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Episode 215 4 Ways to FLIP the Script and Create Your Best Year Ever

Episode 215 4 Ways to FLIP the Script and Create Your Best Year Ever

December 30, 2020

In this episode, Mike shares four ways to flip the script and create your best year ever in 2021.

Fix your mind on what you really want is the first way to creating your best year and life your want. 

Leading yourself- not just in your mindset but in your relationships, health and fitness, and all areas of your life. By leading yourself well you gain the respect of others by leading by example.

Insulate yourself from outside negativity. This can be from relationships to social media, news anything that can cause you to change your mindset from positive to negative. 

Finally, the last way to ensure you have your best year is to plan daily. Our Daily Compass Tool is a great way to start. We just released The Daily Compass Quarterly Planner to help you plan longer-term and have it all conveniently in one place.

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Episode 214 Do You Lead with Care or Candor with Special Guest Jill Katz

Episode 214 Do You Lead with Care or Candor with Special Guest Jill Katz

December 28, 2020

In this episode, Mike talks with Jill Katz about how human resources is the human side of leadership and the human side of business.

Also discussed

  • Being so in tune with those that you lead that you can feel or sense, something's going on.  
  • Human touch- realizing that there are things that are more important in life than maybe the work that's right in front of us.
  • Knowing your people well enough to know what makes them tick, what motivates them, and what's going on in their life. 

Jill shares some key myths in leadership that she has learned through her career in human resources. 

Jill Katz is an Influencer, Speaker, and Strategy Coach that is passionate about shifting the workplace to be more #PeopleFocused. She is the Founder and Chief Change Officer of Assemble HR Consulting, a boutique Human Resources firm that focuses on Culture, Communication, and Conflict in the workplace.

Jill is best known for her #CandorCourageAndCareTM Feedback Model, which changes the way teams communicate, and allows for more honest and productive relationships.

Jill earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Communication from the University of Michigan. Most important of all, she is a very proud Mom, a devoted wife, a Broadway fanatic, and a dog lover.

Learn more about Jill at Assemble HR Consulting. Connect with her on LinkedIn.




Episode 213 5 Leadership Resets to Make Before the End of 2020

Episode 213 5 Leadership Resets to Make Before the End of 2020

December 16, 2020

In this episode, Mike gives us 5 Leadership Resets to prepare for the new year

"2020 is going to be the year that we never forget, even if we lose our minds."

"At this point last year in 2019, I was excited about 2020 I had big goals and big dreams. And I as I do every year I spend a lot of time preparing myself for the year to come." 

We must do a mindset rest. Whatever you think becomes your reality and so when we think about leadership,  we're producing the thoughts that we have about our teams, about our goals, and our building the ability to accomplish those things. We truly have to change the way we think. 

Mike wants to challenge you to do a reset for 2021. Write some goals and share them with him.  You can send them to him in an email or share them with him on his Facebook or LinkedIn page. What's a new goal you are setting? 

Be fully committed to increasing your capacity to lead at a high level because you can't take others where you're not willing to go yourself.

What you do now to set yourself up for a better year next year is going to determine how your next 10 years ago. Start now don't wait.

Episode 212 Optimizing Employee Performance with Quint Studer

Episode 212 Optimizing Employee Performance with Quint Studer

December 8, 2020

This is our second episode in our series with Quint Studer, author of The Busy Leaders Handbook.

In this episode, Mike and Quint discuss Optimizing Employee Performance. Quint says," the number 1 capital we have in a company is human capital. How you make the company hum is really maximizing the human potential of your workforce."

They talk about why culture is so important. High-Performance Consistency is the key to creating the culture you desire. When you have a great culture, the people have the right behavior, even when the bosses aren't around and no one is watching it shows the values have kicked in. 

Quint talks about why investing in training your leaders is so important. You can't have consistency if you don't have training. he quotes his book, Hardwiring Excellence, "You can tell the values of an organization by the amount of money and investment they make in their middle managers." 

People need to know what right looks like, they need to know what best practices look like. Taking the time to demonstrate what right looks like that best practice is really the key to keeping consistency.

Mike and Quint also discuss turnover, reactive leadership, and much more. You don't want to miss this episode.

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 You can get copies of Hardwiring Excellence and The Busy Leaders Handbook here.



Episode 211 6 Steps to Contagious Leadership

Episode 211 6 Steps to Contagious Leadership

December 2, 2020

In today's episode, Mike teaches on what it means to be a contagious leader.

He gives you tips on how to rid those that follow you of those pre-existing conditions. How to eradicate them and be a contagious leader as it relates to the positive energy, the positive attitude, the positive things that you bring to the team to move your team forward.

Learn what to do when you think your desire and vision is greater than you.  Maybe when you look in the mirror and think to yourself, I'm crazy, I can't do that. I don't have the ability. Until you set the desire, you'll never find the ability.  Every great thing ever accomplished started with a dream. 

When you remove excuses by staying focused on the things that are important, you become contagious to others. When you stay focused, others are drawn to that focus. You become a light for others.

You have to have a vision. As a leader, you are to call people up to the vision. Believe in that vision for yourself. Stay positive, despite the headwinds, stay focused. Be persistent. And never ever give up. 

Don't forget to download our Daily Compass Tool that Mike mentions in the podcast to help you to prioritize and achieve your goals and dreams. 

Visit our website, to learn more on how we can help you to be a Contagious Leader! 

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