best leadership insights of 2019

Leaders Share the Best Leadership Insights of 2019: A Frontline Festival

Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival!  This month, our contributors share their Best leadership insights of 2019 which we’ve loosely organized in our Winning Well principles of confidence, humility, results, and relationships.

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

For 2020, we will welcome new contributors to join us by contributing articles, videos and podcasts. Each month, we’ll also include a special Asking for a Friend. to highlight new leadership authors. January’s topic is achieving better results in 2020.  Click here to submit links to your content!

Wise Words about Results

Sean GlazeSean Glaze of Great Results Teambuilding asks How Do You Create Buy-In and Get People to Go All-In on ANY Team? This is one of the great challenges of teammates who care or team leaders who are struggling to inspire commitment. Follow Sean.


Tony Mastri of Marion Marketing gives us Nine of the Best B2B Marketing Strategies and Examples.  Effective B2B marketing is essential to many businesses, but it’s not always intuitive. This article covers 9 of the best business to business marketing strategies that continue to work in 2019 and beyond. Use these examples to improve your own marketing efforts in the new year!  Follow Tony.


Jesse Lynn StonerJesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership writes How to Create Shared Values that Guide Your Team to Greater Heights. These 7 guidelines will help you create shared team values that create a deeper level of trust, increase collaboration and achieve great results.  Follow Jesse.


Best Leadership Insights on Relationships

S. Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture provides a Culture Leadership Charge: Work Culture is in the Leader’s Hands. In this short video and post, Chris emphasizes that the prime drivers of work culture are senior leaders – for better or worse. If senior leaders model respect and kindness, their work culture will embrace those qualities. Follow Chris.

 Ed KrowEd Krow of Ed Krow, LLC offers Using Organizational Development to Drive Culture.  Most people use the terms “organizational development” and “human resources” interchangeably. However, there are some notable differences between what an organizational development professional does on a regular basis and what an HR professional does on a regular basis. Follow Ed.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader asks, Is it Ever Justified to Yell? We see business people, sports coaches, and other leaders yell at their teams. Is there ever a context where it’s acceptable? Or is there a better way? Follow Paul.


Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership provides Leadership: Things We Don’t Say Often Enough. We talk a lot, but there are some things we just don’t say often enough. Follow Wally.


Beth BeutlerBeth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited presents It’s Okay: A Powerful Word that Helps You Stay Honest … But that You Must Handle with Care. This one powerful word can help you minimize conflict while staying honest … depending on the tone with which you say it. Follow Beth.

Best Leadership Insights on Confidence

Ann Howell of Howell Leadership Science asks Are You a Shock Absorber or a Shock Amplifier? Emotional stability determines how you react to difficult situations and your effectiveness at work. Follow Ann.


Rachel Blakely-GrayRachel Blakely-Gray of Patriot Software, LLC  gives us 7 Staying Healthy at Work Tips.  Whether it’s flu season or not, staying healthy at work can be difficult for many employers and employees alike. Use the seven tips in this article to help you be more confident about staying healthy in 2020.  Follow Rachel.


Lisa Kohn from Chatsworth Consulting Group provides “I Shouldn’t Get Angry” and Other Myths that Can Negatively Impact Your Leadership and Your Life, a guide to acknowledging – and letting go of – your judgment and radically accepting what’s around and within you, so you can lead – and live – more powerfully. Follow Lisa.


Ken Downer of Rapid Start Leadership provides Change the Game: 7 Ways to Build Teammates Who Can Do More. Like playing a board game, as leaders, we often find ourselves simply accepting the players we have and moving them around the board as best we can. If we’re smart, we can change the game in a way that makes our players far more capable than when we began. Follow Ken.


Great Thoughts on Humility

Laura Schroeder of Working Girl provides Great Leadership Isn’t About You. Great leaders come in all shapes and sizes but they have ONE thing in common. Follow Laura. 



John EadesJohn Eades of Learnloft provides Why Bad Leaders Fall in Love with Their Title. There’s a good chance a title is hurting your ability to effectively lead. A title can be a distraction from the actual responsibility of leadership.  Follow John.


Eileen McDargh of The Energizer shares Raise Your Resiliency through Compassion.  Feeling compassion may go a long way to improving well-being, reducing stress and achieving better academic results, according to a study recently released by researchers from the University of Redlands. Follow Eileen.


David GrossmanDavid Grossman of The Grossman Group offers Trust in the Workplace: 6 Steps to Building Trust with Employees.  A leader’s ability to inspire and motivate employees is based on trust. Here are 6 ways that leaders at all levels can build trust in the workplace.  Follow David.



We are truly grateful to work with such amazing leadership thinkers to produce this Frontline Festival each month. We wish all of our contributors good health and happiness in the New Year.

Best Practices in Leadership

Best Practices in Leadership and Productivity: A Frontline Festival

Welcome to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival!  This month, our contributors share their best practices in leadership and productivity. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

The August Frontline Festival will be about leading remote or non-traditional teams.  We’ve expanded the Frontline Festival to include other formats such as podcasts and artwork and are always looking for new thought leaders to join the party. We’re always on the lookout for new ideas and best practices, Won’t you join us?  Send us your submissions here!

Best Practices in Leadership

Julie Winkle GiulioniJulie Winkle Giulioni of DesignArounds asks, What’s Your Disposition Toward Development? The ultimate leadership hack involves developing your people. Cultivating the mindset and skillset to make that happen supports individuals growth and organizational results. Follow Julie.


S. Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture provides us The Leader’s Most Powerful Tool, a three-minute video on the most powerful tool a leader has – expressing gratitude!  Follow Chris.


Robyn McLeodRobyn McLeod of Thoughtful Leaders Blog provides, Change May Be Good, but is Your Organization Ready for it? Change readiness is the prelude to change management and it can spell the difference between successful change and failed change. Adopting best practices such as devoting time and resources to establishing a clear vision and strategies, opening and prioritizing robust communication channels, employing change management tools and principles, and aligning leaders around a shared commitment and messaging will get your organization ready to successfully plan and implement change. Follow Robyn.

John Stoker of DialogueWORKS gives us Six Questions You Should Never Ask.  (a contribution to Careers In Government.) Leaders have a real opportunity to make a difference through the questions they ask. Taking the time to be deliberate with their questions can pay huge dividends. Here are some tips to help you do just that. Follow Jon.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader provides Easy Ways for Everyone to be a Better Leader. No matter how long you’ve been a leader, certain basic principles can help you improve. Here they are and how to implement them.  Follow Paul.


John HunterJohn Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement gives us How to Successfully Lead Change Efforts.  Leading change efforts requires paying attention to the existing conditions: the culture, the motivation to adopt this change and/or the motivation to resist it, the history of change where the change is being attempted and the reasons the change is desired (by at least you and hopefully others.) Then you will need to build a case for the change and manage the process. Follow John.

David GrossmanDavid Grossman of The Grossman Group shares Leaders: Stop the “Slide Shuffle” and “Overdone Outlines” for Your Next Presentation. You have another presentation and you begin preparing by pulling slides together from various presentations you’ve given. If they worked before, they can work again, you think. A scrambled or rambling presentation is often the result. Here’s a strategic approach to creating an effective presentation.  Follow David.

Kairn Hurt and Charles Fred

Karin interviews Charles Fred, Author of the 24 Hour Rule and 2019 ATD chair, on how leader’s stress impacts productivity in organizations and what to do about it.

There’s a great conversation happening on LinkedIn about this. We’d love to have you join us and offer your perspective,  Click here to add your thoughts 



Best Practices in Productivity

Maria Tanski of Patriot Software gives us 8 Ultimate Time-Saving Tips for Small Businesses. To help boost productivity in your business, you need to learn how to cut down on time suckers. Use these eight time-saving strategies to save time and get back to your business. Follow Maria.


Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership gives us Productivity and Me, what he’s learned from a half-century of trying to be more productive.  Follow Wally.



Shelley RowShelley Row of Shelley Row Associates gives us Four Tips for Vacationing without Worry.  Do you worry about leaving town for vacation or a conference? These tips from Shelley’s two-week trip without a computer or checking email show how you can lead and be productive even when you take some extended time away from your business. Follow Shelley.


Beth BeutlerBeth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited asks, What Can You Unsubscribe From? Some Questions to Help You Target the Emails to DitchMost leaders have a never-ending flow of email which can become a diversion and distraction from the important work at hand. Use this simple method to declutter that inbox for the more important messages. Follow Beth.

And additional time-saving tips …

Julie Winkle Giulioni suggests we start with a sloppy copy! It’s easy to procrastinate on the important tasks out of a desire for perfection. So, short-circuit that by setting out to do an 80% job. It takes the pressure off, establishes some momentum, and frequently yields something that’s pretty darn good in the process.

Chris Edmonds saves time by tracking commitments & to-dos with Nozbe.  It is a simple, clear, and available system that saves countless hours (and worry)!

John Stoker finds it helpful to take more time to plan before he executes.

Wally Bock finds it helpful to set up his work for the next day, before quitting for the day.

Beth Beutler keeps her to-do lists consolidated into two main apps, depending on their environment-of-use. Outlook is used for recurring tasks that are mostly completed at her home office, and Asana handles tasks and projects that she can work on in any location.

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