Tag Archive - Attitude

Bad Attitudes – Entitlement and A Cure

Be Thankful!

“I deserve more!” A lot of dysfunctional attitudes can be traced back to this one statement. It is another way of saying, “I am entitled.”

When I am not happy with my day, my week or my life, I can usually trace it back to a feeling of entitlement. The belief that any of us are entitled to more than we already have is a recipe for a pity party. As a leader at work and at home, I am not entitled to anything! Especially a pity party! Continue Reading…

Using Positivity To Get Things Done

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In 2015, the first female graduates of the Army’s Ranger School set an example for all of us for Positivity and getting things done. They overcame unique obstacles as trailblazers in what has been an all-male enterprise. Plus, they overcame the traditional obstacles that have stopped generations of would-be male Rangers from earning the title of Army Ranger. Continue Reading…

Three Rules To Leading Peers

What do you attract?

“What can I do?  If I step up and try to lead my peers, I don’t think they will follow.  I’m not as direct as you are Dave. ”

The quote above is representative of a lot of conversations I have inside of companies who ask for my help.  There are many people who know they should be a leader among their peers.  They just aren’t sure how to accomplish it. Continue Reading…

The Confident Leader Vs. The Arrogant Leader

When The Arrogant Lead

Martin’s reputation for arrogance preceded him. He was assigned to our leadership team whether we wanted him to be there or not.

I decided to ignore his reputation and form my own opinions about Martin. I never tried harder to like someone in my entire life.   Unfortunately, the rumors about Martin were accurate.

Confidence is a desirable trait in a leader. But Martin was not confident. He was flat out arrogant. Continue Reading…

Do I Own The Wins AND The Losses?

Is The Target To Blame?

“When an archer misses the bulls eye, he doesn’t blame the target.”

What is it about our human nature that causes us to seek excuses for when we fall short?  Even some of the best sales people and leaders I have been around, can identify something outside of their control that caused them to miss their goals.

Excuses are easy.  Breaking the habit of making excuses is hard.  I addressed the way West Point handles habitual excuses in an older blog:  West Point:  How Leaders Seize Responsibility.

But, what if we turned our thought process around?  What if we questioned who was responsible for the wins in our lives? Continue Reading…

The Negativity That Limits Your Ability to Lead

Positivity or negativity? It boils down to making a choice. The attitudes we display go a long way in determining what type of leader we are and how many followers we have.

Do we choose our attitudes or do we let our circumstances or other people choose them for us? Do we choose to focus on others or on ourselves? Do we choose to look for solutions or look problems? Our attitudes have been and always will be a matter of choice. Continue Reading…

What Makes Great Salespeople Great? – Interview with author & Sales Gravy CEO Jeb Blount with Dave Anderson on IMPACT Talk Radio

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Dave Anderson interviews Jeb Blount. Topic:  What Makes Great Sales People Great? (30 minutes)

Jeb Blount is the CEO of Sales Gravy (www.salesgravy.com) and the best selling author of Fanatical Prospecting along with 6 other best sellers.

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When the Devil Takes Over Your Meeting

Get out of my meeting!

He called it playing the Devil’s Advocate.  We just called him the Devil. We were getting nowhere – as usual. Every time a new idea was brought up, the Devil poked holes in it.

As soon as he began to speak, you could see the joy and enthusiasm get sucked out of the room. Everyone would look at the floor and listen quietly realizing a new idea was about to bite the dust. Continue Reading…

How to Avoid Being an Unhappy Leader – Interview with NYT Best Selling Author Karen Dillon and Dave Anderson on IMPACT Talk Radio

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Dave Anderson interviews New York Times best selling author Karen Dillon – Topic: How to Avoid Being an Unhappy Leader (30 minutes)

Karen Dillon is the former editor of the Harvard Business Review and author of How Will You Measure Your Life the New York Times Best Seller.

All past and current podcasts also available on iTunes. (Over 5 Million 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:

Or download the podcast by clicking here and listen later!

Stop Reacting! Start Leading!

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.

Leadership vs. Brown-Nosing

What are my motives?

When I was promoted, I arrived at my first managers meeting having only met one of my peers.  The group had a history together. I was an outsider.  Over time, they all became my good friends.  But, we had a rocky beginning.

After a number of months, I realized that a few people believed I was a “brown-noser”.  What I considered sharing others considered showboating.  When I thought I was leading, some thought I was grand standing.

I spent some time soul searching over this issue.  Were they right?  Should I keep quiet in meetings because of the effect it had on the other managers?  No.  Continue Reading…

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