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

Sea of Glory - Nathaniel Philbrick

Lacking confidence in your leadership?  Are you an insecure leader?  Sometimes the things we are tempted to do to compensate for insecurity are the worst options, as Lieutenant Wilkes, United States Navy, found out the hard way in 1838.  Here’s what happened, how you can avoid these seven deadly habits, and build the confidence you […]

Doing it Best but Doing it Wrong!

Doing it Wrong

Have you bumped up to the next level recently? Taken on a leadership role? Congratulations!  Just keep in mind that what got you there might not be what keeps you there.  Today we’ll take a quick look at a common pitfall new leaders often succumb to, and some good questions to ask that will keep you headed in the […]

7 Ways to Boost Your Confidence as a New Leader

Boost Your Confidence

The air is screaming by outside at 120 miles an hour, the ground is receding in the distance, and the weight of your parachute and equipment seems to be pulling you down.   Your heart rate is up, there’s a little tremor in your hands.  The risks seem real, but everyone in the airplane is watching […]

How to Focus the Team and Know Where to Be

Focus the Team

Two big keys to success in leading a team are to make sure everyone is on the same wavelength, and be in a position to control the action.  In this two minute tip I’m going to show you a team trying to solve a problem, and talk about how what the leader is doing right […]

What to Do When They Know More Than You…

They say knowledge is power. But if that’s true, how can you be in charge when you don’t know as much as the others on your team? Lots of times you might find yourself put in charge of something you know very little about, or that your teammates know much more about than you do. […]

9 Leadership Lessons I Learned from my Dance Instructor

9 Leadership Lessons I learned from my Dance Instructor

I guess you can learn about leadership just about anywhere if you happen to be looking for it.  Last Thursday evening, I wasn’t even looking and it hit me square in the face. My wife and I had signed up for dance lessons (think basic ballroom stuff – definitely not Dancing with the Stars!).  But as […]

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.

How to Take Control – Two Minute Tip

Taking Control

What you do with your body affects how you think with your head.  Here is a simple way you can use this fact as a leader to get people’s attention and take control of a group.

Taking Control by Giving

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, and asked us to gather over by a tree.  We all complied. And in that […]

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 […]

Taking Charge 4: Set the Vision

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 a clear vision and focusing on a few specific goals as a way of asserting […]

Taking Charge 3: Communicate

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 establishing communications, and cover a few techniques that will help get communication up and running […]