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Remarkable Leadership with Kevin

Kevin Eikenberry
Chief Potential Officer
The Kevin Eikenberry Group

Kevin Eikenberry is a world renowned leadership expert, a two-time bestselling author, speaker, consultant, trainer, coach, leader, learner, husband and father (not necessarily in that order). He is the Chief Potential Officer of The Kevin Eikenberry Group, a leadership and learning consulting company that has been helping organizations, teams and individuals reach their potential since 1993. Kevin’s specialties include leadership, teams and teamwork, organizational culture, facilitating change, organizational learning and more. He has worked with Fortune 500 companies, small firms, universities, government agencies, hospitals, and more. His client list includes the American Red Cross, A & W Canada, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, John Deere, Purdue University, Sears Canada, Shell, Southwest Airlines, the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Mint, Verizon and many more.

Kevin writes two email-based publications: Unleashing Your Remarkable Potential, a weekly publication read by more than 22,000 worldwide, to assist organizations and individuals in turning their potential into desired results; and Leadership Updates, sent several times each week. In addition, his Leadership and Learning Blog has been recognized on several occasions as one of the best leadership blogs in the world.

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I’m a big (especially college) basketball fan, and so right now is a good time to be alive. I recently wrote on my blog about five coaching lessons we can learn from watching basketball, but today, with 16 teams left, I want to share two major lessons about coaching approaches that you can learn when you turn on the game.

National pride, pride in your company, pride in your products, pride in your children, pride in your team, pride in self. These are things we think about in a positive light. Yet we also know that same pride can get in our way too. Let’s put this dichotomy, this paradox, into perspective with a couple of real life situations.

A large percentage of presentations aren't very effective or very persuasive. Why?

Habits are at the heart of our results. If you aren’t getting the results you want in any area of life, a big key is to figure out which habits are getting in your way, then adjusting them to create new results.

As leaders, we need to have an understanding of what is going on around us. We need to be informed, aware and observant. We must have inputs that inform us about the world so that we can make better decisions. Yet I agree that too much news is a waste of time and will possibly dampen your positive thinking or outlook. What is my answer to this balancing act then? Consider these six strategies.

The next time you are lamenting about accountability, use the best tool on the planet. Look in the mirror.
I’ve written about the connection between love and leadership before. Today, inspired by Valentine’s Day and thinking about the kinda-cheesy poems we wrote as kids, I want to share a simple LOVE note with you. Read it, thinking about your team, and I’ll meet you afterward.

Indecision. I see it everywhere, and it is hurting our organizations. Floating is fun on a river, but it is no way to lead or manage an organization. Here’s my challenge for you: Decide to decide.

Every day, someone gets promoted to be “the boss.” Often, they get promoted from within a team to lead former peers and friends. This is a situation fraught with challenge and offering great opportunity. But if we aren’t helping people start with the right habits, we are hampering their leadership growth for the rest of their careers.
Watch the Super Bowl next week and I can guarantee two things: You’ll see far too many camera shots of celebrities at the game, and the word momentum will be spoken by the announcers at least once. It is a worthy goal—why wouldn’t you want to find a force that creates an attraction to, and energy for, greater success? The question for us as leaders is: Can we manufacture momentum? In short, yes we can.
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