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Do you listen to podcasts?  I do. I have a couple I go to fairly frequently.


Here are some questions I have for you.  I would love to read your feedback/answers in the comment section below:

  1. How long are you wanting a podcast to last?  (i.e. <5 minutes? 5-10 minutes?)
  2. What would you want/need to hear in a podcast?  In other words, what would bring YOU value in a podcast?
  3. Do you prefer an audio podcast or a video podcast?

Again, I value your opinion.  Please take a moment and comment below on one or all of these questions.  Thank you.

And thank you for visiting Go, Leader, Grow!

Don’t Forget to be Human!

harvard business review

“The problem is about 70% of leaders rate themselves as inspiring and motivating – much in the same way as we all rate ourselves as great drivers. But this stands in stark contrast to how employees perceive their leaders. A survey published by Forbes found that 65% of employees would forego a pay raise if it meant seeing their leader fired, and a 2016 Gallup engagement survey found that 82% of employees see their leaders as fundamentally uninspiring. In our opinion, these two things are directly related.

There is a vast upside to human leadership. As data from McKinsey & Company shows, when employees are intrinsically motivated, they are 32% more committed and 46% more satisfied with their job and perform 16% better.

As human beings, we are all driven by basic needs for meaning, happiness, human connectedness, and a desire to contribute positively to others. And leaders that truly understands these needs, and lead in a way that enables these intrinsic motivations, have the keys to enable strong loyalty, engagement and performance. As leaders, we must be humans before managers.”

Excerpt from:  https://hbr.org/2018/01/why-do-so-many-managers-forget-theyre-human-beings



A Heart for People

I think one quality that has always attracted me to specific leaders is this: a heart for people.

My father is almost 89. He’s had a very rough last three weeks. He has been in the hospital and in a rehab facility. We were able to just bring him back to his apartment yesterday. Several times during these three weeks I have witnessed something.

He always takes time to talk with people. He’s always willing to help. He speaks words of encouragement. He asks about others. He smiles at people.

(Dad helping folks at his nursing home find someone – the day he got back to his apartment.)

Granted, physically he has been in bad shape for three weeks. But even during those times, he has found ways to try to brighten somebody’s day or to do something for someone.

(My Dad helping out his friend on a Sunday service at the rehab center)

Leaders demonstrate the ability to care for others. But it’s not something that they have to manufacture. It comes from their heart to another person’s heart. That is my dad. He has been such a great example to me.

(With some of his grandkids and 1 of his great grandkids.)

Six Toxic Beliefs that Successful People Quarantine by Dr. Travis Bradberry

When it comes to self-talk, we’ve discovered six common, yet toxic, beliefs that hold people back more than any others. Be mindful of your tendencies to succumb to these beliefs, so that they don’t derail your career:

Toxic Belief #1: Perfection = Success

Human beings, by our very nature, are fallible. When perfection is your goal, you’re always left with a nagging sense of failure, and end up spending your time lamenting what you failed to accomplish, instead of enjoying what you were able to achieve.

Toxic Belief #2: My Destiny is Predetermined

Far too many people succumb to the highly irrational idea that they are destined to succeed or fail. Make no mistake about it, your destiny is in your own hands, and blaming multiple successes or failures on forces beyond your control is nothing more than a cop out. Sometimes life will deal you difficult cards to play, and others times you’ll be holding aces. Your willingness to give your all in playing any hand you’re holding determines your ultimate success or failure in life.

Toxic Belief #3: I “Always” or “Never” Do That

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Highlights from the Global Leadership Summit Day 1

Here are some of the notes that I took from yesterday’s Global Leadership Summit from the remote location in Fort Wayne, Indiana. #gls17, #fwgls

Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willowcreek

“Incivility and disrespect towards an employee cuts work production by 50%, and the worker takes it out on the customer.”

“Call out the best in your team. They really want this from their leaders.”

“The culture of an organization will only be as healthy as the top leader wants it to be.”


sheryl sandbergSheryl Sandburg, COO, Facebook

“To build joy in your life, at the end of every day write down three things that brought you some level of joy. Whether it was some big things or small things. But write them down at the end of each day.”

“If the leader is serious in developing themselves and becoming better, they need to get real, honest feedback.”

marus lemonisMarcus Lemonis, CEO, Camping World and star of the TV show, The Profit

“What is the purpose of business and life? To create a connection. And to create connections, we must be vulnerable and transparent.”

“Take a chance on yourself.”


fredrikFredrik Haren, Author

“Companies are not doing enough to foster creativity in their employees.”

“Idea = a Person (Knowledge + Information)”


andy stanleyAndy Stanley, Pastor

“When we do something successfully at work, do an autopsy on that success. Understand why we were successful in that venture.”

“What shared assumptions do we have that keeps us stuck?”


“If an organization wants to become uniquely better, then they should do the following things:

1. Be a student and not a critic. Do not criticize something you do not understand.

2. Keep your eyes and your mind wide open. Listen to outsiders. They are not bound by your assumptions. Close minded leaders close minds.

3. Replace HOW with WOW! WOW ideas to life. Don’t HOW them to death. We gain nothing by not knowing what our team is dreaming about.

4. Ask uniquely better questions.

  • Is this unique?
  • What would make it unique? Remember, unique attracts attention.
  • Is it better…really better?