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The Greatest Gift You Can Give: Personal Ownership

Apr 27, 2021
 

At 11 years old, I was roping in the county fair rodeo.

But I wasn't a real cowboy...

I didn't grow up on a ranch. We didn't own cattle.

Growing up, I worked in a small-town grocery store.

But everything changed, when my mom, Lisa, met Bruce.

As a business owner and leader, you have an opportunity to give your people a great gift.

That gift is personal ownership.

I promise you that if you expect more from others, they'll expect more from themselves.  

In this video, I share a personal story with you that will change the way you think about a key role you play for the people you lead.

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What Are You Not Saying That Needs to Be Said?

Apr 18, 2021
 

In our attempt to not hurt others' feelings they never hear what needs to be heard.

If you've ever felt like you're walking on eggshells with a team member, your spouse, or anyone, then you know what I'm referring to.

...and most of us (if not all) have been here!

By you not saying what needs to be said, the other person never hears what needs to be heard. 

You never get your needs met and you go on tolerating more of what you don't want in your business, on your team, and most tragically your life!

What if you were to focus on getting your needs met, to saying more of what needs to be said?

What if "good enough" isn't good enough.

How could you communicate your truth to others effectively?

I say your truth because we each have a perspective. 

Whenever we communicate with someone our goal is to understand each other's perspective.

Once this happens the real conversation of solving issues and moving forward can occur.

So where are you holding...

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Three Things Servant Leaders Do

Sep 27, 2020

 

“A company’s job isn’t to empower people; it’s to remind people that they walk in the door with power and to create the conditions for them to exercise it.”

– Patty McCord, Former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix 

 

This is the essence of Servant Leadership:  to bring people's gifts and potential to life.

What would be different if you were to see the individuals on your team as already powerful and get them to see it for themselves?

What would it look like for you to create the conditions for them to exercise their power? 

When you're able to do this you've become a True Servant Leader, your people will thank you because you will fundamentally change how they see themselves and their ability to do great work.

 


 

Create the Opening for Autonomy, Competency, and Connection

Psychologists, Edward L. Deci and Richard Ryan, have spent years researching self-motivation, where it comes from, and...

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Being the Servant Leader While Avoiding the Compassion Trap

Sep 20, 2020
It’s common to hear leaders talk about empowering their people--as in “I’m trying to empower my people, but I just can’t get them to take ownership.”

Imagine. I’m your manager, and I walk over to you carrying a pen and tell you to take it.  You grab it, but I won’t let go.

I look back at you, frustrated, asking, “what is wrong with you?”  “Why can’t I get you to take my pen?”

How’s that going to work out for me and you?

When Empowering Others Gets Misplaced

Empowerment means delegating power to others.  It's interesting to think that people need permission to take ownership.

Patty McCord, former Chief Talent Officer at Netflix and author Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, tells us that people already have power and to not take it away.

“A company’s job isn’t to empower people,” she says. “It’s to remind people that they walk in the...

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