The Destruction of Being Right

We need to be right. It feels good, and validates our self-worth. We’ll knowingly suffer the negative consequences of broken relationships in order to satisfy our burning need to win the smallest argument. However, this need of ours breeds mistrust and conflict. We alienate ourselves from others and destroy relationships when we insist on always being right. There are circumstances that require us to stand for what is right, and in those situations, we should never falter. But in most instances, it’s the need to be right with the day-to-day insignificant nothings that damages relationships and reputations. And for that, we need to stop being right all the time. There’s something destructive

From Anger to Passion

In my book Living for the Weekday, I share my thoughts on how employees can contribute to a culture of engagement in travel around the country speaking about the topic, I discuss the need to find contentment in five areas of life … including spirituality. I’m amazed how often people squirm in their seats when I get to this point in a presentation. Perhaps some people squirm because spirituality is a word with many meanings. It’s not my desire to change anyone’s definition of spirituality, but I do want to share the definition as I see it fitting into the five areas. For me, it’s about figuring out your bigger purpose (the reason you’re down here), and commiting to a cause greater than yours

Lesson from an Airport Greeting

My career as a professional speaker requires me to spend a great deal of time in airports. Most days I can report numerous bizarre sightings from airports around the country, but on one occasion I had the opportunity to witness something pretty spectacular. I had just arrived into San Antonio on a flight home and was racing through the airport headed for the parking garage. As I approached the escalator to baggage claim, I noticed a dozen or so people standing on the other side of security waiting for arriving passengers. A few people were talking on their cell phones. Some were chasing their kids. One lady was reading a book. Nothing out of the ordinary … until I got a little closer. Just a

Do You Know Where You Really Fall?

A couple weeks ago I wrote about the ongoing challenge of employee disengagement. In that blog (Which You is Going to Show Up?), I mentioned that The Gallup Organization poll continues to show employee engagement around 30 percent. Disengaged employees make up 55 percent, and actively disengaged employees make up the remaining 15 percent. These numbers change a little year-over-year and month-over-month, but in the end we have 7 out of 10 employees who are disengaged on the job. If you’ve heard me speak then you know I like to give people names. I refer to the engaged in the top 30 percent as the “Oh, Yeahs” because they eagerly take on any task they’re given and go the extra mile to get it

Anybody Need a Ride?

Several years ago I had the opportunity to speak on a cruise ship. This was my first cruise and I had a great time with my client. In addition to the work, I had the opportunity to enjoy some rest and relaxation with my wife before we got off the ship. Although I enjoyed the cruise, my aggressive personality was ready to get off the boat after five days at sea. Since this was our first cruise we had no idea what time we’d actually get off the boat the morning we were scheduled to disembark, so we didn’t make arrangements for ground transportation to the airport. But since we were in New York, we felt certain there would be a line of yellow cabs stretched around the block ready to greet the t

Clint Swindall, CSP

- Speaker, Trainer & Author

Clint is a seasoned professional speaker you can depend on to educate, entertain, and engage. Clint Swindall understands the power of engagement. He understands the critical roles both leaders and employees play in building a culture of engagement, and how a focused effort for both can dramatically improve an organization. Here in his blog he shares some of his knowledge and understanding of people to help you where you are in your personal and business life.

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"Engaged Leadership is the best of both worlds: an engaging business story coupled with a primer on the practical skills all leaders need. In the book, Swindall provides many useful tools for successfully meeting twelve major leadership challenges. I recommend it."
—Mark Sanborn, author of The Fred Factor and You Don't Need a Title to Be a Leader

"If you want to have a team where leaders and employees are working hand-in-hand to build a culture of employee engagement, then you need to read this book. I'm confident it will help you become a weekday warrior." —Jon Gordon bestselling author of The Energy Bus and Soup

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