21 Traits to Lead by Example: Rate Yourself

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Early in my career, I had the privilege to work for a couple of companies that believed in lifelong learning and training. I attended over 100 leadership seminars and conferences. Many of these programs talked about “leading by example.”  I asked myself, “What do they really mean by that?” While each course provided an overload of helpful leadership strategies, none of the trainers or facilitators really ever specifically said, “Here’s what it means in detail…”  So I made it a quest to learn and define it.

Over time, I noticed that managers often had a glazed look in their eyes when I would say to “lead by example.” The phrase had become a platitude, like “communicate better.”  I added discussions in leadership meetings and coaching sessions, to hear from others and find out what they thought it meant. Eventually I made a list of traits I had learned from those experiences. Below are those traits. Why not use this list to check […]

By |June 12th, 2015|0 Comments

Increase Your Learning; Accelerate Your Career

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Do you know everything you need to know about what it takes to succeed in your career? “It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts,” says former President Harry S.Truman. Do you want a breakthrough in your personal success this year? Why not seek a positive change? Why not help your employees succeed more? Their success determines your success as a leader.

An interesting fact shows that only 13% of people read a book a month. Nearly half of all people read fewer than two books a year. Accenture found that only 21% of employees attended a company sponsored training program in the last five years. In other words too many people are “stuck” in the status quo. In this rapidly changing world, the lack of a commitment to on-going learning, self-directed or company driven, is a liability. Those leaders who accelerate their learning will have an edge.

I am reminded of a story. I was at the YMCA getting dressed after a workout. […]

By |May 24th, 2015|0 Comments


Do you want more success? Do you feel you are capable of achieving more? Where is your success, anyway? How do you continue to be successful? In this motivational video Rick will share your 3 potentials that activate the greatest success secret of all-time.

All of us become frustrated, disappointed and dejected at times. Life events that go bad can beat down even the strongest person. As Sly Stallone said in the movie Rocky Balboa, ““Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as Life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!”

The greatest success secret of all-time isn’t about the journey of […]

By |May 18th, 2015|2 Comments

5 Secrets to Accelerate Your Career

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Have you ever been high? I mean really high…no kidding?Did you know you have to be high to accelerate your career?

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Arnold Lemerand knows what it means to get high. One day, he was driving with his wife through the neighborhood. As he passed by a construction site, he heard some children frantically screaming. He hurried to their location, where he spotted a young boy with his head pinned under a sewage pipe. If he didn’t act quickly, the pipe would suffocate the boy in the sand. What could he do? Without a second thought, he did the only thing possible; he lifted the 1600 pound pipe and the boy was freed.

Later in an interview with the UPI, Arnold explained that he had a heart attack recently and the doctor told him not to life heavy items. The pipe was so heavy that his two teenage sons tried to lift the pipe and couldn’t. How did Arnold […]

By |May 6th, 2015|0 Comments

Walk the Walk; Don’t Just Talk the Talk

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Have you ever worked for someone who said one thing and did another? Did you trust that person? Probably not. Every day we see leaders fall from grace because they didn’t follow-through on stated values  or do what they said they would do. Leading by example is not a new concept but it is one that is needed. Too many leaders expect one thing from their team and they do another. Real leaders-superstar leaders as we call them-model the way. They lead with integrity, treat others respectfully and with dignity, provide superior service, set high standards, and act with genuine intentions.

However, over 50% of managers fail today. Most lack skills in creating plans, building a high performing teams, listening effectively, coaching, handling conflict, executing plans and dealing with poor performance. As a result employee engagement is at all-time lows. It doesn’t have to be that way. Too many leaders aren’t students of game and quit learning just when they need new concepts, skills and ideas the most. Be […]

By |April 24th, 2015|0 Comments

The Art and Science of Exemplary Coaching

You can’t be a great manager if you aren’t a good coach. Unfortunately, coaching is a lost skill. If you walk the halls of the corporate world, you won’t hear or see much coaching for two reasons.

  • Managers seem too be extremely busy.
  • Managers are in too many meetings.

Do you want to distinguish your results as a manager? Do you want to accelerate your success as a leader? Then pay attention and learn here; if not, just stay right where you are. Maybe for the rest of your career.

Coaching Works!

Coaching makes a huge difference on the bottom-line. A study by the Personnel Management Association compared training alone to coaching and training found that training alone increased productivity by 22.4%. Training plus coaching increased productivity by 88%! Another found a return on investment of coaching to be 529%. The evidence shows that exemplary coaching produces excellent results. Watch this leadership training video and get more details, and sding article, The Art and Science of Exemplary Coaching.

Why don’t managers coach?

Those who don’t coach don’t […]

By |April 14th, 2015|0 Comments

10 Habits of Truly Terrific Employees

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Truly terrific employees distinguish themselves from all others in ways that are strikingly apparent to their colleagues and bosses.  Much of it is about their behavior and attitude, but it is more than that. They genuinely care about what they do and have pride in their work. Unfortunately, they are way to rare.

Here are ten habits that the best employees exhibit every day. I have met many through consulting projects over the last twenty years. They are exceptional people and a joy to work with. Emulate them and you will move you to the top of the heap. I believe every person has the truly terrific within them, waiting to emerge.  As Sly and the Family Stone said in a song, “Everybody is a star!”  Do you want to ramp up your career and move ahead?  Then picture YOURSELF being terrific, because you are if you choose to be.

1. Handle the tasks no one else likes […]

By |April 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Be a “Student of the Game” of Leadership


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Don’t be like other managers, supervisors, coaches, trainers and leaders. 50-67% fail every day. Be different! Be effective! Do it for yourself, your family and your team. Check out these resources to ramp up your success this year! Become a “student of the game” of leadership. We believe you can achieve incredible goals with the right game plan and approach!

Do you want a proven game-plan for career success? If so, check out Doug and Rick’s Superstar book series.

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By |April 5th, 2015|0 Comments