To Do or Not To Do: That is the Question

As I sat here at my desk yesterday morning preparing for another week, I thought about all the obligations I need to keep this week. Client work that needs to be done, prospecting calls that need to be made, administrative tasks that need to be completed, board meetings that need to be attended. Like many of you, the weekly “To Do List” was well underway. As I added in the personal stuff, the list kept getting longer and longer. At some point I realized there was absolutely no way I could do everything on the list this week. I realized that no matter how well I managed my schedule, I simply would run out of time before I could get everything done. Or would I? When I consider how I used my ti

What Would Employees Say About the Culture of Your Organization?

Take a trip with me to explore the culture of your organization. Imagine this … you’ve had a position you’ve needed to fill for quite some time. You’ve interviewed several qualified candidates, and after sharing with each candidate the wonderful culture of your organization, you’ve narrowed your search to one final candidate. You’ve made the offer, but before the person will accept, she’s asked to have a quick meeting with a group of randomly selected employees. “It’s no big deal,” she says. “I just want to hear what they have to say about the organization, and where they think the company’s headed. I’d like to get an idea about what it’s like to work here.” She may say it’s no big deal, but

How to Rebuild a Team to Maximize Organizational Success

Over the years I’ve had the good fortune to work with some incredible companies. Some had great teams in place, but they struggled to find the right business strategy. Others had a fine-tuned business strategy, but they lacked the talent to pull it off. In his book Good to Great, author Jim Collins shares what he found in organizations that were making the transformation from good to great. His observation is that most organizations figure out where they want to go and then recruit the team. He then shares that the leaders who took their teams from good to great first started by recruiting the right people, then decided where they wanted to go. That’s a brilliant observation — sort of. If yo

Your View of Money is Revealing Something About You

Imagine you’ve just won the big lottery. Not a little bitty lottery that could help you pay your bills, but the big lottery that would provide enough money to do anything you can imagine — for as long as you can imagine. Now, take sixty seconds and write down the first three things you would do with that money. Seriously, don’t read on until you’ve written down the first three things you would do with your winnings. I’ll wait. Money is a top priority for a lot of people. Many love the idea of winning the big lottery because they believe they will finally be happy in life. However, research conducted at the University of Chicago’s National Opinion Research Center doesn’t indicate it would. Ac

How to Impact an Unacceptable Global Challenge

The Oxford University Press added some slang to its Online Dictionary last week. Apparently we are better off now that we recognize words like wine o’clock (an appropriate time of day to drink wine), butthurt (overly or unjustifiably offended or resentful), and awesomesauce (something that is extremely good or excellent). As I looked through the list I found a new favorite word … hangry. Oxford defines it as being irritable as a result of hunger. I’m sure we’ve all been there. My wife has accused me of getting grumpy when I’m hungry. She’s right … I do get get a little grumpy, but once I get something to eat I return to my normal, cheerful self! I consider myself extraordinarily blessed to h

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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