Transformational Leadership: 5 Steps to a Brighter Future with Your Team

Transformational Leadership

He found a creative way to complain about a relationship gone bad, but the words of his song reveal the difference between merely managing people and truly leading them. What did he say?   Today I’ll share his thought-provoking quote and how it can inspire us to become transformative leaders in this edition of “Lines for […]

21 Acts of Kindness to Make the World a Better Place

Acts of Kindness - 21 Ways to Make the World a Better Place

“What’s the maximum effective range of a good deed?” It was 4:30 in the morning.  Two weary fire fighters walked into a local diner in New Jersey.  Smelling of smoke and tired from battling a warehouse fire all night, they were hungry and needed a rest. The friendly waitress brought them their breakfast, smiled, and […]

Getting Them to Listen: How to Get People to Hear What You are Saying

Why should anyone listen to you? If you’re trying to lead people, one of the first challenges you face might be just getting them to listen.  This can be doubly challenging if you happen to be newer to the team or younger than the others. When it comes to getting people’s attention, there’s one thing […]

14 Ways to Make People Feel Important

She started her own business late in life and turned it into a multi-million dollar enterprise.  She donated millions to worthy causes.  She was once named the most outstanding business woman of the 20th century.  Much of her success was the direct result of good old fashioned hard work and determination. But another key to […]

Secrets of Social Facilitation: Putting the Audience to Work

Social Facilitation - Putting the Audience to Work

What happens to performance if someone is watching? The answer might surprise you.  Performance isn’t just about the players, it’s also about the audience.  Today we’ll unlock the power of social facilitation and show you how you can use the audience to get the best out of your team.

Waiting for the Light to Change

Don't Wait for the Green Light

Are you waiting for permission to proceed? Traffic signals organize and coordinate the flow of traffic. They keep things safe and orderly. We wait for the green light to proceed. Organizations have managers and supervisors. They direct the traffic too. Most people wait to be told what to do, then do it. But leaders don’t […]

Leadership Secrets of Buddy the Elf

Leadership Secrets of Buddy the Elf

Spoiler Alert – There’s a happy ending.  Even if you haven’t seen the movie “Elf,” you kind of know that’s how things will turn out.  And since the movie stars Will Ferrell, you know you can count on plenty to laugh about along the way to that happy ending. But during our annual re-watching of […]

Influencing the Decision: How to Transition from Doer to Decider

Influencing the decision

There are the people who have to do what they are told, and then there are the people who get to decide what people do. Doers and deciders.  Which would you like to be? Even if by position you are supposed to be a doer, there’s a way that you can take on more and […]

Leading With Authority: One Way to Steadily Grow Your Influence

Leading with Authority

How can I be more influential with my team?  My boss? Many of us have asked ourselves that question.  Maybe you are the leader but seem to be struggling to get people to listen to you.  Or perhaps you are on the team, but people aren’t listening to you when you speak. How do you get […]

Book Notes: How to Win Friends & Influence People

How to Win Friends - Dale Carnegie

As a leader, I enjoyed reading How to Win Friends & Influence People and you will too. Part of what made it fun was that it is absolutely crammed with short, interesting stories and examples of the concepts and ideas that author Dale Carnegie is talking about. But I almost didn’t pick up the book – […]