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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Your Choices Make You or Break You

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Who I am as a person is determined by the choices I make in life. Courage is a choice. Humility is a choice. Integrity is a choice. Selflessness is a choice. Duty is a choice. Positivity is a choice.

My circumstances may not be in my control, but the choices I make in the midst of those circumstances are. Each time I am faced with a choice, I am either moving closer to the person I want to be or further from it.   Continue Reading…

Three Traits Veterans Bring To The Workplace

Leadership-Duty-Adaptability?  Hire A Vet!

Leadership – Duty – Adaptability. These are three traits that make veterans great hires. The business world may call them Management Experience – Accountability – Problem-Solving.

Many who have not served do not understand the experience veterans have beyond what they see in the media and/or from Hollywood. Veterans need to get better at discussing how Leadership – Duty – Adaptability make them invaluable to an employer. Continue Reading…

Leadership: What’s In It For Me?

What's In It For Me?

Often when I find myself dissatisfied with being a leader I can trace it back to one question, “What’s in it for me?” This may be a natural question many of us ask as we evaluate options, but it is a recipe for dissatisfaction and a bad attitude for leaders.

Don’t get me wrong. I love leading. But the benefits of leading are often intangible versus the tangible answers we are looking for when we ask, “What’s in it for me?” (WIIFM) Continue Reading…

Staying Strong In A Crisis

Stroms are coming!

Business crisis, family crisis, personal crisis – no matter who I am or how blessed a life I’ve led to this point, I will face a crisis sooner or later.   How I respond in a crisis says a lot about who I am as a person and a leader.

Do I run from a challenge or towards one?  Do I act selfishly or selflessly?  Do I disappoint others or do I lead them?

In other words, do I come through the crisis weaker or stronger? Continue Reading…

Leaders You Don’t Have to Like Your People

Not Likeable

Sometimes the best thing we can say about another person is “Thank God she’s not on my team, and I don’t have to work with her.”   Let’s face it. Some people are hard to like.

Spending time with her is not easy. The way she behaves, the way she talks, her attitude – everything just gets on my nerves. But what if that unlikable person IS on my team? What if I am her leader, her coach or her parent? Continue Reading…

Leaders: Be Memorable

The Rule Of Seven

Too often as a leader, I think my job is to educate those I lead.  Honestly, if I step back and look at most of my coaching and mentoring of others, I am not telling people anything they haven’t heard before.

“People need to be reminded more often than they need to be instructed.” -Samuel Johnson

This quote tells me that as a leader, I need to be the chief reminder not the not the font of all worldly knowledge!  True learning doesn’t happen because I flood my mind or the minds of others with information.

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My Un-Resume: I Didn’t Listen

My Un-Resume

Julie had her reservations.  She wasn’t sure if this guy was right for the job.  Over my first 18 months on the job, Julie always spoke with candor, and she seemed to be a good judge of people.

But, I didn’t listen.  I convinced myself, and then her, that this guy was right for the job.   I made a good case. With some skepticism, she finally agreed. So, I hired him.

Within 90 days, I knew I was in trouble.  I should have listened to Julie. Continue Reading…

IMPACT Talk Radio Host Dave Anderson 30 min with Sandra Beck on Leading a Business and a Family as a Single Parent

Dave Anderson speaks with Media and Marketing Entrepreuner Sandra Beck about Leading a Business and a Family as a Single Parent.

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The #1 Priority For Leadership Development

The Tools Don't Make The Leader

A man came to my house the other day asking for work.  I handed him a hammer and some nails and told him to build a tree house for my kids.

In fact, I gave him every tool he needed to complete the job.  He should be able to build the tree house if I give him the right tools, shouldn’t he?  Not necessarily… Continue Reading…

Who Is Going To Step Up And Lead?

Who's Going To Lead?

They just stood there! When the captains left the court, none of the other players stepped forward to lead. It was funny. It was sad. It was telling. Communication broke down and chaos ensued.

I was watching a high school girls sporting event.  Unfortunately, I have seen this in the business world too.  When the leader is gone and nobody steps forward, a bump in the road can cause a relatively smooth running team to end up in a ditch.

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