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

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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

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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?

5 Ways To Overcome Your Fear Of Change

If you fear change when you are at work, or if you fear change in your life in general, you’re in good company! My friend Cheryl A. Bachelder, the CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc., was dealing with fear a lot too. She solved her anxiety by working hard to replace it with anticipation. Isn’t … Continued

5 Ways To Overcome Your Fear Of Change

Why Healthy Conflict Should Be Part Of Your Team Culture

During the messed-up end to the Oscars, when presenter Warren Beatty opened the wrong award envelope and paused like a deer in headlights, we saw why healthy conflict shouldn’t be avoided. On some level, we’ve all been in the spotlight and under pressure. Because we are expecting everything to go smoothly, we’re not prepared for … Continued

Finding Clear Purpose: The Story Of Marcus Krause

When we get clear about our purpose, it’s so much easier to tap our fearlessness, make tough decisions and lead others to achieve their greatest potential. Clarity of purpose – and living by it daily –  is rare. That’s why Marcus Krause’s story is so inspirational. Marcus is a wedding photographer whom I met 16 … Continued

Here’s What Finding Clear Purpose Looks Like: The Story of Marcus Krause

What Being an Athlete Taught Me about Grit

When you score more, kick further, jump higher, doesn’t it feel good? There’s something else going on too when you have those breakthroughs. You’re learning patience and grit. You can take this skill and become a better student, a more thoughtful friend, a well-rounded person, a great leader. Keep going. When I wrote those words a … Continued

What Being an Athlete Taught Me about Grit

Dear Failure: Thanks for these 9 Lessons

Dear Failure, You probably didn’t expect to hear from me so soon after everything that went down. I was devastated for sure. But now I’m moving forward with encouragement from well-known people who have overcome failure as well, and I really need to thank you for all you have done for me. 1. Thanks for … Continued

Dear Failure: Thanks for these 9 Lessons

Your Team Needs A Coach, Not A Manager

Teams don’t need managers. They need coaches. And a great coach is more likely to increase capacity and inspire the team’s peak performance than a manager is. This compelling trend is explored in my new podcast (coming soon) with guest Verne Harnish, founder and CEO of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching company. I’m … Continued

Your Team Needs A Coach, Not A Manager

Stop Procrastinating: ‘Eat The Frog First’

If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning, and if it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first. – Mark Twain We’re at the end of the first month of 2017. How are your yearly goals going? Have … Continued

Stop Procrastinating: ‘Eat The Frog First’