Leadership My Dad’s Way

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.

The Root Cause of Bad Leadership

The Root Cause of Bad Leadership?

Untrustworthy? Poor communication/listening? Micromanaging? Selfishness? Uncaring/Demeaning? When I ask people about the worst leaders they worked for, these are some descriptions I receive.

Many people believe if you fix these things you will be a better leader. We go to seminars and listen to podcasts (mine included) looking for answers. We read blogs and articles and books about improving in all these areas. “The 12 Skills Leaders Need to…”

The solutions presented are treatments to the symptoms of a disease that runs deeper. I believe the root issue needs to be identified so the treatment plan can actually change the leader and not just treat the symptom. Continue Reading…

IMPACT Talk Radio Host Dave Anderson interviews Tony Ezell of Accelerated Leadership Group

impact-talk-radio-h

Dave Anderson discusses the frustration of coaching someone who is happy to just meet the minimum standards with Tony Ezell of Accelerated Leadership Group.

All past and current podcasts also available on iTunes. (Over 2,500,000 downloads to date!)  Please rate us on iTunes as well.

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

Listen Here Now!

Or download the podcast by clicking 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.

Eliminating the Blame Game

Start Problem Solving Here

Problem finders are everywhere. It does not take a PhD, a MBA or even a GED to be a good problem finder. It takes no skill or advanced education to point fingers. Problem finders usually wallow at the lower levels in organizations and rarely make it past middle management.

However, problem solvers are rare. Problem solvers get great jobs and earn good money. Problem solvers are what companies need in leadership. Leaders of character who are great problem solvers always use the same tool when diagnosing a problem. Continue Reading…

What Are Your Leadership Top Five?

Top 5

What are the top five things you admire most about your leadership hero?

In front of every audience I speak to I have an audience participation portion. With each group, whether it is a group of 15 or 1,500 I ask them to think about their favorite leader in history, in the movies or for whom they have worked. Then I ask them this question:

What are the top five things you admire most about your leadership hero?  

If you are reading this blog, scribble down your own answers now before you read further….

1. ________  2.  _________  3.  _________ 4.  ________  5.  ________

Continue Reading…

Fear and the Micromanager

She's so controlling!

“Fifteen years and she is still looking over my shoulder checking up on me. I have done this job for fifteen years without an incidents, and she still doesn’t trust me!”

Micromanagers often have employees who feel like they are not trusted. The micromanager creates an environment that hamstrings creativity and growth, while exasperating her employees.

Some say this is a trust issue. That may be what it looks like from the outside. But, inside the micromanager the issue is often plain old-fashioned fear. Continue Reading…

Indifference – The Scariest Attitude of All

Indifference is scary

I get tired of people with bad attitudes very quickly. The griping, the moaning, the focus on every negative or potential negative wears me out and makes me want to run away.

There was a saying when I was in the Army that stated, “If the soldiers aren’t complaining, they aren’t happy.” But here is a scary thought – What if the complaining finally stopped?

Have things gotten better or have the people just become indifferent? If a team is indifferent, that is the scariest attitude of them all. Continue Reading…

The 3 Keys to Being Great at Anything

Practice, Practice
  • Carli Lloyd did it and became America’s hero during the 2015 Women’s World Cup.
  • Stephen Curry does it and was named the MVP of the 2015 NBA Finals.
  • Stephen King does it and is one of the most read authors in the world.
  • Chris Kyle did it and saved hundreds of American lives in combat.

These people are all professionals. These people are all recognized as the best at what they do. For leaders (for anybody) who want to become great, we can learn one thing from the examples above.

Hoping to be great is not enough.

Continue Reading…

Isolation Leads to Selfishness on Teams

Isolation Creates Selfishness

 

Situation #1: On the way to the grocery store you drive by a friend parked on the shoulder with a flat tire.

Situation #2: On the way to the grocery store you drive by a stranger on the shoulder with a flat tire.

Who has the better odds of you stopping to help? Your friend. Why? Because you know them. It is easier to focus on yourself when you don’t have a relationship with someone who may be in need. Continue Reading…

New Show: IMPACT Talk Radio Host interviews Steve Wiley of the Lincoln Leadership Institute

impact-talk-radio-h

In a new 30 minute format, Dave Anderson discusses Creating Positive Conflict and Courageous Communication with Steve Wiley owner of The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg, PA.  This is Steve’s second time on IMPACT Talk Radio.

All past and current podcasts also available on iTunes. (Over 1,800,000 downloads to date!)

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

Listen now!

Or download the podcast by clicking  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.

Productive Conflict – What’s Your Angle?

To Be Sharp - Friction is Required

If a team does not engage in productive conflict, I guarantee you they are not coming up with the best solutions.

I sharpen a knife with friction.   As I drag a knife across a wet stone, I must maintain the proper angle in order to sharpen the knife’s edge. If I do not keep the knife at the correct angle, I either make it duller, or I have no impact on the edge at all.

Productive conflict is friction correctly applied. Continue Reading…

Page 1 of 2412345»1020...Last »