Leadership Blog

  • Two Words That Will Kill Your Company by Mike Paton
    If you want to guarantee that you and your leadership team will never achieve your vision, get comfortable using the following phrase over and over: “Kind of.” Trust me, nothing will kill your company (and maybe you) faster. After running more than a thousand full-day sessions with the leadership teams of entrepreneurial companies, I’ve learned some things about what makes Continue Reading
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  • Developing a Plan That Gets Results
    The old saying advises to plan your work, then work your plan. Simple as it is, it's one of the fundamental rules of good management and one that is often overlooked. Many great plans are made; few are followed. I get it. There are fires to put out and the day, week or quarter gets away from us. To stay on Continue Reading
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  • Let’s Stop Apologizing
    Recently I read this article: Let’s Stop Apologizing for These 8 Things written by Courtney Carver and requested to share it here. Check out her website at BeMoreWithLess. "Living with less stuff, stress, and busyness is important for a healthier, happier life, but there are other things we can benefit from eliminating too. Let's stop apologizing for things we don't need Continue Reading
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  • Lasting Impact: 7 Powerful Conversations
    Another fantastic book by Carey. He has done such a great job of studying the church, culture and leadership today. This book is BEYOND packed with material, but all very on point - like any of Carey's writing (articles, podcast, other books). We got this on audio and bought the book as well so we could reference many of the Continue Reading
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  • Who’s Bugging You
    How to eliminate grudges and get on with your life Goal of this intervention: At any given time in your life someone close to you does something that really bugs you. This could be something significant… or it could be something trivial. Question is, how long do you hold on to the grudge you may feel? Are you annoyed for Continue Reading
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  • Seven Practices of Effective Ministry
    I LOVE THIS BOOK! Very very good for ministry -- and for a business owner. Clearly written for business, but there are so many great points and perspectives, I am referring to my business leaders as well. For Ministry, highly recommend pastors and lay leaders to read this book. Stanley does not mess around with sugar coating things - which Continue Reading
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  • The Opened Door, Using optimism to deal with adversity
    Goal of this intervention: Hope and optimism are positive emotions about the future. The optimist sees the good in the bad, the silver lining, and the bright side. These views have become clichéd in their expression, but that does not diminish the huge effect that optimism has on fighting depression, on higher productivity, and on better health. The essence of Continue Reading
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  • How to Focus to Execute Well
    “Do you want it right or do you want it on time?” Can things be done correctly and on time? When an organization has clarity around its goals and is focused, both quality and time can be attainable deliverables. I know it sounds easier said than done. However, by coaching dozens of executives over the years, I have watched leaders Continue Reading
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  • Emotional Habits: 7 Things Resilient People Do
    Fantastic Book! Got the book on audio and then purchased the print book. Too many things I wanted to reference! I have been in personal growth for years and this book was still very helpful and packed with great info. The author is insightful and offers support material on his website so you can dig deeper in your learning. I Continue Reading
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  • Millennial Mindset
    PURPOSE - What is the meaning and purpose of your organization;  what are you on a mission for? Is it just about you or does it really matter to the world? How are you serving and reaching and connecting to the community? EXPERIENCE - What is the experience your business or organization is creating? How does it make people feel Continue Reading
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  • Finding Success in Balance
    This book is a quick and light read.  It is a great reminder of ways to have balance and focus in your life. The author, Apryl Schlueter, presents the information in a personal, unfiltered approach about how she has been able to design this in her life. Using her own journey as a prime example, she is authentic and real about the struggle Continue Reading
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  • Getting Clarity in Your Leadership Direction
    It is easy to get distracted by ambiguous goals, sales targets and many other issues of daily operations. As the leader though, it is imperative to HAVE and PROVIDE a clear path of direction.  This is for you to make strong decisions and for your team to be able to execute their part of the work. As we are clear Continue Reading
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  • Management Tips for Great Leaders
    Share information - SERIOUSLY! YES! DON't be cryptic! remember if you don't share the info or story, they will make it up - and it is rarely better than the truth Adjust your style I KNOW. REALLY? But yes! Know your team and their style and communicate in a way that speaks their language. It doesn't mean accommodating their whims, it Continue Reading
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  • The Good Life: Goals, Pathways, Strategies
    Goal of this intervention: After the Good Life Survey (on the Zone Positive website) is taken and scores are retrieved, you may be wondering what you can do to lift your scores across any or all of the pathways (positive emotion, engagement, meaning/purpose and positive relationships). This exercise aims to prompt thoughts around what actions can be taken (and which Continue Reading
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  • Could You Be More Patient?
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  • I choose to be positive each day
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  • 20+ Sutras and Mantras for Being Here Now Enough
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  • Sugar vs. Lemon (shared by Zone Positive)
    Try reframing when you get frustrated or angry Goal of this intervention: This exercise encourages you to try a different approach when you get frustrated or angry. How many times have you been put on hold for (what seemed like) hours waiting for a utility provider (i.e. your phone company)? How many times have you waited in a line longer than you thought Continue Reading
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  • What LEADERSHIP Mistake are you making?
    Recently I read this article: 5 Common Leadership Mistakes You're Probably Making. I loved it and found it nailed some of the key areas leaders got off track -- ego, emotional reaction, avoidance, not delegating or planning and questioning yourself. All are natural and human and normal. The best leaders have to work through these things… the key to GREAT leadership Continue Reading
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  • Can Other Leaders Inspire Us?
    In their article, 10 business leaders that innovate, inspire, and influence, American Genius staff tell about leaders from various industries that "INSPIRE US TO GROOM OUR OWN PATHS."  They go on to say "one of the best ways each of us can become a better leader is to groom our leadership paths, inspired by those who have gone before us." Below Continue Reading
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