Should You Pay Bad Employees to Quit?

$2,000! That’s how much Zappos will pay you, not as a signing bonus, but to quit your job!  That’s right—$2,000 NOT to stay with them. Would you do it? Based on asking groups this question, people usually fall into one of three camps: The first group says, “Heck yeah, I’ll leave here faster than the […]

How To Create a Vision and Mission Statement

Let’s play a game. Below are five vision statements. Your challenge is to guess which vision statement belongs to which of these five brands: Microsoft, Nike, Google, Amazon, and Tesla. Ready? Let’s go… “To empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” “To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in […]

Starting a Conversation with a Stranger – The C.A.T.S.I. Framework

Three things that intimidate me: If you are like me, I can’t help you with the first two, but for the third one—meeting new people for the first time—I created a clever little strategy to help me not only start a conversation but also build a connection with someone that I’m meeting for the first […]

The Ivy Lee Method of Time Management

Have you ever felt your unofficial motto is “I’ll do it later”?  If you’re nodding your head, you’re not alone. Time management often feels like squeezing a sleeping bag back into its tiny bag — seemingly impossible. But fear not, because I’m here to guide you through mastering time management and introduce you to your […]

4 Questions Every Strategy Retreat Should Answer

You have an upcoming team strategy retreat but don’t have an agenda yet. Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered! You want to make it valuable, worthwhile, and productive, but you’ve never run a strategy retreat. Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered! Several years ago, I was elected to the board of the National Speakers Association […]

How to Create a Simple Budget for Your Organization

$20 for food. $10 for technology. Which leaves…$150 for me! If only budget creation were as simple as playing with Monopoly money. However, I’m the guy in Monopoly who buys hotels on Park Place but has zero cash in my bank. While Monopoly money won’t actually buy you anything in real life, a well-constructed budget […]

How To Set S.M.A.R.T. Goals

“What’s your personal goal?” I asked him. “To go to the gym,” he responded. “Great! How many times?” I asked. “Three times per week,” he responded. “Great! For how long?” “45 minutes.” “Great! Is that 45 minutes for all three sessions or 45 minutes per session?” “Each session.” “Great! Lastly, is this something you’ll have […]

How to Run an Effective Brainstorming Session

Have you ever been in a brainstorming session that felt more like a brain-draining session? Brainstorming sessions get a bad rap, but the end result of a great brainstorming session is exactly what leaders want: Creative ideas, team bonding, and new energy. But most people are bad at running brainstorming sessions because no one ever […]

How to Delegate Work To Your Team

So you aspire to be a leader, huh? Well, the only way to achieve leadership is by guiding others to accomplish tasks. This means, at some point, you will need to delegate work to others. Great leaders are adept at delegation. Renowned leadership expert John C. Maxwell once said, “If you want to do a […]

How to Achieve Perfect Team Alignment in Three Simple Steps

Teamwork makes the dream work! Can I see a show of hands, how many of you resonate with that phrase?  Only a few hands are going up. Some of you may be recalling your school days, cringing at the memory of group projects. Well, for better or worse, group projects are a part of our […]

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