Follow Through by Jim Johnson


A healthy habit of any leader is the ability to follow through.  Follow through on: 

– exceeding expectations
– getting results through their team
– developing their staff 
– returning emails & calls in a timely manner

Whether you like it or not, others are watching you. They observe your work ethic, your attitude, your sense of humor (or lack of it), and they know when you’ve followed through on something…or not.

I’ve encountered many folks who strongly desired to be a leader, but their ability to follow through was horrible. They talked a good game. They appeared to have  it altogether.  But as a friend of mine once said, “They’ve got the easy part done – the talkin’.”

As a leader, be sure your actions match your words. You gain so much by doing this:  respect. 

By all means, be known as a strong leader who gets things done.  Your personal  power and success comes when your actions support your reputation.

Marketing Your Team’s Purpose by Jim Johnson

Have ever wondered why we keep seeing Coke ads?  Does  anyone  think we’ve  forgotten what Coke is? 

Of course not. Coke advertises to keep its brand top of mind.

How often do you remind your team of its purpose?  Daily routines take over and people can forget the reason why your company  exists. They can easily get  side-tracked and lose sight of the purpose of your team.

As the leader, you need to constantly help your team put the “this is why we’re here” back into decision-making and follow-ups.  People can drift from the original vision of your company.

Market it to them. Remind them.  Keep your brand fresh with them. Put purpose back into their work.

3 Characteristics of High-Performing Teams by Matt Mayberry


When it comes to the best teams in the world, whether on the football field or in the corporate arena, they all possess similar characteristics that make them special and different than just the average or good teams that rarely make that jump to greatness.

Here are three characteristics that all high-performing teams instill within their organizations and never lose sight of.

1. High-performing teams are unselfish.

You will never find a championship-caliber team at any level that doesn’t model unselfishness in everything that its members do. Even though the star running back wants to break all the records and the employee wants to earn the big promotions, they put the team first in everything that they do. They fully understand that when the team is better, they will grow and become better as individuals.

Amazing things begin to happen when you have a group of unselfish people that all come together for the betterment of the team. But a team that is completely unselfish is very rare these days because of the individualistic world that we live in. It’s all about glitz, glamor, status and money for most. However, the thriving teams that year after year continually dominate know that those things will eventually come to them if they perform better as a team.

2. High-performing teams operate like a strong family.

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