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Two Leadership Traits I Learned from President Reagan

President Reagan gave me the gift of a lifetime—the opportunity to start my professional career in his post-presidential office. In President Reagan’s post-Presidential office I had a front row seat to history. More importantly I learned what real leadership looks like, behind the scenes. Politics aside, President Reagan was one of the most gifted leaders the world has known in a generation. 

The Leadership to Deliver Smiles

During my keynote speeches and leadership workshops, I coach CEOs and leaders at all levels through a tool called The Quiggle Assessment. There are a handful of dimensions to this tool though one reason I use The Quiggle Assessment is help leaders communicate with immediate impact.

Who's In Your Kitchen Cabinet?

While in the White House, President Reagan obviously had a Presidential Cabinet: Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Education, etc.

In addition to his Presidential Cabinet, President Reagan had what he affectionately called his Kitchen Cabinet. His Kitchen Cabinet was a group of friends and advisers he counted on for three things:

Empowering Communities to be Open for Business

Mike Mugel is my guest in episode 030 of my leadership podcast, Garage to Goliath | Leaders Building Legacies. Mike is the founder and CEO of Red Mountain Group. He started his company with one property and a vision that anything is possible. Mike has grown Red Mountain to a portfolio of over 4.5 million square feet with assets 17 states. Red Mountain helps empower communities to be open for business. 

The Myth of Work-Life Balance

You’ve probably heard speakers talk about work-life balance. You've probably read books and articles about work-life balance. You, yourself, have probably been chasing work-life balance.

Do you want to know what I think of work-life balance? 

G2G028 with Guest Joanne Currie, Co-Owner of Splash Cafe

On episode 028 of my leadership podcast, I have as my guest, Joanne Currie. Joanne is the co-owner, along with her husband Ross, of Splash Cafe. In 1991, they purchased Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach, California and have since grown Splash Cafe to three locations, a full-service catering business, an artisan bakery, and have created a renowned and coveted clam chowder recipe that people flock to Splash Cafe to enjoy.

5 Leadership Elements of a Corporate Athlete

I have a vision for you as a leader. That vision is one of being a corporate athlete—physically, intellectually, spiritually, socially, and emotionally in tune. 

I want to share with you a leadership habit I practice myself. I have that list in a place I see it every single day. The list reads: physically, intellectually, spiritually, socially, emotionally in tune.

Relax and Infuse Joy into Your Leadership

Episode 026 of my leadership podcast is a conversation I had with Amy Lisewski.

Amy is the founder and CEO of Finest City Improv; the author of, Relax, We’re All Just Making This Stuff Up: Using the tools of improvisation to cultivate more courage and joy in your life; and a fellow Vistage Worldwide speaker.

Legacy Leadership is a Deliberate Practice

I often tell the story of a world-class archer; he is a fierce competitor, holds multiple championship titles in his respective sport. No one can compete with this archer or so he thought.

Leading People and Making America Beautiful

It was exciting to be the keynote speaker for a large gathering Schwarze Industries hosted for all their distributors. And to my great fortune (and probably a little to his misfortune) I got stuck in traffic for 90 minutes with the president of Schwarze Industries—Howard May.