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Is Your Team Unstoppable or Just Available?

Is Your Team Unstoppable or Just Available?

Here’s a question for you: do you think leading a team of volunteers is different from leading a team of employees (who get paid to work) or a team of Navy SEALs? Before you answer, think about how you would treat volunteers—people who have decided to give up free...

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Educate and Empower Teammates for Bigger Leadership Roles

Educate and Empower Teammates for Bigger Leadership Roles

Whether you’re a recording artist or high-tech entrepreneur, having a one-hit-wonder is great, but repeating it is even better. If the Perfect Pushup had been an album, it would have received multiple platinum awards within its first year. And, over the next eight...

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Respect: Acting Like You Mean It

Respect: Acting Like You Mean It

Being the boss, having an impressive title, and sitting at the top of the organizational chart will gain you only a thin veneer of respect from the members of your team. If your actions do not support your position of authority, you will be ineffective as a leader. If...

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Respect: What Goes Around Comes Around

Respect: What Goes Around Comes Around

Respect—from within the team and for the team—must be earned. The goal of Respect is contribution—where all team members willingly contribute their best efforts and new ideas. Earning it is the right thing to do for its own sake, but it also has a deep impact on a...

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The 3 Lines of Leadership

The 3 Lines of Leadership

Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays. It's not because of the fireworks, family time or fun in the sun—of course, all those add to it. The real reason I love the Fourth is what it represents: a little start-up nation breaking away from tradition to build...

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The Five Leadership Actions to Achieve Results

The Five Leadership Actions to Achieve Results

Teams exist for one reason: to achieve results. So many people confuse a group, club, or a gathering of people with a fully realized team. However, getting a group of people together is only the first step in the process (See my Seven Traits of Unstoppable Teammates)....

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Three Ways to Connect with People

Three Ways to Connect with People

It doesn’t matter whether you’re coaching basketball teams, leading SEAL Teams, or building corporate teams; all teams are built on relationships. A team builder’s role is to be a relationship builder, which requires learning how to connect with people mentally and...

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