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3 Ways to Avoid a Bad Leadership Reputation

By Lee Ellis During his time as a political prisoner in the gulag of the Soviets, Alexander Solzhenitsyn came to a radical but revealing conclusion about the human problem of corruption and dis-honorable behavior – “Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not between states, nor between classes […]

6 Ingredients of a Healthy Successful Organization

Want to know one of my client’s secret to success in his industry? It may surprise you. Here’s his “secret sauce”:   Get the right people. We need good people on our team. This is the starting place for success. Get the right people in the right roles/jobs. When a person’s talents, interests, and passions […]

Inspirational Video Clip – The Life of Leo Thorsness

We couldn’t think of a better clip to show than Fox News’ February 14th special segment describing the life and accomplishments of fellow Vietnam POW, Col Leo Thorsness. Please watch this inspirational clip on the Fox News website and share with others – thank you    

Article – A Successful CEO’s Advice on Staff Development

By Lee Ellis Great organizations love to win and be the best in their industry, and any competitive edge makes that success more likely. The vision of smooth-running, efficient, innovative, profitable, adept organization captivates most leaders’ aspirations, and it’s natural to have those goals.  Not long ago after a speaking engagement, I enjoyed a corporate […]

Quick Leadership Tips: 4 Unrealistic Leadership Remedies

Are you tempted to “rattle the cage” with your team and dole out some unrealistic goals or objectives? Stop and evaluate that strategy first. There’s a better to meet goals and get results while avoiding pressure to meet unrealistic expectations. Follow these four steps to help your team succeed the right way – Recognize the […]

Introverts’ secrets of success

You’ve heard it before—introverts cannot be good leaders. That’s not true, but it is about learning how to use your natural behavior in a positive and skillful way. This interesting CNN article gives more insight – check it out and share your comments below – thank you        

Dangers of the Unreachable Goal: 4 Leadership Remedies

By Lee Ellis Here we go again. Another unrealistic goal handed down from leadership where I didn’t have any input. Accept it and figure out how to make it happen. Now I’m trapped in a corner, so I’ll have to “lie, cheat, and steal” (as the saying goes) or possibly lose my job. Does this […]

How to Choose Happiness in the Workplace

In his decades of working with CEOs, and in occupying the position himself, author and consultant Stuart Levine’s diligent work on maximizing the CEO’s positive effect on the culture organization is always on his mind. We know that there is no “one size fits all” approach to leadership, yet he sees how much an organization […]

Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made? 5 Behavioral Traits

By Guest Author, Hugh Massie – President and Founder of DNA Behavior International Like me, many of you instinctively knew that you had a strong desire to start a business and then at some point, the right innovative idea came along and in you jumped. Then along the way, the entrepreneurial journey turned out much […]

Quick Advice – 4 Points of Creating Courage

Looking how to have a boost of courage as you face some changes this year? Here are 4 points that Lee advises his clients to follow – let us know what you think: Believe. You must believe that your decision is the right thing to do and that you can do it. Believe in yourself, […]

Article – If You Can’t Be Vulnerable, DON’T Manage People!

Great advice for honorable leaders from Forbes columnist, Kevin Armstrong, on the topic of professional vulnerability with others. How do you balance confidence and discretion with the authenticity that comes with being vulnerable? See his advice on the Forbes.com website and post your thoughts and comments below – thank you        

Time for a Change? 4 Points to Creating Courage

By Lee Ellis | You’ve had that feeling for a while, and it’s not going away. The daily battle to stay engaged and productive is wearing on you. It’s time for a change, and you’re either reluctant to move forward or don’t know how. Courage is needed, and your mind drifts to those traditional heroic […]

Bulletproof Camaraderie – How Tight Teams Do it

Have you ever seen or participated in a team that had bulletproof camaraderie? How do they do it? Here are my observations:   Time – They have taken the time and energy to build understanding, acceptance, and respect so that individuals feel connected and secure. Results – Because they feel belonging, team members don’t want […]

Leadership Lessons From Dickens’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

An interesting leadership perspective on the Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” from Inc.com where the author highlights – The Ghost of Productivity Past The Ghost of Rewarding the Present The Ghost of Developing the Future Please read and see if you agree with the advice, and please share your comments too – thank you     […]

Stuart Levine Says, “Embrace Change Or Get Left Behind”

Embrace change or get left behind? Why such an emphatic statement from author and consultant, Stuart Levine? He says, “Rethinking opportunity and change were repeating themes running through many events I have attended in the last quarter. AI (artificial intelligence) and ESG’s (Environment, Social and Governance) impact on corporations are at the center of people’s […]

How Unique Behaviors Work Together: 3 Surprising Leadership Observations

By Lee Ellis Almost twenty-five years in the Air Force serving my country—what a wonderful first career experience I had. There were many things that I enjoyed about the military such as the joy of flying, but over the long haul it’s the close camaraderie with my military teammates that I miss the most. If […]

When Fear Hits – What Do You Do?

Recently, Lee was featured in the CLA blog discussing the topic of “When Fear Hits” – You’re in the midst of a leadership situation or challenge that instills fear. What do you do? In the animal kingdom, fear produces a “fight or flight” response, and it’s true with people, too. But honorable leaders see fear […]