patrick leddin

Is it Time to Prune

To flourish we must let go of things that hinder us. This means that we sometimes have to let of good things too. Perhaps even friends, mindsets, fears, and how we spend our time, money, and other resources. Sometimes our lives need a bit of pruning.

What do you need to cut back on in order to create new growth?

What Legos Teach Us About Teamwork

When our son was a little boy, he discovered a passion for Legos – not a general liking, but a true passion.

His exposure started with a small Lego set. I have no recollection of his first Lego, but it was probably a car, a boat, an airplane, or some other form of transportation.

Over time, his interest grew as did his collection of Lego products. A birthday or holiday would no doubt end with a couple of Legos to build. A small job around the house would turn into cash and a chance for him to go to the store and purchase a Lego set on his own.

How to Create a Culture Where All Voices Are Heard

Let’s face it; many people feel that their voices aren’t heard, or even welcome. They don’t feel like they belong. This phenomena is not limited to any particular country, industry, or business – it’s ubiquitous.

This isn’t just a concern.

It is a tragedy.

The good news is that regardless of your role, you can be the key to helping the voices of others be heard and creating a greater sense of belonging among team members.

RIP Toys R Us – Avoid a Similar Fate in Your Organization

Toy’s R Us is dead – at least in the United States. According to CNBC, “Toys R Us is planning to either close or sell all of its more than 800 stores across the U.S.”

The debate is underway about what killed Toys R Us.

  1. Was it poor strategy and execution? Including specific issues like store selection and website functionality…. (Business Insider)

David Marriott Asked Me One Question: You Should Ask this of Every Customer

You are likely familiar with one, if not several, of Marriott International’s brands. With revenue of $22.69 billion in 2017, Marriott is the largest hotel group in the world.

Marriott is my hotel of choice, but that wasn’t always the case.

You are likely familiar with one, if not several, of Marriott International’s brands. Marriott is the world’s largest hotel group generating $22.69 billion in 2017. Marriott is my hotel of choice, but that wasn’t always the case.

5 Communication Behaviors of Great Leaders

“Leadership is first, and foremost, a communication activity.” – Hackman & Johnson

We’ve all benefited from the communication efforts of great leaders.

We’ve also suffered through the pains of poor communicators in leadership roles.

I’ve found that great leaders regularly make five communication choices. I invite you to review each, assess how well you are doing, and consider a few quick challenges to improve yourself. I also recommend you share these with new or struggling leaders to help them improve their performance.

Ode to the Human Resources Manager

Could you have envisioned at the start of your career; how your days would unfold throughout much of the year?

There are times when all is well – people are engaged; and stints when some are angry – even enraged.

When people conflict and relationships sour; they file by your office hour after hour.

What One Olympian Teaches Us About Teamwork (Hint: It’s Not About Medals, Pence, or Xanax)

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon has captured the attention of many over the last couple of weeks. You are likely aware of one, if not several things, that put Rippon into the public eye.

To me, the one thing that truly stands out about Rippon isn’t the thing that garnered most attention…

It’s Not About Medals

The One Word You Must Start Saying

Imagine that your organization has been struggling with an issue for a long, long time. Occasionally, the problem goes away; but, it inevitably reappears. People are frustrated with this reoccurring and costly issue.

If you are struggling to identify a problem in your world, allow me to jog your thinking with a few ideas:

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