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Are You a Bubble-Wrapped Leader?

Bubble wrapping is great for shipping delicate collectibles. But if you sit as CEO, Owner or manager in a company, you cannot afford to let yourself get bubble-wrapped as a leader. Today’s podcast explores how and why you might be getting insulated and isolated at work. And we talk about ways to avoid this dysfunctional leadership style.

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Leaders Must Impact the Networks Around Them

Spend any time at a particular company and you will find yourself part of an informal network. This network is above and beyond the boxes on the org chart.

Your ability to build and effectively manage the networks around you might just be the single biggest advantage you might have as a leader.

In this episode, we’re going to explore the significance of managing networks (people networks) inside your company.

Building Team Trust

6 Proven ways to make Trust explode inside your team.

Do you think your work team is just average? Have you ever thought about ways to make it better?

What if you had a highly effective and productive team?

Being a leader at work, at home, or in your community suggests just that. Your team has to be hitting the right marks to make you feel like your leadership is going somewhere.

Kill the Bell Curve

Do you believe your team performance follows a bell curve? This is a long-standing belief, but one that is proven wrong in research.

bell curve diagram

Join me in this episode as we explore more valid ways to assess performance and improve employee engagement.

Here are 5 key reasons why you should reconsider the bell curve mindset when evaluating performance and making incentive compensation decisions.

Father’s Day June 2017

Father’s Day June 18, 2017 I had the honor of delivering the sermon at First Baptist Church Richmond, TX. Listen to a message about fatherhood and the ways our view of our fathers here in this world can impact our understanding of our Heavenly Father.

Introducing Big 5 Performance Management

Thinking of improving your current employee performance appraisal process?  Big Five Performance Management has been practiced for the past 15 years, at two Fortune 500 companies.  Here’s how it works.

Each month, employees submit monthly, half-page reports to their managers describing two things:

  • Their five most significant accomplishments from last month, and
  • Their five highest priorities for the current month. 

This process takes no more than 10 minutes per month, but it gives the employee a chance to tell their story and take credit for their contributions.  Managers have the opportunity to affirm, guide, and even redirect their efforts, improving both the quality and quantity of coaching.  Big Five is an excellent alignment tool, keeping team members strategically focused on their highest priorities. This innovative process takes less time than traditional, annual appraisal and improves corporate return-on-investment.  But the most significant benefit to Big Five is that it can…