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.
I have to be an expert in all things concerning my product and the competing products if I am a salesperson. I have to be an expert in accounting if I am an accountant. I have to be an expert in commercial lending if I am a commercial lender.
What about leaders? If I am leading salespeople, accountants or commercial lenders, do I need to be as up to date as my people? Continue Reading…
It was a good old knock down, drag out fight. We had chosen our sides and were all vehemently sure of our positions.
In Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, he expends 20% of his thesis on the need for healthy conflict on a team. He says, and I believe, that without conflict it is highly unlikely a team is making the best decisions for an organization.
If this is true then by Lencioni’s scorecard, this was going to be a FANTASTIC decision! But, in the midst of it all, I quietly raised my hand and gave in. It was right to give up this fight. Continue Reading…
In a nutshell: There are no small decisions when my character is involved.
For a leader, the magnitude of the decision should not determine my approach. If my moral compass is involved, then the decision is a big deal. Too many times we make decisions based on our immediate perception of their impact. Continue Reading…
Tim was not the leader type. I made that judgment early in our work relationship. He was reserved and a little nerdy. He was not someone who attracted a lot of attention. I soon found out I was dead wrong about Tim’s ability to lead.
The key to leadership is influence. Tim wielded incredible influence within our team and with his customers. But, what is the key to influence? Some people might say it is charisma or power. However, Tim did not have either of these. Continue Reading…
When Human Resources took over leadership training, I didn’t immediately notice a change. In fact, I felt the leadership development department initially did a good job making the classes more specific to my job than the consultants they had hired in the past.
But over time, a shift occurred. Leadership development became more about how not to get the company in trouble and not about developing the leader. As a result, experienced leaders became ambivalent to training and younger leaders became HR processes experts. Continue Reading…
“If you want to accomplish something you have never accomplished before you must start doing things you have never done before.” Those words hit me hard a few years ago. The truth is:
Your Comfort Zone is Also Your Mediocrity Zone
If you want to be average – if you want to be the same person in five years that you are today, then stay in your comfort zone. That was what I was doing. I never set out to be mediocre, but I was heading towards it at the end of my corporate career. Continue Reading…
Our character is ultimately determined by our habits. If I am in the habit of doing what is moral and right, I am a person of high character. If I am in the habit of cutting corners, telling “small lies”, or any other morally questionable act, that is who I am as well.
This video is a clip from a training session on leadership I did for a group of salespeople. It is only a few minutes long. Take the time to watch it and see how your habits stack up towards forming your character.
How do the words you hear me speak cause you to evaluate your habits? Do you see changes you can make at work or at home? Do you see a path to teaching your kids about character?
I was a wimp for three years. I was a coach for twelve more after that. Add it up and I spent fifteen years in sales leadership at a Fortune 50 company. Not surprisingly, my success as a leader came in those final twelve years. I realized, with the help of the people I was leading, that they wanted candor not coddling. Continue Reading…
I’m Dave Anderson, a West Point graduate, a seasoned corporate leader and a family man. I’m based in Tyler, TX, but serve businesses all over the world. More about Dave Anderson
Past and Current Clients
Astra Zeneca Pharmaceuticals
United Way Worldwide
East Texas Medical Center
The Genesis Group
Express Employment Professionals
"Like most people in management, I spend a good deal of time in pursuit of the skills associated with leadership. I read books, I take seminars, I watch TED talks, I read my Bible, I pray…But recently I began with Dave Anderson….small group sessions with different layers of management from local companies. Not an inexpensive investment on the surface, but I received more value in the first session than in all of the seminars and workbooks from the last 20 years put together….Make the call. Call me if you'd like an endorsement. Those that know me, know I don't endorse often."