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Live2Lead, the annual worldwide leadership event hosted by John C. Maxwell, is just over two weeks away! Taking place on October 6th, the conference will be simulcast live from Atlanta, GA in the Des Moines-area for Central Iowa business owners as well as their executive and leadership teams. Speakers include John C. Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Cheryl Bachelder and Warrick Dunn. Each speaker is excited to share their own background and perspective on leadership.


Last month, I showcased two of the four world-class leadership experts, Dave Ramsey and Cheryl Bachelder. Read more and claim your seat today!
This week, I am featuring the other two speakers upcoming speakers. Learn more about John C. Maxwell and Warrick Dunn below:

John C. Maxwell

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Live2Lead, the annual worldwide leadership event hosted by John C. Maxwell, is a month and a half away! Taking place on October 6th, the conference will be simulcast live from Atlanta, GA in the Des Moines-area for Central Iowa business owners as well as their executive and leadership teams. Speakers include John C. Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Cheryl Bachelder and Warrick Dunn. Each speaker is excited to share their own background and perspective on leadership.
This month, I am showcasing two of the four world-class leadership experts, Dave Ramsey and Cheryl Bachelder. To learn more about the other speakers, click here and tune in next month.

Dave Ramsey

“No one is born a leader. You have to make a choice to work hard and develop your gifts to the fu...

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Employee engagement is currently a hot topic discussed among business owners and management teams alike. Everyone is looking for the secret to create more focused, productive, high-performing employees – especially when it comes to motivating millennials. While there is not a one-size-fits-all strategy that will inspire and encourage your workforce to become more engaged and invested in the work they do, there are many small techniques that can appeal to your employees differently.

Keeping your employees engaged is important for the success of your organization. According to Entrepreneur, highly engaged employees are 87 percent less likely to leave your company and are 21 percent more productive. There is a 51 percent difference in...

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What makes a company good? You may examine your organization and check off the boxes of key factors that make a business successful: profitability, a strong product offering, satisfactory customer service, etc. However, success does not always equal greatness.

How do you take a good company and make it great? I argue that there are two defining factors that can take your business to the outstanding next level.

Great companies make conscious choices and defining decisions, and they stick with them:

  • Great companies have an established purpose, and they live it to the fullest. They know why they exist and are clear about the value they create in the world – a value which often goes beyond what they sell.

  • Great companies are bound to their values and beliefs, which shape a unique culture. Great companies not only understand what they stand for, they embody their values every day through their work. They use their values and beliefs to shape how they hire, develop skills and make decisions.

  • Great companies define their priorities annually and make the conscious choice to improve upon them every day. For example, if they decide to improve their market position in 2017, they find key ways to do so and have the discipline to stick with their decision and follow through.

They have strong leaders and strong management (there is a difference and you need both!):

  • Management and leadership are two different skill sets, yet both are needed in a great company. The key difference between leadership and management is – leaders lead people, managers manage tasks. While management creates a competent and productive workforce, leadership creates passionate and focused people who value your organization. Leaders and managers are not always the same people, but both are found in great companies.

  • Good organizations solely rely on executives and department heads to manage and lead others. Great organizations are heavily dependent on self-management/self-leadership. Self-management is where individual team members hold themselves accountable for how they spend their time, focus and energy. Self-leadership involves individuals being proactive in their thinking, planning and interactions. Team members in great organizations lead and manage themselves to success.

What is the first step towards making your organization great? By identifying where you, as a manager and leader, can begin to improv...

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Is your whole organization aligned in contributing to the growth of your company? Your goal as a business owner or executive is to create a company where the team is engaged; the customers are doing your marketing; and everyone is making money. When your company moves in sync, you will see accelerated profitable growth.

To reach this goal, you need to scale up four key factors in your organization that contribute to growth: people, strategy, execution and cash. By making critical decisions and creating strategies to improve these four concepts, you will see greater alignment, acceleration in success and the advancement of company revenue and reputation.

I will go in depth on these strategies at a lunch and learn, co-hosted by CFO S...

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Creating the right team is a vital step in growing a successful business. Business owners often share that a pain point in their business is that they can’t recruit, train or retain the right employees to build a winning team. The truth is, hiring the right people is just the first step towards building a successful team in your business. Without the right guidance or leadership, your team alone will not transform your business and take it to its next level of performance.

Great leaders build a great team around them. You will never build a great business on your own. The bigger and better the business you want, the bigger and better the team you will need! To be successful you must find the right people, give them the right traini...

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Happy Holidays! In last month’s blog, I asked the question, “What is your #1 priority for 2017?” based on the four decisions (People, Strategy, Execution, and Cash) that every business owner and executive has to make to maximize their revenue, productivity and company. A majority of our readers mentioned that “driving flawless execution” was their main decision to focus on this upcoming year. Because of this, I will focus this month’s blog on ways to improve your business’s execution strategy.

In order to execute well, you must know what success looks like. Success means something different to every business. Hitting a specific amount in revenue, having a certain number of employees, profit growt...

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