There’s no app for this

There’s no app for this

  Busy leaders may wonder how we ever got along before Apple.  We have a device in our pocket that replaces the alarm clock, the sticky note, the stopwatch, the CD player, the daily planner… and oh yes, the telephone. It has never been simpler to save time and create accountability. BUT… There is one thing that no app can replace. And it is the cornerstone of your company’s performance. This last week, I read a post from Gary Vaynerchuck about sales that said something thought-provoking… A...

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When was the last time you washed a rental car?

When was the last time you washed a rental car?

When was the last time you washed a rental car? It’s a funny thought. Probably, your answer is, “Well, never!” Most people do not go the extra mile to take care of things that they only have a transactional relationship to. You have probably also never bought decorations for a rental car or had its oil changed, and you have definitely never paid to have its repairs done. After all, there is no reason to. It is not your car! You have no inspiration to spend your own resources on its well-being....

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The greatest way to spend your time

The greatest way to spend your time

I was wondering… are you free on Thursday, April 28th? Because I want to talk to you about a great investment opportunity…. Wait! Don’t go! Before you stop reading, know I am not asking for your money. Just a little of your time. One of the first things any organizational leader or business owner learns is that you must be intentional with your resources. And your time is one of the most precious resources you can invest. It is limited and irrecoverable, so you must spend it where it will pay...

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Most leaders don’t know the answer to this question

Most leaders don’t know the answer to this question

Tell me if you see what is wrong with this scenario… A leader notices that many of their team members are disengaged. They perform their roles, but they are not achieving their real potential. Because of this, results have been muted. The leader has already tried to inspire their team with flexible hours so that they can spend their time as they wish as long as they meet their deadlines and goals. Then, the leader decides on a new plan: a monthly challenge week where team members compete to...

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Feedback: how to give it and receive it

Feedback: how to give it and receive it

Imagine with me for just a moment… (if you have been leading long, it won’t be too hard - you have probably been in a similar situation before…) You are managing a team that is working on a critical project. Your team is heads-down, all-hands-on-deck at all hours. One team member, Jim, approaches you and asks to be removed from the project. When you ask why, he tells you that he does not like working with another team member, Mary, because they do not get along well. Then, at the next team...

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5 Steps to Masterfully Handle Conflict

5 Steps to Masterfully Handle Conflict

As leaders, we celebrate the differences among our team members. A well-performing machine needs all kinds of parts to function properly. If the world only had one way of thinking, communicating, working, problem-solving… nothing would ever get done. Variety is the spice of life, as they say! But wherever there is difference, there will eventually be conflict. It is unavoidable. And in fact, it is not even a bad thing! We consider conflict an obstacle to overcome, but it can actually be an...

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The first thing high-performing teams need…

The first thing high-performing teams need…

As a leader, you have no doubt heard it said that your people are your greatest asset… but that is not true. Your people at their most engaged are your greatest asset. Your team is the hands and feet of your organization, as well as its eyes and ears. They represent the traction toward your company’s strategic vision, and they offer a unique perspective about the organization’s day-to-day. Equipment ages and breaks down; software goes out of date and needs replacing; but when your people lean...

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A leader’s least favourite part of the job

A leader’s least favourite part of the job

In a way, leadership is like parenting… It has shining moments when we get to inspire our teams – motivate them, speak into their growth, watch them succeed, and then celebrate with them. And then it has not-so-shining moments… difficult conversations, disciplinary meetings, and – especially these last few years – moments of crisis where they need us more than ever. This is one of those moments. Militaries, economies, and businesses worldwide are responding to the war in Ukraine. As they plan...

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5 Things Leaders Must Do In Crisis

5 Things Leaders Must Do In Crisis

On February 24th, Putin made history. Since then, the world has been off-kilter, and the people of Ukraine have been fighting to keep their homes and defend their lives. All our eyes are on the news now for daily, even hourly updates. It is like we are on the edge of our seats, waiting to see which way it goes from one moment to the next. As we think of and pray for and support those in Ukraine, our thoughts begin to slip toward our own homes, jobs, and futures, and we wonder what is in store...

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The supreme leadership ability

The supreme leadership ability

If you have heard of Mark Cole, you probably know that he is John Maxwell’s successor and right-hand man. They have been working together for more than 20 years now - wherever John goes, Mark goes. And within the last few years, John has begun passing the baton to Mark in different areas of John’s legacy. When the time came for Mark to take over the John Maxwell Team, one of John’s main areas of focus, Mark says that he had to exhibit the “supreme leadership ability.” The JMT’s numbers were in...

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Is your leader limiting your growth?

Is your leader limiting your growth?

Last week, I wrote to you about “bad leaders” - or, the symptoms of bad leadership. We covered the three big indicators of growth-limiting leadership and I asked you to look in the mirror to see if you found any in yourself. But our own “bad leadership” is not the only thing limiting us and our team. John Maxwell’s Law of the Lid says that everything rises and falls on leadership. The leader’s lid limits the growth for all those who follow them. That means that unless you are the CEO of your...

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Three Behaviours that Keep Any Team from Growing

Three Behaviours that Keep Any Team from Growing

Have you ever been led by a “bad leader”? I know the term can be defined many ways, but just think about it based on what you think a “bad leader” is. Have you ever been led by someone who you felt was a “bad leader”? It’s beyond frustrating to be in that position. And yet, most leaders at some point will deal with something internal that limits the growth of their team - most leaders will at some point exhibit the qualities of a “bad leader.” In that moment, their team will be put in an...

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The leader’s best friend

The leader’s best friend

Have you ever seen a so-so team play an unusually good game? It catches you off guard - you think to yourself, “Wow! They really came out in full force today.” You rarely hear about this team doing so well, but that day, they were peak performers. It reminds you of that saying, “Even a broken clock is right twice a day.” There are other times, though, when a great group of players have the worst game ever. Maybe something feels weird with their chemistry and they are just not working in sync....

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What leadership is NOT

What leadership is NOT

As you know, my leadership article series is known as Leadership for the Now. As the title implies, my goal in writing is to give leaders like you some things to consider about the nature of leadership. I love leadership. Leadership capacity is my whole life’s focus. So, I have written many articles on this topic, and I could (and will!) write many more discussing what leadership is. But today, my purpose is to tell you what leadership is by telling you what it is not! We describe many things...

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What are you doing for the health of your organization?

What are you doing for the health of your organization?

It has been said that if one student fails a test, the student is to blame, but if the whole class fails, the teacher is at fault. An individual performing very differently from the rest may show that they alone were not prepared, that they have not been paying attention during lessons, or maybe that they were simply too hungry to concentrate on the day of the exam. But if the whole class does poorly, more than likely, something is wrong with the test itself. This is just one expression of a...

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Some leaders are better at the technical side of leading: strategy, planning, and finances. Others are better at the people part: connectingcommunicating, casting vision and motivating.

Which one is more like you?