A Common Mistake That Destroys Leadership

There are many mistakes that leaders make that undermine their leadership and influence. Most of them are based in self-interest, ego and apathy, https://bit.ly/1riMy5L (link to last blog) but there is one common mistake that destroys leadership on a regular basis. Too many leaders are guilty of hypocritical expectations – meaning they expect their people to behave one way and exempt themselves from the same expectations. We just finished a large remodel of our house, so I have had the good fortune of dealing with contractors for the last year. The truth is some were amazing and some were horrible. One of the horrible ones was the group who built the basketball court in the backyard; it seemed like a fairly easy project. They said it would take a few days. I gave them a 50% deposit and they got to work. After a couple of days the court was
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The Three Biggest Obstacles A Leader Must Overcome

What stops leaders from making an impact? It isn’t title; position or authority – that’s not what leadership is based on. And it can’t be the fault of their team. Leadership drives the team. I believe what stops most leaders is themselves. We get in our own way. The 3 Biggest Stumbling Blocks for Leaders are: – Self-interest – Ego – Apathy Self-interest: Leadership is not about you – it is about the people that you lead. It is natural for all of us to think inwardly and worry about our own positioning, comfort and achievement, but that is not where influence is built. The leader who is willing to place other peoples interests first, to think outward and to serve others is the leader who makes the biggest impact. Ego: Ego makes a leader unteachable and unapproachable – two leadership killers. Keeping your ego in check means making it
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3 Pieces of Advice Every Entrepreneur Needs To Hear

What’s the best advice you have been given as an entrepreneur? I started two businesses in High School that each did well over $100,000 in revenue. Then when I was 21 my brother Scott and I started a business in direct sales, which we built to over $20 Million in annual sales while still in our twenties. It was in the process of building our business that I received three pieces of advice that were transformational for me. I think they are three pieces of advice every entrepreneur needs to hear.   Advice #1 – Treat Your Business Like A Business – Not A Hobby In the beginning stages of our business my brother and I had a mentor named Lon Wardrop. Lon is a successful entrepreneur who used to tell us – “If you treat your business casually – you will become a casualty.” In the beginning we were
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