Fun at work

Frontline Festival: Leaders Share about Having Fun

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about having fun.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about giving thanks.  Submit your ideas here!

Chip Bell of the Chip Bell Group finds fun in his surroundings such as a happy office with great music, quirky artifacts, awesome pictures, a gazillion books, and a cat that sleeps on the copier nearby.  The panoramic view of the lake 75 feet away also helps! Follow Chip

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited treats herself each week by making sure her weekend starts no later than 1:00pm on Fridays (her commitment to a regular bowling league also helps). She offers this fun puzzle game for teams who work at an office together.  Follow Beth.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership observes that when people say that work is “fun” they usually don’t mean it’s a party or a game. They’re talking about grown-up fun. Follow Wally.

Even though you are growing up, you should never stop having fun.
~ Nina Dobrev

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC  advises that in today’s stressful work environment, fun must be baked into our workflow to offer comic relief. Leaders must encourage humor and positive expression to slice through the thick veil of cynicism and stress. Follow Michelle.

David Dye of Trailblaze advises we start by finding the fun in the everyday. Build from there – as a team leader, I scheduled regular (and sometimes surprise) opportunities for people to let their hair down and have fun. We would go bowling, I would personally cook everyone a holiday breakfast, or I’d put together fun team-focused city-wide scavenger hunts. (Note: do these things when people are being paid – it usually doesn’t work to ask them to leave their family to have ‘fun’).  Follow David.

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture shares, “As a solopreneur, I can easily find myself writing, consulting with clients, etc. eight hours a day (or ten)! I’ve learned to schedule time for exercise (walking at 8400 feet is a treat – even in 2′ of snow), trap shooting down the hill in Denver (my daughter still beats me), regular lunches with my #DenverTweeps colleagues, and learning new music for upcoming Brian Raine band gigs @BrianRaineBand). Diversity of experiences is a must! Follow Chris.

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
~ Oscar Wilde

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog reminds us that in order to help your team, or family or anyone, have fun, you have to make fun a priority. You have to look for reasons to smile and to laugh, to maybe have a few toys or games hanging around for moments of levity, and to schedule “light time” and breaks especially in times of the most intensity and stress. Follow Lisa.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader, says that being able to cook and serve his teams has been a huge blessing to them and to him. Nothing says thank you more than taking the time to make a breakfast or lunch out of a busy schedule for the team. They truly appreciate it and it always puts a smile on his face too!  Follow Paul.

Eileen McDargh of The Energizer muses, To rise and leave a desk. To walk outside and down to the bluff overlooking the beach. To play with a dog. To feed the birds. Nature nurtures. Follow Eileen

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates gives thought to what to do when our brain wilts. Learning to recognize the signs and counteract with refreshing space for yourself (and your team) is important.  Follow Shelley

Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
~ Dr. Seuss

Next month’s question: What are three things you are thankful for when it comes to your business? Submit your ideas here!

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August Frontline Festival: Leaders Share Tips about Productive Work Spaces

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival gives tips about setting up a productive work space. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about communication tips.  There are two ways to participate…either submit a blog post on the topic, or your 1-2 sentence answer to the question. Click here to participate! Now on to our topic for August:

Chip Bell of the Chip Bell Group says that everything he needs is within arms length of the desk (printer, work table, copier, scanner, large computer monitor, supplies (like scissors, stabler, rubber stamps, paper clips), speakers for music, etc. His office looks out over a gorgeous lake and his floor to ceiling book cases sit six feet from the desk. Follow Chip.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited has the following elements in her home office, the main “headquarters” for her VA and business soft skill business: stand up desk with monitor exactly mirroring the one at the sit down desk, screen behind her chair at sit down desk for a backdrop for video calls and recordings, chair for relaxed reading, and a number of items with the word HOPE on them as decor. She also has a small fountain, candle, succulents and other items throughout to create a pleasant atmosphere in the office. Follow Beth.

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC  shares that productivity is the result of an open mind and energy working together. Where we work has enormous influence over our attitude toward what we’re doing. Consider how you can change your energy by being inspired in your surroundings by taking a look at this post.  Follow Michelle.

Eric Dingler of  keeps his physical and virtual space free of all clutter.  He has an inbox that everything goes in.  Once a day, he clears it following the GTD system.  He also uses the free version of Nozbe to keep himself on track and clutter free.  When he leaves his office, he has zero emails in his inbox and nothing in his physical inbox, so he leaves work free and walks in prepared and ahead. Follow Eric.

David Dye of Trailblaze finds natural light to be a key to productivity. He will turn off florescents and use desk lamps if sunlight isn’t available. Being surrounded by an aquarium, plants and living things also humanizes and relaxes him, helping him maintain perspective. Follow David.

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture finds that having a clear surface area (no matter where he’s working—his office desk or at a desk on the road somewhere) is most helpful in keeping him focused on the task at hand. Papers on his desk for needed tasks “talk to him.” Those stacks yell “Do me first!” Remove those piles and he can work his plan without distractions. Follow Chris.

Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.

~ Steven Spielberg

Mike Henry of says that his work space must be distraction free. When he is doing work he enjoys, distractions are less of a problem. But when he is doing something that isn’t very interesting, he needs to focus and can be easily distracted.  Follow Mike.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement  really enjoys living as a digital nomad and having workspaces like the one here. He admits that the setup isn’t one that optimizes productivity though it can be energizing, inspiring and motivating, and that the “digital nomad” lifestyle isn’t for everyone.  His setup is just a Macbook Pro  (he also had an iPad mini to tether if he needed to use a cell phone signal to access the Internet) all of which allows him to work from just about anywhere. Follow John.

Paula Kiger of Perspicacity  finds that despite having a lot of technology in her work space, it’s her paper notebook with information like passwords written in it that often saves the day! Follow Paula.

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog  has found that one of the most important factors to consider when setting up her work space is what inspires her and makes her smile. She is most productive when surrounded by beauty and most creative when in a spot that pulls her out of her usual space and therefore out of her usual mindset.  For example, when she writes, she never sits at her desk. A coffee shop or her couch at home works better. When not on the phone, she works outdoors as much as possible, such as on a side porch at home.  Follow Lisa.

Melissa Lamson of Lamson Consulting suggests making your workspace your own. Decorate it. Create a safe, comfortable, calm space. Follow Melissa

I’m quite an untidy person in a lot of ways. But order makes me happy. I have to have a clear desk and a tidy desktop, with as few visual distractions as possible. I don’t mind sound distractions, but visual ones freak me out.
~ Joanne Harris

According to Don Maruska of, it’s important to create opportunities for a worker to have only their most important task in front of them while working on it. Multi-tasking is inefficient and stressful. Follow Don.

Eileen McDargh of The Energizer shares her philosophy:  A place for everything and everything in its place. With light bright surroundingss, flowers, pictures of friends, and equipment hidden from view, I feel productive and free. Follow Eileen

Andy Oziemblo of Cubicle Concepts suggests that  some of the biggest gains in productivity and individual motivation can be achieved through the use of modern office designs. The use of ergonomically optimum seating, height adjustable tables, and movement inducing treadmill workstations can help one attain many health benefits along with increased oxygen in your blood. Increased oxygen in your blood allows for better focus and mental production output. To spur motivation, choose work space artwork and colors that give inspiration as well as drive you towards set goals. Follow Andy.

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates shares tips for minimizing workspace and personal distractions in her post, Stop Draining Your AttentionFollow Shelley

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute advises to create a vision board which visually reflects your goals and desired business outcomes. Post your vision board in your office as a daily reminder of your goals and progress in reaching your dreams. Follow Artika.

On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.
~ Bill Gates

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Frontline Festival: Leaders Share Ideas about How to Take a Break

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival gives tips about taking a break from work. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about productivity-enhancing workspaces.  There are two ways to participate…either submit a blog post on the topic, or your 1-2 sentence answer to the question. Click here to participate! Now on to our topic for July:

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited makes it a practice to take a break every week by planning her workflow to avoid work on weekends. Her goal is to have all business work done by noon on Fridays, using a Friday afternoon bowling league as a marker for the start of the weekend mindset. Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for other healthy pursuits like fellowship with her husband and friends, exercise, church, reading, etc. with occasional non-business-related projects sprinkled in. Follow Beth.

Chip Bell of the Chip Bell Group  is inspired by Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, who wrote “Fall in love with what you do and you will never work another day in your life.” Chip says: “My brother retired a few years ago and hunts almost every day.  I asked him when he was going to retire from hunting (he has two full freezers of venison and wild turkey). Even when vacationing in foreign countries, I spend the first hour of every day doing what I love–working!”  Follow Chip.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership shares that we call short periods of downtime “breaks.” We call longer periods “time off” or “vacation” in his post, “Take a Break.”  Follow Wally.

According to Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC, the old saying of “live to eat or eat to live” attempts to temper our appetites. She contends we exchange the word “eat” for “work” to see where the American culture heads when it comes to work. Follow Michelle.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~ Saint Augustine

Eric Dingler of   places blocks of time on his weekly calendar that can be moved around, but not deleted.  One of these blocks is “day off.” Another daily approach is 30-minutes of “me time,” which he always adjusts his alarm clock to accommodate.  Follow Eric.

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture tells about a time his family created great shared memories, and ties it in to how similar activities can help your workplace culture. Follow Chris.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group has mastered how to leave email at the office when on vacation, and shares six steps to help you do the sameFollow David.

For Mike Henry of the breaks come when he can focus on being with people face-to-face. Maybe it is time with his wife discussing our future, or time playing with his grand children, or talking with his Mom or having breakfast with a friend. Focusing on people takes him out of the tasks and To Do lists and lets him freeze time to focus on someone else, and their needs and interests.  Follow Mike.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement  thinks vacations and breaks are so important that he has designed his life so that they are a built in part of his normal process, Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) and Location Independent Working. He has also enjoyed vacations at national parks and shares photos here.  He also finds that weekly vigorous exercise (like basketball) helps keep him in a good frame of mind. Follow John.

Laughter is an instant vacation.
~ Milton Berle

According to Paula Kiger of Perspicacity so many of us get caught up in the web of being available 24/7, especially when it comes to our electronics. When I did a silent retreat, I took a forced break from that habit and was reminded of the power of turning everything off, even briefly. Follow Paula.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader asks: How does a leader make vacation meaningful and refreshing? By following these tips leading up to itFollow Paul.

Eileen McDargh of The Energizer reminds us that the American work ethic may not be ethical.  Studies have found that while most Americans would choose more vacation time over a higher salary, the reality is that we don’t take advantage of time off. Follow Eileen

Robyn McLeod of Thoughtful Leaders Blog  presents Why stepping away may be your best leadership move yet. Taking a break gives you the opportunity to rethink your current approaches, making time for the pursuits you love, and committing to more thoughtful and intentional actions once you return.  Follow Robyn.

The ant is knowing and wise, but he doesn’t know enough to take a vacation.
~ Clarence Day

Learn about four reasons why taking vacation breaks can help us to become a more effective leader for our team and organization. Thanks, Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer Leadership  Follow Tanveer.

Molly Page of Thin Difference  asks, “Do you ever feel like you’re too valuable to your business to take time off? Here are three reasons to set your mind at ease and schedule a break.” Follow Molly.

The number one thing that helps Julie Pierce of Valley Creek Church unplug when she’s on vacation is deleting the apps that keep her connected with work. That way she’s not tempted to check email or project boards. She justs re-install them the day I return to the office. Follow Julie.

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates has found that miniature breaks by simply closing her eyes are very helpful and enhance her leadership. Follow Shelley

John Thurlbeck of Wear Consulting says, “I have this perfectly balanced – in favor of vacations! Why? We all need to remember we are not invincible, nor irreplaceable, and we are certainly not robots! We need time to think, reflect, recharge and re-connect – with ourselves, our spouses/partners, our families and our friends. Work is an important part of our lives, but it should not be our life! Follow John. 

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Frontline Festival: Leaders share about favorite apps, technology, and productivity hacks

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival gives tips about favorite tools and technology. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about how to take a complete break from work (i.e. for vacation.) There are two ways to participate…either submit a blog post on the topic, or your 1-2 sentence answer to the question. Click here to participate! Now on to our topic for June:

What tools do you use to stay productive?

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited has used the task/recurring task functionality in Microsoft Outlook for many years. She loves how she can set up task reminders to pop up on the appropriate days, can easily change dates to defer tasks, can batch tasks into categories, and can drag an email into task format (this helps keep her in-box clean too.) She also uses Google reminders for the occasional on-the-fly “thing to remember” to pop up at a designated time. Follow Beth

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership  has been tracking his productivity for around fifty years now. Here’s what has worked for him consistently over that half century. Follow Wally.

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC shares that one of her stress saving tools is Evernote. “This application has a free component and I use it daily. How does it serve me? It puts all my information in one place, easily labeled and organized so I can find it! Follow Michelle.

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.
~ Paul J. Meyer

For David Dye of Trailblaze  Evernote is the first app he installs on a new phone, tablet, or computer. It is an extension of his brain! The other “tool” that helps stay productive: exercise–preferably a good hike in nature. He’s always more productive afterwards. Follow David.

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture shares: The apps I use daily are proven tools that maintain my sanity and enable promotion of my concepts. They include Nozbe (a cloud-based brilliant task manager), Evernote (a cloud-based “memory enhancer” – for notes, photos, and more), Tweet Jukebox (a terrific quote scheduler that will soon add Facebook and LinkedIn to Twitter posting), Sucuri (website firewall and anti-malware), WPTwin (backs up and restores my various WordPress sites), and SurfEasy (a private VPN that enables safe WiFi use, even in countries where social media is “blocked”!) Here’s a link to learn more about these and other tools I depend on.  Follow Chris

Ariana Friedlander of Rosabella Consulting recommends starting your day by identifying your Big 5 tasks for the day and keep them front and center.  These are the things you need to check off the proverbial list in order to fall asleep knowing you got the important stuff done. Follow Ariana.

I think I have over 60 apps on my iPhone. I use six.
~ Gordon Smith

As an entrepreneur with many projects on the go, Patrick Hankinson of Hello Focus grew frustrated with current tools on the market, finding that none of them really kept his team focused, becoming harder to manage as the team grew. He followed the adage, “Scratch your own itch” and created Hello Focus.  Follow Patrick.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management   Improvement  has found that taking advantage of all the great ideas among leadership and management bloggers is very important to his continued productivity and success. He feels would be greatly disadvantaged in doing so without an RSS feed reader. Follow John.

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog says, “I’m sure that everyone has wonderful tools, apps, and technology to offer that they use to be more productive, but I’ve got something else entirely that is probably my biggest secret and tool. Quietness and meditation. If I forget to find quiet time, if I forget to slow my mind and breathe, if I forget to spend time in peace and meditation, I am simply not as productive. Or as happy. Follow Lisa.

Boundary setting is really a huge part of time management.
~ Jim Loehr

Jennifer Miller of The People Equation  takes the productivity concept of “batching” to the next level with “Theme Days” and explains they can help provide focus and a sense of accomplishment. Follow Jennifer.

Alli Polin of Break the Frame  shares: “Two of my favorite apps that help to manage my productivity are 1) Evernote: I keep everything in there and it’s at my fingertips; and 2) I’m also a huge fan of Rescue Time. You can’t change where you spend your time until you know where it goes. It’s an eye opener!  Follow Alli.

Becky Robinson of Weaving Influence shares “My team uses Basecamp for every project, and using Basecamp helps us stay focused to deliver what we’ve promised. We can easily track progress, find files, and share helpful information with others. We also use Slack for in-the-moment communication and team building. These two apps are critical to our work success.”  Follow Becky.

Each minute is a little thing, and yet, with respect to our personal productivity, to manage the minute is the secret of success.
~ Joseph B. Wirthlin

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates recommends an environment that enhances productivity, with visual and auditory stimulus that aligns with getting things done (it may require headphones.)  Follow Shelley

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute  finds Hootsuite to be her favorite application, using it to organize her social media life. Follow Artika.

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Frontline Festival: Leaders share tips about professional development

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival gives tips about professional development for leaders. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about favorite apps and technology. What tools do you use to stay productive? There are two ways to participate…either submit a blog post on the topic, or your 1-2 sentence answer to the question. Click here to participate!

This month, we invited leadership experts to either submit a blog post, or answer the following question.

How do you invest in your professional development on a regular basis?

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited commits to finishing one book per month (some take more than one month) and keeping a list. Sticking with this realistic goal has helped her be continuously successful at it for a number of years. She also often listens to podcasts while driving. Follow Beth.

According to Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership you can’t lead others if you can’t lead yourself. Here is a baker’s dozen of things to master to be the best leader you can be. Follow Wally.

As part of her commitment to life-long learning, Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC  makes an effort to learn something new daily.  She finds this is also a terrific way to connect with children, to have them teach the adult something—parent-child, teacher-student. Follow Michelle.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
~ Benjamin Franklin

Mike Henry of reads and listens to audiobooks. Guess which one he happens to be listening to currently? Thanks for #winningwell Mike!  Follow Mike.

One way John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement continues to learn is by reading posts of bloggers he follows.  Another good way is to write a blog. He shares that he helps you clarify and develop you thinking on topics you are interested in (plus it can build your reputation and potentially help you find work).  Follow John.

Paula Kiger of Big Green Pen has made many connections on social media which inspire her to pursue certain avenues of professional development. She admits it takes follow-through and that there’s no magic (in her opinion) white paper to revolutionize her life. However she has made connections which have made a measurable difference for her.  Follow Paula.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
~ Albert Einstein

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog continues to learn and grow by finding thought leaders to add to and challenge her views and knowledge – through reading (articles, online, books) and connecting one-on-one to learn what others are facing and learning. Follow Lisa

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader  makes a “To-Be” List for the week and reflects on it daily in conjunction with his “To-Do” List. His “To-Be” List governs the to-do list and helps him stay on track of what behaviors he wants, versus having his tasks define his growth. Follow Paul.

Michelle Pallas of advises to stop thinking about professional development as an event! Learning is a part of every day. Leaders learn from mentors, coaches and the people we coach. Coaching is a critical skill and, unless you are an expert, coaching as a competency should be in your personal development plan.   Follow Michelle.

The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights shares that his leadership as a CEO of a large global company was influenced heavily by his mom, These 9 lessons have been extraordinary to helping me lead. #Winningwell leaders should study these 9 lessons and see their influence increase. Follow Skip.

Becky Robinson of Weaving Influence meets regularly with a coach. She appreciates having an outside perspective. Her coaches challenge her thinking, help her identify blind spots, work through challenges, and give her encouragement.  Follow Becky

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates participates regularly with her professional association where she learns from her peers and invariably gets practical tips she can use. She also knows that sometimes you have to turn your brain off to increase its performance.  Follow Shelley

Learning never exhausts the mind.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

Linda Fisher Thornton of Leading in Context follows global trends across disciplines that impact leadership, business and ethics. She reads trend reports and books and attends webinars and live speaking events, looking for insights into leadership challenges, mindsets and approaches that will help leaders succeed in the future as the world changes.  Follow Linda.

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute suggests that movies can help you grow. These top 10 movies will provide you with the tools to serve and lead in the global community. Follow Artika.

Thank you so much! We welcome anyone looking to participate in the next Frontline Festival.


Frontline Festival March 2016: Fresh Insights for Leaders

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival, in keeping with the seasonal turn toward spring, is all about fresh insights for leaders.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Our thanks as well to the Brainy Quote site for being a great source of quotations.

Next month, we celebrate the launch of Winning Well, so we are asking for submissions about what Winning Well means to you, as well as giving you an opportunity to show us! Submissions due by April 15–the day of the launch!–for publication on April 22nd.  New participants always welcome–please use this form for all the details.

Now, on to some fresh insights!

Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire Collaborative Services  encourages that you are the instrument that makes your leadership work. Nothing happens without your continuous attention to yourself and your artFollow Mary Jo.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited suggests some fresh ways to say things. (Not THAT type of fresh.) Follow Beth.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership advises that it doesn’t take much to stay interested, motivated, and growing, but it won’t happen by accident. Follow Wally.

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials shares that insights can be like relationships. Sometimes we must step into a different perspective from the onset. She likens it to keeping a relationship fresh. Follow Michelle.

According to David Dye of Trailblaze, leadership theory is great, but what works day-to-day in the real world? In advance of our new book, David recently spent time with a group of accomplished managers to share their one most valuable piece of leadership advice. Here is what they said…   Follow David.

Ariana Friedlander of Rosabella Consulting brings to light some of the deep seeded cultural norms that discourage learning and how they negatively impact creativity and innovation in our organizations. Then it provides readers with some specific steps they can take to begin correcting these problems. Follow Ariana.

No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn.
~ Hal Borland

Chery Gegelman of Simply Understanding shares that when people perceive that your comfort is more important than their needs or the growth of the organization…your leadership quakes. Leadership is not about you or your comfort.  Follow Chery.

Liza Heidelberger of MyLeaderSphere tells us that each leader has Super Powers, but those powers can easily become overwhelmed by the Dark Side.  Here are some ways that you can responsibly care for your leadership Super Powers.   Follow Liza.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement says leaders must be concerned with the results of what they are trying to accomplish. Leadership is not divorced from implementation of ideas it is intricately intertwined with implementation. Follow John.

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog presents “What you may be missing every morning” where she shares a simple act that can transform your life. And work. And effectiveness. And enjoyment. Follow Lisa.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader  asks, “What is a leader’s role? How about making sure everything in your organization connects effectively?”  Follow Paul.

Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.
~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

Scott Mabry of Soul to Work shares thoughts on how we invest our time and how we can undo busyness to focus more of our attention on leadership and influence. Follow Scott.

Bernie Nagle of Altrupreneur proclaims that contract is SO last century! Conscious leaders are learning that agreements based on Trust and Relationship are replacing the old paradigm of contractual obligation and “Remedy.”  Follow Bernie.

Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer Leadership   reveals three leadership lessons gleaned from the annual spring ritual of the flight of the Canadian geese in V-formation on how leaders can spur collaboration and improved communication among those they lead.  Follow Tanveer.

From Jon Mertz of Thin Difference: Mindfulness‬ and effective strategic leadership are tightly linked. More than new age thought mindfulness can shape strategic leadership.  Follow Jon.

Jennifer V. Miller of The People Equation  offers a fresh take on a classic piece of advice from leadership expert Ken Blanchard. Follow Jennifer.

Michelle Pallas of  shares that the audience decides if the story is believable. Find capable people and connect your vision with their desires. Follow Michelle.

The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
~ Harriet Ann Jacobs

Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights happily reminds us that it’s nearly spring. Though we have no control of the seasons, we have control over our mind. Leaders can choose their season. A fresh perspective and a fresh season may just ahead for you. Follow Skip.

LaRae Quy of Mental Toughness Center! tells us that not very many people are excited to get a phone call from an FBI Agent. They tend to be even less enthusiastic when the Agent tells them they need to speak with them about a pending investigation. As a result, I had to work—hard at times—to be likable if I wanted to get my job doneFollow LaRae.

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute  says that diversity is needed to bring together the brightest minds to create solutions to business, economic and social challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Follow Artika.

Martin Webster of Leadership Thoughts reminds us that a crisis will happen in almost every business at some time and shares eight critical ways to lead in a crisisFollow Martin.

According to Julie Winkle Giulioni of DesignArounds, managers avoid career conversations fearing employees’ desire for promotions, which turns out to be a false assumption that puts career development at risk. Follow Julie.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
~ C.S. Lewis


Frontline Festival February 2016: Building Productive Workplace Relationships

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about building productive workplace relationships.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month, we turn our focus to fresh perspectives for leaders. Give us your best fresh insight! Submissions due March 11th– new participants always welcome, please use this form.

Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
~ Stephen Covey

Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire Collaborative Services gives a unique approach to consider in setting relationship goals for the yearFollow Mary Jo.

Chantal Bechervaise of Take It Personel-ly  reminds us that when there’s a lack of morale, everyone becomes less productive and are not as good at communicating with each other as they need to be. Team work and collaboration suffers. This post provides tips to help improve morale and relationships in the workplaceFollow Chantal.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited knows that criticism can sting. But criticism can also be a blessing in relationships.  Follow Beth.

According to Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership, great bosses come in all shapes and sizes. They work in a variety of industries. But they all make time to touch base a lot and when they do, they make every encounter count toward building relationships. Follow Wally.

We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics.
~ Joyce Meyer

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC shares that coaching business leaders and entrepreneurs provides her with a helicopter view of how individual styles affect the “weather” in companies and organizations. There is not a formula to build productive workplace relationships–there are components.  Follow Michelle.

David Dye of Trailblaze reminds us that building your influence and leadership credibility can seem overwhelming and often drive you to counter-productive behavior. He shares two clear and easy-to-use suggestions that will help you build your influence today. Follow David.

According to Julie Winkle Giulioni of DesignArounds, effective leaders leverage the very human need for mutual respect and in the process build productive relationships, enhance employee engagement and deliver powerful business outcomes. Follow Julie.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement suggests we figure out where the system isn’t optimized for the abilities of the people and address that by changing the system to take advantage of everyone’s capabilities while limiting the impact of their weaknesses. An important part of that is assuring that interrelationships within the organization are contributing to the organization success (and not detracting from it, which can happen as cultures become toxic). Follow John.

Personal relationships are always the key to good business. You can buy networking; you can’t buy friendships.
~ Lindsay Fox

In the post, Why the mean person you work with may not be that mean after all, Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog shares that when we view others as people with the best intentions, rather than as opponents with mean motives, there is a greater chance that we will walk out with an improved relationship and better results. Follow Lisa.

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership shares that when you learn to reframe the way you respond to mistakes, you’ll create an environment that encourages and rewards risk-taking, continuous improvement, and developmentFollow Dan.

Eileen McDargh of The Resiliency Group helps us learn why creating an environment that supports people can go a long way toward firing people up so they don’t “fire themselves out”–but stay.  Follow Eileen

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference observes that human beings are creatures that thrive on storytelling. When we share our stories we connect in the workplace and across generations.  Follow Jon.

The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection.
~ Robin S. Sharma

Michelle Pallas of  points out that acknowledging the information comes from my perspective…”this is what I believe to be true”…removes the pretense of certainty and opens the floor for discussion. Sincere honesty wins over rumors and back stabbing.   Follow Michelle.

John Stoker of DialogueWORKS  shares that our personal and professional relationships are responsible for our happiness and our success. Taking a moment to ask ourselves specific questions will help us become more aware of the quality and health of our relationships. Being deliberately conscious about what matters most allows us to make the choice improvement. Follow John.

Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership says that great leaders are great listeners. Research shows that most people think they’re better listeners than they really are. If you want to be a better listener, focus on developing a listening attitude. Here are five tips that will help. Follow Jesse Lyn.

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute reminds us that diversity is the thread that weaves our organizations and communities together. The promotion of diversity and inclusion is integral to building productive workplace relationships. Follow Artika.

Communication, the human connection, is the key to personal and career success.
~ Paul J. Meyer


Frontline Festival: January 2016

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about Vision and Strategy.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month, we turn our focus to Building Productive Workplace Relationships. Submissions due February 12th– new participants always welcome, please us this form.

Laura Barnard of PMO Strategies takes a realistic look at change management and change resistance with ideas for doing change WITH people instead of TO them. Follow Laura.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited asks, “Are you an overwhelmed professional?” This is the year to change that. Follow Beth.

According to Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership Strategic success takes more than smarts and a clear vision. Guts and discipline count, too.  Follow Wally.

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
~ Jonathan Swift

Liza Heidelberger of MyLeaderSphere reminds us, that like two sides of the same coin, vision and strategy are essential to moving an organization forward.  Here are some ways you can identify if you focus more on vision or strategy and what you can do to keep both in balance.   Follow Liza.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement  says that when the vision is merely a pretty collection of words that doesn’t drive decisions and behavior it is pointless. When it does drive behavior it is powerful: sadly that is rarely the case. Follow John.

In the post, You are enough, Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog reminds us that vision and strategy are only effective when we come from a position of strength, and why we should therefore give up trying to prove anything to anyone, and more importantly, to even yourself. Follow Lisa. 

Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it’s about deliberately choosing to be different.
~ Michael Porter

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference  asks: “Are you ready to engage the necessary isms of your life work?”  Consistent focus on getting the right balance between them will create a more meaningful life work opus. Follow Jon.

According to Michelle Pallas of,  having a vision and setting goals enables realization of our dreams. Crystallize that vision and let people know where you are going so, if they choose, they can help you. Follow Michelle.

Alli Polin of Break the Frame  suggests that a shared vision is critical for success but without the trust and energy of the team behind that vision even the best strategy falls apart. Follow Alli.

Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
~ George Washington Carver

Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights  posits that the same strategy, the same goals, the same execution may result in different outcomes. Why? The view. When leaders create the right view, everything changesFollow Skip.

LaRae Quy of Mental Toughness Center! shares that body language plays an important role in leadership success. Many entrepreneurs and business owners focus on verbal skills, but they fail to realize there are two conversations going on when they meet another person. The first conversation is the one where words are used to convey information; while the second one broadcasts thoughts, attitudes, and emotions through the body. If we are unaware of the non-verbal messages we are sending, the second conversation could undermine the first one. Follow LaRae.

Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership shares that the traditional strategic plan is obsolete in this fast-paced VUCA world, but planning is indispensable. Here are five guidelines to create a *dynamic* strategic plan that will prepare you to make quick decisions when opportunities and challenges suddenly arise. Follow Jesse Lyn.

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
~ Winston Churchill

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute exhorts that now is the time to redefine leadership. Leadership in the 21st Century must move beyond position or title to everyday people making a difference in the world. Follow Artika.

Julie Winkle Giulioni of DesignArounds reminds us that vision without strategy is just a nice idea; and strategy without vision might be a lot of unproductive activity. Together, however, they are a dynamic duo that can drive unbeatable organizational results. Follow Julie.

May the Force Be With You: A Frontline Festival

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month is co-hosted with my Winning Well co-author, David Dye.

In honor of the new Star Wars movie, we begin with Star Wars-themed posts and then wrap up the year with our “Best Of 2015” posts from our contributors  Thanks. to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! For fun, in the comments, please add your favorite Star Wars leadership quotes.

Next month, we turn our thoughts to vision and strategy to kick of the new year. Please submit your links here.  Submissions due January 15th.

Also, if you have not yet completed my 2016 planning survey, I would really like your input on how I can add more value to you and your organization in 2016. Please click here. 

Star Wars

“Do or do not, there is no try.” -Yoda

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC shares that the Star Wars saga continues in a galaxy far, far away! It is our contemporary fairy tale filled with didactic teachings that never expire, especially about leadership. We continue to enjoy the characters that represent elements of our personalities and personas. Follow Michelle.

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog In the post, There is no Try, only Do. There is no Do, only Be. Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog shares Yoda’s wisdom (from Star Wars) that it is essential for leaders to not only just “try” but to also “do”and “be.” More importantly she shares a few pointers on how to do this, especially in this busy world and busy season. Follow Lisa.

Greg Marcus of American Mussar brings us Five Mussar Lessons from Star Wars.  Follow Greg.

David Dye and I bring you a leadership interview with Chewbacca.


Best of Leadership Posts for 2015

“Never tell me the odds.” -Hans Solo

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited: Beth shares several things she’s learned after 10 years in business. 10 Things I Learned in 10 Years of Business, Part 1  Part 2 Follow Beth.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership: You can’t lead others if you can’t lead yourself. Here is a baker’s dozen of things to master to be the best leader you can be. Follow Wally.

Sean Glaze of Great Results Team Building: I was surprised by how dirty and brown I was at the finish line, by how cold the wet clothes I was wearing felt, and by how much my legs and chest burned from the over two hours it took us all to finish. But I was also surprised by how proud our family smiles were when they took our photo. Follow Sean.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement: Successfully shepherding change within an organization is often a challenge. Often change management strategies are mainly about how to cope with a toxic culture but exclude the option of fixing the toxic culture. Why not address the root causes instead of trying band-aids?  Follow John.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader recognizes those intangible and not-so-tangible traits that help measure a leaders ability to succeed. Follow Paul.

Scott Mabry of Soul to WorkLearning to lead lightly is a series of practices that can help us manage our energy and act in alignment with our best intentions. Follow Scott.

“Once you start down the dark path, forever it will dominate your destiny.” -Yoda

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership:  What are the most important three words for any relationship between a manager and employee? Hint: it’s not “I love you.” Follow Dan.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference: Big issues face us. We latch onto shallow statements and thoughts. Logic lacks. Depth disappears. Civility dissipates. How can we begin to think more deeply?  Follow Jon.

Michelle Pallas of Put energy into transparent communications and #LeadON!  Follow Michelle.

LaRae Quy of Mental Toughness Center!:  As our world becomes more and more complex, mental toughness will become an essential mindset. Building mental toughness is a life long task, but here is the good news: Mental toughness is not something we were born with, it is something we can learn. Follow LaRae.

“All mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It’s the only way we grow.” Padme

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute gives us Three leadership lessons from the legacy of the late B.B. King.  Follow Artika.


Frontline Festival: Leaders Share about the Power of Gratitude

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our November Festival is all about gratitude. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

karin hurt and david dye talk winning wellNext month, in celebration of the launch of the new Star Wars: the Force Awakens movie we’re going to give you two options. You’re welcome to submit your “best of” post of 2015. Or, if you want to try something a bit more edgy, try writing a Star Wars Inspired Post. Please submit your links here.

A Parade of Gratitude

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited shares how to write a thank you note they will thank YOU for. Follow Beth.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership reminds us that gratitude is good for you, but an attitude of gratitude is not enough. You get maximum benefits if you spread it around. Follow Wally.

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC reminds us that gratitude is a state of mind and encourages us to celebrate the energy of gratitude. So, how can we actively invoke gratitude? Follow Michelle.

Whether you lead a multinational company, a human-service nonprofit, a team of three engineers trying to solve a stubborn problem, are a parent, or a community volunteer, in your role as a leader you give and receive truly significant gifts nearly every day of the year. David Dye of Trailblaze  provides motivation, encouragement, and inspiration in this list of forty-five leadership gifts you can both give and receive. Follow David.

Henna Inam of Transformational Leadership says that gratitude is a leadership practice. Here are three benefits of gratitude in the workplace and five ways to practice so it becomes a mind-set that creates resilience, engagement, and productivity. Follow Henna.

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John F. Kennedy

Barbara Kimmel of Trust Across America asks, “Do you want people to trust you?” A bit of gratitude never hurts!  Follow Barbara.

Terri Klass of Terri Klass Consulting advises that to inspire others and cultivate an environment of collaboration with both their teams and customers, honoring these four L’s of Leadership can be so impactful. One of the L’s is Love, demonstrating the power of showing appreciation and gratitude. When leaders show empathy and respect for each team member’s perspective, they are embodying the L of Love. Follow Terri. 

Robyn McLeod of Thoughtful Leaders Blog   presents “Making Thanksgiving a Leadership Skill” where she shares six meaningful tips for making Thanksgiving a year-round leadership practice and reaping greater benefits. Follow Robyn.

Michelle Pallas of says, “A smile changes everything. A thank you makes the connection. Your behavior changes the world. Lead On!” Follow Michelle.

According to LaRae Quy of Mental Toughness Center shares that mental toughness is how you manage your thoughts, behavior, and emotions in ways that will set you up for success and includes the powerful element of gratitude. Whether you’re investigating the activities of a foreign spy, trying to navigate the politics of your work environment, or starting a new business—mental toughness requires keeping in shape to meet the challenges you will be facing.  Follow LaRae.

Willy Steiner from Executive Coaching Concepts explains why gratitude is not just a way to be appreciative, but it’s good for us physically and emotionally as well. He also reflects on some simple techniques for taking advantage of these benefits on a regular basis, making being thankful a habit. Follow Willy.

John Stoker of Dialogue WORKS asks how we can put THANKS in our Thanksgiving, giving tips on how to be more thankful and help others in the process. Follow John.

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute shares that gratitude is about expressing appreciation. Service provides an opportunity to express gratitude by giving back and making a difference. Follow Artika.

In Gratitude

This month, I’m deeply grateful for all of you in our LGL community, and for my amazing clients and team. It’s wonderful to work with kindred spirits, passionate about not only winning, but winning well– without crushing hearts and spirits in the process.

Thank you to Beth Beutler, my wonderful strategic assistant and a role model of confident humility. Megan Constantino, Becky Robinson and the team at Weaving Influence for their strategic and passionate approach to spreading my message around the world. My talented creative team at Red Jacket West, who say YES! to all my wild ideas and execute elegantly as we work to make real leadership development more accessible to those with smaller budgets. My Winning Well co-author and daily inspiration, David Dye, , and the wonderful team at the AMACOM who have made our book stronger while supporting us along the way. My wonderful family, and so many more on the extended LGL team.  Namaste and thank you.

SPECIAL EDITION-Frontline Festival – Thought Leaders Share about 7 Roles That Lead to Lasting Results

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. I’m delighted to have so many thought leaders weighing in on the seven roles I see as most critical to building results that last.

This Festival is also a celebration of my new multi-media e-course that is launching October 27th. You can learn more about it by clicking here.

On that page, you can also download my FREE ebook: Mentoring in the Age of the Millennial and sign up for my FREE 5 Day Leadership Challenge.

Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Thought Leaders Share About 7 Roles That Lead to Lasting Results


Translator:  Don’t Motivate Until You Translate

Key Question:  What’s most IMPORTANT?

Key Behaviors: Stays on top of industry and competitive trends; helps his or her team understand how their work fits into the bigger picture; works to ensure other departments know what we do and why it’s important.

Thought Leaders Share:

According to David Dye of Trailblaze, many team leaders consign their people to meaningless drudgery and are surprised when people don’t care about the work. David shares how to avoid this leadership mistake and keep your people energized with one simple practice.  Follow David.

Charles Saliba of HR Works tells us that leaders are messengers. They play the most important role in mobilizing their teams, helping them see the whole picture, and stimulating their motivation. Hence, if Leaders are unable to translate the Business Vision to their employees, they will not be able to motivate them. Follow Charles.


Builder: To See More, Be More

Key Question: How do we IMPROVE?

Key Behaviors: Challenges each team member to continuously improve their skills; addresses performance issues head on; provides consistent, candid feedback.

Thought Leaders Share:

Chantal Bechervaise of Take It Personel-ly  reminds us that Leadership is a skill. And like any other skill, it can be something you’re naturally talented at, something you practice, and something you learn. This post examines some of the “good” skills that leaders have or should have. Follow Chantal.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership points out that human beings are naturally creative. Your challenge is to get them to share ideas at work. It’s not that hard. Follow Wally.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement suggests you favor efforts that will help you build organizational capacity to do more of what you want going forward. Partially this is about building expertise in the organization. It is also about building your circle of influence so you can expand to more ambitious improvement efforts once the organization is prepared to succeed with such efforts.  Follow John.

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute  suggests that Nelson Mandela’s leadership legacy provides us with a daily challenge to make an impact through service in the global community. We are reminded that it is #Time2Serve and the time to serve is always now. Follow Artika.

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog presents Building with Thrown Bricks where she shares that successful times are those when we take the bricks that others throw at us and choose not to be defeated, not to give up, and not to live our life dodging thrown bricks, but instead to build an even stronger foundation for the project we’re leading, the goal we’re after, the life of our dreams, and the person we want to be.  Follow Lisa.

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Connector: Trust Them to Trust You

Key Question:  How can we best work TOGETHER?

Key Behaviors:  Communicates frequently through multiple channels; provides opportunities for cross training; helps the team surface and discuss their conflicts productively.

Thought Leaders Share:

Paula Kiger of Perspicacity shares about Bob Hentzen, who led an organization which crossed boundaries of 22 countries and many socio economic and other boundaries. He left the poorest people feeling capable and the richest people feeling connected to the poor.  Follow Paula. 

John Manning of Map Consulting reminds us that if you trust your team you’ll not only foster employee morale, growth, and productivity but also attract the best and brightest talent throughout the course of your leadership. Here are three surefire ways to show your people you trust them.  Follow John.  

Jennifer Miller of The People Equation says leaders must give trust to get it in return from their teams. But trusting behavior doesn’t just “happen.” She offers seven questions for leaders to ponder to determine their trust-building Point of View. Follow Jennifer.


Key Question:  How do WE make a difference?

Key Behaviors: Rallies his or her team toward a compelling vision of the future; asks great questions that inspire employees to do more; people on his/her team are excited about what they are up to.

Thought Leaders Share:

Matt McWilliams of Matt McWilliams Consulting shares that every great leader must learn to instill belief in his team. When you say “I believe in you” to someone, you are empowering them to stretch beyond their limits and achieve new levels of success. Follow Matt.

Bill Treasurer of Giant Leap Consulting suggest that one challenge most leaders face is how to inspire more workplace creativity. Inspiring creativity and imagination often requires disrupting people’s mental routine and catching them off guardFollow Bill.


Backer: Help Them Taste the Win


Key Question:  How do we accomplish MORE?

Key Behaviors: Proactively removes roadblocks for his or her team; helps team members recover from setbacks or disappointments; will “take a bullet” for the team.

Thought Leaders Share:

According to Lisa Hamaker of How Good Can You Stand It? leaders know that empowering each person on their team reaps benefits, but may focus on hard skills. Here are Three Ways that the super soft skill of Creating Joyful Work benefits the team’s work. Follow Lisa.


Accelerator: Burn the Script

Key Question: How can I HELP?

Key Behaviors: Finds ways to eliminate wasteful and redundant work; runs efficient and effective meetings; includes the right people in decisions so projects move along efficiently.

Thought Leaders Share:

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC tells us leaders must be in better touch with their communication and emotional intelligence styles to be significant transformers in today’s frenetic human spheres. It will serve them to generate enthusiasm and momentum for the visions that put before their people. Follow Michelle.

Chery Gegelman of Simply Understanding  shares that when objectives increase, the volume of customers increase, the demands on your time increase and the effectiveness of your tools decrease… How do you do more with less?  Follow Chery.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader reveals that routine can slow down an organization; excuses even more so. By burning the script of “we’ve always done it this way”, organizations can start to move forward towards faster innovation and growth. Follow Paul.

Blogger David Oddis was inspired by the Accelerator role and shares an analogy he has used with his team for many years, with success. Follow David.

William Steiner of Executive Coaching Concepts gives a simple and practical step by step guide to reducing 5% of what’s on everyone’s plate by identifying what you can stop doing.  Follow William.



Key Question:  How do we SHARE our success?

Key Behaviors:  Provides the team with opportunities to communicate their results to key stakeholders; advocates for team members and their careers; helps employees build a strong network of position relations with other departments.

Thought Leaders Share:

One of the tasks of an Ambassador is to set healthy boundaries with and for the team. This involves being able to say “no” graciously. Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited gives us some tips on how to do just thatFollow Beth.

Call For Submissions: Next Month’s Festival is all about Gratitude. New submissions always welcome. Click here to submit a post.


7 Roles of an Exceptional Leader


Frontline Festival: 22 Leaders Share about Peer Relationships

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our August Festival is all about communication. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Festival is a special edition! See details below.

 Twenty-two Ways to Strengthen Peer Relationships

What one word would your co-workers use to describe you? Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited gives an A-to-Z list of positive character traits for work.  Follow Beth.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership says your peers can help you do a better job sooner. Here’s how to get the most from their experienceFollow Wally.

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC asks, “Where is the value in peer relationships?” Turns out, there’s quite a bit. Follow Michelle.

According to David Dye of Trailblaze, one of the most difficult leadership transitions you ever make is to move from being ‘one of the gang’ to leading that team. David shares practical tips to help you make this transition work and maintain your relationships.Follow David.

My film maker nephew, and LGL tribe member, Jared Herr with Steven Spielberg.

My film maker nephew, and LGL tribe member, Jared Herr with Steven Spielberg.

When I was a kid, there was no collaboration; it’s you with a camera bossing your friends around. But as an adult, filmmaking is all about appreciating the talents of the people you surround yourself with and knowing you could never have made any of these films by yourself. -Steven Spielberg

Chery Gegelman of Simply Understanding asks, “Do you take pride in speaking the truth but often struggle to speak it in a way that others will hear and receive your message?  A spoonful of sugar helps!”  Follow Chery.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement advises that when you build a team-based culture the relationship between co-workers should nearly always be peer to peer (with exceptional cases where someone must take authority to make decisions that require reverting to the hierarchy on some specific decision). Follow John

Barbara Kimmel of Trust Across America shares that high trust organizations embrace collaboration which leads to higher productivity and profitability. Follow Barbara.

According to Terri Klass of Terri Klass Consulting, constructive work relationships can make or break a team’s success. To build meaningful connections with our peers, it is essential that we trust one another and cultivate an open line of communication. Follow Terri. 

Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships. – Stephen Covey

Melissa Lamson of Lamson Consulting  shares, “It may surprise you–as it did me–that there are still times when men have difficulty finding common ground with their female colleagues. Men and women both miss out on opportunities to build advantageous new connections in their industries. Here are ten tips to help men connect with female colleagues.” Follow Melissa

John Manning of Map Consulting reminds us that as leaders we have the power to make our direct reports feel good or bad about their performance.  So set a new goal to bring out the best in your people.  Follow John.  

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership explains why you need to pay attention to your peers, and offers 10 ways to get started. Follow Dan.

In the post, Why it is Imperative to Break Down Silos Now and Five Ways to Do It, Robyn McLeod of Thoughtful Leaders Blog shares that building trust, fostering collaboration, and being a role model lessens the friction points within your company and creates more productive alliances.  Follow Robyn.

Assumptions are the termites of relationships. – Henry Winkler

Scott Mabry of Soul to Work shares that leading in community is transformational. It moves our hearts and stimulates our minds. The paradigm of work and the organization changes. We become for each other, not just the firm or even the mission. Follow Scott.

Matt McWilliams of Matt McWilliams Consulting notes that the secret to getting more out of relationships is simple and yet so difficult to swallow. If you feel unfulfilled in any relationship, if you feel like you are not getting enough of out of it, then you are not putting enough into it. Follow Matt.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference asks, “Would your peers consider you in the category of ‘saint?’ Can any effective leaders be qualified as saintly? Here are a few virtues to pursue on the road to saintly leadership. Follow Jon.

Jonathan Moss of the Lead Change Group shares that clearly communicating the big picture and leading through change isn’t enough. Leaders have to figure out what behaviors need to change and change the situation that will lead to changing those behaviors. Follow Jonathan.

Michelle Pallas of has simple advice. Work on trust first.   Follow Michelle.

Our culture is all about shallow relationships. But that doesn’t mean we should stop looking each other in the eye and having deep conversations. – Francis Chan

Leadership Coach Julie Pierce (Empowered by Pierce) says leadership is lonely; therefore community is critical to our success.  Cultivating relationships with peers, coaches and 3am friends will make our leadership thrive. Follow Julie.

Alli Polin of Break the Frame  points out that if you’re second in command, it doesn’t make you a second fiddle. You have a peer relationship, both with the unique ability to lead the way forward in different ways.  Follow Alli.

Jim Ryan of Soft Skills for Hard Jobs gives us a few good reasons why we shouldn’t judge others at work and how to stop doing it. Follow Jim.

It may sound silly, but you’ve got to remember to care deeply about the people you are training.  Bill Treasurer of Giant Leap Consulting, shares, “I remember to ‘love them’ which helps ground me in the truth that these are people coming with their own wisdom and experience. Follow Bill.

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute  suggests that effective peer relationships begin with building a shared vision, supporting collective engagement, and promoting mutual respect. Follow Artika.

Call for Submissions

SPECIAL EDITIONFor October, we have a SPECIAL EDITION of the Frontline Festival. It’s about 7 Roles of an Exceptional Team Leader Submissions due October 9th. As this special edition coincides with the launch of my multi-media course Results That Last: 7 Roles Every Manager Must Master, I’m going to invite you to submit a post that relates to one of the 7 roles (you’ll actually see that almost anything you have will fit into one of the roles in the model.) The Special Edition will go live October 16th– and I’m hoping to make an extra ruckus.

The 7 Roles of an Exceptional Team Leader

Translator: Don’t motivate until you translate
Builder: To see more, be more
Connector: Trust them to trust you
Galvanizer: Help them taste the win
Accelerator: Burn the script
Backer: Detect, then protect
Ambassador: Polish the boundaries

You can read more about the 7 roles by clicking here.

And, if you can, I’d like you to think of a well-known leader that exemplifies the role you chose to include. (We’ll use this in a separate post on October 23rd again with links back to you, so there’s additional exposure). Please use this link for your submissions.

Stay-tuned for additional fun throughout the month, including an opportunity to celebrate every day life leaders performing exceptional in each of these roles.