April 26, 2018 // 1 Comments

Warning: Labels Matter!

Every time I turn around I find another project management guru saying one of the following: Do you have enough resources to staff your project? Make sure you lobby to get the best talent on your team. Your people are your best assets. While the overall sentiment of these phrases might be accurate… we all want the best team members and adequate resources to complete our project; these phrases completely depersonalize your team and the people who are on it. Essentially, by referring to people as “talent” or “resources” your minimizing that individual to only what they can do for you. That’s the polar opposite of what we as Agile Leaders should be doing. As Agile Leaders, we should be focused on treating people with equal respect and we should…

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April 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

The Power of Intention

Lessons From the Lift: The Power of Intention Today Brian is talking about the power of intention. How can visualization and positive thinking affect your leadership outcomes?

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March 21, 2018 // 1 Comments

Leadership Techniques That Didn’t Make The Cut

6 Traditional Leadership Techniques That Didn’t Make the Cut At The Center For Agile Leadership® we are always striving to build the best culture that we can for our team. A happy team, leads to happy customers, leads to a great place to work. As students of leadership, we are constantly testing various techniques and tools. Sometimes the techniques work well and we adopt them and sometimes they don’t and we leave them by the way-side. Here are six techniques that did not make the cut in our company: Annual Performance Reviews Traditional management conducts annual performance reviews for each employee. There are really only two outcomes from this method of evaluating employees – you give them a good review at which point they expect a raise because its been…

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January 30, 2018 // 2 Comments

10 Fundamental Leadership Practices

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10 Fundamental Leadership Practices That Will Make You A Better Leader Holy crap there are too many classes, books, video, and theories about how to be an effective leader. If you read even 10% of all of the leadership books that get published each year, you would never do anything else. These days it seems that everyone has an opinion on what techniques work and which don’t. At The Center For Agile Leadership we are always experimenting with different ways to lead in order to build the best possible organizations. We’ll forever be experimenting and evolving our leadership program, but below is our list of the 10 most fundamental leadership practices that always rise to the top. We use every one of these fundamental ideas in our own company. Dream…

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January 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

Lead Your Team Outside The Boundaries

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#LearnLoveLead Series Stories From An Agile Leader Lead your team outside the boundaries.  

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January 8, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bullish Leaders

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Through teaching 30+ Certified Agile Leader® classes, I’ve had the opportunity to meet a large variety of leaders. I’ve met soft spoken leaders who work hard and lead by serving. I’ve met brash, over the top leaders who are all bluster and lead by being the loudest in the room. In today’s politically correct (PC) world, it’s easy to look at these two types of leaders and assume that the quiet, servant leader is the ideal model. It’s certainly a style closer to the principles that we teach at The Center For Agile Leadership. Yet, it’s hard to ignore the fact that some of the loudest and most braggadocios leaders to ever come through my classes have made their way to the top and are considered very successful leaders. When…

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January 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

2018: Learn, Love, Lead

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While I don’t put a lot of stock in New Year’s resolutions, I do believe in the power of having a mantra. A simple phrase that you can commit to memory, revisit in times of stress, and use as a focusing tool throughout the year. At The Center For Agile Leadership, our mantra is just three simple words: Learn, Love, Lead. Learn – Learning should never stop. As we enter 2018, commit to discovering one new valuable nugget each day. Love –  Agile Leaders practice “Agape love.” This year, choose to care for those that you lead. Take care of their wants not needs; and hug and spank as appropriate. Lead – Remember that being a leader is a choice you make every day. When you encounter hard times in 2018, pause…

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January 1, 2018 // 3 Comments

Are You Fit to Lead? Part 1

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In this series of blog posts, I’m specifically addressing the correlation between being physically fit and the ability to lead. There are obviously other factors such as being mentally fit to lead, being emotionally fit to lead, and being spiritually equipped to lead. I’m not ignoring the need to be a well rounded leader, I’m just focusing on physical fitness for this particular series of articles. I passionately believe being healthy and physically fit has a direct correlation to happiness and success, whatever your personal definition of that may be. So, let’s talk about physical fitness. First, there are dozens of definitions for being physically fit.  For me being physically fit is a combination of being well rested (appropriate sleep), being well fed (appropriate diet) and being active (appropriate level…

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December 26, 2017 // 0 Comments

Are You A Workaholic?

I am, there I admit it. Every day I wake up and look at my to do list. I have a strong desire to accomplish something. If I fail to knock something off my list then I feel sick to my stomach, almost like I have lost something important. The day seems like a waste if I don’t achieve something. So, here’s the rub… I might go a day, a week, even a month without doing something “fun”. By fun, I mean stepping away from the to-do list to do something frivolous like going to a concert, playing golf, going to a movie, etc. For you die-hard workaholics you could argue that these activities are a “waste of time”. However, others might argue that “all work and no play makes…

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December 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Are You A Hunter Or A Gatherer?

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This morning I was chatting with Patrick, my kayak fishing instructor, about the service industry. He used to work in operations running multiple big-name restaurants in Las Vegas. As we were talking, he pointed out that in order to be successful in that role you must be a giver by nature. You need to feel the desire to take care of others and give of yourself. I can say for sure that Patrick has a giver’s heart. Whenever I go fishing with him, he is attentive and caters to my every need. In contrast, I am a taker by nature. Being around such a great giver has been a very interesting experience for me. For several months, I’ve been watching Patrick and trying to emulate some of his behaviors. One…

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