Last week focused on a very controversial point of leadership: Leaders own EVERYTHING. I teach in the metaphor, “who is responsible for learning, the student or the teacher?” While most sit in the middle and say “both,” and some say, “the teacher does their job, and the student must learn,” a few nudge […]
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I was listening to sports talk radio and they were discussing, “what leadership do the Broncos need next?” Ah, that is the question for EVERY LEADER, only it is an internal one: what is the next layer or level to MY leadership? And you know what? Most “leaders” are only “leaders” when it is […]
IQ/EQ leadership is one of the fortes and great strengths of The Inevitable You® coaching system because it does a great job of balancing and honoring both the IQ rational, linear process and EQ emotional, intuitive side. That’s my West Point engineering and military background mixed with the social work and more compassionate, human behavior […]
There are 2 tools in this article: “the B+ teammate” “reframing” driving forces for your business & life Let’s say on a day in/day out, week in/week out momentum, you have a B or maybe even a B+ teammate for their performance: the reports they turn in, on the PowerPoints that they build, or […]
When does leadership go wrong? How do we troubleshoot this process? Always run an internal self-check first: bold and courageous leaders will troubleshoot differently than above average leaders. You’ve got to ponder which version of you is doing the troubleshooting. Then, today’s content addresses the underlying nature of your motivation, another “axis” to evaluate and […]
90% of life is generally routine, it’s average, you’re going from point to point to point, doing emails, cleaning your inbox, returning some phone calls, thinking about your grocery list, planning the weekends, doing the things you have to do. Most of life is in your control… But there’s this 10% of life… […]
The first challenge that most leaders have is that they do not “own” everything. They are busy saying, “There are variables that are not in my control. I don’t own variables. I may influence them, I don’t control them.” In the military, the West Point DNA that I have is this: you own ALL the […]
How are you wired as a leader? What does that even mean? Some people will ask, “Isn’t leadership really innate? Isn’t the best leader among us? Aren’t they really born to be among us?” And they will give you evidence as to why some people are born to be leaders. You look at someone’s life […]
I was in West Point in 1976. It had, at that time, the biggest honor scandal that ever hit. If you have heard of the West Point Honor Code, you will know that cadets will not lie, cheat, or steal, nor tolerate those who do. That required you to turn anybody in that you knew […]
I have often been called a motivational speaker, and it slightly drives me crazy because as I like to point out in my seminars, there is no such thing as an unmotivated person. Invariably, someone raises their hand and says, “You have not met my teenager.” My response is that they are very motivated; it […]
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Imagine walking into a big meeting- maybe its with a client, an employee, a partner, or maybe its just somebody you care about a lot like a family member. Imagine walking into this meeting and knowing, just knowing, that your desired outcome has become about 85% more likely to happen. This is one way to describe the effect of bringing the Inevitable You equipment into your toolbox.
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Group Director, PreHospital Services, Centura Mountain and North Denver Operating Group