How Leading is Like A Marathon

5 Ways They're Similar

Running a marathon isn’t easy, but almost anyone can do it with the will power. It is not a sprint, which requires quick bursts of energy. Nor is it a walk in the park. A marathon is a specific goal, one that requires drive, determination, and most importantly, training. Leadership, much like running a marathon, takes […]

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This Risky Choice Scores You Major Points 

Do this to deposit into your leadership bank

You have several jobs as a leader. Leaders are looked to by people who want to learn a job. What is one way to gain major points as a leader? I’ll give you a hint, it’s not knowing all the answers or being perfect. It’s actually surprising to many people. Here’s how I learned this lesson. […]

3 Things You Must Ask Your Team

Ask these questions to strengthen your team

#Leadership is more art than science, at least for effective leaders. Those who attain the status as a Level 5 leader know the craft inside and out and treat each part like an artist does a canvas. Emotional intelligence is crucial to success as a leader. Many people with emotional intelligence have a superb ability […]

A Seat At the Table

6 Keys to Getting Invited

“I just want a seat at the table!” exclaimed Alex, a twenty something working in the public safety sector. Alex was ready to seize the day and take on the world, but there was one thing in his way, himself. Like Alex, I too was eager when I was younger. I wanted to make a […]

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Good Values Attract Good People

They say opposites attract but that may not always be the case.

If you are trying to build an A team, you probably want to find good people. When your money is on the line, you probably want ethical people working. How can you accomplish this without good values? I don’t think you can. Sure, bad people have amassed power, conquered industries, and built vast wealth, but […]

5 Ways to Engage Millennials at Work

Engage Gallup released a 2013 study that says only 13% of employees worldwide say they are engaged at work. Sadly that number was up from just 10% from two years prior. I guess the good news is the percentage of employees claiming to be actively disengaged dropped from 27% to 24% in the same time […]

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4 Things That Mess With Team Cohesion

As a leader, having a functional team can make your life much easier. Building that team takes time and intention to choose, develop, and empower the team members. But maybe you’re missing with one of the key things that make the team work… team cohesion. Webster defines cohesion as a condition in which people or […]

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What the Sheriff Taught Me About Trust

It has saved my career

When I was 21, I was sworn in as Deputy Sheriff at a mid-sized Sheriff’s Office in Kentucky. At the time, I was a young kid who did not see everything for what it was worth. That day, the Sheriff took me into the office and shared three key things to me about a long […]