Top 10 Posts From 2020

Top 10 Posts From 2020

I know all of us are ready to leave 2020 behind and focus on 2021. But like many of you, I spent some time reflecting on the last year, and there were certainly lessons I learned. Here are my top 10 posts from 2020, a sample of lessons I learned and shared over the last year.

 

  1. The First Ingredient of All Great Leaders (Part 2)

There is no “one size fits all” leader or leadership style. But there are characteristics or qualities that all great leaders have in common. In the first session of an ongoing series entitled “The Ingredients That All Great Leaders Have,” I share the characteristic that is foundational to effective leadership.

  1. The Art of Goal-Making: How I Read 25 Books in a Year (Part 2)

In this series, I share some tips that have helped me become more consistent in accomplishing my goals. In fact, these techniques helped me go from reading 13 books in 2018 to nearly doubling it to 25 books in 2019. Part 2 is focused on what most people forget when it comes to creating their goals.

  1. A Type of Learning That Transforms

We are inundated with information. And when it comes to learning, the opportunities are endless. However, for all this intake of information, is it producing growth and development? Here’s why this is an important question. Information, in and of itself, doesn’t produce transformation. Transformation is in the application. Simply knowing a fact or point of view cognitively doesn’t help us develop. So, how do we create a type of learning that actually transforms instead of one that simply informs?

  1. The Top 5 Temptations That Will Derail All Leaders

We have all heard stories of highly talented leaders (and celebrities) who never reached their potential because poor choices ended up derailing their career. Our leadership journey is a marathon, not a sprint. And if you are going to be a leader that finishes well you must stay away from these common temptations.

  1. Leading in Uncertainty 

Leadership, (or the lack thereof), is revealed through adversity and uncertainty. The measure of leadership is not found in how one leads in security and success; it’s how one leads in uncertainty and chaos. Here are five tools to help you lead both yourself and your team effectively through uncertainty.

  1. How to Lead With Significance: Vision

Significance is more important (and impactful) than success. If leaders want to lead with significance, there are 10 qualities or skills they must develop. In this video session, I share the first skill of leading with significance (vision), why it’s vital to leadership, and how to develop vision.

  1. How Not to Stand Out

In this Sixty(ish) Seconds with Shawn video, I share two traits that will guarantee that you don’t stand out and will eventually cripple your leadership. 

  1. A Leadership Lesson From a Janitor

The President and a janitor walk into NASA…that sounds like the start of a joke. But it’s actually a powerful story about the importance of vision, how to increase employee engagement, and how to be self-motivated at work. In this Sixty(ish) Seconds with Shawn video, I share a great leadership lesson that I learned from a janitor.

  1. How to Stand Out

Most of us want to stand out, whether at a job interview, at our current place of work, or even among our family and friends. But let’s be honest: few of us do. In this Sixty(ish) Seconds with Shawn video, I share the eight traits that will guarantee you stand out and make you a more effective leader.

  1. My Top 10 Leadership Books of All Time (1-2)

Many of us understand the importance of reading, but due to busy schedules or an overabundance of options, we struggle with consistency (or perhaps we even struggle to get started). In this video session, I share my top two leadership books of all time.

 

Traction

Traction

What if you could get a grip on your business or team and make significant progress in key areas?

That’s what Gino Wickman’s book Traction is all about. It’s about creating a system that allows you to focus and make progress on your highest goals.

In this Your Leadership Coach session, I give a summary of the book and also share some of my favorite quotes.

 

 

Game Plan

Do you have the right people in the right seats? Remember:

  • Right people: Fit your core values
  • Right seats: Competency, willingness, and capacity to perform that job

 

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Resources

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The Employee Experience Advantage

The Employee Experience Advantage

Sir Richard Branson says, “The way you treat your employees is the way they will treat your customers.”

Most of us don’t realize that our customer’s experience is directly connected to our employee experience  So if you want to increase your customer satisfaction, you have to increase your employee satisfaction.

But how we do make our employee experience better?

In this Your Leadership Coach post, I share one resource to help you cultivate a healthy and effective employee experience.

 

 

Game Plan

Here are a few questions to consider when evaluating your employee experience:

  • If you are a manager, how would you rate your employee experience on a scale of 1-5? 
  • What is the one thing you can do that will have the most significant impact on your employee experience?
  • If you are an employee, what is one thing you can do to be a catalyst for increasing the employee experience of your company?

 

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Made to Stick

Made to Stick

Have you ever thought about why some ideas or stories are so memorable and others aren’t? Even if the most memorable stories or facts are false, they can still spread as if they were true. 

Brothers Chip and Dan Heath explore this idea in their book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die.

 

Game Plan

Think about the last idea or important information you communicated. Did it stick? Evaluate it through the lens of SUCCESs. Ask yourself: what do you need to improve on next time?

 

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What VeggieTales Taught Me About Dreams and Business

What VeggieTales Taught Me About Dreams and Business

Do you remember VeggieTales? The animated vegetables that told Bible stories? In the mid to late 90s and early 2000s VeggieTales swept the nation. In today’s video, I share my thoughts on the book Me, Myself, and Bob by Phil Vischer (creator of VeggieTales), as well as some of the key lessons I learned from reading it.

 

 

Game Plan

Today’s Game Plan? Pick up this book (you can find a quick link to it here on my Current Reading List page). But aside from picking up this book, think through this question:

Are there any current dreams you have, that for this season of life you need to hit the pause button on?

 

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Resources

Current Reading List

 

An Update on Your Leadership Coach

An Update on Your Leadership Coach

 

 

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