Great Teams Have One Thing in Common

Coach for it and watch your team grow from good to great.

The type of team doesn’t matter—business, professional sports, volunteers, Fantasy Football. The type of industry you’re in doesn’t matter. The size of the team doesn’t matter. To be great, any team needs just one thing: a high percentage of star players. All good teams have at least a few stars—the serial winners. All great teams… Read more »

6 Strategies for Turning New Employees into Winners

Maximize their potential by setting them up for success at the start.

Growing up, I spent a lot of time on my grandparents’ farm. I watched my grandfather plant crops every year. It was amazing how much effort he had to put in during the planting season. The only other time that took as much or more work was harvesting. He had to overdo it at the… Read more »

4 Non-negotiables for Winning Leadership

The keys to making big things happen with your team.

Winning leaders are people who make positive things happen. For me, that’s the definition of leadership. If you aren’t making things happen with your team, you’re just running a social club. Benjamin Hooks, a civil rights leader and the former head of the NAACP, once said, “If you think you are leading and turn around… Read more »

The 80/20 Rule

  The 80/20 Rule Stop Holding Yourself Back Most people have heard of ‘The 80/20 Rule’, but they’ve never really thought about how to use it to transform their income. The 80/20 rule can be applied to change your entire lifestyle for the better. So many people seek out help, tips, new ideas, etc., but… Read more »

How to Spot a Winner Early On

Good employees are easy to spot if you know what to look for.

If you have a business to run, you need to find good employees who can make a contribution right away. Of course they’ll need training before they reach maximum effectiveness, but they need to be able to add some kind of productive value to the team right from the start. Winners may start off barely… Read more »

Why Snipers Are the Worst Role Models for Leaders

Leaders need to be willing to jump into the fray.

In the military, snipers are cool—if they’re on your side. That’s why they make so many movies about them. They’re highly-trained loners. They have an air of mystery about them. They operate quietly, in the shadows, swinging the military advantage over to our side. They are admired. But they’re also a bit feared. Snipers are… Read more »

Guidelines Work, Rules Don’t

When leading people, you need flexibility, not rigidity.

When it comes to managing people, what’s better—making rules or creating guidelines? Rules are rigid and binding. They imply that they will be enforced and there will be negative consequences if they are not followed. For example, if you see a ‘No Parking’ sign, you would likely assume if you parked there for too long,… Read more »

Do You Talk to Trees?

Don't waste your time trying to convince somebody to listen.

You can talk all you want, but a tree won’t listen. Sound familiar? How many times in your life, with only the best intentions, have you talked to someone who was doing stupid things? You tried to help them out, only to find out it was a total waste of time. They either ignored you, got mad… Read more »