Dave Anderson - Leadership Speaking, Development, Consulting, and Training

I'm Dave Anderson, a leadership speaker, trainer and consultant. I help business leaders build a culture of character, courage, accountability and trust. As a West Point graduate who spent 20 years in leadership at a Fortune 50 company, my goal is to have IMPACT on you and your team.
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I Am An Optimist Except About Pessimists

Half-Full or Half-Empty?

I am an optimist. If you have read my blogs in the past, you know this. Few people follow pessimists anywhere. Pessimists usually keep themselves and those around them from making any progress or experiencing growth.

I understand that past experiences may cause some people to be pessimists. But I do believe being an optimist or a pessimist is a choice. That choice will often determine the quality of a person’s life and their impact on the lives of others. Continue Reading…

Two Ways You Know You Are About to Fail

Should Have Seen It Coming?

Critiquing a basketball team or soccer team the day after a game is easy. ESPN has built a television empire by analyzing the mistakes made by coaches and players.

The scrutiny is often insightful with multiple lessons for other coaches and players to consider. It is much easier to diagnose why someone failed AFTER the failure.

But, what can we to do identify an impending failure? How can we see it before it happens and make changes? Continue Reading…

I Know Your Motives!

I Know Your Motives!

I know why you said what you said!  I know why you did what you did!  I am able to diagnose your motives.  Because I believe I know your motives, I am sure you are the problem and not something else–like me!

These are all lies.  But, they are lies that we easily fall into.  I’ve done it.  I have been sure of someone’s motives.  Have I ever been right?  Maybe.  Continue Reading…

Identifying Experience Versus Tenure

Tenure or Experience?

5 years experience. 10 years experience. 20 years experience. Which one is better? There are many times when no experience may be better than 20 years.

An employee with 20 years of tenure can help or hurt a team. That’s why I hate the idea that tenure alone is used in making employment decisions. Tenure means little without growth!

Tenure + Growth = Experience!

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Leadership: 700 People Can’t Be Wrong

Audience Participation

At 2:30 in the afternoon, I took a risk. An audience of 700 people had been listening to best selling leadership gurus since 8:00 AM. Now I had 10 minutes to make an impact on this group.

I decided to change the first half of my talk and ask the 700 attendees to actively participate in my talk. All I did was ask them to yell out their answers to a simple question.

“When you think of the best leader you ever worked with or heard about, what is one trait that you admired most?” 

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A Bad Start Can Lead To A Great Career

Keep Your Head Up!

In my fifteen years of leading sales people I rejoiced with my new hires when they had a great first year. But, experience also taught me that early success could be the worst thing for some people.

Success in sales or in any aspect of business is often determined by a person’s response to failure. Those people who experience early failure and adapt, often turn out to have the best careers. Continue Reading…

Perseverance – Eliminating Excuses

No Excuses!

What if we did not allow early failure to become enduring failure?  We all try.  But do we try long enough?  Do we persevere?

What makes some persevere and others quit?  For a lot of us, it is the habit of making excuses.  The willingness to make excuses stops many people from going past Plan A or Plan B.

Too often, once we have tried Plan A or Plan B that seems good enough.  What about Plan C, D, E, F, G…?

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New Leaders On New Teams: 5 Key Steps

New Leader, New Team

I started my first team from scratch and it took us over two years to hit our stride.  My second team had a mix of experienced and novice members on it.  We took about a year to begin to fire on all cylindars.  The next team was pieced together from other teams.  The individuals were all tenured and successful but most had not worked together before. We hit our stride quickly.

The way a leader launches into leadership with a new team can often determine that team’s trajectory for years to come. Continue Reading…

Dysfunction Is The Issue Not Incompetence

Everyone Has Smart People

Two companies competing in the same market can have wildly different results.  One company will thrive and the other will flounder.  Why?  Does one company have smarter people?  Or better information?

That is unlikely.  There is not a shortage of smart people in business today.  The people available for businesses to hire have never had access to more education and more information.

Brains and skills abound in most companies.  Brains and skills are hired and reinforced through training. Yet some companies lag behind the leaders.  Why?  The answer is dysfunction not incompetence. Continue Reading…

Two Ways To Stunt Leadership Development

Let Them Decide!

Many people are not prepared for leadership because their leader has not prepared them.   Some leaders fail to develop the people around them because they don’t allow them to make decisions.

When a leader prevents people from making decisions at lower levels, the organization is creating an environment where low potential followers flourish and future leaders flee. Continue Reading…

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