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August 6, 2014

What Your Calendar Says About Your Leadership

  One of the best parts of my job is being able to work with senior leaders and business executives as a coach to help them achieve more of their goals, chart their career course and build stronger, more accountable teams around them. Each individual is unique; they face different challenges, have different opportunities and […]
July 30, 2014

6 Ways to Engage Your New Hire on Their First Day

  Starting a new job is a challenge.  As a new hire, there are so many questions and unknowns that it can add extra stress to the process of starting a new job. Great employers do whatever they can to minimize as many of these anxiety provoking experiences.  They know that doing so helps the […]
July 23, 2014

How to Motivate Others

  In almost every workshop, consulting engagement, or coaching interaction, I get some form of the question “how do I motivate others?”  Leaders and managers want other people to change their behavior or do something different, but they simply get tired of making them change.  It’s exhausting to keep telling people things over and over […]
July 16, 2014

4 Tips for Increased Employee Engagement

  Google the term ‘employee engagement’ and over 15 million results appear in under .3 seconds.  There are an abundance of reports, polls, blogs, articles, and research studies out there that all seek to understand this concept and its impact on businesses. With data consistently showing direct correlations between engagement and organizational outcomes, companies are […]
July 9, 2014

How to Build Influence As A Leader

  Authority versus influence is a topic much discussed in the world of leadership and management. We have written frequently about the importance and benefits of committed teams gained from using influence rather than authority.  Well, recently a friend asked me how you can tell which one you are using.  At first I looked at […]
July 2, 2014

4 Reasons Not to Coach a Business Like a Sport

  It’s a pretty common occurrence for leaders and managers to compare themselves to sports coaches.  I often hear people describe great leadership by referencing a famous football or basketball coach.  Now I’m a big sports fan and I talk about Coach John Wooden as a great example of helping people focus on reaching their […]
June 25, 2014

3 Ways to Measure Leadership Success

  I started 4th Gear Consulting back in 2009 because I thought we needed more leaders.  As I’ve worked with executives, business owners, teams and companies I continue to learn what is driving our collective lack of leaders.  As a rule, when it comes to leadership, we aren’t very good at defining it, setting expectations […]
June 18, 2014

Breaking Bad Leadership Habits

  A while back my wife mentioned that we needed a new kitchen faucet.  The one we had was about 15 years old, leaked on occasion and wasnt very easy to operate.  Three kids can wear a faucet out pretty effectively.  When we went to look at them she really liked the new touch faucets […]
June 4, 2014

4 Reasons You Need a Coach

  Whether you are a newly promoted manager or a seasoned leader, a good coach can take you from where you are today, to where you want to be tomorrow. Coaching should not be reserved for top-level executives or global leaders, it can help move anyone closer to their full potential.  Despite the many benefits […]
May 21, 2014

The Top 5 Benefits of a Committed Team

  Recently I wrote about two types of organizations- compliant and committed.  I explored the different attempts businesses make to get their company to reach new goals, achieve new limits, and exceed the targets.  I concluded that a committed team is best for the long term future and success of a business and that leaders […]