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Small Business Leadership Lessons from a Civil War Hero

Over the July 4th holiday weekend I began reading a biography on Civil War hero and 17th President of the United States.

As a youth I wasn’t much interested in American history. So, I’m trying to make up for it as an adult.

For the last 10 years I’ve read one or two presidential biographies each year, and I started back with the Founding Fathers.

Half of the Grant biography is about his time in the military and leading the Union Army to victory keeping the United States intact. I just got past the Civil War over the weekend and was enamored by what I learned about Grant.

History hasn’t left us with that great impression of Grant, often portrayed as a heavy drinker or drunkard, but it certainly didn’t seem that way through his Civil War exploits. I may learn more as the book moves into his political career and presidency, but as a military general and leader of men, he was outstanding.

Three leadership concepts that you can apply to your teams that served U.S. Grant well leading the Union Army to victory:

  1. Don’t worry about what your opponent is up to, focus your thoughts and efforts on your own strengths and strategy. Worrying about what your opponent is doing, or will do, is a distraction.
  2. When you’re winning keep the pressure on, don’t sit back and rest on your success, build on it and stay aggressive.
  3. Grant’s cardinal rule was “do not speak ill of a brother officer.” Grant, after much bickering and blaming of others by General William Farrar Smith, and a failure of Smith to own up to his own failings, relieved him of his command. Too many small business owners enable and tolerate gossip in the work environment causing negative, toxic work environments.

All three of Grant’s philosophies are all about communicating as a leader.

And, all three speak to a new, deeper concept I’m developing called, The 3 Primary Workplace Communication Mistakes. I’m almost finished creating a video training series about them.

If you want to get notified when the free video training is available go to this link FREE, 3-Part Workplace Communication Training

Which of these three do you need to get better at? Leave a comment below and let’s keep the conversation going.

‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 11 – Why Leaders Must Focus on Building Trust, & How to Do It Right

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Episode 11:

Why Leaders Must Focus on Building Trust, & How to Do It Right

Skip interviews “The Trust Ambassador” Bob Whipple, one of the nation’s leading experts on trust in organizations. Skip taps into Bob’s extensive background in workplace trust and extracts golden nuggets that will help you build a high-trust organization regardless of its size.

Listen & you will learn:
  • Bob’s trust definition
  • Different ways trust impacts organizations
  • How to lead with trust
  • TrustAcrossAmerica.com
  • The 5 Cs of Trust
  • The #1 differentiating factor that builds trust as a leader
  • The TRUST Acronym with traits/principles for creating organizational trust
  • How to rebuild trust after you’ve blown it!

Podcast Recording MP3:
Podcast Recording (click to stream on web / right click to download & save)

Download the Trust Assessment:
Bob’s LeaderGrow Leadership Assessment (click to stream on web / right click to download & save)
Bob’s website and trust resources www.LeaderGrow.com

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‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 10 – The Power & Importance of Trust in the Small Business Workplace

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Episode 10:
The Power & Importance of Trust in the  Small Business Workplace

Trust is a one of the most important influences on the success of personal and business relationships. Teams cannot win championships without high-levels of trust between team members. This session explores trust and how to raise the bar on trust in your work environment and on your teams.

Listen and learn:

  • How to define trust in your workplace so you can raise the level.
  • The 5 aspects of trust, what they mean and how you can use them.
  • The two ways trust develops in any small business and the one approach you should apply.
  • A power question to help you focus on building trust more consistently.

Podcast Recording MP3:
Podcast Recording (click to stream on web / right click to download & save)

Download the Trust Assessment:
Podcast Recording (click to stream on web / right click to download & save)

 

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‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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Your Championship Company Podcast – Episode 9 – Your Small Business’ “Epic Story” & Why It Matters With Steve Donahue

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Episode 9:
Your Small Business’ “Epic Story” and Why It Matters With Steve Donahue

Inspirational and motivational speaker, and epic storyteller Steve Donahue explores storytelling in a way that will help you craft your company’s “epic story.”

Listen and learn:

  • Your brain’s “narrative focus,” what it is, why it matters, and how you can use it.
  • The currency and value of your company’s stories and “epic” story.
  • The specific components that make up all “epic” stories, from Hollywood to your family history.
  • The difference between “epic” stories and regular stories, and why it matters.
  • How “epic stories” transform companies.

Podcast Recording MP3:
Podcast Recording (click to stream on web / right click to download & save)

 

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‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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Small Business Owners & Employees Tolerate a Lot! Stop It!

Sometimes the simplest things are the best, aren’t they?

One of the things I enjoy most is to sit in my screened-in front porch and watch the local birds fly in and land on the rim of our bird bath on our front lawn.

Sometimes they jump in and flap their wings to clean up and fly away, sometimes they jump in and out like a little kid, and sometimes they just hang out on the rim for awhile.

One of the simplest things in coaching that is absolutely the best is a thing called the “tolerations” exercise.

It was created, I believe, by the founder of modern coaching Thomas Leonard back in the early 1990s.

Recently, conversations I’ve had with some clients and also prospective clients have led me back to that exercise.

And, something I noticed in my own behavior.

My wife and I have an old SUV. It’s 12 years old and we’re hanging on to it ‘til we can order a Tesla. It may be a while.

For about six months the clip on the driver side seatbelt was constantly falling all the way down to the floor behind the seat.

SeatBeltButton1It was driving my wife crazy.

Me, I just tolerated it and didn’t even think about trying to figure out the problem to try to fix it.

One day my wife comes home and says, “the SUV’s seat belt is fixed.”

I said, “really, I didn’t know it was broken.

She then pulled out her IPhone and showed me the before and after pictures, here.
I guess there is a little button on the strap that keeps the clip from sliding all the way down.SeatBeltButton2

Who knew?

It wasn’t costing us any money or time so it wasn’t important to me.

I probably would have tolerated it forever.

But, I am curious as to why business owners continue to tolerate workplace attitudes, behaviors, and performance that do cost real dollars and cents.

Some of the things people have been tolerating I’ve been asked about helping with recently, include:

  • Employee conflict/arguments in the workplace
  • Passive-aggressive behavior
  • Poor communication that causes duplicate work or rework
  • Lack of accountability
  • Lack of punctuality
  • Sitting through boring, worthless meetings
  • Elephants/Gorillas in the room no one is acknowledging or addressing

What things are being tolerated in your workplace?

Leave a comment below and let’s start cleaning up our tolerations!

‘til next time, remember, Communicate With Power!

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