Leadership Mettle

When the pressure is on, mettle is tested. Plenty of weekend warriors test their mettle through physical competitions like American Ninja Warrior, Tough Mudder, and Spartan contests. I just met someone who completed the Disney Dopey Challenge. Perhaps you haven’t viewed Dopey as a mentally tough character but it seems he has experienced some personal […]

The Best Leaders Aren’t Afraid to Ask for Help

Most leaders think of themselves as strong. They are typically resourceful, hard-working problem-solvers with grit and determination. People rely on the them and they’re able to shoulder that responsibility well. There can be a sort of “super hero” mentality that develops within a leader that cultivates the unrealistic expectation that the leader is supposed to […]

Overcoming Disappointment, Delay, and Distraction

Squashed hopes. Rejection. Betrayal. There are scores of words that describe why people give up on their dreams and settle.  Most of them fall under the three Ds. Meet Disappointment, Delay and Distraction. Oh, you already know each another? Everybody has met them. Some people know them intimately. Disappointment starts early. We learn as kids […]

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 […]

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