How Leaders Create Strong Cultures

I believe the old adage “leadership drives business” isn’t true anymore. In today’s world – “Culture Drives Business” – The Leaders role then is to help create and maintain culture.   Last week my friend Cindy told me a story that every leader who wants to create a strong culture needs to understand.   Several years ago Cindy and her kids noticed that two Robins had built a nest in one of their trees. As they paid attention to the Robin’s activity they realized that there were eggs in the nest. Those eggs soon hatched four baby birds.   Cindy and her kids took ownership of the baby birds. They loved to watch them and would check in on them regularly.   Then one day as Cindy was putting clothes away in one of the kid’s rooms – she saw something she hadn’t ever seen before or since. She saw
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How To Deal With Negative Feedback

We all get negative feedback at times. That can come by way of a performance review, a critic, a well-meaning friend, rejection or through other tough experiences. We will all face mistakes, failures, and naysayers at some point – so the question isn’t how do we avoid negative feedback, but rather what do we do with it.   What drove me to write this post was the survey feedback I received from a particular conference. I was the closing keynote speaker on leadership to a state association of CPAs. I felt the conference went well and the feedback was positive and afterwards as we had agreed to before – the client sent me the evaluation forms.   I received some great feedback. Here are a couple of comments: –       Ty was excellent, bring him back –       This was my favorite session of the two days –       Great speaker – very
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Take Excuses Off The Table

I had a chance to interview Don Yaeger. Don is an 8 Time NY Times Bestselling Author and a leadership expert. In this video clip Don shares a trait of great achievers – They hate to lose more than they love to win. – Watch this quick but powerful idea: Click on the image  of Don to watch the video –    
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Have You Ever Been Caught in The Act?

Have You Ever Been Caught in The Act? I just read that headline out loud and I think it could easily be misconstrued.  Trust me – this post is completely appropriate. So caught in the act of what? We all talk a lot. We preach and teach and explain how things should be done and the question is if you were caught in the act – would you be practicing what you preach? If I walked into your life unexpected at any given time – would I find you walking your talk? The reason I bring this up is because I was caught in the act twice last week and one was incriminating and the other was vindicating. We went on a road trip this last week to Las Vegas. (about a 5 hour drive) so my wife Sarah and I had a chance to talk quite a bit. Somewhere
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How To Deal With Trials In LIfe

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” – Dolly Parton One of the inevitabilities of life is that we will all face trials and hardships along the way. These trials could be physical, emotional, spiritual or financial. It could be the loss of a child, going through a divorce, losing your home to forclosure, being diagnosed with a disease, or battling depression. Betrayal, loneliness, or loss can also be sources of these trials. Each of us has and will face trials in our lives and, while they test us for a time, they give us insight into who we really are. In this post I want to share an insight that has been helpful for me to deal with the challenges and trials I face. Some of us may find ourselves right now in the midst of some of the
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Leaders Have To Create Buy-in

Last night I watched a video by Brendon Burchard titled – What Leaders Really Do. Brendon made a point that stuck out to me because it is a leadership fundamental that is very seldom discussed. He said, “I think the most important leadership lesson in the world is that people support what they create.” One of the things that every leader and influencer needs to learn is how to facilitate the co-creation process. When people are heard they will be helpful. When people are involved they are empowered. When people collaborate they will be committed. I recently watched this process backfire. I am a member of The National Speakers Association. It is a fantastic organization that has benefited me and my career greatly. At the national convention in San Diego at the beginning of this month the association leadership introduced a rebranding for the association and a new name –
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Let Your Customers Drive Business Decisions

I have four little kids under the age of 8 and at our house we love movies. Disney recently came out with a new Princess movie called Frozen, which is a fantastic, animated musical in classic Disney fashion. The story is about an Ice Princess and of course there are unlikely heroes, surprising bad guys, and hilarious characters. The marketing lesson from this movie, however comes from the soundtrack. The Frozen soundtrack has become a breakout success. My kids can sing every word, as millions of others can I am sure. The album received widespread critical acclaim by music critics and debuted at No. 18 on the Billboard 200 chart. As of February 12, 2014, the soundtrack has sold 952,000 copies in the US and has topped the Billboard album chart four weeks. The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, and peaked at No. 1
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Top 15 Qualities of Leadership

Over the last couple of years as I have spoken to Leadership organizations I have taken over 100,000 leaders through an interactive session where they have shared what they believe are the top qualities or characteristics of great leaders. You can see a video of this dialogue and discuss in action by clicking here. So according to leaders in over a dozen industries from companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield, Avnet, Subway, Nestle, Ericsson, and many others – these are the top 15 qualities of great leaders. 1. Leaders Set The Example: Leaders understand that action speaks louder than words and they act the part. 2. Leaders Have Vision: Vision comes from the old germanic word vissen which means I know what I see. Leaders have a clear vision and know how to communicate it. 3. Leaders Care: Leaders understand that people don’t care how much you know until they
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Could You Compete At What You Do?

If there was a contest to recognize the highest salesperson, best manager, franchisee of the year, top executive, most influential presenter, rising entrepreneur or employee of the month – would you win? Could you compete? Last week we took our kids to a fun restaurant. There was a man coming around making balloon animals for the kids for tips and my kids asked if they could get one. We invited Leo over to our table and my son Tanner asked if he could make Scooby Doo. Leo pulled out his Iphone and googled an image of Scooby Doo. He said, “I haven’t ever done Scooby Doo, but I will do my best.” The result was amazing!                     Then our daughter Andie asked for a turtle and again we were blown away.                    
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No Complaining Week

This week is No Complaining Week. (Ok, I made that up) but I do want you to take the challenge to not complain for the entire week. Are you up for it? I know we are all guilty of complaining at times, but I believe what T. Harv Eker said is correct, “When you complain, you become a living, breathing crap magnet.” So why do we complain? Here are three reasons people complain and how to fix them. 1. We are not grateful. It is impossible to complain when you feel grateful for all that you have. When you feel gratitude you are happy, peaceful and take the ups and downs of life in stride. – If you find you are not feeling grateful for what you have – change your perspective. Go and visit a prison or volunteer at a homeless shelter, you will quickly become aware of all
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