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Every night while sitting in the front of the TV I’d open a large accordion file where I kept manufacturers’ literature on high-fidelity stereo gear. The file was alphabetized with a slot for every letter. Advent speaker literature went into the A. Thorens turntables into the T slot. I started this habit while in junior … Bula Business Builders: He…
 
Now that the 30-Day Micro Leadership Course is complete I’m going to keep my word and step away for a bit. As I prepare to shut things down for a while I’ve been thinking about rest, rejuvenation, revival, recreation, and all the various things we can do to help ourselves improve. Last week I was … Rest & Rejuvenation: How Stepping Away Can Improve…
 
Session 30. We’re completing this short 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. My goal when we began was to provoke thoughts, beliefs, and actions. Mostly, I wanted to help you challenge yourself and your enterprise to higher human performance! My role isn’t to tell you what to do, or how to do it. My role is to … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September…
 
Session 29 in our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. Let’s keep the ideas flowing about being excellent – not just in our leadership but for our team, group, or organization. Let’s talk about it context of connection, collaboration, and communication. These three C’s are crucial for high-performance and your leadership. By now you’ve figured out how ……
 
It’s Saturday morning. Late. Pushing noon. And I’ve got some work to do. Computer work. Website updates. Video editing. Some voice work. General catching up. I usually do one of two things: a) fire up my iTunes library and don the headphones to listen to whatever strikes my fancy at the moment or b) I fire up the TV here inside The Yellow Studio an…
 
Day 28 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. Let’s continue our conversation about keeping score, measurements. About 15 years ago I decided to get more intentional about my physical health and fitness so I signed up at a gym. From the get-go I went five days a week for about 45 minutes to an hour. … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September 28th …
 
Day 27. Four more sessions including today and then we’re have completed our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course, a series of about 5 hours of real-world leadership coaching. You’re doing the work. I’m only here to help spur you on to do the work by showing you a few things you may not have considered, by … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September 27th…
 
Session 26. These are the last five sessions. But don’t zone out because these are going to be important lessons for your leadership journey. Back on day 15, we talked about writing your story. Let’s circle back around to that today with a context you may not have considered. To keep things simple, let’s consider … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (S…
 
Day 25. The countdown begins as we’re winding our way down in this 30-Day Micro Leadership Course, but we’re going to finish strong with some pivotal lessons. The vertical pressures every leader must manage are “boots in the dirt” versus “eye in the sky.” Now we’re going to consider the horizontal pressures, “YOU” versus “a … 30-Day Micro Leadershi…
 
Day 24. There are four distinct pressures I always cover in my leadership coaching. These are in contrast to the trite subject of “balance.” Somebody may have figured out balance, that perfect mixture of business and personal. Work-life and personal life. It’s an impossible feat as far as I know. Instead, there are priorities…which are … 30-Day Mic…
 
Day 23 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. Difficult conversations. How do you handle these? How does your culture deal with them? Hiding is pretty common. Maybe not physically, but sometimes it could be. Avoiding is hiding. Does that describe how you react to tough conversations? It’s a common way of handling things. Ignore it … 30-Day Micro Le…
 
September 22, 2021. Day 22 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. Daily communication. Yesterday we focused on the DNA kind of message – the communication that tells everybody why we’re here together, what we’re doing and how we’re doing it. In my experience, conciseness and candor pay. Bigtime. Before we go further about any kind … 30-Day Micro Le…
 
Ten more days until we’re done with this short 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. The course is micro, but not your leadership. 😉 Let’s get busy concentrating on creating and sustaining a high-performance culture. I likely could have devoted every session of this course to one topic: communication. Communication is the easy scapegoat for all that … 30…
 
Day 20. Monday, September 20, 2021. Pride. And I’m not talking about the pride we take in doing great work. I’m talking about pride as in our ego. Our quest and desire to have power and authority. Every leadership failure you experience will occur or be worsened because of your pride. We can lose our … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September 20th…
 
Day 19. September 19, 2021. While most of the things contained in this 30-Day Micro Leadership Course are timeless, there is a current disruption that may last for years – the great resignation. Google it and you’ll be overwhelmed with search results. There are millions of people who, thanks to the Pandemic and other reasons, … 30-Day Micro Leaders…
 
Happy Saturday. It’s day 18 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. We’re now leaning heavily toward a discussion about elevating our leadership in order to establish a high-performance culture inside our organizations. Before we dive more deeply into that I think we need to make a distinction between management and leadership. We lead people. We … …
 
Day 17. September 17, 2021. Employment has been disrupted more in the past 18 months than at any other time in my lifetime. The Pandemic, government economic incentives (or whatever else you’d like to call them), and people migrating from one place to another – it’s all led to major problems for employers all over … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (…
 
Since 2007 I’ve successfully coached a variety of clients from business owners, CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CTOs, Directors, City Managers, Deputy or Assistant City Managers, HR Directors, attorneys, and entrepreneurs. So far I’ve only had one – that’s right, one single exception – where the client experience (and my own) wasn’t as fruitful as it should … Ho…
 
Day 16. September 16, 2021. Writing your story means architecting your life. Living the life you most want to live. Hopefully, that means being as good as you can be. Today, we’re thinking about telling our story. We want to pursue our ideal outcome and give high effort to growing and improving. We also want … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (Septem…
 
Here we are at the halfway point in our 30 Day Micro Leadership Course. Day 15, September 15, 2021. Writing Your Story View your life like a book comprised of many chapters. Your name is on the cover. You alone are writing the story. There may be many characters who are part of your story, … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September 15th 2021) Read…
 
Welcome to day 14 of our 30 Day Micro Leadership Course. We’ve covered an awful lot of ground and I hope you’re finding the course helpful so far. Just remember, there’s a vast difference between knowing and doing. Make sure you put things into practice. We want this information to benefit you in real life. … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (Septemb…
 
Day 13. September 13, 2021. Welcome back to our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. “A change will do you good,” sings Sheryl Crow. She’s right. ? That doesn’t make it popular or easy. Transforming ourselves is arduous work. I suspect many people rather enjoy being stuck because it’s comfortable. “The devil you know” and all that. … 30-Day Micro Leader…
 
Day 12. Sunday, September 12, 2021. Today we’re talking about creating! Specifically, I’m talking about you creating your own ideas, philosophies, beliefs, and courses of action rather than relying on experts, thought leaders, authors, or even podcasters. 😉 Research has shown the powerful impact teaching or coaching can have on the person doing the…
 
Twenty years ago today. It was a Tuesday morning. We had the NBC Today Show on the TV as we were getting ready. Sometime after 7:30 am Central the news hit. Something horrific was happening in NYC at the World Trade Center towers. It was – and still is – surreal. And the phrase, Nine-Eleven, … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September 11th 2021) Re…
 
Day 10. After today we’re one-third of the way through this micro leadership course. I hope you’ve been ruminating on your leadership and working to figure out how to improve. Today, let’s talk about decluttering, consuming, and creating. Decluttering is ridiculously powerful. Hard, but powerful. No, I’m not talking about going through your office …
 
Happy 70th birthday to my sister! Hard to believe we’ve both grown old, but here we are. Her name is Lexie. So I’m giving her a shout out today. We’re on day 9 of our 30 day micro course and today we’re going to talk about potential. What could be so we avoid what might … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (September 9th 2021) Read More » The post 30-D…
 
Day 8. Session 8 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course. Yesterday I mentioned management theory X and Y. These are important because how you choose to see the world and your place in it matters greatly to your leadership potential. Theory X basically puts forth that people will not do work – much less good … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (Septembe…
 
Influence. Doing for others what they’re unable to do for themselves. That’s leadership. It’s not power. Or authority. Or being in charge. It’s not about being the boss. We’re so fixated on titles, positions, and power that we often overlook or discount leadership. We think authority is the key to it all. But it’s not. … 30-Day Micro Leadership Cou…
 
Welcome to days 5 and 6 of our 30-Day Micro Leadership Course…for Sunday, September 5th and 6th. Labor Day Weekend and out-of-town company, coupled with just too much stuff going on derailed my continuity briefly. Hey, it happens. So we adapt, right? So today let’s compress two days into a single episode. We’re going to … 30-Day Micro Leadership Co…
 
Day 4. September 4, 2021. Let’s continue where we left off yesterday with our next ingredient or component, knowledge. Some folks think this should go first, but I’ve intentionally placed humility and curiosity in front of it because without those knowledge acquisition is impossible. Just log onto any social media platform and find a post … 30-Day …
 
Day 3. September 3rd, 2021. Welcome to the 30 Day Micro Leadership Course. Yesterday we began talking about the leadership recipes – the components that makeup what I’ve long called the “leadership progression.” Humility is the foundation. Until we make sure we’re on the firm footing of humility, nothing else can be built. So let’s … 30-Day Micro L…
 
Let’s single out the component of the progression of leadership. First, let’s discuss how it’s not just a progression, but it’s more of an ongoing recipe. If we think of these components as check-the-box things, we’ll miss the point. Like a recipe, sometimes we may need to lean more on one of them more heavily. … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (Sep…
 
Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Today is the first micro session in this leadership course designed to provide bite-sized nuggets of wisdom you can use beginning right now! Leadership is a) influence and b) the ability to do for others what they can’t do for themselves. It doesn’t have anything to do with a title or … 30-Day Micro Leadership Course (…
 
Transcript of today’s special episode where I pull back the curtain on my coaching process. Welcome to high-impact influence the podcast. The website is Grow Great dot com, you can also get there by going to High Impact Influence dot com, but Grow Great dot com is just easier to remember. I’m your host Randy … What’s Your Ideal Outcome? (Why Optimi…
 
What about when it must be done? Then you absolutely have to do it. No matter what. I’m on a coaching call and say, “You can do whatever you want.” This executive is weighing options in search of the best one. We hash out the pros and cons of the obvious choices before moving on to the not-so-obvious choices. As I am wont to do, I challenge my clie…
 
Pressure. Worry. Anxiety. Fear. Dread. The human brain – 3 pounds and 15 centimeters of incredible processing power. About the size of two clenched fists, which may be a fitting comparative measurement for many of us. Lots of us go through life clenching our minds. That’s the opposite of having or getting our minds right. I think about the Old Test…
 
How do you elevate your performance so you can add value to your team? How do you make a bigger difference? It’s not about you, but it begins with you because we’ve already defined leadership as influence. Namely, your influence! But how? There are six components of effective leadership influence. Don’t look at these as … The 6 Components of Leader…
 
Daan Gorter is a Dutch rocket scientist, co-founder of Gaianet, and a steward of the Light Cities project. Daan believes that being part of a collective is more important than ever before. He envisions a global community that thrives on the energy of love, connection, growth, transparency, and abundance. That’s why Daan set out on a journey to conn…
 
Perspective matters. How we see the world and our place in it largely determines our behavior. Take some time today and think about that more deeply. Here are some questions that can help get you started. Why am I doing what I’m doing? How would you describe what you do? If you were one of … A Leadership Primer: What’s Your Point Of View? Read More…
 
Summer 2021 is nearing an end. Kids return to school in a couple of weeks. Last-minute vacations are getting squeezed into the schedule. Leo and I have had a less than regular podcasting schedule, but we’re preparing to get back in the saddle with a more predictable publishing calendar. Hopefully, you’ve had a great summer. Ours has been busy as Pe…
 
3 am whispered. A lamp in the corner normally illuminates a daylight LED bulb. But that’s only in the daytime. During the quietness of the night, the daylight bulb gives way to a red bulb. Like a photographer’s darkroom. Except I’m developing ideas, not film. Headphones are on. My Apple iTunes library is launched. I scroll through “Recently Added.”…
 
To say yes, first we have to say no. No to the other things that would require our time and attention. Yes to the things we want to pursue. This podcast has morphed as my life and career have morphed. It’s never been a drastic change, but over time a change in just a few … Grow Great Becomes High-Impact Influence Read More » The post Grow Great Bec…
 
If things stay as they are, you’ll stay as you are. It’s just how life and entropy work. I’m sitting across from a new client. Ninety-nine percent of the time within 15 minutes I’m hearing a person’s life story. A gift I have, among very, very few. And one I’m thankful for – the ability to connect quickly with “most” people and gain their trust. It…
 
Amber Lowry is the Chief Empowerment Officer and proud owner of Syssero, an employee-owned Workday consulting firm. After 10 years of working for Workday, Syssero was created out of her search for the ability to have a better work-life balance and provide an exceptional customer experience. She is a wife, an incredible mom to 5 amazing kids, and a …
 
That’s what is currently written across the top of the whiteboard in my office, The Yellow Studio. In parenthesis, I wrote: (Don’t Be Afraid Of Scaling). A friend uttered that challenge to me months ago. The context? Professional pursuits. Namely, trying to figure out how to effectively serve more clients. Shortly after that, I spent some quiet tim…
 
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