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’

10 Questions Every Leader Is Afraid To Ask But Should

What leader doesn’t want to be more trusted and more effective? To get there, you must find your blind spots so you can resolve them intentionally to become a stronger leader. It takes openness, vulnerability and fearlessness to have this kind of curiosity. Many leaders are afraid to ask tough questions, but trust me, your … Continued

10 Questions Every Leader Is Afraid to Ask but Should

The Key to Nick Saban’s Success? Embracing Now

So much has been written about what makes football coach Nick Saban great and what makes a great leader in general. No matter how much his University of Alabama teams win, they continue to play with urgency and force opponents to raise their level of play. As a sports agent, I saw how Saban’s mentality … Continued

The Key to Nick Saban’s Success? Embracing Now.

Keep One Purposeful New Year’s Resolution in 2017

New Year’s is such a wonderful opportunity for making professional goals that align with our purpose. What’s not so great is that we keep so few of the resolutions that we make. Less than one in 10 resolutions, by some counts. So here’s a challenge/opportunity: Make just one meaningful New Year’s resolution for 2017. Why … Continued

Keep One Purposeful New Year’s Resolution in 2017

Tap Craig Sager’s Secret for a Successful Business Style

Sportscaster Craig Sager’s recent passing made me think about what made him so special and unique– in part because of his successful business style. “There will never be another Craig Sager,” his boss at Turner said, and that was an understatement. Inside sports and beyond, people knew him and he was well-liked for his personality … Continued

Tap Craig Sager’s Secret for a Successful Business Style

The Best Blogs of 2016

As we approach the end of 2016, we take a look back at our most popular blogs from the year. From public speaking tips to personal mission statements to confidence boosters, here’s what you were reading and sharing in 2016. Before you leave this page, be sure to sign up for our newsletter for more … Continued

The Best Blogs of 2016

The Gift that’s not in a Box

With the holidays just around the corner, the shopping malls are jammed and online shopping is just a click away. It’s easy to find ourselves with our list of people we need to get gifts for… and a desire to check the box. I know I’ve been guilty of this approach. But pause with me … Continued

The Gift that’s not in a Box

What the Jerry Maguire Manifesto Teaches Us About Purpose

The 20th anniversary (yes, that’s not a typo!) of the movie “Jerry Maguire” is this week. Based on real characters in pro sports, this famous romantic comedy gave audiences a glimpse behind the curtain of the sports agent business. For me, the movie brings me back to where I was in 1996 when it was … Continued

What the Jerry Maguire Manifesto Teaches Us About Purpose

8 Ways To Boost Team Morale

If your team or a team member is suffering from low morale, productivity suffers for everyone involved. Maybe it’s a lingering issue or related to a specific event, but whatever the reasoning, low morale impacts productivity and isn’t sustainable (not to mention not fun).  It doesn’t have to be that way! Today, you can and … Continued

8 Ways To Boost Team Morale