Grow Great - A City Government Leadership Podcast

Grow Great - A City Government Leadership Podcast

a city government leadership podcast helping leaders achieve high-impact influence in their careers, teams and organizations hosted by Lisa Norris and Randy Cantrell

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May 25, 2022 41 min

  Today Lisa and I introduce to you the five (5) leadership recipe ingredients. Admittedly, these five things started out as what I called “the progression of leadership,” back in the 1980s. When I taught them to Lisa she improved on the language because she considered them ingredients. They belong in a specific order to …

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  One of our favorite topics This can truly and critically impact success as a leader Quote: “Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.” All of us have had really good and really bad leaders. Think about them. The bad ones? …

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  There’s a specific place where each of us can find our greatest growth. It’s the corner.  The corner is a metaphor for a place we all must go in order to move forward. It represents a place where we’re no longer relying on excuses. Once we paint ourselves into the corner we suck all …

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May 7, 2022 36 min

  We lead people. We manage the work. Leadership is a focus on others. It’s about influence and doing for others what they can’t do for themselves. Managing is about getting the to-do list accomplished. It’s about output.  Leadership doesn’t depend on a title, position or authority – but it helps. Leadership with authority speeds …

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  Today we’ll share a bit more about who we are and why you may want to listen to our leadership podcast. A podcast about city government leadership.  Rather than act like we’ve got all the answers, we’re mostly interested in helping you explore the path forward in your own leadership journey. We share a …

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  It’s been months in the works…a reboot of the Grow Great podcast.  Let me introduce you to Lisa Norris. Lisa is currently the Director of Human Resources / Civil Services for the City of Grand Prairie, Texas. She’s going to be my co-host.  Leadership continues to be the focus of this podcast. Now, we’re …

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January 18, 2022 22 min

Thank you for clicking play on the Grow Great podcast. Warning – some sports analogies ahead! 😉 I’m an OU Sooner football fan, the hazards of being born in Oklahoma. Sooner fans were shocked over a month ago when head coach, Lincoln Riley, resigned to take his talents to USC. Within weeks a new head …

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January 12, 2022 13 min

That’s right. Returning to my roots and a simpler way to go. After all, the short way here to the website is GrowGreat.com. It’s a terrific URL because it’s short, simple and easy to remember.  During the Holiday season, I engaged in a few conversations with friends about how I was craving a simpler life. …

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NOTE: As of February 1, 2022 I’ve made an adjustment based on feedback from prospective clients. “I’m interested in starting this program, but a March start is better for me. Can I apply?” Go here for an update to this post and my pivot.  Matt owned and operated a small manufacturing company (annual revenue $45M+). …

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December 15, 2021 11 min

My work continues all the way deep into Christmas week. I guess it’s the hazards of operating retail companies for so many years. I struggle to wind things down and do my best to serve clients up to and for as long as they need my help. The week between Christmas and New Year’s – …

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What if? It was the foundational question behind spreadsheet analysis when LOTUS and other tools were around before Microsoft brought us the defacto standard, Excel. The name Excel is a dead giveaway of the power of asking and answering “What if?” questions. It’s what we all hope to accomplish.  Many years ago I was heavily …

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November 14, 2021 19 min

Those of us in the helping business – as our friends in the UK refer to it – are defined by our clients. That’s why we seek out high-performing clients who demand our best. They want us to push and challenge them to get better – which means we have to get better ourselves. Birds …

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Business owners hit some point early in the process of building their business where they lament being unable to replicate themselves. This is even more so when the business owner has some innate skill that helped propel the business forward.  Executives hit the same point, many because they struggle to control their control freakishness. “Give …

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October 31, 2021 26 min

The question assumes you were once there – wherever there may be.  I’m a hockey fan. Through the years I’ve watched countless NHL players battle injuries to get back into the lineup. Each year after one team lifts the Stanley Cup you then hear about all the off-season surgeries. Players sometimes play in every game …

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It doesn’t’ happen often. In fact, I’ve gone on record that in all my years of serving leaders I’ve only encountered one client who was utterly disagreeable to be helped. But that doesn’t mean all of us don’t encounter times – perhaps just moments – where we’re resistant to asking for, or accepting help even …

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Every night while sitting in the front of the TV I’d open a large accordion file where I kept manufacturers’ literature on high-fidelity stereo gear. The file was alphabetized with a slot for every letter. Advent speaker literature went into the A. Thorens turntables into the T slot. I started this habit while in junior …

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Now that the 30-Day Micro Leadership Course is complete I’m going to keep my word and step away for a bit. As I prepare to shut things down for a while I’ve been thinking about rest, rejuvenation, revival, recreation, and all the various things we can do to help ourselves improve. Last week I was …

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Session 30. We’re completing this short 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. My goal when we began was to provoke thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Mostly, I wanted to help you challenge yourself and your enterprise to higher human performance! My role isn’t to tell you what to do, or how to do it. My role is to …

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Session 29 in our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. Let’s keep the ideas flowing about being excellent – not just in our leadership but for our team, group, or organization. Let’s talk about it context of connection, collaboration, and communication. These three C’s are crucial for high-performance and your leadership.  By now you’ve figured out how …

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Day 28 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. Let’s continue our conversation about keeping score, measurements. About 15 years ago I decided to get more intentional about my physical health and fitness so I signed up at a gym. From the get-go I went five days a week for about 45 minutes to an hour. …

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