At some point in our lives, our points of pride are no longer about our individual accomplishments. Gary Spears, IT Director at Medtronic and recent graduate of Good Leadership Training, explains where his most meaningful leadership moments come from.
The purple jacket was the perfect statement for my first TEDx Talk - Superheros Rescue: Good Leaders Spark Goodness. TED Talks are game-changers for aspiring thought-leaders like me. In April, I did my first "TED talk" - I was the opening speaker at TEDx Gustavus. You can watch my Superheros Rescue: Good Leaders Spark Goodness video below. It's [...]
We all have a vision for our lives; some more vivid than others. Whether peering into our 80's, 50's or 30's, we are all imagining a richer, happier existence filled with new possibilities and goodness. But nothing significant ever happens alone - who is helping you reach the next level?
A dream come true for my wife and business partner, Melinda, and me. The Seven Fs Executive Retreat, February 2016. When was the last time you actually had healthy nerves in your stomach and spine-tingling anticipation, because you put your vision out there to be tested? Seven years ago, I promised my business partner and wife – Melinda [...]
Click on the image to view the digital flipbook version of our 2015 Annual Report. I feel accountable to you. As a reader of this blog, you invest your time because on some level you believe it makes you a better leader. And through the lens of the Seven Fs...faith, family, finances, fitness, friends, fun and future...maybe [...]
The horizon over the Pacific Ocean at Dana Point, California, inspired me to think ahead about my leadership. A trip to see the ocean this weekend helped me gaze into the future. Good timing: my wife and business partner, Melinda Batz, and I recently passed a significant milestone and we are embracing the question: What is on our horizon? [...]
The best leaders not only develop themselves, but also consistently help those around them grow. Are you the kind of leader that others would willingly follow? The best leaders not only develop themselves, but also consistently help those around them grow. How to start? A great way is by sharing with others your own winning philosophies for navigating [...]
Here’s a compelling thought for the new year: adults only grow if they want to grow. This is particularly true for people who have a strong roof over their heads, steady finances, and the admiration of family and friends. We are comfortable...and we only grow outside our comfort zones if we really want to! By now you know, one of [...]
This IT executive team met in Chicago last week to plan the biggest project of their careers. My colleague, Peter, and I are grateful to be involved. Over the course of a career, every leader looks back and sees one particular project as the biggest project of their life. So, how would you lead differently if you knew [...]
Sometimes good leadership inflicts pain on people when we create significant change. Today, I'm causing some of my own pain. A physician leader we coach was confronted with data he didn’t like. He fancied his entrepreneurial status as a practice area leader. “I didn’t get into medicine to play everything by the book,” he grunted. “Sometimes my intimate [...]