3 Types of Leaders I Meet

By Justin / July 8, 2018

I seem to meet three (or four) different leadership responses when it comes to investing in culture: 1. The Party Star This leader believes in investing in their teams and employees. However, they implement strategies which simply band-aid bigger problems and never address the core needs of their teams. Even though they ‘do fun stuff’, they still experience costly churn, have unnecessary conflict, and don’t know why their employees are burnt out and leave. 2. The Tinkerer This type of…

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Failure, Passion, and the Risk of Leading

By Justin / June 18, 2018

The World Cup kicked off in Russia last week and I’ve enjoyed having the games on every day and watching them with my kids. I love the clash of footballing styles, the support of the fans, and the passion of the players representing their countries. Even though I grew up playing soccer, I didn’t really ‘get it’ until 2006 when we lived in Paris and Zidane led France to the Final. Then again in 2010, we lived in Spain when Catalan…

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I wish I could go back in time and tell myself these five leadership lessons…

By Justin / June 12, 2018

I turned 39 last week and realized something: I’ve spent more than half of my life in leadership roles. I’ve been fortunate to learn from a variety of leaders in many contexts each lead our teams to different degrees of success….some lead with excellence and others struggled with the demands of the role. As a leader myself, I lead well in some situations but was also immature and ineffective at others. I have been thinking about the lessons I would…

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Are you as self-aware as you think you are?

By Justin / May 23, 2018
grow in Self awareness with StrengthsFinder

Self-awareness has become a trendy issue in business with many books, articles, and videos being created to help leaders navigate this complex issue. To further complicate matters, how do we know when we are self-aware or self-deceived? I read a study where a control group of 50 leaders who had proven signs of growth in self-awareness was compared to 5,000 additional participants who believed they were self-aware. After interviewing the 5,000 people, researchers discovered that only 500-750 people fit the…

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Coaching Towards Engagement

By Justin / May 18, 2018
Coaching Engagement, Employee Engagement, Improve Team Morale

I love coaching kids’ soccer…most of the time. On each of the 8 teams I’ve coached, I see the same breakdown: There are about 2-3 players who really love the game and want to compete. There are 5-8 players who may show up one game ready to play, but other weeks want to talk about video games, school, the clouds, etc. Lastly, there are 2-3 players who are only out there because their parents want them to be there and…

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Top 3 Misapplications of the StrengthsFinder

By Justin / March 5, 2018
Ways to Misapply the StrengthsFinder, StrengthsFinder Orange County, StrengthsFinder Domains, StrengthsFinder Themes

As of today, over 18 Million people have taken the StrengthsFinder assessment (18,107,618 to be exact). Many of the world’s leading businesses and non-profits have adopted the StrengthsFinder language to help them see what is right about every person as well as help teams work together more effectively. Because the StrengthsFinder assessment is only $18.00, many people take it, read the book, and learn about their strengths. Some even use it on their teams or with their spouse…without knowing the…

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Information vs. Transformation

By Justin / March 1, 2018
strengthsfinder information vs transformation

There used to be a time when we just didn’t know things. We’d be sitting with a group of friends and someone would ask, “What was the name of Kevin Bacon’s character in Footloose?” and if we couldn’t remember his name was Ren McCormack, we would just let it go. But nowadays, if someone doesn’t shout out the answer, we can rest assured that someone will look it up on their iPhone…saving us from the process of trying to remember.…

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Watching Greatness Grow

By Justin / February 1, 2018
Orange County Consultant talks about peronal development using StrengthsFinder

I was struck by a time-lapse video I saw today. It’s of a man named Shawn James who built a log cabin in the woods by himself (found courtesy of Kevin Rose’s Journal). You can see the video for yourself below, but it’s a stop motion video which condenses his process of building a log cabin into 5 minutes. This five-minute video represents a lifetime of development and years of work. Watching the progress and seeing the final product so…

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StrengthsFinder in Orange County

By Justin / December 23, 2017
StrengthsFinder in Orange County, StrengthsFinder Coach, StrengthsFinder Coach in OC

When I first moved to Orange County in 1997, I had no idea how my last minute decision to go a small private university in Fullerton, CA would impact my life forever. Inever thought I’d stay in Southern California, but over 20 years later, I’m calling Orange County ‘home’…but in a very round-about way. After college, my wife and I moved to Europe where we first exposed to the StrengthsFinder assessment. The organization we worked for used the StrengthsFinder tool…

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The Art of Finishing Well

By Justin / November 30, 2017
entrepreneurs need to consider how to finish well, company culture that lasts, lasting change

My dad started a non-profit in 1989 and led the organization up until his retirement 28 years later. Even though there were many challenging times throughout the years, the organization was passed on to the next leader in an incredibly healthy state. Many people have the courage to start new businesses or activate their ideas. But very few people have the ability to stand the test of time, maximize their strengths, and do the internal work needed to finish well. I’m…

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