Imagine it is your job to be a traffic officer at the busiest intersection in a large city.  You wake up early each morning before the sun comes up, put on your uniform, grab your whistle, and arrive at your intersection before the rush hour traffic emerges in full fury.  You were hired for this position after putting in hoursRead More →

I have spoken to hundreds of people with broad scopes of influence from many different organizations throughout my career.  A common theme consistently emerges that is related to their effectiveness as a leader:  It is their ability to develop and maintain quality relationships. “We Pursue Quality Relationships!” is the fourth guiding principle to building a performance culture.  This is theRead More →

In January, I started a five-part blog series on creating a positive performance culture.  The first blog focused on “We Know Where We are Going!”  The second part to this series was posted in February.  It was focused on “We Own Our Commitments!”  In March everything changed in our world with Covid-19, so I did a five-part weekly video seriesRead More →

Collaboration and decision making can present unique challenges for teams, and even more so in a remote work setting. It is easy to feel disconnected and unappreciated when you can’t just walk across the room and make your point heard. In today’s video, Todd offers tips for successful collaborative decision making in a virtual work environment, including how to startRead More →

When you first start working from home it can introduce new tension into the household since it is harder than ever to balance personal, family, and work time. The way to ease this tension is to create healthy boundaries and communicate them clearly to other family members. In this video, Todd shares specific tips for identifying responsibilities, finding your space,Read More →

Working remotely presents some unique challenges. One of the most common issues people face is Showing Value: Managers need to know their employees are working and producing results; and employees may be concerned that their contributions are not being recognized, which may put them in danger of being laid off. In this video, Todd discusses the problem of Showing ValueRead More →

In last month’s blog, I started a five-part series on creating a positive performance culture.  In the first blog, I focused on “We know where we are going!”  To know where we are going, we must have a clear purpose, vision, and goals.  I will now turn our attention to the second guiding principle:  We own our commitments!  To ownRead More →

Veronika Scott was compelled to solve a problem in her Detroit community.  There is a homeless population that lives on the streets and in abandoned buildings.  When winter comes, they need warmth.  Veronika, a clothing designer, had an idea.  She created a coat for homeless people that is extremely warm, waterproof, converts into a sleeping bag, and transforms into anRead More →

This post is written by Jim Davis, a trusted colleague whom I have worked with for nearly ten years.  He draws from a wealth of unique experience and is passionate about inspiring people to be confident and authentic leaders. ~ Todd I officially “retired” eleven months ago. “Retired” is in quotes because when you work for yourself, primarily as aRead More →

Coerce – To cause to do through pressure, force, or necessity. In my last blog, I introduced the idea that there is a higher chance of someone feeling coerced if he is given a directive or mandate. I focused that blog on how to receive a directive well. If you have not read last month’s blog, The Art of CoercionRead More →