Archive for the ‘Leadership Principles and Philosophies’ Category

Are You More than 50 Miles from Home?: Outsourcing Leadership Development

Reagan era politician and well-known political strategist Edwin Meese is famous for saying the following: “An expert is somebody who is more than 50 miles from home, has no responsibility for implementing the advice he gives, and shows no sides.”—Edwin Meese Sage wisdom, and it’s even truer today for leadership development.  Why?  Let’s break it down. More than 50 miles […]

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Coaching to Skill or Will

One of the hardest parts of being a leader is confronting an underperformer. It is difficult because it is uncomfortable. Sometimes it is difficult because you just don’t know what to do to help that person. When someone is not reaching their potential, it is always a matter either of skill or of will. Our job as leaders is to identify […]

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Are You Guilty of “Drive-by Management?”

After we had been coaching together for a few months, Ted (a managing director in the insurance business) told me: “Before working together, I was guilty of drive-by management.” Ted, like so many managers, would do his rounds in the morning. He would pop his head in the door and ask: “How are you? Anything I can help with?” That was […]

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Confront Head On

Sometimes people don’t do what they say they will do. Sometimes the people that we lead are clearly acting out of bounds. These are times when they need to be confronted. As leaders, we may want to run from these conversations, but we need to run face first into these situations. The longer we put off having these tough conversations, […]

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The Tenth Income Producing Activity of Sales Leaders (Part 10 of 12)

Shadow your team members on a REGULAR basis. A day in the field is worth a hundred personal conferences or meetings. Today, the 10th income-producing activity is to shadow each of your team members in the field on a regular basis. At Southwestern Consulting we believe that spending some shoulder to shoulder quality time in the area with your team […]

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God doesn’t call the capable. He calls the available.

God made us all capable, but are we really available?   We were made to be ambassadors though service to His Kingdom and communication of His message. As such, we are all capable. I wonder though… where are the many who are called but do not answer?   To be capable is the ability to achieve. It’s the competency and proficiency […]

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Discover This Top Financial Advisor’s Surprising Sales Tip

“My attitude is, if you try to help people, good things will happen to you. Taking the focus out of how much money do I make per hour, which I do well, but that’s not the focus. By helping a client determine what they want and what they need, we can help them make intelligent and informed decisions.” -Bill Manby, […]

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The Ninth Income Producing Activity of Sales Leaders (Part 9 of 12)

Are you running specific contests for your team with incentives attached to them on a regular basis? As a sales manager, we always get what we promote. When you’re creating a contest, you want to think about what sort of activity or behavior do you want to promote? At Southwestern Consulting we teach our clients to structure contests around things […]

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Our story makes us who we are. Our choices make us who we will be.

Have you ever thought about these two statements? I have. What comes to my mind is how our story is made up of our past, while our choices determine our future.   Having the good fortune to have worked with college students for two decades with Southwestern Advantage, I’ve come to realize they are in a crossroads of finding who […]

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How Should You be Focusing Your Time as a Sales Leader? Part 2 of 12

As sales leaders, are you doing actual sales training EVERY week to help your team grow? Ask yourself these questions: Am I training my people how to manage their time? Am I training them how to close? Am I training them how to leverage online media to build their brand to generate more leads? It is one of the most […]

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Income Producing Activities for Sales Leaders (Part 1 of 12)

As a sales leader, are you proactively recruiting and doing recruiting interviews? In my first installment of 12 activities that sales leaders need to do to make money, I am going to talk about the importance for you to be constantly recruiting. Even if there is NOT a need currently, you NEED to have a file of source resumes. Otherwise, […]

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How Sales Leaders Can Cut Interruptions In Half (Part 2)

Let’s talk about my second tip in cutting interruptions in half. It is about adding a SPEED BUMP in front of team member interruptions in your day. REQUIRING them to send a TEXT with what the challenge or issue is can teach CRITICAL THINKING and develop PROBLEM-SOLVING in your team. This can help prevent interruptions and prevent a drop in […]

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How Sales Leaders Can Cut Interruptions in Half (Part 1)

Charge a price for ADMISSION into your office! Every time a team member walks through your door require that they have at least two viable ideas to solve the challenge in front of them. It will help to train your team members to be future leaders. In my first installment of this series targeted toward sales leaders, I talked about […]

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What You Need To Know To Succeed As A Long-Term Leader

If you’ve followed me for a while, you may have heard me talk about a man named Spencer Hays. Spencer was the legendary majority shareholder of the Southwestern family of companies. When I was in college I worked for the Southwestern Advantage program. I made a lot of money and learned a lot of skills selling educational children’s reference materials […]

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The Servant Selling Concepts

Around Southwestern Consulting, we’ve developed a term over the last several years that we often use called Servant Selling. Recently, one of our groups took the time to codify many of the things that we believe in and mean when we use the term Servant Selling. We call it our Servant Selling Concepts. Take a read… Servant Selling is not […]

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The Universal Limiter

A week ago, none of the trees were blooming. Nothing outside was green. All of it was barren and not growing. But that’s what happens, right? Every single year, in certain seasons things stop growing and sometimes they die. But then they start growing again. Chances are that you’re part of an organization or a company that desires growth. You’re […]

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The Key to Great Leadership

Last weekend, my wife Amanda and I and were very fortunate to attend a conference led by Ken Blanchard. Condoleezza Rice, the former U.S. Secretary of State, was just one of the compelling speakers. We were there to learn about leadership. A really powerful idea hit me while I was listening to the different speakers. While this idea might not […]

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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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