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How to Become the Best Leader Possible

What makes someone the best leader possible? I just finished speaking in Phoenix at one of the largest associations in the world, the International Franchise Association. Leaders from a lot of different franchise groups attend, so I spent lots of time talking to them. I really clarified in my own mind what a great leader is and how to become […]

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How to Motivate Your Team Long Term

l One of the great challenges for any leader is motivating his or her team. That’s what being a leader is: It’s motivating other people to take action, achieve and accomplish. There’s something I haven’t really understood and haven’t had 100% clarity on until recently. I learned that motivation is an external concept. Motivation is something you offer people. Or […]

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An Important Choice that Makes Great Leaders

There’s a huge emergence of entrepreneurship in this country right now – you can see it on social media and TV shows like Shark Tank and The Profit. There are lots of ways to run your business and work from home, and I’m a fan of the idea of being an entrepreneur. At Southwestern Consulting, we’re not 100% entrepreneurs, but […]

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What’s leadership?

What’s leadership? The word leadership gets thrown around a lot, right? Have you ever taken a class on leadership? Probably not. My minor from the University of Denver was actually in leadership, but I attended a very new, unique program. That’s not the case for most people. The thing about leadership in the real world is that you learn how […]

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What Leadership Really Is

It’s possible that you think of leadership completely wrong. It’s possible that you don’t even accurately understand what leadership really is. Because for whatever reason, we often think of the leader as the person who is elevated. We think of the leader as the boss who should be feared and respected. We think of the leader as the person in […]

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Leading Like Jesus with Ken Blanchard – Episode 209 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Ken Blanchard is a prominent, sought-after author, speaker, and business consultant. He is respected for his lifetime of groundbreaking research and thought leadership that has influenced the day-to-day management and leadership of people and companies throughout the world. With a passion to turn every leader into a servant leader, Ken shares his insightful and powerful message with audiences around the […]

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The Limit of a Leader

Your level of influence as a leader is directly limited by the size of your ego. The larger your ego, the less your chance to reach your leadership potential. The smaller your ego, the greater your chance to reach your leadership potential. Ego is a conundrum that many leaders will eventually have to face. Overcome it, and there is no […]

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The 5 Love Languages for Leaders with Dr. Gary Chapman – Episode 206 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Dr. Gary Chapman has degrees from some of the most respected colleges and seminaries. He’s written some of the best-selling books of the past decade and appeared on thousands of radio and television programs across the country. But Dr. Gary Chapman knows more than just a lot of scholarly theories and practical advice—he knows people. He knows how to relate to people, how to have […]

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Why Your Organization Isn't Growing and 5 Behaviors to Groom Future Leaders

Why Your Organization Isn’t Growing and 5 Behaviors to Groom Future Leaders

A leader’s job is not to create followers. A leader’s job is to create other leaders. And it’s a frustrating place when an organization is stuck, stagnant, and not growing. But often time a core cause of that is because the leader isn’t engaging in practices that develop other leaders. How do you do that? Here’s 5 simple ideas: 1.Teach […]

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6 Elements of Great Communication with Dianna Booher – Episode 203 of The Action Catalyst Podcast

Dianna Booher is the bestselling author of 47 books, published in 60 foreign-language editions, with nearly 4 million copies sold. Her personal development topics include leadership communication, executive presence, writing, and life balance. Her most popular titles include: Creating Personal Presence: Look, Talk, Think, and Act Like a Leader • What MORE Can I Say? Why Communication Fails and What to […]

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How to Recruit Your Friends for Anything

Job #1 of a leader is to A.B.R. – always be recruiting. After all, how can you be a leader if there is no one to follow you? And when it comes to recruiting, the best type of recruiting is personal recruiting- recruiting people who you already know and who know you. We know that statistically, in almost every group, […]

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One Devastating Mistake A Leader Should Never Make

If you’re going to become a great leader there is one thing you must never do. There is one behavior you must immediately extinguish. There is one habit that you must permanently eradicate. You cannot talk negatively about other people in their absence to subordinates. Ever. Gossip in general is a very destructive dynamic. But when the leader does it, […]

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7 Critical Components of a Powerful Morning Routine 

One of the most important habits of developing consistent high performance in your life is to put your self-esteem into your work habits rather than your production. The reason is because we want our confidence tied to things that we can control rather than things we can’t. Production often fluctuates up and down but our effort, work ethic, and intensity […]

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7 Steps to Recruit Amazing New Team Members with Lightning Speed

“What’s the fastest, cheapest way to recruit amazing people?” That question was recently posed to me verbatim by one of our clients. Before I share with you the answer, think first about this question: “What’s the fastest, cheapest way to sell new clients?” Because the answer is the same for both questions: Referrals from your current customers! And when it […]

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How to Recruit Top Talent for Your Team

How do you recruit good people? It’s one of the biggest challenges that our clients struggle with and why they come to us at Southwestern Consulting. Recruiting is an important topic and it’s one of my favorite. My start at Southwestern in college was catapulted because I loved and figured out recruiting early on and happen to break a 150-year-old […]

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How to Become a More Admired Leader…By the End of the Day

There is a lot to learn about leadership. Leadership is in some ways very multifaceted, complex, and unique to the situations where it is called for. Recently, I attended the unfortunate and unexpected yet uplifting funeral of a legend of Southwestern culture, Spencer Hays. Spencer was a personal mentor of mine and someone whom I’ve always admired. Spencer made generous […]

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The Essence of a Leader

Everyone wants to be a leader…until that moment where they have to truly step up and lead.  Because we often associate leadership with impressive titles, more pay, and additional job perks.  Yet leadership isn’t made in corner offices or fancy boardrooms. Real leadership happens on the front lines.  And what most leaders don’t understand about leading is that it isn’t […]

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