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 →

In a February 2014, Harvard Business Review Blog, Dan Pallotta, wrote:   “A 2013 study by cognitive psychologist Lorenza Colzato from Leiden University found that people who go for a walk or ride a bike four times a week are able to think more creatively than people who lead a sedentary life.”   I was puzzled by this statement. DoesRead More →

My Grandpa McCracken passed away last week. He was 94 years old, living in a memory care unit about a half-mile from our house.   I often told people, “He lives in the moment.” We always walked together when I would visit him with my young children. Grandpa would slowly take steps with the aid of his walker and my kidsRead More →

It’s official! Cerner has been recognized as holding the number 5 position in leadership excellence by the Leadership 500 Excellence Awards for 2014! We received this email last week: Hi Todd and Jim!   I wanted to let you know that our Leadership Development Programs have just been ranked as #5 for our outstanding achievements in leadership development. For theRead More →

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to travel to Bangalore, India for the first time to do some leadership development work with a group of people from around the world. On one of our days off, we had the opportunity as a group to go on a walking tour of the city. The purpose of the dayRead More →