but to also intentionally guide our team members in how they respond to challenges, I suggested that this may not always involve changing the course we’re already on…

In addition to the mentorship and licensing we’ve gotten access to through our affiliation with The John Maxwell Team, we’ve been able to develop friendships with some absolutely amazing people. We had crossed paths a few times with a gentleman named Kevin who lives just outside DC but we hadn’t gotten to know him all that well. When we connected with Carly Fiorina and offered to volunteer on some of the non-profit projects she was working on, we connected with Kevin once again. Still not knowing him too well, I contacted him directly and asked if he’d be open to...

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Do They Really Know How Much You Value Them?

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 8, 2020.

As leaders, we each work incredibly hard to earn belief and trust from each individual on our teams. But let me stop here and point out that I didn’t say “as managers” or “as executives” because the title alone has very little to do with leading!

Quite honestly, earning belief and trust with each of our team members is something we should be working to do on a daily basis. One of the ways we can do that is by being very intentional about showing how much we truly value the unique skill sets each of them provide our organizations.

In a recent Leading At The Next Level lesson called A MAJOR Underlying Issue, I touched on some of the issues we’re seeing across our great nation on what seems to be a daily basis. While it may or may not be quite as dramatic as the media paints it, there are some significant issues that need to be addressed. And in my opinion, it’s not a black or...

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A State of Being Included

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 29, 2020.

We looked at what it takes to build a truly diverse team in the last blog. But just having a group of people with varying skill sets and experience doesn’t promise there will ever be a high performing team…

I’ve been in a number of situations where I was always the odd man out. Now before you write me off by saying that doesn’t surprise you, hear me out…

Have you ever been part of a work group where, regardless of your expertise or performance, you just never seemed to fit in because you didn’t come from the same school or didn’t attend the same church? Maybe it was because you had only been with the organization for a few years while nearly everyone else around you had been there for decades. How a scenario where a significant portion of the management team had all come from one other company and anyone without that history was a bit of an outsider? And what if your...

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A Wide Range of Different Things

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 28, 2020.

It’s a rare day right now where we can scroll social media or turn on any other media source and not see something that speaks to the need for more diversity throughout society. While I agree with that sentiment wholeheartedly, I’ve grown extremely concerned about the way that message is being shared and how limited that message often is.

Just prior to this post, I shared an article on LinkedIn called Why Do Diversity & Inclusion Matter? where I included the definitions of each term that popped up in a quick Google search. Both definitions were simple and straight to the point… 

With each being defined so simply, why have both become so complicated in the workforce?

Let’s start with what diversity looks like…

In so many cases, it seems like too many people look for varying skin color to determine whether or not a team is diverse. I’ll circle back to that shortly, but...

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Sorry You Did It or Sorry You Got Caught?

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

I closed the last blog by promising to share an example of a large organization that developed a very specific rule to force compliance on what had become a significant issue and how it’s become a bit of a joke for many outside that organization in years since. We’ll get to that shortly…I also left you with something to consider so let me paint a picture around that for you.

Those of us who have children have all, with the small exception of those who are raising saints, had to discipline them for unacceptable behavior. That’s just part of being a parent… In most cases, our child apologizes for their actions, we enforce whatever the punishment is, and we move on. Sometimes the behavior is corrected, but there are also times where it pops back up; possibly a month or more later, but maybe far sooner…

When that behavior is being repeated, and the child continues to offer the same...

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An Infection That Festers Over Time…

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 22, 2020.

In October ‘05, I was hit nearly head on by a kid who was apparently training to race at Indianapolis. While I was able to walk away from the incident (it definitely wasn’t an accident because he clearly chose the behaviors that caused it), I was transported to the local ER and diagnosed with a significant case of whiplash. Prior to that, I had a little bit of experience with chiropractors and had a good friend who owned a practice in town. Rather than immediately filling the prescription I was given at the ER to mask the intense pain I was experiencing, my next stop was at my friend’s office to begin treating the issues that were causing that pain.

While it did indeed take a while to get as close to normal as possible, I noticed significant relief in just that first visit – without the opiates that had yet to gain the attention they have today. Over the weeks that followed, Dr. T continued to...

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It's Never a One-Time Event

Originally shared in A Daily Dose Of Leadership on July 21, 2020.

Have you ever heard a horror story telling how a once revered organization was being accused of things that only seemed possible in poliTICKS or some corrupt third world country? We all have! Quite honestly, it’s tough to avoid hearing such stuff… I’m very intentional about not watching any type of national “news” shows, and rarely anything local either, but they still just seem to pop up in one place or another!

The most recent example that’s getting all kinds of attention is the debacle formerly known as the Washington Redskins. The name change is one thing; but even that appears to be far more of a reaction than anything resembling proactive concern for anyone it may or may not truly offend. Let’s be honest here, Dan Snyder has a strong history of offending even the most loyal Washington sports fans so I highly doubt he just started caring now.

And how about all the...

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