The Everyday Leader

The Everyday Leader

The Everyday Leader are lessons you can use to build and grow your influence every day. This podcast is for everyone. Leaders are not defined by a title. It's an attitude; how you conduct yourself in any aspect of your life. John Maxwell says "leadership is influence." We all have the ability to influence.I created this podcast to share decades of experience in leadership and provide guidance on how you can be a little better every day. Over time little improvements lead to tremendous gains.... Show More

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June 29, 2020 10 min

Many times, in business and life things aren’t going to go exactly as planned.  In my experience, I’ve seen too many quit on a goal or a project because some of the initial milestones did not go as planned.  This major mistake of giving up instead of retooling is what is getting in their way of unleashing their true potential.  It’s why so many leaders plateau instead of rising to new levels of success.  Anything worth doing is wor...

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You can do the same things and have an ordinary life, or you can stretch yourself to try new things and have an extraordinary life.  How do you know what you are capable of if you do not try?  

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There will be times when we must lead our teams through large overwhelming change or projects and just the thought of not knowing where to start will paralyze them with fear.  You may or soon may be facing these types of situations now with COVID and stay at home forcing you to do business differently.

Leadership is taking the BHAG and presenting it in an attainable way to the team.  Making the impossible possible.  This is not suga...

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My own experience this week reminded me of the importance of human connection.  Not the hyper-connectivity we receive from technology.  True face to face interaction with another human being.  Leaders cannot expect connection; connection is created.  

Think of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  Belonging and connection must be felt if we want to be self-actualized and reach our full potential.  Not just encouraging your employees but exp...

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Effective listening is a skill and it must be learned and practiced.  Put this crucial skill in your leadership toolbox and you are more likely to inspire excellence and dedication from those you lead than if you only focus on results.  Effective listening is more than just hearing the words someone is saying.  It takes energy and immense focus.  What words they are saying is just the first part.  What is their tone?  What is their...

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Memorial Day is about taking a time out and remembering.  As a leader when people take a time out how do you want them to remember you?  What type of memorial impression are you leaving on them?  Are you creating the leadership legacy that you expect?
A leadership legacy statement is like a mission or vision statement, but instead of goals of where you want to be it is more behavioral based.  It is how you will make your decisions d...

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Always stay humble and kind

“Mastery begins with humility.” Robin Sharma

Humility is not generally listed in the top characteristics of leaders.  In fact, it is frequently overlooked because some confuse humility with weakness. So yes, there are some weak ass leaders out there, but it’s not humility that makes them weak – it is other deficiencies.  Humility is greatly described in this CS Lewis quote "humility is not thinking les...

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Mindfulness is considered by some to be a superpower.  When you're in tune with the present moment and how you're feeling, you're better equipped to handle really everything better, but especially stress.

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Why optimism is important for leaders?  Almost every successful leader begins with two beliefs.  The future can be better than the present and I can make it so.

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April 27, 2020 9 min

I’m sharing this story because there are so many choices right now – 

You can choose the couch

OR

You can choose to dive into sharpening the saw or learning new skills

OR

Can you see the tyranny of “or” here.  If I choose one path I choose to deny myself of the other path.  Or is oppressive.  It’s why so much self improvement, so many diets, and so many new ideas fail.   Poor sad little “or”.  

You don’t have to sacrifice one for the oth...

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April 20, 2020 11 min

Gratitude is the antidote for fear, anxiety, depression.  Gratitude is what turns what we have into enough. Having goals, drive and ambition can be a very positive aspect of life, it’s when striving for what we want and focusing on what we don’t have becomes so consuming that we are unable to enjoy the present moment, that this becomes a problem. If we consistently focus on thoughts of negativity and lack, our minds look for more e...

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April 12, 2020 10 min

Today I’m going to share with you the most powerful habit to stop doing.  If you stop doing this right now.  Today! You will dramatically start to get different results in your life.  I love this one because it’s totally doable for everyone, you can start it immediately, and it requires no money just effort.  I also love it because it is a two-fer.  We are going to stop doing something today and replace it with something else so we...

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April 6, 2020 9 min

We are working on replacing our limiting beliefs with positive beliefs and so we must start working on our actions.  Why?  Because again

Our mindset fuels our actions and our actions fuel our results.  If we want different results than what we have had then we need different actions. You’ve heard that saying – the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results.  New results require new actions.

What ac...

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March 29, 2020 5 min

Welcome to the very first episode of The Everyday Leader.  Lessons you can use to build and grow your influence every day.

This podcast is for everyone.  Leaders are not defined by a title.  We are all leaders in some aspect of our lives.  John Maxwell says "leadership is influence."

In this episode we discuss the mindset of a leader and 3 steps to level up your mindset.
1) Find out what the most successful do
2) Change your se...

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