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Episode 230 Leadership Lessons from My Wall

Episode 230 Leadership Lessons from My Wall

April 15, 2021

Learning from our mistakes is crucial in growth. 

Mike shares some lessons from two leaders he admires. 

Abraham Lincoln made many mistakes and continued to grow and become President of the United States. For Abraham Lincoln, it was about getting up and trying it again, and again, and again.

Vince Lombardi one of the greatest football coaches ever said, "Winning is a habit, but so is losing." Which one are you going to allow to become a habit in your life and in your leadership? 

Oftentimes, as leaders, what we do is we think we've said it once. Here's what I know, on average, it takes seven times to hear something, before we hear it the first time. This means as a leader, you may have to say it 700 times before someone hears it for the first time. 

What do you need to get back to in order to create winning as a habit? Not necessarily trying something new, maybe a new way. 

What are the lessons from leadership, from your wall? 

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Episode 229 Solving the People Problem with Brett Cooper and Evans Kerrigan

Episode 229 Solving the People Problem with Brett Cooper and Evans Kerrigan

April 6, 2021

In this week's episode, we welcome special guests Brett Cooper and Evans Kerrigan of Integris Performance Advisors.

They are sharing with Mike about their book Solving The People Problem

Brett says, the reason they wrote this book was that journey that they were on, had got to the point where they realized there's a lot of people still making the kind of mistakes that we saw people making 10 years ago, 15 years ago, 20 years ago.

They want to improve employee engagement and improve employee satisfaction. 

Evan shares, "Because all too often there's kind of that dichotomy that people set up between hard skills and soft skills. And the reality is, the soft skills are the hard skills, it's really easy to design something and let it work from there, it's really hard to actually get people to be able to communicate openly, honestly, to really get at the biggest issues we're facing is organizations."

They believe that people aren't the problem the processes are the problem. In almost every single case, there are problems with how people communicate with one another how they work well together. And what that friction is that gets in the way of us actually getting the work done and that is more of the issue.

If you as a leader can understand both your own style and the styles of others, you're going to be so much more effective at making room so you get the best out of everybody on your team.

You can learn more about Brett and Evans at Integris Performance Advisors

Brett Cooper on LinkedIn

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Episode 228 4 End of Quarter Adjustments to Win the First Half

Episode 228 4 End of Quarter Adjustments to Win the First Half

April 1, 2021

Mike is teaching four adjustments we need to make at the of end-of-quarter to win the first half.

Daily Compass Quarterly Planner is a tool that he uses daily to reach his goals and to stay on track. Use this tool to write down your goals and dreams so as not to lose sight of them.

#1 GET REAL - You have to get real about your progress, success, and lack of success. Be real about your mindset. Listen in the learn the REAL areas we must adjust. 

#2 GET CLEAR - About your dreams and goals. Have a clear vision of what you want your life to look like.

#3 GET SMART - You have to get smart about your path forward. You have to be smart and plan for your vision.

#4 GET A WIND-UP CLOCK - By this Mike means you have to adjust every day to stay on the path to reach those goals. You have to keep them in front of you so that you don't lose momentum before you reach them.

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Episode 227 Dealing with Stress and Trauma as a Leader with Quint Studer

Episode 227 Dealing with Stress and Trauma as a Leader with Quint Studer

March 24, 2021

Quint Studer joins Mike for another great interview on this episode.

What's the difference between stress and trauma? 

Quint shares, "in my opinion, I think stress is usually more short-term."

There's also trauma that just continues for so long. It just wears you out. And eventually, you just started what I would call, I can't survive this trauma. 

They talk about the psychological trauma that often can't be seen, but it's there. And certainly, we've experienced that over the last 12 months from a social distancing standpoint, and a leadership standpoint. 

Mike asked Quint, "what do leaders need to be aware of, when they can't see that trauma in their team, but it's there?"

Quint shares resources to help you identify and manage stress and trauma for yourself and to help others. What you don't want to do is identify a need, and say, but we don't have anything to take care of you.

Resource links:

We've moved from stress to trauma. Here's what that means for you article by Quint Studer

Dealing with Stress and Trauma Toolkit

Episode 226 5 Steps to Connect with Your Employees

Episode 226 5 Steps to Connect with Your Employees

March 17, 2021

Episode 226 has 5 steps you will want to use to connect with your employees. 

As we all know relationships are critical in leadership. As a leader, you have to use each step to engage and grow the relationship with your employees. 

Great leadership is a rare find. People want to work with great leaders and help them succeed. 

Listen to understand- we all know this but are you practicing this step? When employees feel heard they feel valued.

Share and share often- do you communicate in your head but not to your team? Keeping your team informed is crucial. 

Be Transparent- trust is the foundation for all relationships. You lose credibility if your team doesn't trust you. Share what you know. 

Get to know one another- Create a connection with your team. Do you know your employee's goals? As a leader don't you want to help them reach their goals? Let them get to know you. 

Celebrate positive behaviors and actions - individually and publicly. Share what you expect and when an employee accomplishes something, celebrate it. 


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Episode 225 Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership with Dan Edds

Episode 225 Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership with Dan Edds

March 10, 2021

Episode 225 is full of gold nuggets for the leader or organization wishing to improve employee engagement and leadership talent. 

Mike and Dan discuss how to Crack the code of Sustainable team performance while Dan digs from the interviews he conducted while writing this great book. 

For 25 years Dan Edds has been a practicing management consultant, working with state & local government, healthcare, K-12 education, higher education, and nonprofits. He is the author of 2 books, the first, Transformation Management, and his most recent, Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership, Cracking the code of sustainable team performance. His latest book demonstrates how elite organizations are revolutionizing the practice of leadership, recreating the world of work, and setting new standards for employee engagement and customer value.



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Leveraging the Genetics of Leadership: Cracking the Code of Sustainable Team Performance




Episode 224 3 Ways to be an Empathetic Leader

Episode 224 3 Ways to be an Empathetic Leader

March 3, 2021

Empathy - the ability to understand and share the feelings of another. Empathy is harder for some to express because it causes them to be vulnerable, others it comes more naturally. 

Mike shares how the recent death of his sister has really changed the way he wants to be as a leader. He shares 3 ways for leaders to be empathetic and create a better relationship with those on your team.

Compassion is the first way to be an Empathetic Leader. Compassion comes easier for some people, others really have to work hard at showing and feeling compassion for others. Stepping in and experiencing someone else's feelings and understanding their suffering even when it's uncomfortable for you can take your leadership to a whole new level. 

Availability is the second way, as opposed to select-ability. What he means is you can't select who or when you are available. You have to be available even when it may be an inconvenience for you. 

The third way is support. Stepping in and just checking on people when they are struggling even when they say they don't need anything. Most people won't ask for help or tell you when you ask that they need anything. But when you do step in, it is noticed and appreciated. 


Empathy worksheet 

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Episode 223 Mindset of a Sales Warrior with Jason Forrest

Episode 223 Mindset of a Sales Warrior with Jason Forrest

February 23, 2021

In this episode, there is gold when it comes to mindset no matter where you find yourself in life, leadership, or your sales roles you will learn a ton from our special guest.

Jason Forrest. Jason is a leading authority in culture change programs and an expert at creating high-performance, high-profit, and "Best Place to Work" cultures. The winner of five international Stevie Awards for his training programs, Jason is also an award-winning author of six books, including Leadership Sales Coaching – rated as one of Selling Power Magazine's Top Sales Books. In 2018, FPG earned a rare honor by being named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list for the third consecutive year, one of just 1,200 companies nationwide to achieve that honor out of a field of more than 7 million.

Jason shares that when he wrote the book Leadership Sales Coaching many years ago, he took the philosophy that a salesperson is an athlete, and should be coached like an athlete not managed like an employee. 

There are circumstances in life, and then there's the meaning we give it. Whatever charge you have in your life that's kind of holding you back, you're putting too much meaning into it, we've got to let go of that charge.

A warrior always finds the advantage. And so what's the advantage that I can do here? How can I leverage it? You know, how can I change my thinking around this?  I think that's the message everyone needs to hear is whatever, whatever charge you have in your life that's kind of holding you back, you're putting too much meaning to it, you know, we've got to let go of that charge.

P equals K minus L. So performance is what we do. Knowledge is what we've been taught to do. But then you have to minus out the leashes.

The second type of leash is a story. So a story is anything that you kind of blame on outside circumstances or something outside of yourself.

Because the power of duplication that is it? Is that what you do over and over again, you desensitize yourself with it? 

Jason wrote The Mindset of Sales Warrior, the book has 42 different strategies on how to remove the self-image stories you're locked into. The Mindset of a Sales Warrior will help you be a better husband, a better wife, a better teacher, a better speaker, a better coach, just a better influencer overall, in your general life, you can find that at To learn more about Jason you can find him on LinkedIn and FPG.


Episode 222 4D Leadership When Disruptions Come

Episode 222 4D Leadership When Disruptions Come

February 17, 2021

In this episode, Mike shares 4 ways to lead when disruptions come. 

Things don't always go our way and we have to learn how to redirect and focus on what we can control.

We need to be able to plan for disruptions. They happen and we can't always prepare but if possible we can take the initiative.

Delay- that is the second way to lead when disruptions occur. Sometimes, it is not necessary to deal with something right away. Delays can be the beginning of an adventure. 

Sometimes you may have something on your schedule that needs immediate attention that has been planned, in that case, you may have to delay something else.

Delegation- giving someone else the responsibility to take care of something. At times leaders do not like to delegate things they think they must address. But oftentimes we must trust the people we have mentored and lead to show up in the very way we have and have taught them. This can be a good thing. We can actually see leaders grow when given the opportunity and a relationship strengthened in the process.

You will want to listen to the entire episode to learn more about each of these and the 4th way to handle disruptions. 


Links to the planner and webinar Mike mentions in the podcast are below. 

The Daily Compass Quarterly Planner 

Overcoming Perfectionism Webinar


Episode 221 Communicate Like a Pro with Roddy Galbraith

Episode 221 Communicate Like a Pro with Roddy Galbraith

February 10, 2021

In this episode, Mike talks with his friend Roddy Galbraith. Roddy Galbraith is a personal development thought leader and speaker trainer. Roddy is honored to serve as faculty in The John Maxwell Team - providing public speaker training for over 24,000 elite coaches and trainers all over the world. He is passionate about the art of public speaking and believes it's a skill everyone can (and should!) master.

Roddy shares 5 steps you want to keep in mind to be effective at influencing people. Your clarity as to how you can help them or the organization is key to influencing your audience. 

The first thing you have to do is grab their attention, and hold it until the end. The best way to influence is by thinking through what you want to achieve. 

The second step is to connect with your audience. You need to make them feel like they know you and can trust you. They need to feel a rapport in order to receive the message. Understanding who you're talking to makes an enormous difference.

Listen to the entire episode to find out more ways to communicate like a pro.

You can find out more about Roddy on Facebook, JMT, and LinkedIn

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