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.

 

Abundance vs. Scarcity Mindset

Abundance vs. Scarcity Mindset

One thing that sets apart successful and unsuccessful people is whether or not they have an abundance or scarcity mindset. Here’s why… 

 

 

Game Plan

Are you guilty of playing the comparison game? Commit this week to celebrating the success of another person – and tell them how happy you are for them! You’ll be surprised how that small mindset shift and action will help you start creating a habit of seeing success as your own personal journey.

 

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Disconnect to Connect

Disconnect to Connect

 

What if we told you that the secret to connecting is disconnecting? Sound counterintuitive? In this latest Sixty(ish) Seconds with Shawn video, Shawn shares why it’s not.

 

 

Game Plan

Relational connections are about being present. You can’t be present while checking your phone every time a new notification comes up. Today, consider this question: Which connectivity do you want more: technological or relational? Now take action.
 
 

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A Lesson on Personal Development From a Professional Golfer

A Lesson on Personal Development From a Professional Golfer

What does golf have to do with personal development? In today’s Sixty(ish) Seconds with Shawn, I share a short story from a professional golfer- one that we could all stand to hear. Take a listen:

 

 

Game Plan

Being a great leader requires hard work and sacrifice. There are no short cuts. What work do you need to put in to grow in your leadership?

 

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Pistol Pete and a Lesson on Greatness

Pistol Pete and a Lesson on Greatness

Fun fact/potential debate topic: “Pistol Pete” Maravich is in my list of top 10 greatest basketball players of all time. (Who’s in yours?)

In today’s Sixty(ish) Seconds with Shawn video, I share a powerful story about Pistol Pete that shows the difference between greatness and mediocrity and what we can learn from it.

 

 

Game Plan

Find what you do well that adds value to others and perfect that.

 

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An Update on Your Leadership Coach

An Update on Your Leadership Coach

 

 

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