When I have an opportunity to speak to an audience, I like to ask what line of work everyone is in. Then I help them to connect their position or industry or career to some greater meaning.

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Before joining Building Champions, I worked for a privately owned, family-run company in Canada. At the time, the company was over 50 years old and had been operating under five core values ever since its inception. Rather than having their core values on a wall and occasionally referring to them in meetings, the leaders and management talked about them all the time. These values were filters for how we behaved — and they were modeled by the owners and executive leaders on a daily basis.

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I started my career in the mortgage industry back in 1985, and nine years into my business, I thought things were going well. I’d built a $135 million branch. That led to the opportunity to lead and coach our entire production team of more than 250 people in 17 offices throughout the western United States.

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Research shows people tend to quit their bosses, not their jobs. According to Gallup polls, managers almost single-handedly make or break employee engagement levels.

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Coaching your team well is a hallmark of leadership excellence. As a leader, you’re responsible for equipping your people to think differently, meet great challenges and ultimately succeed. But their success will be a hollow victory if they never take ownership of their own development.

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For some leaders, the capacity for long-term vision and strategic thinking can be both a blessing and a curse.

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It’s frustrating when our team is not engaged or on the same page. It saps our energy.

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Running a great meeting is an essential skill for any leader.

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It seems intu­itive that we should hire the best pos­si­ble peo­ple for every posi­tion in our com­pany. But in real­ity, this hap­pens less often than we may care to believe.

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Trust might be one of those touchy-feely emotions that takes a back seat in the headlines to things like risk-taking and creativity — and yet trust is what makes a well-run team work together so beautifully.

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The 7 Perspectives Video Series

Part I: Your Decisions & Influence In the first of a three-part video series, Daniel Harkavy explores how your decisions and influence affect everything from promotions to gaining and keeping the trust of your team and peers.  Read Video Transcript

4 Conversations of Great Coaching Leaders

When it comes to effective management and great coaching leadership, one-on-one meetings (1x1s) with your people are a necessity. Without regular, scheduled time with your people, it is nearly impossible to lead and engage them well. Regular 1x1s allow you to stay connected to your team, hear what’s happening and important to them (both at… Read More

Why Leaders Should Care About Engagement

When it comes to what employees are looking for from their employers, the standard is higher than ever before. For my parent’s generation, most were content if they had solid wages, safe working conditions and a boss who didn’t yell at them too much. Command and control were the standard leadership style, and career advancement,… Read More