Tag Archive - Courage

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…

Three Ways a Leader Shuts Down Communication

No Feedback is Bad Feedback

Some people are afraid to speak up and challenge the boss.  Some people don’t want to put forth the effort.  And some just don’t care anymore.

As a result, the leader never hears the truth about himself and his ideas.  The people either become silent bystanders or self-serving sycophants.

When a leader asks for feedback and does not get it, who’s fault is it? Continue Reading…

The First Step to Getting Better at Conflict

Step 1:  Do Conflict

“I just don’t do conflict very well. I never have. I would rather just avoid it all together.”  I have heard this or similar statements hundreds of times. My answer to them is usually the same.

“You are not good at conflict because you don’t do conflict!”

No one becomes good at any activity without engaging in that activity. Conflict is no different. Continue Reading…

Becoming a Leader of Character

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“You have to DO what you want to BE.  If you want to BE a great leader, a Leader of Character, you have to DO what great leaders do. Just like good basketball players practice in order to become great basketball players, good leaders must practice in order to be great leaders.”

– Coach Mike Krzyzewski
Men’s Basketball Duke University
All Time Winningest Coach in NCAA History

Adapted from the Foreword for:

Becoming a Leader of Character
Six Habits that Make or Break a Leader at Work and at Home Continue Reading…

Conflict with Class – Scalia and Ginsburg

Scalia and Ginsburg

In this political cycle in the United States, Donald Trump has raised (or should I say lowered) the bar when it comes to conflict.  His sophomoric responses to reasonable debate are mirrored by a lot of people on both the right and the left on Facebook.

Classless conflict is not a new phenomena.  Our society has been on a steady slide towards this mentality over conflict for many decades.  Can we stop the politicians from acting like children?  No.  But we can stop our children and ourselves from acting like politicians.

Continue Reading…

The Risk-Averse Leader- Oxymoronic Leadership Yarn #6

The Risk-Averse Leader is an OxyMORONic Leader

ComfortZone Inc. was Ronnie’s new consulting firm.  His tagline:  “Avoid risk, stay put, and win with the status quo”, was not drawing in the clients he had imagined it would.

Out of desperation, Ronnie decided to call Nathan, a childhood friend.  Nathan was all over Linkedin.  His consulting firm, Can Do LLC seemed to be flourishing.  Nathan picked up the phone after one ring.  “Can Do!  How can I help you?” Continue Reading…

How to Choose a Business Partner – Interview with James Brown of Arena Growth Partners and Dave Anderson host of IMPACT Talk Radio

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Dave Anderson speaks with James Brown, co-founder of venture capital firm Arena Growth Partners. Topic: How to Choose a Business Partner. (30 minutes)

James Brown is a West Point graduate with an MBA from Harvard and a JD from NYU School of Law.  He has led private equity firms with over $4 billion in assets under management. (www.arenagrowthpartners.com)

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Leaders Keep Commitments. Period.

How Strong Is Your Character?

“(Commitment is) doing what you said you were going to do, long after the mood you were in when you said you were going to do it has passed.”

James Brown, Co-Founder Arena Growth Partners

We all make commitments to others. Sometimes we wish we hadn’t made those commitments. It happens to me all the time. I’ll set an appointment with a potential client. I’ll say “yes” to helping someone in their yard. I’ll tell my family I will take a day off from work. But, then something happens. Continue Reading…

The Three Pillars of Leadership – Interview with Elizabeth McCormick Black Hawk Pilot and Dave Anderson on IMPACT Talk Radio

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Elizabeth McCormick, Black Hawk Pilot and Celebrity Speaker shares with Dave Anderson The Three Pillars of Leadership on this 30 minute podcast.  This is Elizabeth’s second time on IMPACT Talk Radio.

All past and current podcasts also available on iTunes. (Over 5 Million downloads to date!)

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Other resources -free PDF downloads on Developing Team Values are available at Overwhelmedmanagersguide.com.

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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.

Common Sense is Making Me Common

Common Sense Makes Me Common

I am an idea person. Some of the ideas I have are a little off the wall.   When my brain is firing on all cylinders ideas come in a flood. The ideas role in for new blog posts, phrases for the book I am writing, marketing plans etc.

I think many of us have something deep inside we want to do. But, that idea or new direction is stuck in the mire created by our common sense. If I only do what common sense tells me to do, am I dooming myself to just being common? Does my reliance on common sense keep me doing common things with common results? Continue Reading…

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