Storms Reveal Our True Values

By Justin / May 8, 2020

Over the past couple of months, I’ve found myself saying things that at any other time would have sounded ridiculous… “Are masks required to go into the stores?” “Have all of the shopping carts already been disinfected?” “Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to stay six feet away from you.” “I would typically shake your hand…but you know…” To say that this pandemic has made us deal with unexpected consequences is an understatement. We’re like ships who were once secure in…

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A Morbid Way to Increase Your Focus

By Justin / June 20, 2019

I turned 40 last week and this milestone, as it does for many, caused me to spend even more time than usual processing “the big questions of life.” Reaching mid-life causes many people to wrestle over their finiteness. In other words….they think more about the reality that they are going to die someday. haha! This is scary and/or depressing for some, but I find the acceptance of finiteness and the ‘built-in limitations of life’ helpful in reshaping my perspective and…

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How do you process change?

By Justin / February 22, 2019
5 Steps to Process Change

There are quotes that seem to state the obvious, and make you think…well, duh. For example: “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” But sometimes, the simplest ideas are the hardest ones to apply. This quote implies that we must add something or change what we’re doing if we want to get different results. Seems simple enough, right? However, in my experience, changing our habits and leaving a comfort zone is much harder than it seems. The process…

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3 Things I Learned about Strengths by Hanging Out with Yogis in the Desert

By Justin / February 18, 2019

Helping teams embrace and articulate their strengths is one of the great joys of my work. The owners of Ra Yoga, one of Orange County’s premier yoga studios, invited me to their offsite meeting in Joshua Tree to lead a StrengthsFinder engagement for their operations leaders. We spent 5 hours…   Leaning into ‘strengths philosophy’ Exploring Talents using ThemeScore sheets Practicing a language of Strength through various exercises   There were many remarkable moments in this training, but here are my top…

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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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