Learn Leadership Concepts

Goal Failure:  Mission (Almost) Accomplished

How to Build Team Culture From the Ground Up

3 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Team’s Culture

Mind the Gap: 8 Ways to Close the trust Gap on Your Team

How to Communicate the Vision: Striking the Right Chord

Flight Lessons:  Preparing Your Leaders for Success

Why You Might be Turning Your Wolves into Sheep (video)

No Car, No Phone, No Clue:  10 Life Lessons from a Treasure Hunt

Signing Your Work: How the Last Details Make a Lasting Difference (Guest Post)

Goal Setting:  Crash Test Dummy Edition

Grandma’s Law:  How to Put the Power of Incentive to Work for You

Leadership Secrets of Buddy the Elf

5 Simple Steps to Lead Successfully

7 Leadership Paradoxes (video)

What Hiking 2,189 Miles Taught Me About Leadership (Guest Post)

Reaching Your Goals:  Thoughts From 14,000 Feet (video)

Burning the Pancakes: 7 Steps to Empowerment

Influencing the Decision: How to Transition from Doer to Decider

Walking with Equanimity: What to do When the Rains Come

Reaching Your Goals:  10 Ways to Help You Climb to the Top

How to Ask the Boss for Feedback: 16 Ways to Get the Input You Need

How to Get Kicked Out of Leadership School: The Spotlight Leader

A Different View of Leadership: Not What You Might Expect

Leading With Authority:  One Way to Steadily Grow Your Influence

Leading With a Blind Eye: Why You Can’t Ignore the Thing You Didn’t Want to See

How to use the EDGE Technique to Lead Your Team – 2 Min tip (Video)

Keys to Mental Toughness: How to Manage Expectation – 2 Min Tip (Video)

Cornerstone of Leadership:  What’s Yours?

How an Orange Soda Changed my World View – 2 Min Tip (Video)

9 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid – 2 Min Tip (Video)

Not “Charisma-Man?”  Can You Still Lead?

Be a Finisher, Not Just a Starter

The Humble Leader Paradox

How to Write an Inspiring Vision Statement (Video)

How to be Humble

9 Ways Constructive Feedback is a Game-Changer

5 Ways to Build Credibility (What to do, Part 2)

What to do When They Know More than You (Part 1)

How to get a Daily Quick Win – 2 Min Tip (Video)

9 Leadership Lessons I Learned from my Dance Instructor

Use This Quick Tip to Focus Your Efforts – 2 Min Tip (Video)

How Serving Can Make You a Better Leader

Skill-Will Based Leadership: How to Match Your Style to the Circumstances

Six Power Sources for Leaders:  Which Ones Do You Have?

Legitimate Power:  What it Is and Is Not

Eight Ways to Use Reward Power that Don’t Require Cash

Coercive Power:  Is the Benefit Worth the Cost?

Expert Power and What to do if you Don’t Have It

5 Great Ways to Get Information Power Working for You

What is Referent Power and How do I Get Some?

How to Make Big Gains with Small Efforts

How to be SMART about Goal Setting

Goals 1:  Setting SMART Goals (Video)

Goals 2:  Three Ways to Make it Happen (Video)

Quantifying Fun – How to Measure the Un-measurable

Positive Feedback – Catch Them Doing Something Right

Building Trust (Video)


Communicate Effectively

From Disaster to Master: Five Presentation Tips to Cut Through the Static

Pose Power: How to Lead Better in Only Two Minutes (Video)

9 Things You are Doing that Really Infuriate the Boss

5 Connections You Need for a Powerful Leadership Network

Managing the Boss:  How to Deliver Bad News – 2 Minute Tip (Video)

After Action Reviews: Is There an Elephant in the Room? – 2 Minute Tip (Video)

How to Give Constructive Feedback (Video)

Avoid the BOGSAT and Make Your Meetings Productive

Are You Contagious?  3 Ways to Manage your Emotional Message

How to Teach using the EDGE Method – 2 Minute Tip (Video)

How to Deliver a Sandwich that Improves Your Team!

20 Email Best Practices for Leaders

Death By PowerPoint:  The Death March

Death By PowerPoint:  The Machine Gun Slide

Death By PowerPoint:  The Shotgun Slide

12 Pretty Good Hooks for Your Next Presentation

Agendas:  Why Should I Care? (Video)



How to Find Creative Solutions: The Case of the Falling Egg

When the Plan Fails: 5 Things to Do When it All Falls Through

11 Rehearsal Techniques to Keep Your Plan From Getting Torpedoed

The Abilene Paradox:  When Agreement is Bad – 2 Minute Tip (Video)

How to Confirm Your Plan with a Recon – 2 Minute Tip (Video)

How Backwards Planning Can Move You Forward- 2 Minute Tip (Video)

Get it Right with a Pre-Execution Checklist – 2 Minute Tip (Video)

The Leadership Secret of Captain Ahab

The Brilliant Planning Trick Lewis and Clark Used that Nobody Noticed

Brainstorming: How to Break the Idea Logjam

How to Plan the Annual Plan:  Six Steps for Success

How To Plan:  The 6-T Method 

Case Study in Planning:  Getting to Summer Camp

Introduction to Problem Solving (Video)

Problem Solving 1:  The Problem is the Problem (Video)

Problem Solving 2:  So Crazy it Might Just Work (Video)

Problem Solving 3:  Better Decisions Through Pizza (Video)

Problem Solving 4:  How to  Come Up With a Plan (Video)

Problem Solving 5:  That’s Not What I Was Expecting (Video)


Take Action

Climbing Solo

Spotlight the Support

Who are the Real Stars?

How to Build Team Culture One Test at a Time

Finish What You Start – It Will Set You Apart

5 Essential New Manager Survival Tips

6 Steps You Should Take Immediately as a New Manager

8 Gratitude Practices to Improve your Sleep, Smarts, and Sanity

Leadership Lessons Learned from Lost Luggage

How You Can Use Accountability to Achieve Your Goals

The Stink Test: Why Leaders Need to Listen to Their Noses

Leading Your Friends: 9 Ways to Lead Your Former Peers

Building the Team: Why You Don’t Need New Shoes

Commitment:  Turning Promise into Reality

How Not to Quit:  8 Tips to Help You Persevere and Succeed at Anything

Snake Bit: A Case Study in Making Haste Slowly

Joining the Team: What the New Guy Won’t Tell You – 2 Min Tip (Video)

Understanding the Team Development Model (Infographic)

How to Respond to Crisis:  4 Steps for Leaders

How to Delegate on the Fly – 2 Min Tip (Video)

How to Train the New Guy – 2 Min Tip (Video)

How to Keep Your Leadership in Style:  Do the Hustle!

Focus:  Feel Sorry on Your Own Time

4 Ways to Get a Leader’s Perspective – 2 Min Tip (Video)

7 Ways to Boost Your Confidence as a New Leader

How to Focus the Team and Know Where to Be – 2 Min Tip (Video)

A Simple Way to Organize and Delegate – 2 Minute Tip (Video)

12 Accountability Hacks:  Why You Should Check the Troops

3 Things You Should Know About Rewards – 2 Minute Tip (Video)

Motivate Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – 2 Minute Tip (Video)

How to Take Control – 2 Minute Tip (Video)

Getting Down in the Trenches:  Tips for Taking Over

How to Learn From Every Event:  Stop, Start, Continue – 2 Minute Tip (Video)

How to do Team Building the Fun Way

Taking Control by Giving

Taking Charge 1:  Gain Position (Video)

Taking Charge 2:  Identify Roles (Video)

Taking Charge 3:  Communicate (Video)

Taking Charge 4:  Set the Vision (Video)

Taking Charge 5:  Get a Quick Win (Video)

How to Delegate 1:  Why? (Video)

How to Delegate 2:  What to Hand Off (Video)

How to Delegate 3:  Who, How? (Video)

Surviving a Leadership Vacuum

Motivating with a Kitchen Utensil:  The Golden Spatula



Book Notes:  It Worked for Me – In Life and Leadership

Book Notes: Bunker Hill – Right Vision, Wrong Goal

Great Reads in Leadership, Fall 2016

Book Notes:  Sea of Glory – The 7 Habits of the Highly Insecure Leader

Book Notes:  “Chains” of Command in Jamestown

Book Notes:  The Right Kind of Crazy

Book Notes:  Natural Born Heroes

Book Notes:  Better Than Before

Book Notes:  The ONE Thing

Book Notes:  The Slow Fix

Book Notes:  Good to Great

Book Notes: Drive

Book Notes:  Quiet

Book Notes:  Start With Why

Book Notes:  Lean In –  Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

Book Notes:  The Ice Master:  The Doomed 1913 Voyage of the Karluk

Book Notes:  How to Win Friends & Influence People

Book Notes:  Leaders Eat Last

Book Notes:  The One Minute Manager

Book Notes:  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Book Notes:  The Killer Angels

Book Notes:  Alvin York – A New Biography of the Hero of the Argonne

Book Notes:  The Journals of Lewis and Clark

Book Notes:  South – The Endurance Expedition

Movie Recommendations

Book Notes:  Turn the Ship Around!