How to be Successful: The 9,051-Step Plan

The 9,051 Step Plan for Success

Can you imagine climbing a staircase that is one mile high? Seems like a lot, right?  It would be the same as climbing the Empire State Building more than four times, the Washington Monument nine times, or Niagara Falls 31 times. But an amazing feat like climbing a mile-high staircase may not be as challenging […]

How You Can Use Accountability to Achieve Your Goals

Accountability

If you have big ideas, great.  If you have turned them into goals, super.  But if you want to make them become real, the question is:  What’s your accountability plan?  Today we’ll talk about accountability and how you can turn it into a powerful tool to help make that goal a reality.

What Hiking 2,189 Miles Taught Me About Leadership

Appalachian Trail Leadership

What can you learn about leadership from hiking for six months straight, covering thousands of miles, and carrying everything you own stuffed into a bag on your back? Plenty, it turns out. Recently I asked successful long-distance backpacker Greg Ward if he would be willing to share some of his Appalachian Trail leadership lessons with us.  His […]

Reaching Your Goals: Thoughts From 14,000 Feet

Reaching Your Goals

Leading yourself is part of being able to lead others.  When you show you are capable of reaching your goals, you demonstrate the potential to help others do the same. In this short video we look at the similarities between mountain climbing and reaching your goals, and motivate you with a few simple steps you […]

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

How Not to Quit

Any goal worth taking on is going to require effort, and somewhere along the way you are guaranteed to find your path getting hard.  When the going gets tough, you might ask yourself, “How do I keep from quitting?” Yesterday I had the privilege of spending the morning walking with someone who had hiked over […]

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

Reaching Your Goals

Sometimes after the excitement of a new beginning, things happen that make reaching your goals seem harder than we imagined.  On a recent trip to Acadia National Park in Maine with my family, we were reminded of what that experience can be like, and what it takes to keep going.  With that in mind, here […]

Book Notes: The Right Kind of Crazy

The Right Kind of Crazy - Adam Steltzner

“How do you build a close-knit innovative team under high pressure?” Imagine being put in charge of leading a team to do something that man has never been done before.  You have about ten people with widely differing backgrounds and personalities to work with.  You have tight budgetary limitations, a rapidly shrinking timeline and high […]

Be a Finisher, Not Just a Starter

Finisher

Why is it not enough to be a self-starter? Getting started on something is great.  There are lots of great inspirational quotes you can read about starting:

Use this Quick Tip to Focus Your Efforts

Have you ever noticed how with all the stuff around us, we only ever use a small portion of what we have?   Like that smart phone a lot of us carry.  How many aps and features does it have, and how many do we actually use frequently.  Probably a pretty small proportion, I’m guessing.  Same […]

Know This One Thing Before You Try to Lead – 2 Minute Tip

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Leading a team includes accomplishing the mission while also taking care of people.  If your people’s needs aren’t being met, chances are that the mission is going to suffer.  Here’s a simple framework you can keep in mind when working with your people to ensure you are meeting their needs.

Positive Feedback – Catch them Doing Something Right

Positive Feedback

Giving feedback to your people is critical to getting the job done, but a typical mistake many new (and not so new) leaders make is to focus on the negative, to catch people doing something wrong, and then correcting them.  In this post, we’ll take a look at the power of giving frequent, positive feedback and […]

Taking Charge 5: Quick Win

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 mates moving quickly and scoring an early success is a great way to instill them […]