Leadership My Dad’s Way

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My dad, General (retired) James L. Anderson spent 24 years as the Master of the Sword at West Point. He currently speaks on leadership at the Lincoln Leadership Institute in Gettysburg, PA. He has dedicated his life to developing leaders of character wherever he serves. Click here to learn more about him.
The two of us will be sharing a father-son perspective on the leadership lessons he taught me, the lessons we both learned at West Point, and the unique perspectives we each have based on his lifetime in leadership in the Army, and my 20 years in the business world.

A Tribute: To A Fallen Friend And Hero

Donnie And Dave Graduation Day

My best friend, Donnie Tillar convinced me to go to West Point.  He was a year older than I was.  Thanks to his persuasiveness I joined my childhood friend as part of the Corps of Cadets.  This is a Memorial Day tribute to Donnie.

This is worth reposting annually.

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4 Ways To Lead Without The Title

If Not You, They Who?

Titles mean something.  Team Leader, Manager, Supervisor, Vice-President- they are all titles bestowed on those who are called by an organization to lead.  They have the official duties and responsibilities that go with the title.

John Maxwell says leadership is influence.  If that is true, are the people with the titles the only ones called to lead?  No.  The title gives them some positional authority, but leaders are needed at every level of an organization. Continue Reading…

IMPACT Talk Radio host Dave Anderson interviews Garrett Miller of Hire on a WHIM

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Dave Anderson discusses Hiring for Character with author Garrett Miller. They discuss finding people with Work Ethic, Humility, Integrity and Maturity. Garrret Miller is the author of the books Hire on a WHIM and Hired Right Out of College.

More Podcasts also available on iTunes. Other resources -free PDF downloads of interview questions are available at Overwhelmedmanagersguide.com.

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Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, Middle Managers and Frontline Leaders eliminate bad attitudes, politics, and distrust on your teams! Changing the culture of a team requires the leader to change. Listen to IMPACT Talk Radio today for no fluff, straight talking solutions designed to IMPACT high IMPACT leaders who want to lead high IMPACT Teams. Every show goes beyond theory and gets into HOW to make an IMPACT that matters.

Four Traits Elite Teams Have In Common

Elite Teams Know the Destination

“If you don’t know where you are going, how do you expect to get there.” is one of my favorite quotes of all time. We all want to lead or be part of an elite team. But what does good look like?

What do elite teams have in common? How can a leader develop an elite team? The first step is knowing where you are going. Continue Reading…

Four Keys To Overcoming Failure

What now?

What if I fail?  There are no “If’s”!  You will fail.  We all fail.  We all fall flat on our faces at some point.  Some of us have more scars from those falls than others.

I am convinced that whatever success I have achieved in this life can be traced back to the failures that preceded the successes.  Thomas Watson once said, “If you want to increase your success rate, double your failure rate.”

If leaders, employees, spouses and children changed their attitude from fearing failure to embracing it, they would all increase their success rate. Continue Reading…

News Flash: We Are All Called to Lead

We are all leaders

“I’m just not the leader type.” Some people say this because they misunderstand leadership. Some people say this because they don’t want the responsibility that comes with being a leader.

Let me clear something up. We are all called to lead! Avoiding leadership is next to impossible. Many people say leadership is influence. If that is true, then we should all consider ourselves leaders.

No matter where I am or who I am, I have influence.   There is truly only two ways I can influence someone. I can either make them worse or make them better. Continue Reading…

IMPACT Talk Radio host Dave Anderson interviews Jim Hunter author of The Servant

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Dave Anderson of Anderson Leadership Solutions interviews Jim Hunter, #1 best selling author of the book The Servant and The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle. They discuss Servant Leadership and why it is the most successful and profitable way for business leaders to lead.

Free PDF downloads are available at Overwhelmedmanagersguide.com. Podcasts also available on iTunes.

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Entrepreneurs, Small Business Owners, Middle Managers and Frontline Leaders eliminate bad attitudes, politics, and distrust on your teams! Changing the culture of a team requires the leader to change. Listen to IMPACT Talk Radio today for no fluff, straight talking solutions designed to IMPACT high IMPACT leaders who want to lead high IMPACT Teams. Every show goes beyond theory and gets into HOW to make an IMPACT that matters.

 

Talent is Plentiful and Overrated

Nice but not enough

“He had done well everywhere he worked!”

“She had a ton of experience in her field.”

“The skills he brought to the team were exactly what we needed.”

“She had a Master’s degree in Marketing!”

In my career of hiring people and now developing leaders for companies large and small, many of the worst hiring mistakes were justified with similar statements.  Sometimes we get so excited about someone’s talent, we miss “Who they are.” Continue Reading…

One Thing Great Coaches Like Coach K Do

Which one's the coach?

It was 1979 and I was sitting on a slab of concrete in the 90 degree heat at a summer basketball camp.  I was about to be in 8th grade and loved basketball.

I wanted to show the coach of the local college that I was willing to do anything to get better.  The coach was on the court demonstrating how we were supposed to play good man-to-man help defense.  He was sweating like I was, and I loved it.

Though he was young and in his first head coaching job, I thought he one of the greatest coaches alive. His name was Coach Mike Krzyzewski, and he wasn’t just modeling good defense.  He was modeling good coaching. Continue Reading…

My Un-Resume: I Didn’t Exercise Ugly Leadership

My Un-Resume

In a hotel bar in Orlando, a peer of mine was acting like the south end of a north-facing horse during a convention we were attending…and I did nothing about it. I failed as a leader that night.

I am still disappointed in myself because I failed to act like a leader when someone needed to step forward. The situation was not a pretty one. I chose not to deal with an ugly situation, and therefore I failed to exercise Ugly Leadership. Continue Reading…

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