Leadership Development

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We Build Leaders From the Inside-Out

Traditional leadership development is from the outside-in, focusing on skills and competencies. Authentic leadership begins from the inside-out, building our Leadership Foundation starting with taking that hard look within. We come to understand our "self" first and grow our self-awareness by understanding; our personality, preferences, strengths, development areas, and then making adjustments as needed. We then go deeper to define our core beliefs & values that define what we stand for, our non-negotiables. These are what influence our behaviors and keeps us honest with our self. When we act in a manner that is consistent with our words and beliefs, we grow our respect, credibility and integrity, earning high levels of trust. We complete our foundation by defining our purpose, why we exist. This is where our true motivation comes from, a sense of waking up each day with a powerful purpose, which gives our life meaning, and drives us continually towards it. These are the leaders that attract followers who also desire a sense of meaning and purpose in their work, which increases their job satisfaction, performance, and results. As we reflect on the day, we measure ourselves based on how well we were true to our self, realizing that this is the most important performance appraisal we can experience in our career.

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This eBook is the basis for a workshop I deliver to help participants apply the concepts associated with developing their Leadership Foundation. I offer this as an e-Book for those interested in learning more. As stated by a participant, "the book is an easy-read, grounding us on the principles along with examples to be more authentic to self and to others. This truly is a foundation not only for great leadership, but for life!"
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Leadership Foundation Workshop

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Other Favorite Leader Development Workshops

Managing Personal Change:
Being Resilient


Organizations don’t change, people do! Change – the very thing we love when it is in our favor, and loathe when it does not. The pace of change is excelling and impacting virtually every aspect of our life and society today. Learning how to cope and master change is one of the key competencies required for leaders, managers, employees and individuals.[read more="Click here to Read More" less="Read Less"] Change is actually a process, and once understood allows you to resist it less and manage it more. This ultimately develops one’s ability to be resilient through even the most challenging changes. The goal of this workshop is to help individuals learn the process of change and understand how to manage it more effectively, along with the ingredients to being resilient. [/read]

HBDI Assessment


Decode the way you, pairs and teams think. The ways individuals think guide how they work. The ways groups of individuals think guide how the teams they form work. The ways that groups of teams think (and work) make or break the companies they work for. The Herrmann Brain Dominance Instrument (HBDI®) is a brain-based employee assessment tool built on the [read more="Click here to Read More" less="Read Less"]Whole Brain® Model.

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Franklin Covey: Leading at the Speed of Trust


One cannot lead others effectively without being able to lead themselves first. Whether leadership takes the form of parenting our children, volunteering for a charity organization, or the CEO of a major corporation; the ability to positively influence and develop others for the betterment of the individuals and a larger purpose (e.g. family, organizations, society), is what we need in our leaders today.[read more="Click here to Read More" less="Read Less"] The goal of this workshop is to form the foundation for effective and authentic leadership. The foundation includes focusing on personal growth, understanding and shaping beliefs. This also includes forming a personal vision of who we want to be and the legacy we want to leave. [/read]

Franklin Covey: Find Out Why


"Based on my experience with lean, the goal is to develop all employees as problem solvers and innovators. The premise is that those closest to the work, have the best ideas for ways to make improvements. The missing piece has been to link these innovations to the needs of their internal and/or external customers. Franklin Covey's program, Find Out Why, is a great way to empower your employees to identify innovations by putting them in touch with their customers. The following is provided by Franklin Covey...[read more="Click here to Read More" less="Read Less"] The vast majority of innovations fall far short of expectations. With failure rates for innovations averaging above 80 percent, we have to do better. Innovating isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. In today’s world, we all need to be effective innovators. Find Out WHY is based on 25 years of research and practice by Clayton M. Christensen, Harvard Business School professor and one of the world’s most influential business leaders, and Bob Moesta, creator of over 3,000 successful innovations. They’ve concluded that when you hone in on what customers are trying to accomplish in a given circumstance, innovations can be far more successful. Find Out WHY is a foundational solution for everyone involved in innovation and anyone who serves customers—paying or non-paying, external or internal. It provides the essential mindsets, skillsets, and toolsets to help people deeply understand the experiences their customers desire when choosing and using products and services, and then use that knowledge to drive successful innovation." [/read]

Personal Growth & Self-Discovery


"One of my passions in life is on the topic of Personal Growth & Self-Discovery. Overcoming adversity and struggle is common for many, as it was for myself. After making significant strides in my own life, part of my life's mission and purpose is to help others who are interested in; dealing with their past and the unhealthy beliefs that were formed, finding greater levels of happiness, meaning and fulfillment in their life, making sense of life, and discovering their full potential. It was a real honor to have a book published on this topic by a major publisher in this genre, titled, "Discovering Michael: An Inspirational Guide to Personal Growth & Self-Discovery"...[read more="Click here to Read More" less="Read Less"] Please visit my website for more information about my book and the lectures, workshops and discussions on the topic of personal growth and self-discovery. Click on the Events tab to view this information." [/read]
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