CLINT SWINDALL

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Five Areas of Focus That Will Lead to a More Balanced Life

Seven days in a week. It’s one of the few things we all have in common. From there, we all head in different directions regarding how we see – and spend – those seven days. Some people devour them. They ring every ounce out of each day, enjoying every minute as though it just may be their last. Whether they’re working or playing doesn’t matter. They’re just happy to be alive, and they’re the exception to the rule. Most everyone else – the clear majority of the people you encounter each day – make up the rule. They split their seven days into two categories: work and home. Work is the necessary evil required to survive and pay the bills, and home (or any place other than work) is the place th

Good Will Always Outnumber the Bad

The bombings in Brussels today served as another reminder of the evil in this world. Any time some pathetic and spiritless coward sets out to hurt innocent people our attention goes to the evil and hate all around us. There’s no question it’s there. But as I’ve sat back and watched the response, I think there is a deeper reminder amongst all the carnage … one we should see every time terrorism strikes … good has (and always will) outnumber the bad. The strength of goodness in people was on full display in Brussels today. Unknown heroes reaching out to help those in need. Prayers for those suffering from loss are filling social media sites. It seems we have a choice to focus on the malicious

The High Price of Negative Motivation

I was standing to the left of the stage in a very large ballroom preparing to speak to a group of 300 construction supervisors. I was delivering a speech entitled, Motivational Leadership: The Inspirational Side of Engaged Leadership. The CEO of the company walked on stage to give the introduction. “Alright, alright. Sit down, shut up, and listen,” he started. “I have two things to say. One, I better not see anyone fall asleep in my meeting. Between the hotel charges, the food bill, and all the travel expenses, I paid a bunch of money for you all to be here. If I catch one of you sleeping in my meeting, you’re fired. Second, you need to pay attention because we’ve paid this guy to come in he

How to Stand Out When Screwing Things Up

Irish novelist James Joyce once wrote, “A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” Some days I feel I’ve spent a little too much time peering through those portals. Some of you may feel the same. As we progress through the week, one thing is for certain. Regardless of our best efforts, some mistakes are going to be made. As much as we strive to be perfect, we will trip over something. For some, the mistakes will be small and incidental. For others, the mistakes will be significant. Regardless of the size, our actions (or reactions) just may determine the impact of the mistake. I’ve had plenty of practice dealing with mistakes I’ve made. In many ways the manner in which we deal with our mi

How Strong Leaders Go In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lion

“March comes in a like a lion, and out like a lamb.” I remember in my early years hearing those words from a teacher trying to explain the weather in March. It never made much sense to me. I grew up in South Texas, so the month usually started warm and ended warm, and there wasn’t much rain. Lions and lambs seemed like a bunch of nonsense as it related to the weather. As I travel around the country now, I can understand the origins of the phrase. There most certainly are areas that start the month like a lion. Ferocious winds, cold weather, rain, snow, and sleet. As the month ends, these areas often begin to see sunshine, warm breezes, and signs of spring. Out like a lamb. Now that makes sen

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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