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.

Five Battles Between Fear and Character

Fear or Character - Strength Comes From Exercising

There is a war that rages inside most of us.  The combatants are Fear and Character.  The weapons used in this war are our hearts and our heads.

In my case, like in most wars, my character wins some of the battles and my fear wins some.  But, which one will win the war?

The winner will be the one that is strongest, most prepared and most determined to win each battle. Continue Reading…

Podcast: Join 1 Million Listeners on IMPACT Talk Radio

Thank You!

In 5 months, over 1 million people have downloaded IMPACT Talk Radio from iTunes or directly from this site:  IMPACT Talk Radio.  If you haven’t yet, here is some of what you missed:

“Humility is someone that isn’t afraid to make mistakes or ask for directions.” – Garrett Miller (Show:  Hiring Character)

“Selfishness is the bottleneck of success for teams and individuals.” – Rick Minicozzi (Show:  Teamwork and Selflessness) Continue Reading…

Five Habits of Good Listeners

Are you REALLY listening?

“Listen until it hurts!” – Steve Wiley, Lincoln Leadership Institute

I have to work at listening well.  I know I can look someone in the eye, nod with conviction, and be thinking about something else.  At other times, I hear the first sentence and spend the rest of my time formulating my rebuttal.

Listening is the communication skill that makes the most impact on others and their perceptions of us.  Most people don’t care what we have to say until they are sure they have been heard. Continue Reading…

Leadership: There’s No App For That

Where's The App For Leadership?

I love my iPhone.  I resisted it for a time.  But now I know I can find just about anything I want at anytime of day, right on my phone.  The iPhone and other smart phones feed right into my need for instant gratification.

Our world allows us to find just about everything with just a few touches of a hand held device.  But, a smart phone cannot make us into leaders.

I cannot become a leader by downloading an app.  That seems obvious as I read this.  But, it is not obvious to many companies and individuals I have encountered. Continue Reading…

Integrity: Compromise or Consequences

Which choice will you make?

If I only do the right thing when it is easy, is that truly integrity? There were times in my life I considered myself a man of integrity, but I truly only did the right thing when I had nothing to lose.

Doing the right thing is easy if I have nothing at risk, but is that truly integrity or is it just the path of least resistance? When my integrity is challenged, I am really choosing between two things: Compromise or Consequences. Continue Reading…

Taking Over After A Bad Leader Has Left

A Nosedive!

Craig’s boss left the company suddenly due to an ethics issue. Now Craig was leading the team. The team had been on a down hill slide for a while. But now, both performance and attitudes were in a nosedive.

“How can I turn it around, Dave? People are angry, hurt, and wondering about their futures. I feel the same way, but now I’m in charge! I’ve got good people, but they are beaten down. Customers are heading to the competition ever since they heard about the ethical issues of the last guy.” Continue Reading…

IMPACT Talk Radio host Dave Anderson interviews Rick Minicozzi of Lone Star Peak Performance

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Dave Anderson discusses Selfless Teamwork with leadership guru Rick Minicozzi. What does good teamwork look like in the military? Selflessness is the key! Rick owns Lone Star Peak Performance and Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point.

All past and current podcasts also available on iTunes. (Over 700,000 downloads to date!)

Other resources -free PDF downloads of character-based interview questions are available at Overwhelmedmanagersguide.com.

Listen here now:

Or Download Podcast Here and listen later.

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.

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.

Listen here now:

Or Download Podcast Here

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.

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