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Many great coaching leaders use storytelling to help employees visualize an idea and emphasize its importance.

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There are a lot of sources for advice on being successful — some good, some bad. But we know there are a few key things successful people do:

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When I have an opportunity to speak to an audience, I like to ask what line of work everyone is in. Then I help them to connect their position or industry or career to some greater meaning.

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Before joining Building Champions, I worked for a privately owned, family-run company in Canada. At the time, the company was over 50 years old and had been operating under five core values ever since its inception. Rather than having their core values on a wall and occasionally referring to them in meetings, the leaders and management talked about them all the time. These values were filters for how we behaved — and they were modeled by the owners and executive leaders on a daily basis.

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I started my career in the mortgage industry back in 1985, and nine years into my business, I thought things were going well. I’d built a $135 million branch. That led to the opportunity to lead and coach our entire production team of more than 250 people in 17 offices throughout the western United States.

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Research shows people tend to quit their bosses, not their jobs. According to Gallup polls, managers almost single-handedly make or break employee engagement levels.

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Coaching your team well is a hallmark of leadership excellence. As a leader, you’re responsible for equipping your people to think differently, meet great challenges and ultimately succeed. But their success will be a hollow victory if they never take ownership of their own development.

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For some leaders, the capacity for long-term vision and strategic thinking can be both a blessing and a curse.

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It’s frustrating when our team is not engaged or on the same page. It saps our energy.

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Running a great meeting is an essential skill for any leader.

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How to get things done [Video]

A common question our coaches get is—“How do I move from ‘I want to get this done’ to ‘I got this done?’” Coach Bill Hart walks you through an easy strategy to help you tackle and complete items on your list. It’s so simple and effective that you can start today!

Lessons from a Push-Up Challenge

A couple of years ago, Ken Perry shared a challenge he was undertaking. One push-up a day—add a push-up per day. As a bit of a competitive person at heart, it didn’t take long for me to accept the challenge myself. Sounded simple enough, especially in January. To be honest, it almost felt weird doing just one… Read More

Time to Reflect

Growing up as a TV fan in the ‘80s, I was forced to get comfortable with waiting. When my favorite show ended on Tuesday at 9 p.m. (like this one or this one), we were forced to wait 7 long days to see what happened next to the characters we loved. In that forced hiatus,… Read More

Fighting a Fixed Mindset

Let’s be honest: 2020 has been a challenging year. That’s not to say there haven’t been moments of triumph and opportunity, but for many of us our mindsets and perspective have been tested like never before. We’ve been forced to re-think our rhythms, routines, priorities and schedules, all while dealing with a tsunami of change… Read More