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The highly anticipated What Exceptional Leaders Know by Tracy Spears & Wally Schmader is now available for purchase through Amazon.com and other booksellers. Here is a summary of seven of the important themes found throughout the book. Exceptional Leaders know that leadership is influence. When you boil down everything a leader can do to succeed […]

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So….you’re the boss. Maybe you only have a few people reporting to you, or perhaps you have many.  You’ve either worked hard all these years to finally be in charge or you are a young up-and-comer that people are starting to notice.  Regardless of the situation, you have some authority and you are ready to […]

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You’ve been at your job for a few years or more. You know the job and what is expected of you. You know your employees, what makes them tick, what ticks them off, how to get the most out of them, and what they will do in each situation. You also know the shareholders, the […]

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“Let’s schedule a conference call each week to go over the sales pipeline for our team.” Seems logical. Seems like something we should all be paying attention to, so I put it in my calendar for the entire year at 8:30 Central time for every Wednesday morning. We always start promptly at 8:30 and usually […]

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One of the hardest parts of personal growth is managing self-limiting beliefs. It’s not what you do that matters, but who you become in the process. It doesn’t matter what company you work for, what job you do, if you’re a stay at home mom or dad, or even if you’re in between opportunities. Making […]

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If you hired a consultant or “coach” to help you with your company, what would be the first thing they would change? What are the really obvious and maybe not so obvious things that just came to mind? From time to time it’s good to get another perspective. Not because you aren’t smart, but because […]

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Extroverts have a one step process for thinking and speaking. They speak while attempting to form their point of view.   An extrovert is often fast paced. They process information out loud because they have an external thinking process. When you ask an Extrovert a question, what do you typically get? You get an answer. Eventually […]

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You did it. After combing through tons of resumes and interviewing everyone that showed an interest, you hired the perfect person for the job. The first few weeks are exciting, even a relief. You immediately trust that your new hire will be able to tackle their new position with complete competence and execution, which they […]

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Leadership Equals Paying Attention ~ by Wally Schmader Many progressive books on leadership correctly identify positive recognition, as one of the most powerful means a leader has to influence results. Leaders who take the time to recognize where success is happening on their teams, will always out-produce leaders who focus on what is broken or what […]

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Last week we talked about the 4 Stages of Learning.  This week we will talk about what your team needs from you, as a coach, to be unconsciously competent in their performance.  They need 4 things from you to get to stage 4.  They need a vision, a plan, repetition, and a cheerleader. 1.  The […]

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