Leaders in the Trenches

Being a better leader requires you to have a variety of leadership traits. The leadership traits of an evolved leader must be continuously put on the forefront of your priorities. In my early days as a leader, I struggled to connect with my team and get them to think for themselves. I didn't have a solid understanding of the leadership traits that matter. Today, I am sharing with you the four leadership traits that employees want the most. These traits will improve your influence and increase the profitability of your team.

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Powerful leadership starts with a keen understanding of who you are at a personal level. If you don't know who you are, it is much harder to lead others. I remember having a team of 15 people reporting to me. It was a blessing to have a team and a struggle to lead in a way that developed people that can think for themselves. I really didn't understand myself as a leader. What I am talking about is your identity. If you want to a powerful leader, you must be able to tune in to your identity. Today's exceptional guest is Stedman Graham. Stedman has been writing books and helping people for years understand themselves. Stedman's newest book is about Identity Leadership. For decades now, Stedman is also the significant other of Oprah. We talk about the power of identity in your journey of leadership. Discover insights from Stedman on how to engage in powerful leadership in everything you do.

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Knowing the steps to increase your focus are common. Doing them is an entirely different thing. Everyone has their way of increasing focus that works for them until it doesn't anymore. I remember struggling with my focus when I would come to work. The list was planned out, and I was ready when I sat down at my desk. However, once the day started, and my team showed up to work, I felt more like a firefighter than a CEO. You have likely had similar moments too.

Today, I am sharing with you some simple ways of improving your focus so that you can get the right things done. Discover one simple trick I use just before I open my laptop that has changed how productive I am. Increasing your focus will give you more time back for the stuff that matters.

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Leveraging the media can boost your brand and your business. However, not all strategies are going the move the needle. This is another special episode where I am talking to an expert about what I can do in leveraging the media to help me toward my goals. My guest today is Kate Delaney. Kate is an Emmy-award winning journalist, speaker, and author of "Deal Your Destiny." She is known in business and sports. Kate endured five years of rejection in the sports world to make it as a hard-hitting sports journalist finally. Today we talk about leveraging the media. You can pick up on the tips she shares with me. Then use those tips to leverage your media to achieve your goals.

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Discover how you can create high-performing teams. Team members can handle twice the amount of pain versus lone wolfs. Forming high-performing teams will not only allow your people to endure more pain but create more impact in their work. I spoke with Chief People Officer of Cisco Systems, Francine Katsoudas about her research on high-performing teams. Today, I share with you aspects of high-performing teams that will help you in forming and leading them within your organization.

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Have you ever wondered how it feels to be coached? The experience is not comfortable. You get insight into how you see the world and how you could see it. Your coach has a different perspective and is not emotionally attached to the way you currently are being and what you are doing. Today's special guest is Cameron Herold who is the former COO of 1-800-Got-Junk, author of many books, founder of the COO Alliance and has many other accomplishments. I admire Cameron so much that I thought I would let him coach me on strategies for growth in my business. If you want to know how it feels to be coached, this episode shows you behind the scenes of the coaching experience. Cameron shares with me new strategies that are perfect for me.

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Leadership effectiveness is more determined on what you let go of what you keep doing. Let's start with a question. Do you know who Marie Kondo is? She is the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I have been watching the Netflix show with Marie Kondo. I started thinking about how leadership effectiveness and cleaning up are very closely related. I am sharing a personal side of me today to share insights on leadership effectiveness. You can learn from this story and make improvements in your leadership effectiveness.

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Building wealth remains a goal for many business owners and people in general. There are many paths to wealth. Some are better than others. Some are safer than others. Today's guest is Marco Santarelli, founder of Norada Real Estate Investments. Marco shares how you can think about diversification in your journey to building wealth. We talk about different asset classes and focus on passive income using real estate. Tune in to hear about building wealth.

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Leadership development in today's work is not a nice to have. It is a must. I share a story with you about training a manager when you should have created a leader. This story will help you see areas that you can improve as a leader and keep you focused on leading leaders. Leadership development is required if you want continuous growth in your company. When you think about leadership development, you must know the differences between leaders and managers. Just one of the differences is leaders are not afraid to fail in service of growth. Managers are risk-averse. Tune in to hear about leadership development.

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Have you heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit? Or maybe you heard it was 66 days? What is the truth in days to form a habit? I chatted with James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, to understand if it takes 21 days to form a habit or more. James shared with me his latest research to help you form good habits. We also talked about how to break bad habits too.

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Even the most talented and accomplished leaders benefit from working with an executive coach. In today’s episode, I share with you the benefits of having an executive coach. The biggest reason of all is results. To lead others through times of growth, you must grow yourself. It is hard. And it is required. An executive coach can give you insight into your personal limitations that keep you from growth. Working with an executive coach early in my business growth allowed me to go beyond a million in revenue to get to five million within three years. Tune-in today to get the benefits of an executive coach.

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You are your reputation. There are many ways to improve your reputation. In my opinion, you want to be intentional about what people say about you...and your work. To improve your reputation, you have to know what determines it. My guest today AJ and Rory Vaden, the founders of The Brand Builders Group. We talk about the power of reputation and how to improve your reputation. We talk about why it matters so much. Tune in to discover how to improve your reputation.

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How to manage overwhelm with one quick exercise. I have been feeling overwhelmed lately. My clients feel overwhelmed too. That is one reason why they have a coach. This past Monday I had to take some time to decompress and think about my work, projects, and clients. I know that overwhelm is an emotion that pulls energy away from me being my best leader. I decided to do what I call “The Overwhelm Time Bubble” exercise. This is a simple tool I use with my clients…and this time I did it for myself. I wanted to get a clearer idea of all the work that I must do.

Today, I am sharing with you this simple — no-cost — exercise to help you manage overwhelm. In this video, you will get a view of what I face to grow my business, and you can walk along with me using “The Overwhelm Time Bubble” exercise.

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Overwhelm is all too common these days. Overcoming overwhelm means that you have to be willing to change the way you do your work, but also the way you see yourself too. Jamie Masters is our guest today, and she shares her experience with overwhelm in a very vulnerable way. Jamie gives us concrete tips in overcoming overwhelm. This is a significant episode if you want to create more success and create a life that serves you on all levels.

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Customer first is a prevalent thought when you think about growing fast. However, my research with fast-growth companies -- the top 1% of revenue growth -- shows that customer first is not the path to the growth you want. You have to put your people first if you want them to take care of your customers. Let me share with my research and insight that will shift your company if you let it. Discover why it is not customer first if you want to grow.

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There is a difference between managers and leaders. Organizations need both managers and leaders. However, we are in a severe need for leaders. The difference is not just in titles or authority. The managers love to keep things moving and make small adjustments to improve quality. The leaders are the ones that will create something that has never been created before.

Today's guest is extraordinary. Carly Fiorina is the first women CEO of a Fortune 500 company. She was the CEO of Hewlett Packard from 1999 to 2005. She shares with us about the difference between managers and leaders. Carly was also a candidate for President of the United States in 2016. Join me in this interview where we discuss the difference in managers and leaders.

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Better delegating will help you be a better leader. It will be hard to do what I ask. It will go against what you believe to your core as a leader. And it will change the way your team performs over time. Better delegating is very important to your growth as a leader and for accelerated growth as a company.

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Finding your strengths is a rite of passage for many people. You want to discover what you are best at doing. Some people call this working in your genius zone. Today's guest is Darren Virassammy, COO for 34Strong. Darren and I talk about the importance of strengths. We also talk about finding your strengths and leading others to find their strengths. Join me today in finding your strengths on Leaders in the Trenches.

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Here is a guide to goal setting in a team environment. We won't be talking much about S.M.A.R.T. goals. We will be talking about a missing element in goals that many leaders often forget. Discover a critical component to success in this guide to goal setting.

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Today you will learn to increase performance for your employees and yourself. Performance is a huge topic of conversation in today's workforce. I wanted to go outside of business to examine the commonalities to high performance in business and sports. My guest today is Allan Stein Jr., who spent decades analyzing the performance characteristics of legendary basketball players like Lebron James and Kobe Bryant.

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The process to Improve retention rates is a top challenge for many companies. Your company may not have a retention problem. In either case, you want to be proactive to retention because the cost is so high. SHRM (Society of Human Resource Managers) reports that it can cost you one time or more to replace an employee and get them back up to the performance level of the incumbent. Today I share with you the five leverage points in to improve retention so that you can proactively strengthen your bottom line.

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How to create a best place to work on this podcast. You have likely seen companies be honored with accolades about being a best place to work. My guest today shares how you can do it. Robert is the founder and CEO of Global performance marketing agency, Acceleration Partners. Discover how to create a best place to work in today's interview.

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If you want fast-growth leadership, you must understand the gap between responsibility and ownership. This gap exists because you ask your employees to trade money for time. Many leaders believe this is enough -- I give you wages and you give me work -- is a common thought. Fast-growth leadership has a very different view that encourages employees to take ownership of their work. This message is a small portion of a speech I gave a few weeks ago to a group of multi-million dollar business owners. Discover why leadership that inspires people to feel like owners is so important.

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Getting more referrals for your business is always a good thing. Getting referrals signals that your client base is getting value from your work. Today's guest is Phillip Stutts who shares with us the keys to getting more referrals.

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The qualities of a good leader are sometimes clear and straight forward. Other times they are counterintuitive. This is a special episode of the podcast today. We discuss the qualities of a good leader with some of my favorite guests. These five experts and I talk about the qualities of a good leader. Learn the mistakes and lessons learned on this journey. Please share this episode with those that want to be better leaders.

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Knowing how to be a leader is not something that you are born to do. You have to work at it. You have to be intentional. You have to learn. To be a leader you have to engage others to believe in your vision. You have to be good at getting others to believe in themselves. Today I'm sharing that the journey of leadership starts with one step. Tune in to find out how to be a leader.

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Growth tools to help you spread your word. This episode is all about the tools I I use to run my business. I am going to share with you free growth tools. For some of you, this will change your lives and your businesses. For others, you will just need to give them to your team to use. I give you growth tools for more speaking engagements, creating a podcast, running the cash flow of your business, and much more. Here is a rundown of the growth tools for your company. They are all free and amazing.

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Are you self-aware? Self-awareness is your ability to see the real you and know where you are best...and where you aren't. There are many elements to the journey of how to become self-aware. I interview Dr. Ken Keis, author, and speaker, about his work in the area of self-awareness. We talk about the challenges that get in the way of it and focus on how to become self-aware.

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Part of leadership is overcoming challenges. You will face tough times, and they will make you a better leader. Today I share with you my to hell and back story. It is all about overcoming challenges. I want you to know you are not alone and that you can overcome challenges when they come your way.

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The work culture defines how we work, communicate and get things done in our professional lives. Every company has a work culture, even if it is just you. Culture is something that leaders begin to think about once they have enough revenue to come in that they have hired a team and they want the team to operate more effectively. Today, my interview is with Anita Grantham, Chief People Officer with Pluralsight. Anita shares the most important factors to the success of defining your work culture. We have a ton of fun talking about work culture and how to ensure you get it going at optimal levels.

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We all have thoughts of how to get more done. Most of you attempt to hustle harder and increase productivity. Today I want to give you a counterintuitive approach to how to get more done. Let me share with you what I do when I feel overwhelmed. It has helped many leaders and founders that are growing fast. Discover how to get more done on today's show.

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Nearly every business I know has a goal of getting more sales. Increasing your revenue allows for new investments in technology, new hires, and talent development. I interviewed Mo Bunnell, author of The Snowball System, about the art of getting more sales. Mo and I talk about why your old strategies might not work anymore. Discover how to get more sales and revamp your thinking too.

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Emotional intelligence is a big buzzword now. I want to give you my take on what is emotional intelligence for leadership. I am honored to engage with hundreds of clients over the last few years. I see behind the scenes with those that in the trenches. I find that every person on some level has some improvements they can make with their emotional intelligence. I want to give you some practical insights on how to raise your game and improve your emotional intelligence.

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You likely have a drive for excellence. You certainly want your team to do their work with excellence too. I wanted to create an episode about leading excellence. There is one brand in the world that I think of when it comes to EXCELLENCE. It is a hotel chain that is widely known for it. It is Ritz-Carlton Hotels. I have with me Horst Schultze who is a co-founder of Ritz-Carlton. He is also the author of Excellence Wins. We talk about how to inspire your people and the importance of leading excellence.

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Having the courage to lead is often overlooked. I want you to bring your courage front and center. I talk to dozens of leaders and founders each week. I am never surprised that successful people struggle with fear and hesitate to make big decisions, especially when it comes to money and investing in their business. Today, I share with you how to have the courage to lead. Much of this episode is not even about leadership. I relate how learning to lead and learning to dance are similar. Discover how you can increase your capacity for courage and how you can increase your courage to lead.

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How to recognize your employees for doing great work? How do you recognize innovation? How do recognize collaboration? If you are an evolved leader, you know the importance of recognizing your team members. Today I am talking with Steve Pemberton with Global Force. We talk about the research and the importance of recognizing your employees. We talk about the 1% rule that can shift your culture. Listen to the full interview if you want to learn how to recognize your employees.

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There are some concrete steps I take in planning for next year. I want to share with you some of the actions I take in starting the year on the right intention. Planning for the next year is something that people want to do, but when they don't hit their goals, they get wrapped up in doubt and fear. In this special extended version of my sharing with you my process of looking back and looking forward, you will learn how you can plan for next year.

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Crafting Your Vision is an essential skill if you want to create a new future. Leaders in companies that can craft a compelling vision are more effective in aligning the people. Period. Vision is the future state of what you are creating. Your mission is the right you are want to change. Crafting your vision includes some essential parts. Today, I interview Andrew Yang to talk about the power of vision and how to craft. Yang is a 2020 candidate for Presidency of the United States. Discover the power of crafting your vision in this interview.

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Are you getting ready for 2019? Or do you stay ready? I walked into the gym today and there was no one there. It was the day before New Years. I was curious where everyone was. Do you stay ready or must you get ready? If you are a leader of others and you want to grow them...you must stay ready. Today, I share with you some key thoughts on why you must stay ready.

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