Picture yourself in the latest leadership skills training event you attended. It was likely a mid-week event because most effective development professionals understand that Friday means you’re going to leave early. A prerequisite for the event was that no cell phones or notebooks could be brought with you. You sat for half a day or

Why Your Leadership Skills Training Isn’t Working

I’ve discovered there are some leadership vision to making cookies with your kids Each year (actually a few times each year), we unpack all the ingredients and utensils to bake cookies.  It’s one of those traditions that is a father-child bonding moment in our family. And, we all love cookies. Create a Shared Vision Most

The Leadership Vision of Cookie Baking

As far as leadership skills go, how good are you at being a loser? How prepared are you to lose? No one wants to be a loser, right? Everyone wants to win. Isn’t that what leadership is about, taking your team to the next level and winning the ultimate prize? I heard the San Francisco

Leadership Skills: Winners vs. Losers

Working for one of the largest employers in my community, I was surprised at all of the alumni from my high school who also worked there. I grew up in a small town about 90 minutes from the city I worked at. My senior class was the largest in school history, with a whopping 135

Leadership Qualities of First Impressions

“Are you listening to me? What did he call it again?  It was an interesting word,” remarked the promoter. “I don’t know. I wasn’t listening to him. He was talking on and on,” responded the speaker. That was a snippet of a conversation I heard recently while attending a leadership conference. The main speaker was

Are You Listening To Me?

How quickly do you fail?  The answer to that question can determine how quickly you become a great leader. Last weekend I got the opportunity to watch my nephew ski.  He’s a twelve-year-old who’s pretty athletic for his age.  In the winter, most of his nights and weekends are spent on the ice playing competitive

Speed To Failure

Weekend football games bring me back to my glory days of high school football, and I have all the stories to prove it. Yes, I was 6 feet 4 inches tall in high school, even though I’m only 5’7″ now, and I would have played pro football if only (insert any one of 500 reasons).

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