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Episode 220 4 Reasons Why Leaders Should Rise Early

Episode 220 4 Reasons Why Leaders Should Rise Early

February 3, 2021

In this episode, Mike talks about the advantages of rising early. 

If you give yourself an extra 30 minutes a day, that impacts your productivity. It will add 14 hours to your month of productivity. Many people struggle with getting up early, but you can create new habits.

Another reason you should get up early is to enjoy some peace and quiet and to focus. Planning your day early will give you peace throughout the day. It will help you to approach your day with a mission. You should try using our Daily Compass Quarterly Planner to help you take action. It is a great tool to keep you on track and accomplish those goals you have set for yourself.

Getting up early, eating well, and getting exercise are all good for your brain. In Episode 209 with Dr Daniel Amen, he discussed how these habits can affect your brain and reflect in your leadership. 

Listen to this episode to find out other reasons to rise early. 

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Episode 219 Results That Last with Quint Studer

Episode 219 Results That Last with Quint Studer

January 27, 2021

In this episode, Mike talks with his friend and mentor Quint Studer. 

They are discussing Quint's book 'Results That Last'. Quint talks about why he wrote this book and how he wanted healthcare to be seen by those who were non-healthcare.

Quint shares the importance of creating systems that maximize what you are trying to accomplish. And if you don't get the results you are seeking, you step back and reevaluate the process to make it better. There are times when we do make adjustments based on the situation and that adjustment is something we do forever.

Quint says, "you've got to get the top right to get the rest of the organization right." He shares that compliance is so important in order to get the consistency you are looking for. 

Mike has created a tool to help you achieve the consistency you are needing, The Daily Compass Quarterly Planner. This planner will help you stay on task and create good habits. You can go to and order yours today. 

Quint shares his thoughts on communication and accountability and how these help you to achieve your outcome. 

Quint also shares some great resources with us on how to assess stress and trauma. These things are of great concern after 2020 and making sure we can move forward the best way possible. 

Show links: Stress and Trauma Video with Quint Studer

Resilience & Well-Being in Stressful Times

Episode 218 Leaders Must See it Before Others Buy Into It

Episode 218 Leaders Must See it Before Others Buy Into It

January 20, 2021

In this episode, Mike talks about having a vision for your leadership.

When a leader has no vision for themselves, their team or company they have no choice but to fall in line with others vision. Your future will be like your past if you don't change the way you do and see things.

Are you working toward a vision you have? Are you sharing your vision with others? You need to make sure you are focusing on your vision and goals daily. Try The Daily Compass Quarterly Planner to help keep you on track to making those visions a reality.

Last but not least, how are you communicating this vision to those around you? We are hosting a webinar on January 29th called Identifying Your Leader Language. Just click here to register and reserve your spot and learn more about how to communicate better to achieve your vision.



Episode 217 Breaking Average Leadership with Paul Gustavson

Episode 217 Breaking Average Leadership with Paul Gustavson

January 13, 2021

In this episode, Mike is joined by special guest Paul Gustavson where the topic is perseverance and why it is so important.

They talk about Paul's book Breaking Average : The 7 Critical Factors to Team Strong Leadership, where Mike is a contributing author.  The book is wrapped around the idea of victory.  They discuss how we are all called to break average and be more than we are now. It's team strong leadership, it's breaking average teamwork that makes the dream work. 

Paul shares how we need to cast a vision, we can't leave that to somebody else. You need vision but it has to be backed up by values. Start with a value inventory.  What are your values? Then you can get clear on your vision.

If you need help getting clear on those values, you can email Mike at and he will be glad to guide you through defining your values.  

Paul shares, "if we want to make an impact if we truly want to add value, that means we've got to be something more than we currently are today."

The resistance that we feel is actually an indicator that you're probably heading in the right direction and we got to take that head on the wind that's in our face, move forward, and persevere.

We all want victory at the end of the day, and we want sustained victories, not just one-time victory, it's continual impact, we continue to do that. And that's what breaking average is all about

Paul Gustavson has a passion for what he calls full spectrum innovation, which is centered on personal, technical, and corporate growth. In 2000, he helped cofound SimVentions, Inc., a technology firm that delivers engineering solutions for today’s military. SimVentions is frequently recognized as one of Virginia’s Best Places to Work and was named by Inc. Magazine as one of “The 50 Best Places to Work in 2016”. As the CTO, Paul leads in identifying and contributing to the company’s capability and influencing the strategic vision. Paul is an author of the recent book Breaking Average and Leaders Press On. Paul is also the co-host of the Breaking Average Podcast. As a leader with an engineering background, he is also an active member within the simulation and virtual reality communities. Paul and his wife Barbara live in Virginia.

About SimVentionsSimVentions tag line “Imagine. Create. Explore. Discover.” represents a culture centered on employee ownership, customers, and community. They are a technology firm supporting today’s military with innovative engineering solutions, and currently have over 300 employees across four locations. The core values for SimVentions include Customer Passion, and Continuous Development among others, and their purpose is marked with a commitment to operate using biblical principles. SimVentions is headquartered just south of Washington D.C. in Fredericksburg, VA, and you can find them on the web at


Episode 216 Realization to Transformation

Episode 216 Realization to Transformation

January 6, 2021

In this episode, Mike challenges you to have a transformational 2021.

What are you listening to? What are you feeding your mind on a daily basis? What are you consuming? 

As leaders, we must be diligent in leading and lifting others up to a common cause. 

The realization is we cannot add value to others unless we are willing to add value to ourselves. 

We must stop waiting on someone else to change, our circumstances to change- we must start the change with ourselves. We have to be conscious of what we think, watch, and say. 

Start today, get our new Daily Compass Quarterly Planner to keep track of your priorities and goals. Follow this link The Daily Compass Quarterly Planner to get yours today.

We have several resources to help you take charge of your year.

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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.

To learn more about Quint visit

 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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