Author: Drew Sanders

Young Gun 10: Motivation

When you are interviewing you may get asked what motivates you. Before you answer that question, give this a read. Motivation Susan Fowler has a new book, “Why Motivating People Doesn’t Work…and What Does” in which she smartly addresses the challenges with using extrinsic motivational systems within groups. We shared a bit about this last year with our “Tree of Performance” (below) and believe all leaders should be well versed in the 6 levers they can pull to guide a team in this area. Publicly many leaders joke that they expect all members of their team to be “self-motivated”,...

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Young Gun 9: Climbing the Mountain

You have just graduated from college. Congratulations! You and 1.8 million other people are out looking for work, and next year at this time another 1.8 million others will join you. As you stand at the beginning of a really big and amazing adventure, think of it like a mountain climb. There Is Something There is something awesome about standing at the base of a mountain. A 365 day climb. The question before you is which route shall you take? Is there a new path to consider? There is something refreshing about standing at the base of a mountain....

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Young Gun 8: Innovation Tension

Innovation is an overused word, and you are going to hear it over and over again as you are interviewing and begin to work for a company. Having a good handle on the many layers of innovation is a good idea. Here are some thoughts on the topic and how we coach leaders on the subject, as well as a chance to hear Mike Maddock talk about a way that all of us can join the innovation party. Is Innovation an Issue? For many innovation is a huge challenge, while others seem to surf on its edge like a...

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Young Gun 7: What’s In Your Toolkit?

Staying on the topic of leading yourself. You have earned the right to be on your own and the better you handle the more liberty you are going to earn. Here is our take on a way to look at building out your own internal compass. As A Leader, What Is In Your Toolkit? The Leader’s Compass What do you use to navigate the storms and the seas that come with organizing and working with others? Our research is showing it is part head, part gut, part eyes, and part heart. In looking for an image that we thought...

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Young Gun 6: The Talent Paradox

Shifting gears a little bit from what is going on in the marketplace to your own abilities give this a read and then write down your answers. You self awareness of your own interests, strengths, and style may not be something you want to share with everyone, but it really pays off to help you make the right decisions when faced with choices. The Talent Paradox Are you good at something? Are you just naturally good, it comes easy, you have that great combination of equipping genes and an interest? If so, and we believe that everyone is talented...

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