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Manage performance instead of micromanaging

Most managers that micromanage others don't do it just to ruin someone's day. It's often rooted in a person's leadership ability and personal aptitude. Insecurity in their own leadership or an overly-detailed (OCD) person can find themselves susceptible to...

Our 5th Anniversary! A look back at positional vs. relational leadership

As a leader you have a choice; be the reason that they show up or the reason they run away.  There are a ton of leadership books and theory out there, but at the end of the day leadership falls into one of two camps; positional leadership and relational...

How to build a consistent and authentic culture

I'm thankful that we are living in a time where companies are starting to truly see and realize the value of great organizational culture. Culture should be a top priority for all companies. It dictates who you are, and is an ever-increasing factor when employees...

Building mental fortitude

Mental fortitude, or grit as it's sometimes called, can be the deciding factor in your success as a leader and how you persevere through challenging times. Looking back at my time in the military, basic training was really about testing and strengthening a...

Find Your Job Series: Develop Your Plan

You've spent time identifying your interest, your skills, and your ideal environment.  You understand your strengths, what you have to offer and a profile of what the organization you want to get into looks like. It's now time to develop...

Find Your Job Series: Identify Your Ideal Environment

It's important to match your skills, strengths, interest, and personality to a company's culture, values and environment. No doubt, that the company is going to feel you out for culture fit during the interview process. How do you learn about...

Find Your Job Series: Identify Your Skills

For your next job, you'll need to have a good grasp of your skills and strengths so that you can show that value to the hiring leaders for the company that you want to be with.  Uncover your skills and strengths First, you need to note what your skills...

Find Your Job Series: Uncover Your Interests

As you get older, the stress of finding a new job increases. As a high schooler or college student, there is little risk or consequences, and you typically have many options to choose from. Life gets more complex. You start a family, you buy a house,...

Can you create charisma?

If you've ever met someone that was very likable but you didn't exactly know why, then you have seen charisma in action. It's the magic essence of networking, building a following, and being well-liked.  At the end of the day, people are more likely to...

How to create sincere enthusiasm

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.-Ralph Waldo Emerson Sincere enthusiasm in what you do is both compelling and attractive to others. Your level of enthusiasm is like a magnet, the stronger it is, the more that you will draw in. Elon Musk is a great...

What to do when someone resigns

The sudden departure of trusted and valued team members can be a shock to a leader and navigating this scenario is one of the most challenging, and often frustrating, parts of being a leader. The loss causes more work for the leader, less efficiency in the team in the...

You are not an imposter – Conquering imposter syndrome

Have you ever felt like a phony, fake or inadequate no matter how successful you really are?  It's often referred to as Imposter Syndrome. You feel like you aren't truly good enough to be the leader, great parent or friend and once everyone figures it out,...

Facelifts, overhauls, and funerals

We officially crossed the halfway point in the year. How is the year going for you? Are you on track for the goals that you set out for yourself? Have the goals already been thrown out the window and you are in survival mode?  It's a great time to take a moment...

Profiles in Leadership: Wilma Mankiller

We must trust our own thinking. Trust where we are going and get the job done-Wilma Mankiller  Wilma Mankiller was a leader that broke barriers for her people. She was elected as the first female Chief of the Cherokee people and brought Native Americans forward...

Profiles in Leadership: Joan of Arc

You say that you are my judge. I do not know if you are! But I tell you that you must take good care not to judge me wrongly, because you will put yourself in great danger.-Joan of Arc Joan of Arc was an illiterate farm girl that grew up in the French countryside...

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