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Open, Honest, and Direct Communication with Aaron Levy

Have you had those days where you’re driving home from work late at night and you feel energized? Aaron Levy certainly has. It was in these moments he realized that he wanted to unlock and release the potential of leaders. He was working for a coaching company at the time and applied many of the ... Read More
 

24- What You Can’t Not Do with Sentari Minor

Sentari and my conversation seemed effortless. He’s in the business of driving generational change through the development and engagement of accomplished and purposeful local leaders. My mission is to unlock human potential through the development of personal and professional well-being. We were able to flow smoothly from discussing his and my time in undergraduate programs ... Read More
 

22- Creating 5-Star Workplaces with Randy Goruk

Randy was raised in the city of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada. He told me a stories about learning work ethic, doing what you say you’ll do with the neighbor’s kids, how he won awards selling newspapers, and receiving mentorship that kept him on the path to success. After college, he quickly climbed the corporate ladder ... Read More
 

21- What Works In The Mountains Also Works In Your Business with Michael Ellenby

Attitude is everything. Michael Ellenby has one of those once-in-a-lifetime infectious attitudes we’re all attracted to. And, his accent will get you. Born and raised in Australia, he spent many of his formative years creatively playing and experiencing life outdoors. The travel bug bit him early and Michael spent a few years around Europe during ... Read More
 

20- Character Leads with Peter Meyers

Peter has led and is leading an extraordinary life. Purposefully. With character. Professionally, he’s helped facilitate multiple M&A deals, triple the top line of one firm from $150M to $450M, grew another organization from $800M to $1.3B, and is now an advisor to c-suites and boards. Personally, he serves as a light for others and ... Read More
 

19- Driving Employee Engagement with Lisa Barrington

In high school, Lisa’s friends relied on her (and referred to her) as their therapist. Her undergraduate degree focused on human resources. She worked on global employee engagement projects while employed by American Express. Lisa led the roll out of leadership coaching programs at Arizona State University before they were widely accepted practice. She focused ... Read More
 

17- Coaching Fortune 500 High-Achieving Executives with Bill Koch

As an executive coach, Bill Koch is drawn to serving high-achieving executives… because he was and is one. Bill was named CEO at age 34. He has been a part of 29 M&A deals. He coaches executives from Apple, Shell, John Deere, American Airlines, McKesson, Abbot, BP, Time Inc, Christies, and more. He deeply understands ... Read More
 

The Pain-to-Purpose Journey

On June 7th, I delivered a keynote address to 720+ attendees of the azcentral Top Companies to Work for in Arizona presented by the Arizona Commerce Authority. The awards show was held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. If you haven’t been, the resort is astonishing. I’m very grateful the team at USAA recorded the keynote’s ... Read More
 

Creating Connection With Emerging Leaders

This article was first published by the Arizona Society of Certified Public Accountants in the November AZ CPA magazine. This July, I traveled to Bend, OR to deliver a talk about aligning cross-generational communication. The audience, predominately Baby Boomer, thought younger generations struggled with managing their time, delegating tasks, professionalism when interacting with key stakeholders, and ... Read More
 

7- Always A Leader

In episode 7 of Equal Chance To Be Unequal, Michael speaks to a group of young professionals attending the Arizona Society of CPA’s Emerging Leaders’ Summit in Phoenix, Arizona. In this episode, listen as he discusses societal changes (how human attention is like currency and the growth of individuality) that may cause millennials to need ... Read More
 

6- Leading Through Change

Listen to Michael discuss how to lead through change from organizational and personal standpoints. He starts the podcast asking you to reflect briefly on a change initiative and how you would rank yourself for your work in accomplishing the initiative’s goals. Learn about the potential costs associated with facilitating change unsuccessfully and why looking at ... Read More
 

We All Fear Success, Here’s How To Overcome It

I admit it. I’m addicted. Addicted to checking things off a task list. I go to the gym four days each week. I can’t resist sugary treats. And, I seek comfort in my cat, Cleopatra… but don’t tell anyone else about how I can walk her on a leash. I think there are pictures and ... Read More
 

Creating a Leadership Pipeline

In recent months, I have been interviewing senior finance executives and subject matter experts, exploring university case studies and reading other existing literature about the millennial generation. I partnered with Financial Executives Research Foundation and Robert Half to publish a white paper about millennials, those born between 1980 and 2000, and what can be done to prepare ... Read More
 

Instant or Long-term Gratification

Are you a “strike while the iron is hot” or a “good things come to those who wait” type of person? Washington University in St. Louis conducted a study, the first of its kind, that focused on brain responses after a person made a decision and was waiting for his/her reward. While waiting for the ... Read More
 

Driving Personal Change

I’ve been very fortunate to deliver a presentation entitled “Organizations Don’t Change, People Do” at multiple conferences nationwide in the last six months. Its content is focused on different structural changes occurring in society, interactive discussions about who is responsible for change, identifying where someone stands emotionally in the three phases of change, correlating the ... Read More
 

Learning Through Challenging Experiences

In the June 2013 edition of Inc., an article entitled 7 Traits of True Leaders detailed how character traits that have been historically perceived as feminine are required for 21st century success. A leader’s ability to be empathetic, vulnerable, humble, inclusive, generous, balanced, and patient will drive his/her to achieve goals. A separate study by ... Read More
 

Everyday Leadership

Popular culture has continually framed our idea of leadership to be something that is bigger than the individual. Because of this, we treat the title “leader” as something that one day we’ll deserve while giving little thought to the small things we do daily and how they are transformational to the lives around us. Leadership ... Read More
 

Use Hardships to Develop Your Career

Technological changes have been impacting humanity for thousands of years. Although agricultural advancements allowed for population growth and urbanization, industrialization shifted focus away from the creation of sustenance to a primary focus of the development of goods, services and information. A technology-driven society fosters significant changes in the lives of the average man as more ... Read More
 

An Oath of Honor

In 2006, the Thunderbird School of Global Management was the first business school to institutionalize a pledge for responsible management. Although it was not warmly accepted at that time, attitudes changed quickly two years later when a focus on short-term profits led to the global economic meltdown. Much of the same behavior that caused our ... Read More
 

Project Team Communication

I had the good fortune of spending yesterday evening at the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Professor Denis Leclerc led a discussion on cross-cultural communication when working in project teams. Through many of his international travels in recent months, he has been surveying individuals and has collected data from over 640 individuals who are actively ... Read More
 

From Success to Significance

Although the debate about the cause of The Great Recession rages on, you can’t help but recognize that life is being conducted differently. Large organizations continually push productivity measures and try to do more with fewer human resources. Individuals are spending more time at work constantly striving for the mythical place termed “work-life balance”. Constant ... Read More
 

Steps to a Successful Interview

I can’t tell you how many executives I know that are content in their work who still interview with other organizations regularly. They don’t do it because they want to change employers, they do it because they want to ensure their interviewing skills are current. In an economy where 84% (according a recent Manpower survey) ... Read More
 

Management By Absence

You’ve heard of management by walking around (MBWA), but have you heard of management by absence (MBA)? Yvon Chouinard, founder of outdoor clothing brand Patagonia, uses the MBA approach to manage his ever-growing employee base. In a direct assault on Milton Friedman’s idea that companies should never get involved in charitable efforts and being socially ... Read More
 

Management by F.E.A.R.

“You can discover what your enemy fears most by observing the means he uses to frighten you.” – Eric Hoffer I have had my share of bosses that manage with fear. I’m sure you have to. The thing that irks me is how those individuals don’t see how destructive it is. Managing through fear rarely leads ... Read More
 

20th Century Leaders vs. 21st Century Connectors

Greg Smith, former Goldman Sachs employee, wrote a scathing letter about the cultural change that had occurred at his former employer. In it he stated that the culture of the firm switched from being customer-centric to money-centric. He described meetings where no time was spent brainstorming about how to help clients, rather the entire meeting ... Read More