Influence: An Important Tool For Successful Leadership

The ability to influence is an essential leadership skill. The dictionary defines influence as “the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command”. Effective leaders influence without being dictatorial. When a leader inspires a group of individuals to work toward the achievement of a common goal […]

Why are Personality Tests So Fascinating?

Your unique blend of traits affects your emotions, work performance, and relationships. For centuries, psychologists, doctors, and academics have created personality tests for helping us understand ourselves and others. Especially since the advent of online tests and social media, certain personality tests are all the rage for awhile until they join the cabinets with the […]

Everyone Communicates – Few Connect

The way you use your voice can either increase your influence or cause others to shut you out. Have you ever watched a conversation go downhill because of the disrespect communicated non-verbally? We’ve all experienced the reality of, “it’s not what you said, it’s how you said it”. Some people think they can be heard […]

How to Attract & Retain Top Talent

Chick-fil-A might bring to mind your favorite sandwich, but at the first Emerald Coast Chick-fil-A Leadership Summit, Mark Miller, Vice-President of High Performance Leadership made a memorable statement: “You might think we’re in the chicken business, but we are actually in the people business – and we serve them chicken. This emphasis is foundational to […]

Leaders are Listeners

As a school child, I was constantly reprimanded for talking too much. Mrs. Bissell, my 5th grade teacher, told me she saw the back of my head more than she did my face. (Apparently, I was always turned around in my desk talking to someone.) More recently, while in the gym, a trainer commented that […]

Lead with Laughter

I laugh a lot. I was unaware of how distinctive my laugh is until I was on a cruise with a bunch of friends. They informed me they could stand in the stairwell and listen for my laugh to locate what deck I was on. I would like to think it’s more musical than loud. […]

Survive or Thrive?

Today marked 3 months since Hurricane Michael slammed into Panama City. Our community paused to take a look at how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go. Thirty percent of our school children have not returned to schools that are doubled up and sharing campuses. Many have relocated permanently. In an […]

Lead with Vision

Where there is no vision, there is no hope. You can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air—but not a single second without hope. With no hope, you might still be breathing but you won’t be truly alive. One of the saddest ways to live is […]

How to Recover from a Mistake

Ever noticed that you are quicker to forgive others for mistakes than you are to move past your own missteps? The fact is, we all make mistakes. I have repeatedly told those offering me an apology that the day I am perfect is the day I will expect them to be. That makes them totally […]

Avoid the 5 Most Common Presentation Mistakes

The art of communication is the language of leadership. Regardless of whether you consider yourself a professional communicator, your ability to lead well depends on your aptitude in connecting with people in a meaningful way. The good news? You can develop this skill. Consider this: most people speak, but does that make them a speaker? […]

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