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.

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January 15, 2024 5 mins

Drawing inspiration from MLK's commitment to justice, we learn that commitment isn't just about big strides; it's the everyday decisions shaping our path. Dr. King's legacy teaches us that commitment is renewed daily, evident not just in grand gestures but in the everyday struggle for justice. As we honor Dr. King's legacy, let's absorb the profound lessons of commitment for our own growth. Join us at ...

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"Commitment Chronicles: Unveiling Three Keys to Stay Committed" is a podcast episode that delves into the art of commitment and offers practical strategies to fortify dedication. In this episode, listeners explore the importance of clarity in setting precise goals, breaking them into manageable steps, and understanding their significance. The discussion emphasizes the power of consistency, urging the establishment of habi...

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It's no secret that many qualities make a great leader, but humility is perhaps one of the most important. Humble leaders possess unique traits and behaviors that help them stand out from the crowd and gain the respect and trust of their followers.  As Andrew Carnegie said, "No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or to get all the credit for doing it." 

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While many struggle with a new year’s resolution – they are too hard, too easy, or have no stickiness to them.  What I have found that works in business and personally is selecting one word.  One word that works as your north star to guide your thoughts, decisions, and actions.

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As many our starting the new year with resolutions I am starting the new year with a word.  One word that will be my north star and guide my thoughts, decisions, and actions.  While New Year's resolutions tend to be one-dimensional, if done well, one word can impact all the areas of your life.

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Leaders inspire others to live their best lives by living the best version of themselves.  Those that look to leaders for how they should feel every other time of the year are depending on us now during the holidays.  When we find a way to manage our stress and anxiety during this busy tine we help others manage theirs.

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It’s not enough to be smart enough to get the job done or driven enough to see the project to completion and having the capacity to get it done is important, but all three of these things aren’t good enough if you can’t learn, adapt, and change quickly.  Success loves speed.  Today’s leader needs agility. 

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Happy Memorial Day and thank you to all who have served.
When I think of a holiday like today I think of the key element which is service.  To serve, which makes me think of how service relates to leadership.  We have all heard the term servant leader or servant leadership.  When you hear those words what kinds of images come to mind or what actions do you think are represented by a servant leader?  What I have witnessed is tha...

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If you want employees, team members, kids, partners that feel appreciated recognize the effort.

 “Satisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment, full effort is full victory”. Mahatma Gandhi

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Reflection is about questioning, in a positive way, what you do, what you say and why you do or say it and then deciding if there is perhaps a better way.  Why it’s important? Friends, self-reflection is essential for personal growth. Taking the time to create self-awareness will allow you to challenge your thoughts and to uncover breakthroughs. Without it, we have the potential to be reactive to people and situations. 

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As a leader, what is weighing you down and keeping your from being your absolute best?  There is an amazing path to success through simplicity.

We talk a lot on this podcast about what great leaders have.  Let’s talk today about what great leaders don’t have.  Great leaders don’t have these 3 things

Cluttered schedules

Cluttered goals

Cluttered relationships

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Nearly 40% of Americans start their holiday shopping before Halloween. Shocking right? No wonder the displays are out so early. The holiday season traditionally does not bring out the best in shoppers. Friends, this year 2020, will be no exception to this.  We are all on edge.  COVID, social unrest, the election  I speak from experience. My retail history includes way too many Black Friday’s to count. While customers may not be exh...

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You’ve heard the term control the controllables.  People is a controllable that many leaders do not see as one because they don’t take true ownership of their team.  The great thing is, that as a leader you have the opportunity to surround yourself with the right people.  When you get the right people in the right roles doing the right things that’s when you become unstoppable.

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August 24, 2020 12 mins

Leaders must create the proper environment for employees to feel their work is fulfilling.  One of my favorite authors, Patrick Lencioni, explains how in The Three Signs of a Miserable Job. 
Here are the 3 signs:

1. Anonymity

2. Irrelevance

3. Immeasurability

Let's add our own #4 Recognition.

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There are 4 buckets of numbers you must know from hire to retire.  Listen here to make sure you know yours.

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As a leader, you’re responsible for getting work done through others.  What sets the best leaders apart is belief in people.  I’ve said before leadership is the transfer of beliefs.  You don’t need your team to know what you know or be able to do what you do.  You need your team to believe what you believe. 

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For successful people, enthusiasm is a key driver of passion and achievement. It comes from within. If you are enthusiastic about a goal, your excitement will drive you to do your best in order to achieve it. It will keep you motivated to go on and on with it and see it through to success.  As a leader, how can you expect your team to be excited about anything if you are not? Your enthusiasm towards reaching the goal will inspire y...

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Today I am going to talk about the one single thing that probably launched me further in my career than any other thing and that is the discipline of self-improvement.  You see, if you want things to be better- you want to be a better leader, you want better results, you want a better career, you want better movement up the up the ladder to bigger and better roles, you want to be the better candidate for the job, you want better re...

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With the current pandemic and unemployment as high as it is it I know many of you are looking for the next move.  Your next career.  Many days you may be thinking why is my inbox empty? Why didn’t the recruiter call me or select me?
Here are 5 tips on how to land your dream job.  With a bonus #6.

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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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