Passionate Leaders Get Results

untitledWith the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, I wanted to find one worthy leadership tip to share.

As you know, there are plenty of story lines in the game and leading up to the game.

I found one … and it’s a good one.

In case you didn’t see the story about the importance of leaders setting the stage, you can read about it here.

Here’s the short version … apparently the Denver Bronco’s off the field leader, John Elway, wasn’t happy with the team’s performance in a pre-season game.

” an agitated executive vice president of football operations gave a rare, honest, critical and emotional speech that day to make it clear a performance like that was well below the standards of an organization with its sights on playing into February.”

“Elway’s message, according to the players, was that kind of play won’t allow a team that last season dropped a playoff game to the Baltimore Ravens to advance further this year. The players said he challenged a “soft” defense to play better and let everyone in the room know they had the potential to do so much more.”

My leadership tip for you this week is to identify opportunities to display your passion by delivering a stump speech about the importance of high-level consistent performance and your expectations.

Nothing will get an organization more charged up and committed, as when the leader makes a passionate statement about ‘what’s important’.

“The players have pointed back to that fiery preseason talk from Elway as a turning point for this team’s work ethic. Before that meeting, they agree many in the room probably thought subconsciously this team would waltz back into the playoffs. After the speech, they knew they had to work hard every day to get there.”

The real message here is don’t tolerate mediocrity. If you see it, hear it or feel it … address it … and with passion, so everyone knows you’re serious.

Exceptional leaders lead with passion … and this is a great example from the business of professional sports.

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Halloween = Creativity = Exceptional Leadership

untitledHappy Halloween!

Halloween is a fun time for the kids. It’s also an opportunity for the adults to enjoy the kids and the ‘spirit’ of the Halloween – which is many things, including the massive amounts of creativity surrounding this annual event.

There are creative costumes, creative decorations, creative treats, creative tricks, creative invitations, creative parties, creative food, creative drinks … Halloween is full of creativity.

It just takes a little imagination to get everyone enthused and engaged … but the effort is always worth it. .

My leadership tip for you this week is to heighten your organizations level of creativity. Think about how the simplicity of Halloween can inspire you and your organization to become more creative, which can lead to a more fun and productive workplace … which can lead to improved customer satisfaction and greater employee engagement.

Creativity is not a leadership characteristic that we all possess …for some, creativity comes naturally, but for others,

it is a painful challenge that we struggle with, so we avoid it or ignore the importance of it. Don’t give up, creativity can be developed.

If you need a little creativity boost, here is an article entitled 25 Ways to Be More Creative which may help you.

Creativity is work and it requires us to embrace change – which could be the root of the problem – most people don’t like change … however, exceptional leaders do.

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Are You Ready For The Unexpected ?


Unfortunately there are a few people in this world who make it dangerous and unsafe for the rest of us.

I read an article about an upset customer in Kansas who returned to the fast food restaurant to complain about a mix up in their order, which led to a confrontation with another customer – a crow bar thrown – a shotgun blast – a police standoff … fortunately no one was injured.

You can read the article here if you’re interested.

This, plus the other incidents that we hear about has to heighten our awareness for preparedness and challenge our mental toughness.

My leadership tip for you this week is to have you think about 3 – different workplace scenarios that could go bad for you. In the office – on a flight – driving to work – in the lunchroom – there is no shortage of. Then ask yourself do you know exactly what you’d do to calmly divert the pending disaster?

If you do, then keep searching for the scenario where you’re not fully prepared, because there is always something out there ready to challenge your preparedness and mental toughness.

If you’re not sure, think through the solutions / actions you would take now, so in the event something unexpectedly bad happens, you’re ready.

Exceptional leaders who are good at mindful preparedness are always ready for the unexpected.

Enjoy your leadership journey !

Make It A Memorable Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching and my Leadership Tip this week is to urge you to accomplish the following 3 – things during this time:

  1. Make a special effort to remember those lost while serving this country. It is because of their sacrifice that we have the freedom that we do.
  2. You’ve been running hard since the beginning of the year, so spend some good quality time with your family … what can you do that will be special and unique?
  3. Spend a little time alone to reflect on your business thus far this year … make a list of  the 3 – things that you are most pleased with … and make a list of the 3 – things that you are least pleased with.When you get back to work next week acknowledge and appreciate the contributors to the first list and get to work on fixing the second list … this is what exceptional leaders do.

Sounds like a great weekend doesn’t it ?

Enjoy your leadership journey !

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Online Leadership Self Assessments for Exceptional Leaders

Are you an exceptional leader?

Most exceptional leaders are always looking for ways to improve their skills.

To help you identify opportunities for improving your leadership skills we have added two different online leadership self assessments to our website.

In addition to identifying the aspects of leadership you should focus on, you will identify which of your leadership strengths you should leverage.

Both of these online leadership self assessments are complimentary and can be accessed here.








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