Emerging Leaders Always Nail These ABCs of Success

Recently I addressed a group of emerging leaders at a major company, and the management rightfully expected an amazing return on investing in professional development for them. These emerging leaders were hand-picked for their potential—eager for the work, super curious about getting better, and so coachable. They were fearless, with a “you’ve never arrived” mentality. … Continued

The Art of Saying No Without Risking the Relationship

For many of us, saying no in an important relationship—or any relationship—is hard. How can you say no and remain open (and supportive) to the person or people you value in your life? There’s an art to saying no and staying open. It’s a mindset that will truly empower the way you communicate. It’s a … Continued

Art of Saying No

6 Habits of Great Negotiators

“Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.” – John F. Kennedy If you are reading this, you probably want to get better at negotiating, or you know someone who does. You’ve got lots of company! Asking for what you want and need causes anxiety for many of us. … Continued

Are you Managing Your Energy Effectively?

Time management is so important for effectively pursuing your purpose, but energy management is even more critical. Remember that time you followed a schedule crammed with tasks and activities directly related to your purpose, but the effort didn’t seem to get you much closer to your goal? That’s because when you don’t manage your energy, you fall … Continued

Energy Management

Need to Fire a Client? Try This

When the client’s name popped up on my ringing phone, so did the dread inside me. Normally I love all my clients, but every once in a while one simply wore me out with their needs and issues. “Oh no,” I thought. This one exhausted me, and I knew I had to do something about … Continued

How To Fire A Client

How To Make A Side Hustle Work

If your employee has a side hustle—something they do away from work that makes money—a leader can worry. Is that team member really committed to the work and paycheck? Does that mean they have one foot out the door? The struggle is real because more people are working multiple jobs. Federal data shows a 5 … Continued

Side Hustle

You’re Not as Good a Leader as You Think You Are

One of the biggest leadership challenges is ego. Do you surround yourself with people who let you slide or hold you accountable? Tiger Woods can tell you how that works out. As his amazing talent dominated professional golf, nobody ever seemed to ask Tiger where he was or what he was doing. Everyone needs accountability, … Continued


Are You Building Relationships or Doing Transactions?

In business, you’re losing ground if you are simply executing transactions and not cultivating relationships. You have to be about more than the sale, service or product. You have to be about the relationships that will determine your success. So what’s the difference between being transactional and being relational? Here are the behaviors associated with … Continued

Here’s How To Boost Your Summer Productivity Now

Summer is the season when we tend to slow down and maybe even coast a bit. It’s vacation time and your mind can easily drift to the beach. Those looming projects and deadlines can seem less important. Summer can be the season of procrastinating and letting time slip by almost unnoticed. It can become easy … Continued

boosting productivity at the beach

Present like TED: 8 Secrets to Make Your Ideas Worth Spreading

It’s no secret that some of the most enduring, captivating presentations are made on the TED platform. So if you need to get your point across in a presentation, and make your audience care, you need to study what makes millions of people watch TED’s most compelling talks. This summer I’m reading a fascinating book … Continued

Speaker making presentation

7 Ways to Get Over Your Fear of Failure

When we talk about fearlessness, the main obstacle is the fear of failure. If we can get over our fear of failure, I believe anything is possible. And you can get over your fear of failure by building a game plan for resilience! Here are seven ways that work. 1. Chase percentages, not perfection. People … Continued

Failure and Success

How Fearless Leaders Cultivate Curiosity

The top business leaders are fueled by curiosity. They are lifelong learners who use curiosity to build confidence—their own, and their team’s. These people become stronger leaders by consistently feeding their curiosity. Curiosity is one of the main traits “that drive people who seem to cut through the clutter and wind up with more opportunities … Continued

Curious woman learning to be fearless

9 Tips for Crushing Your Internship

Now that you’ve landed your internship, you don’t have much time to get the most out of it. You need to establish a great attitude, work ethic and curiosity—especially if you want to extend this opportunity into a full-time job. Here are my best tips for crushing your internship. This advice comes from my years … Continued

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5 Mistakes New Leaders Make

Great leaders rarely begin that way. And becoming one isn’t about magic or luck. In my decades of working with sports and business leaders, I have seen how you can move toward great leadership by avoiding these 5 common mistakes—especially if you’re new at this. 1. Have all the answers. When Arthur Blank bought the … Continued

Leader meeting with team

Fearless Leader Q&A: Flywheel CEO Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Sarah Robb O’Hagan—the new CEO of Flywheel Sports– has been named among Forbes “Most Powerful Women in Sports” and recognized as one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business.” But if you ask her, Sarah will say she’s in business to help individuals and teams achieve their potential. Her career includes leadership roles at … Continued

Fearless Leader Q&A: Flywheel CEO Sarah Robb O’Hagan

Stuck on Autopilot? Here are 4 Leadership Tips to Get You Out of a Rut

When a leader goes on autopilot, the lack of energy can affect the entire team—and the bottom line. It’s so important to watch for warning signs so that you remain present and sharp for your next leadership challenge. Here are my 4 best tips for leaders who are stuck on autopilot. 1. Be present. Recently … Continued

Stuck on Autopilot? Here are 4 Leadership Tips to Get You Out of a Rut

A Letter To My Daughters— And Every Teenage Girl

Dear Emma, Meg and Kate, Mother’s Day has just passed, and boy are these years flying by. In a few more blinks, you’ll be off to college and establishing yourself as independent women. I want to make the most of our precious time under one roof and help you be the best each of you … Continued

A Letter To My Daughters— And Every Teenage Girl

Powered by Purpose at Leadercast 2017

Last week, I spoke at Leadercast— —the world’s largest one-day leadership event–  where the theme of the day was “Powered by Purpose.” Those three words were affirming and challenging at the same time. We talk about purpose a lot, but what does it really mean, and how can we find it through our work? “Purpose … Continued

Powered by Purpose at Leadercast 2017

100 Days of Fearlessness

In celebration of my new book, Fearless At Work, we hosted a #FearlessLiving contest and encouraged people to share their stories of inspiration. So many of you shared amazing stories with us, and we are very excited to announce that Kandi VanIperen is our grand prize winner and will be joining us at Leadercast in … Continued

100 Days of Fearlessness

3 Ways to Build Better Business Relationships

Business relationships can often be improved. Especially in leadership and sales, the difference between good and great can be better business relationships. Nurturing these important connections doesn’t just happen. You have to be intentional and commit to the long haul. Here are three time-tested ways that work. These are concrete steps that help you observe … Continued

3 Ways to Build Better Business Relationships

How to Build a Resilient Mindset with 9 Visualization Techniques

It’s been an amazing year for comebacks and underdogs—the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Cavaliers (both in Game 7), Clemson in the national football championship, North Carolina in the Final Four, and Sergio Garcia in the Masters. They all have stories of being resilient enough to bounce back from adversity quickly. This is how leaders in … Continued

5 Things Fearless People Do

Change is all around us every day, and inside uncertainty is where fear can take hold.  When we don’t know what’s ahead, we easily can fill our small moments with things that comfort instead of challenge us. My new book, Fearless At Work, is out today. In it, I share how to trade fear for … Continued

5 Things Fearless People Do

My #Fearlessliving Story

What’s your #fearlessliving story? Share it to enter our contest and you may win an all-expenses paid trip for two to Leadercast 2017. A decade ago, the part of my “dream job” as a sports agent that I loved the most was taking a raw relationship with an athlete or coach, and building a deep connection. … Continued

My #Fearlessliving Story

A Secret of How Great Leaders Hire

Is hiring the right people strictly a matter of talent? That’s not how great leaders think, and neither should you. Knowing that every personnel decision can make or break your team’s success, let me share a secret of how they hire that will change the way you approach filling important roles on your team. For … Continued

A Secret of How Great Leaders Hire

Are These Types of Clutter Holding You Back?

The new growth of springtime can inspire us to start something new. And it’s so much easier to do our best work when we get rid of clutter. Spring cleaning isn’t just for your home; now is a great time to clear out the other kinds of clutter taking up valuable space in your head … Continued

Are These Types of Clutter Holding You Back?