I few weeks ago I was doing a training session for managers on Motivation with MRI Global in Kansas City. As part of the training and to warm up the group, I teach people how to applaud. It sounds elementary, but I find that people in the corporate world are too restrained when it comes to celebrating. Thus, I giveRead More →

We did it! We loaded up the mini-van with our five kids, made the two-day journey to Disney World, spent five straight days in four different parks, and returned home intact. This was our “once in the family history” Disney adventure. It was well worth it. Also, I figure I should add to the plethora of Disney leadership lessons byRead More →

Join Todd Long, President of Leadership Innovations, and Dan Meers, the man inside the KC Wolf costume, to discuss everything from vacation preferences to the highlights of being one of Kansas City’s most recognizable figures. Throughout this entertaining interview, Dan Meers is upbeat and candid about his role as a community leader and public speaker. His leadership insights and lifeRead More →

Last week I had the chance to listen to a wonderful presentation by Denisa. She was a participant in a leadership program I delivered, and she was giving a “things I learned presentation.” This presentation once again reminded me that leadership development can be learned. Denisa clearly articulated how she took the principles she learned, applied them, and transformed aRead More →

The message, voice, and confidence of a leader are critical in influencing people. Your team, family, organization, company, church, non-profit, and community need you to put on your Leadership CAP and speak up. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech is one of the most famous and inspirational presentations in the history of the United States. There can beRead More →

The culture of a team is defined by the behaviors of that team. Identify the behaviors and you will know the culture. It is that simple.   I have had the opportunity to work with thousands of teams over the past twenty years. There is one clear behavior that tells me if a team is functional or dysfunctional. I canRead More →

In January, I took time for a full-day retreat. It was a time for me to get focused for the year. One of the first action items was to put vacation dates on my calendar. In 2013, I didn’t do this, and I felt it. I did get a little time off. But, as a business owner, it’s easy toRead More →

I am so excited that Leadership Innovations is now offering the Insight Inventory resources to our clients. I was introduced to the Insight Inventory about ten years ago.  The first time I used this “styles inventory,” I became a believer. There are three reasons I love this tool: First, it allowed me to recognize that my style is different inRead More →

Sometimes the best way to get that “YES!” you want from your boss is to know how to say “NO!” When you are preparing to say no, it’s important to know which “no” you need to speak so you can speak with confidence and authority. Read on to learn more about the most common types of “no”. No. Not Ever.Read More →

No matter what field you are in, there may be times when you feel like your boss is asking too much of you, or you may feel like the company leadership is leading you in the wrong direction. During those times, it’s easy to get caught up in the thoughts in your head: “I’ve got so much on my plateRead More →