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Explore the five problem solving steps while resolving a crisis in front of the high school!  A brief, lighthearted review of the steps and how they relate to getting the problem solved.      

Taking Control by Giving

As soon as we got out of the overloaded white mini-bus with the two rubber rafts on top, we were met by our guide.  He welcomed us to the river, introduced himself as Marco, started handing us helmets and paddles,

This video is part five of the five part series that covers some simple steps a new leader can take to quickly earn the trust and confidence of his team and get started on the right foot. Getting your team

This video is part four in the five part series that details five simple steps a new leader can take to assert himself, earn the trust of his teammates, and begin to lead effectively. Here we discuss the importance setting

This video is part three in the five part series that details five simple steps a new leader can take to assert himself, earn the trust of his teammates, and begin to lead effectively. Here we discuss the importance of

This video is part two in the five part series that lays out five key steps a new leader can take earn the trust and confidence of his team and get off on the right foot as their leader. Here

This video outlines five key steps a new leader can take immediately when taking over leadership of a team or group, and details the first one. The steps are designed to enhance the new leader’s confidence in what he is

Building Trust

This video takes a close look at one of the basic building blocks and most essential element of Leadership: Trust. Using rockets as a metaphor, we explore the six critical components of trust, understand why building trust is important, and introduce

smart goal

Now that you have your SMART goal figured out, what do you do? This video lays out three things that you can do immediately to start moving towards your goal. Goals without action are just dreams, so this video breaks

smart goals

This video introduces the acronym SMART as a tool to help you take your vision or idea and turn it into a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound. Taking the time to establish clear goals is the

How to Delegate

Now that you see the true value of delegating well, and have a handle on the kinds of tasks that are best to delegate, we get down to the business of choosing someone to delegate to, and the process of

What to Delegate

Knowing what to delegate makes all the difference in the world. The the thing is to remember that it’s not just about clearing your calendar so you can focus on those key leadership tasks, it’s also about choosing tasks that your teammates

delegate

There are five reasons why a leader may fail to delegate work; understanding them for what they are is the first step on the path to learning to let go and start to delegate effectively. Key to the process is

leadership vacuum

Things don’t always turn out the way we plan.  Key people show up late, come down with the flu, miss the flight.  Suddenly there is a leadership vacuum.  People start to drift, time is lost, confusion and frustration set in.

Golden Spatula

It was frosted toaster pastries and sugar-coated sugar bomb cereal for breakfast.  Again.  We have to do better. We were camping with the Scout troop, and while the outing was a lot of fun, the meals had become pretty uninspiring.

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