14 Questions to Answer Before Signing Up a Vendor
MARCH 6, 2017
I love the opportunity for new partnerships. Having been on both sides of the vendor & client agreement, I’ve enjoyed some partnerships so incredible that folks were often eager to work late – and then chum together afterward.
Creating a Leadership Culture
MARCH 13, 2017
This post comes courtesy of Mark Miller, a best-selling author of 6 books, an in-demand speaker and an executive at Chick-fil-A.
Top 10 Posts from 2016
DECEMBER 26, 2016
It’s that time again – time to mark the 5th year for the Everyday Leadership site. We’ve had more readers from all over the world and have high hopes for 2017. Thanks for making it another great year! Below I’ve compiled the top 10 posts of 2016.
Becoming a Coaching Leader
DECEMBER 5, 2016
We hear so much about coaching these days. Leaders need to coach more. Employees need more coaching. High performers need coaching. Low performers need coaching. As leaders, how can we know we’ve done enough? And what does a quality coaching conversation actually look like in action?
How to Influence When You’re Not in Charge
SEPTEMBER 7, 2015
How do you lead when you’re not the boss? It’s hard enough to lead when you are in charge. What are the other options? If you’ve wondered this, I’ve got good news for you. It’s a lot easier than it sounds. And you can get started today. Here’s a game plan for you.
How to Perform a High Quality After Action Review
DECEMBER 19, 2016
You just finished a project, event, engagement or training exercise. It’s time to get some feedback. What do you do next? The After Action Review (AAR) was originally developed by the U.S. Army to analyze and report on training exercises.
What Coaching Leaders Do Differently
SEPTEMBER 15, 2014
The term “coaching” has been trending as a corporate buzzword for some time now. We’re all familiar with athletics coaches. But when someone advises us to find a coach to learn a new skill or solve problem, it’s usually in a professional context.
Listen Your Way to the Top
FEBRUARY 25, 2013
In recent years, we’ve seen a new emphasis on the art of listening. It can’t be because listening is all of a sudden more important than it ever was before. Maybe the nature of work in the information age means the the cost of misunderstanding is higher.
Dealing in Hope
JANUARY 9, 2017
Napoleon Bonaparte claimed, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” ” Hope is a strangely human enigma. It can’t be handled but it can be shared. It can’t create anything on its own but it can pave the way for new accomplishments.
Coach K: Mike Krzyzewski on Teamwork
FEBRUARY 2, 2015
As a University of Kansas basketball fan, I’ve never rooted for Duke. But there is a Duke moment that stands out in my memory. It occurred probably 10 or 15 years ago. Duke was in the process of getting upset in the NCAA Tournament. They were playing hard that day but not well.
Stress Test Your Leadership
APRIL 3, 2017
I recently conducted a needs assessment for a senior executive group and was surprised when one of the highest rated development needs was stress management. The topic came up again in training discussion when another executive group expressed a high desire to include stress management on the list.
9 Ways Learning Events Can Flop
FEBRUARY 6, 2017
As a talent development professional, I’ve been privileged to lead, observe and participate in many types of learning and training events. I’m often invited by vendors to sit in on their training in the hopes I’ll make a purchase.
What Young People Need to Hear About Leadership
JUNE 16, 2014
I recently got the chance speak to several college and high school student groups about leadership. It reminded me of my college experience when the subject of leadership really clicked with me for the first time. As always, our future rests on the ability of the next generation to lead well.
What You Need to Understand About Adult Learning Theory
AUGUST 1, 2016
Picture yourself attending two training sessions. In the first, you sit quietly in your row as the instructor lectures on the benefits, nuances and applications of the topic.
Is “Culture” Just a Buzzword?
JULY 17, 2016
“What we really need around here is a culture.” ” I’ve heard this dozens of times. You probably have too.
9 Reasons Your Leadership Development Program is Failing
OCTOBER 19, 2015
A recent Bersin study reported that U.S. companies invest over $2,000 in leadership development initiatives per company leader. That’s great news. But is it worth the investment?
Capture Any Audience Using the “Magic Formula”
AUGUST 19, 2013
I was standing in front of a roomful of corporate employees about to launch into my training session. I knew the course content had the potential to make a strong impact in their communication and relationships and I had some specific learning goals for the group. But I resisted the urge to dive straight in. […].
How to Tell Who the Real Leader Is
OCTOBER 20, 2014
I’ll admit I’ve made a lot of mistakes over the years when it comes to identifying leadership ability in others. Some I’ve thought would be great weren’t – and others I didn’t give much consideration turned out to be amazing.
How to Host a Productive Generational Conversation
JULY 4, 2016
A decade ago, American organizations were largely unaware of the predicament they faced. The initial wave of Baby Boomers (many of whom occupied senior leadership roles) was set to begin a mass retirement. Many organizations were completely unprepared. Then something curious happened.
Dramatize Your Ideas!
SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
I don’t think I’ll ever forget one particular college history class. As a business major, I wasn’t extremely invested and this particular class took place right after lunch. Some students were scheduled to give a presentation on Ancient Roman civilization.
Why Do We Even Have Core Values?
APRIL 21, 2014
Most organizations have core values. Somewhere anyway. They’re usually posted on the website and probably printed on a brochure somewhere. But do people talk about them individually? Does anyone know them? Are they specific and meaningful enough to make a difference?
3 Continuous Improvement Questions You Ought to Consider
JUNE 15, 2015
What comes to mind when you think about continuous improvement? Hopefully you believe it’s a leadership responsibility we all share each and every day. “CI” doesn’t discriminate based on seniority, title, pay grade or job function. Good ideas can come from everywhere.
Your Career is Your Responsibility
JUNE 6, 2016
I’ve been thinking about career selection and management a lot recently. When I’m asked how I landed where I am, I’m quick to reply that I wouldn’t wish my career path on anyone but I sure do love where I am now.
Thank God for Bosses!
MARCH 2, 2015
You don’t have to look far to look far to see the verbal abuse bosses take. Whether it’s water cooler gossip, happy hour banter or social media posts, people aren’t happy with their leader and don’t hold back when telling why.
Don’t Sabotage Your Own Success
SEPTEMBER 5, 2016
When you’re new to the workforce, enjoying leadership success can be a far off goal. The main focus is finding the right role and doing quality work. I know that was the case for me. But with time and experience (and a lot of hard work) come new opportunities to lead at higher levels.
How to Be a Good Dictator (or Not)
AUGUST 15, 2016
In the 16th century, political consultant (for lack of a better term) Niccolò Machiavelli’s works were published in the controversial manuscript The Prince – which is still in print today.
Trusted Leadership Advisor – Free ebook!
NOVEMBER 10, 2014
I’m happy to announce that last week I posted my first ebook Trusted Leadership Advisor: Accelerating the Leadership Journey of Others. You don’t have to be special to be a leader and you don’t have to be an expert to help other leaders succeed.
Who Cares About Your Strengths?
APRIL 8, 2013
“Well it’s good to talk with you today, Nathan. Why don’t you tell me a little bit about your strengths.” ” Now replace my name with yours. How would you respond? When was the last time someone asked you to identify your strengths?
Great Leaders SERVE
JULY 21, 2014
I had the chance to travel to Greece and Bulgaria recently and give a series of leadership presentations to several university groups with a small team of business professionals.
3 Simple Ways to Determine Hiring Fit
JULY 29, 2013
I remember the first time I asked my supervisors if I could sit in on an interview they had scheduled with an outside candidate. I figured it would be a good learning opportunity as well as a break from crunching financial numbers. This was during my first job out of college, before I got into [.].
12 Books that Shaped My Leadership
MAY 16, 2016
For years I’ve been asked for book recommendations. I always take them seriously because I wouldn’t be the leader I am without my library. It’s been a huge part of my leadership education.
How to Be Generous in Business
NOVEMBER 17, 2014
I’ve written before about generosity. It’s one of the greatest antidotes to selfishness there is. Obviously there is no shortage of needs both locally and globally. I’m also convinced that it has never been easier for the everyday leader to get involved.
Be a Millenial Who Shines at Work
OCTOBER 5, 2015
2015 was a big year for Millenials. According to Pew Research Center , Millenials became the largest generation in the U.S. workforce in 2015. I recently shared my thoughts on Eric Jacobson’s leadership website about how managers can engage their Millenial employees.
Put Fear in It’s Place
SEPTEMBER 21, 2015
Fear is an intensely human experience. We’ve all felt it. We probably learn to live with most of it. But the emotion often translates into crazy, irrational behavior. For an individual, that’s one thing. But what happens when a team or an organization hangs in the balance?
When Taking Too Much Initiative Hurts You
MARCH 21, 2016
One of my all-time favorite leadership values is being proactive. It’s Stephen Covey’s first habit. Taking initiative (and accepting responsible) is the characteristic that makes all the others possible. But can it be taken too far?
The Fear of the Finger
JULY 7, 2014
I’m afraid I’ve come to recognize a serious leadership deficit today in America. It’s probably nothing new. It’s what I call “the fear of the finger.” Not the middle finger, mind you. I’m talking about the index finger.
Key Takeaways from Leadercast 2015
MAY 18, 2015
I was able to attend my fourth Leadercast seminar earlier this month. This year I attended a simulcast in Orlando, FL. As always, it inspired me with both new and familiar ideas. The theme this year was bravery.
Coach Bill Snyder's 16 Goals for Success - by Nathan Magnuson
DECEMBER 24, 2012
What can athletics teach us about success? If your coach is Bill Snyder, quite a lot! Athlete or not, look at Snyder's 16 Goals for Success
Do You Have a Royal Culture?
NOVEMBER 2, 2015
After repeat appearances, the Kansas City Royals have accomplished something they haven’t done in 30 years: win the World Series.
Stop it with the Interview Bias!
JANUARY 19, 2015
I was asked to sit in on a large group interview several years ago that a group of managers was conducting. There were a handful of openings and they wanted to efficiently select several candidates to move to the next level. I was supposed to provide input after the fact.