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Need a quick read to get you thinking about topics that most business leaders deal with?

In the blogs below, I dig deeper into specific topics from the book and share about exclusive leadership topics. These posts are meant to generate ideas about how you can evolve as a leader. I keep them short, and several of them ask questions that spur you to take action.

Establishing an Advisory Board at Different Stages of Your Business

Every leader—and therefore every business—benefits from outside advice, whether you’re a thirty-year veteran CEO at a Fortune 50 company, an entrepreneur launching your first startup, or a mid-career executive at a medium-sized company. No one has all the answers, regardless of their experience, education, or training.

Building Community within Your Board

Your board of directors is crucial to your organization’s success. This group offers outside perspectives and invaluable expertise while holding leadership accountable and providing governance, oversight, and strategy to support your business.

Ethical Leadership: The Role of Boards in Fostering Ethical Practices

Anybody who watches the news or even casually follows politics knows that there’s a bit of an ethical crisis occurring in the world right now. Ethical lines are blurring and shifting. Navigating the current landscape and maintaining ethical principles as a leader are challenging to say the least. The need to hold people—and organizations—accountable has never been more apparent. In business, that’s where your board of directors comes in.

Strategies for Handling Conflict among Board Members

The worst way to manage conflict is to eliminate it. Conflict—done right—is actually a great thing for teams, including boards. In fact, if your board of directors has the right structure and the right mix of people, conflict is inevitable. It’s all in how you approach conflict.

Traits of a Great Coach

As leaders, we’re driven to be the best at everything we do, including leadership. It’s easy to get caught up reading, researching, listening, and watching everything you can in search of how to be a real leader—and a good one at that. 

How to Hire a Great Team

Hiring a great team for your business is no different than a coach selecting the best athlete for each position on a sports team. You have to find the players—or the employees—with the right combination of skills, experiences, and attitudes for each role.

How to Be a Leader at Work

The greatest myth of leadership is that it requires a distinct title, role, or tenure. You can practice and implement leadership skills in any role—even if you don’t oversee a team. How to be a leader at work boils down to how you influence others.

The Value of Feedback

If you dread your annual performance review and hate the idea of criticism, you’re not alone. The anxiety, the pressure, the expectations, not to mention the wasted time—annual reviews at work are largely unproductive and uninspired.

Build Your Executive Presence

Executive presence is frequently mentioned in conversations about leadership, but what does executive presence even mean? Donning a fancy title doesn’t make you a leader, like I explain in my book Leader Is Not a Title, and having the word “executive” in your title doesn’t mean you have executive presence. Like it or not, leadership and executive presence both come down to other people’s opinions.

Leadership in Sports Terms

So many sports analogies, lessons, and philosophies apply to business—and for good reason. To stay on top of your leadership game, I challenge you to approach your work through a sports lens. You may have different departments at your organization, but you’re all on the same team.

Active Listening: Understand Before Being Understood

Most people think of the best communicators as being outspoken and articulate, but one of the most important rules of communication is actually silence—the art of active listening. This invaluable skill is especially beneficial for leaders because it helps you better connect with your team. By exploring what it means to be an active listener, you can assess and improve your own active listening skills and instill this crucial communication tool in your team.