Mastering Each of the 4 Seasons of Success

Living in the Seattle area, we definitely have wonderful seasons. And although I love spring and summer, I do embrace and enjoy every season. Seasons always come in sequences. Spring follows winter, and the same is true for the seasons of success. 

Truth: You cannot harvest life's rewards without first planting seeds. 

You may want to spend your entire life in the harvest season, but it just doesn't happen that way. 

We have all been given "seeds" in our lives. It is up to us to plant and cultivate several "crops" for life simultaneously. 

We must plant seeds in:

  • Our family relationships
  • Our careers and professions
  • Our health and fitness
  • Our finances
  • Our personal growth
  • Our spiritual peace
  • Our fun and recreation 

Learn the secret to mastering each of the four seasons:
Winter: A Season for Planning 
Bi-monthly, I meet for the day with a high-level group of Leaders and CEOs called Leadership Edge. CEO, Janelle Brulland, and I co-lead this exceptional day. During our last meeting in 2016, Janelle presented on "How to Calendar Plan Your Entire Year." She explained how she takes the final two weeks of each year to plan and organize key days (and weeks) around her vision, dreams, and goals. 

Goals are set and actual schedules are planned. Obviously ongoing details and priorities will emerge along the way but the BIG goals and plans, however, are pre-set in winter. 

Spring: A Season for Planting
I get spring fever, for good reason. It is a season to put winter's plans into action. Spring is a time for enthusiastic activity, a time for intentional planting, and a time for great impact. 

Spring is a time to start moving. The sooner you plow and plant, the sooner you will see a harvest. 

You may want to plant some new seeds for your health and fitness. 
You may want to plant some abundant seeds in your business. 

Summer: A Season for Perspiration
Summer is a great season for sunshine and longer days. Summer can also be a bit tedious. It requires regular cultivation, watering, and fertilization. Summer is a time for great growth. 

I've found summer is time to keep working and trust in the plans made in winter and the seeds planted in spring. 

Fall: A Season of Harvest
While I make the most of each season, fall is a time of reaping and harvest. It's a time to receive the products of our labors. It brings feelings of accomplishment and blessings. 

Maybe you didn't get started as early as you'd like with your seasons. It's never too late to start fresh. And, with a new year ahead of us, why not start now? 

As I pen these words into winter, what do you say we plant some seeds now? I mean today, this week. Wherever you find yourself, do what is right for this season. Give it some grit. Give all you've got. Don’t worry about outcome— welcome each season with open arms! 

In time, each season will work for you, as you master each of the four seasons of success. 

Here's to a successful four seasons in 2017! 

Steve

2 of Steve's Popular Keynotes
(click each image to learn more!):

Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership:
As a master storyteller, Steve has unparalleled ability to communicate dynamic business and leadership truths through stories, anecdotes and humor. Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership is a powerful message for today… to inspire those who aspire to make a positive influence, regardless of title or position.

Full Potential- How to Perform Best Under Pressure:
This dynamic keynote addresses the epidemic of stress and pressure. Through real-life case studies, Steve explains how leaders today need strategies to be both “smart and healthy”. You’ll learn actionable keys to operate at optimum levels while facing deadlines and challenging relationships.

Interested in booking Steve at your next event? Contact Michelle Joyce today!

 

Bullet Proof List of 8 Strategies for a Successful 2017

How do you define success? What would a stunningly successful 2017 look like? What would you need to accomplish?

I've learned, in working with successful leaders, that you cannot tackle too much or the year unravels into a cluster of mediocre efforts. With that being said, I'd like to provide my bulletproof shortlist of 8 strategies for a successful 2017.

  • Define what a successful 2017 looks like.
  • Schedule time for planning and organizing. Put big priorities and your intentional purpose on your calendar.
  • Understand where you are, right now, and list where you need to focus your efforts in 2017.
  • Make a "master list" of priorities. What are your MVPs (most valuable and profitables)—activities, projects, and client/customer goals?
  • Document clear, 90-day, goals that are S.M.A.R.T –Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time bound. 
  • Identify your focus barriers.
  • Schedule every priority. Leave nothing for chance; what gets scheduled gets done. 
  • Chart your progress. Accountability is key for 2017! Evaluation prevents stagnation. 


Let's make this year memorable, stunning, remarkable, and successful. The choice is yours.

Here's to a blessed and successful 2017! 

Steve


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Just like an elite athletic trainer helps to raise standards of excellence for accelerated results in the body, Steve Gutzler will challenge and support you in obtaining the results you desire and deserve in life. 

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10 Ways to Believe in Yourself for 2017

When I was in college, I took a Teaching Internship at a small inner-city high school in Los Angeles and was assigned to be the Physical Education Teacher.  I was in charge of putting together our upcoming "track and field team." 

After having very little success motivating and placing students in events, I decided to focus on their personal beliefs.

I focused on positives. I focused on my language and words. I focused on their strengths. 

Soon, I sensed the tide shifting. I could almost see the transformation of their beliefs and confidence emerging.

When we finally completed our city-wide track-meet, our school took second place. Being the smallest school, the students took great pride in our accomplishments.


Steps to Build Your Personal Belief
Just like most students, we often feel the odds are stacked against us. If you don't believe you can succeed, please take heart to the following ten suggestions.

1. Guard your inner dialogue.
Don't allow negative self-talk to undermine your goals to achievements. 

2. Focus on improvements, not comparing yourself.
Your personal mission is to become better today than yesterday. Don't compare yourself to others.

3. Break down fears with small action steps.
F.E.A.R: False Evidence Appearing Real
With each small action, fears get smaller and smaller.

4. Lift others; it will lift you.
It's hard to feel bad about yourself when you're doing something good for someone else.

5. Act yourself into feelings rather than feel your way into action.
You and I can actually "act yourself" into feeling good. (Do a 20-minute workout today, take a 10-minute walk, or do 5-minutes of stretching). 

6. Organize your work-place and keep your home well-ordered
Clutter adds stress. Cleanup to go up!

7. Buy 3x5 notecards.
Put your 60-90 day goals on a small 3x5 notecard and review it daily!

8. Get new lenses.
Be clear and document your “vision." What will you accomplish in the next 12-24 months?

9. Use leadership language.
I have a BIG rule, only speak words and language of a leader. Nothing small, negative, or victim speak in my language.

10. Write a magnificent story.
I'm writing chapters each year. The sentences are the days I live. Make your story great, significant, and selfless. Make it memorable and loving. 

Here's to your personal beliefs. Keep moving forward. Keep believing! 

-Steve

Steve's new impactful keynote is available as a half or full-day workshop! Bring him to your 2017 meeting! 

Steve's new impactful keynote is available as a half or full-day workshop! Bring him to your 2017 meeting! 

Teamwork Elevates the Leaders Dream

Many leaders focus too much attention on their dreams and goals, and too little on their teams.

On May 29, 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary accomplished what no other human being ever had. They stood on the summit of Mount Everest, the world's highest peak. 

What often goes unnoticed is that they had hired between two and three hundred people to just get supplies in the vicinity of the mountain. The best third of that team continued working up the mountain carrying supplies... 750 pounds of necessary equipment in order to summit. 

What is your summit?

The higher the summit, the greater the team. Focus on your team, not just your dream.

If you want to achieve your business dreams, then grow your team. Gather great people around you. Invest in them.

Here is my short-list on How to Grow Your Team:
1. Grow their potential.

  • They need direction
  • They need coaching
  • They need leadership development
  • They need inspiring goals
  • They need support
  • They need to become self-reliant

2. Add the best talent you can.
Sometimes all you need is one new team member to make the best of your opportunities. 

3. Remove negative influences.
One person can change things for the better. One person can posiion things for the worst. Have the courage to weed out negative influences.

The best leaders build:

  • Creative teams
  • Cohesive teams
  • Aggressive teams
  • Fast teams
  • Motivated teams
  • Complementing teams
  • Gritty teams


If you want to achieve your goals in 2017 and beyond, then build a cohesive and inspired team!

Remember: The size of your dream should determine the size and strength of your team. 

Here's to building your team! 


-Steve

Make 2017 your teams best year by giving them the tools and strategies to succeed with Steve's keynote, Full Potential- How to Perform Best Under Pressure.

Make 2017 your teams best year by giving them the tools and strategies to succeed with Steve's keynote, Full Potential- How to Perform Best Under Pressure.

Extraordinary Passion Creates Extraordinary Results

I read recently that the founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley, started out by riding the countryside and picking an open field where he would like to preach. Soon his passionate sermons gathered large crowds. He gained notoriety for his ability to touch people's souls—to move them in faith.

Someone asked Wesley how he was able to attract crowds with his preaching. Wesley responded, "I simply set myself on fire and people come watch me burn." 

PASSION. I'm convinced the best leaders of any organization know their purpose, their calling, and they live and lead with passion. 

I believe passion can be developed and can grow. It will ultimately separate us from our competition. My old football coach use to say, "Give me two equally talented teams and the one who play with passion will win." 

What do you do?

I'm often asked on a flight what I do as a profession. I usually respond, " I have a dream job, filled with passion. I help professionals, like you, develop their personal leadership, vision, and emotional intelligence. Everyday I'm privileged to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in leadership, time maximization, and life balance." It's not a canned response, it's a passion filled calling! 

Four Ways to Cultivate Passion:

1. Align to your purpose and live it out fully.
My son, Kyle, and I recently watched a documentary on the extraordinary motivator, Anthony Robbins. The documentary was a behind the scenes to his events. What struck me most was his wife, Sage, said, "Tony is the same man on stage and off. He lives each day with intention and passion."

I believe everyday is game-day. Grab hold of each day and live it out like it is your last. 

2. Get some victories under your belt.
Momentum is the leaders best friend. Nothing creates energy and mojo more than a 1% or 5% win. Focus on a victory today; one achievement today and then another tomorrow. 

3. Don't clutter your mind with non-essential bull.
I read recently that a student once asked Albert Einstein how many feet were in a mile; he replied that he didn't know. Seeing the students shock, he replied, "I make it a rule not to clutter my mind with simple information that I can find in a book in five minutes." 

Don't bombard your mind with information. Don't spend senseless moments on things that drain your focus and passion. Travel light. Keep your mind on what matter most. Advance your goals and refuse to fill yourself with what I call non-essential bull. 

4. Take time for your soul.
May I be absolutely honest? My passion is filled with my soul "being on fire." Every morning is my time. My time to quietly fill my passion bucket. I meditate, pray, think, read, and prepare. I try to visualize how I want to show up. I try to prepare myself to diligently and consciously act with passion with each encounter. 

Whatever you do this week, do it with heart and soul. An extraordinary life and leadership requires energy, passion, and effort. 

Here's to your passion! 

-Steve

A Time for Giving Leadership

This week we are honored to have guest bloggers with us here at Leadership Quest: Bob Burg and David Mann


Bob Burg is a sought-after speaker at company leadership and sales conferences on topics at the core of the Go-Giverbooks. A former television personality and top-producing salesperson, Bob has shared the platform with some of today’s top business leaders, broadcast personalities, coaches, athletes, and political leaders, including a former U.S. president.


By Bob Burg and John David Mann


It’s easy to think of leadership as something that relates only to the elite few: the CEO, the president, the general, the boss. However, leadership happens everywhere — in our communities and our work, our relationships and families, and every domain of our lives.
The question is not whether we’re called to leadership. (We all are.) The question is how we answer that call. Because there are two kinds of leadership.

You can take leadership.
Or you can give leadership.

Taking leadership is the general who seizes power, the revolutionary who topples the king and assumes control, the corporate raider who engineers a takeover. Not to say that taking leadership is necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes, especially in times of turbulence, the situation desperately calls for someone to take the helm before the ship hits the rocks. But, taking leadership always carries within itself a risk — because taking is taking. Leadership taken so easily slips into dominance, and dominance into tyranny.

Then there is giving leadership.

Rather than seizing the wheel, giving leadership is reaching for a friend’s hand and laying it on the wheel. Rather than stepping up for others to follow, being the one who encourages others to step up themselves.

It’s so easy (and so tempting) to use a leadership position as a stepping-stone for building one’s own portfolio. A giving leader sees that leadership position as a way to build, promote, and prosper the enterprise and its people. It is leadership with an other focus, rather than a me focus.

A Roman aristocrat named Cincinnatus fell on hard times and was forced to live as a farmer. When Rome was invaded, Cincinnatus was named dictator for a six-month term. He led the Roman army into battle, dispatched the enemy—then immediately resigned his office, just two weeks into his term, and went back to his fields, turning the reins of power back over to the people.

In more recent times, George Washington happily relinquished his station as commander in chief once the Revolutionary War was won, declining the offer of what would have been virtually monarchial powers.

There are living exemplars of giving leadership right in our midst today, too, from Bob Chapman (Barry-Wehmiller) to David Novak (YUM! Brands), Kat Cole (Focus Brands) to Howard Schultz (Starbucks). They’re also right around the corner, in your local diners and neighborhood centers. In fact, once you start looking for examples of giving leadership, you find they’re everywhere.

Even in the mirror.
Because the truth is, we don’t just elect leaders. We are leaders.


Bob Burg speaks at major sales and leadership conferences. He and John David Mann are coauthors of the international bestseller The Go-Giver (more than 500,000 copies sold!). Their latest collaboration is, The Go-Giver Leader. Subscribe to The Go-Giver Podcast.
 To download sample chapters from their books, please visit www.TheGoGiver.com


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The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance. 

The Leaders Secret Weapon

When I ask people at leadership development presentations, "what does it take to be successful in business and life?" Often they list talent, gifts, personal drive, seizing opportunities, etc. When I ask people, "what will protect and maintain their success?", almost always I hear character

Character protects your talent. With character, all those attributes that lead up to success helps a leader sustain success. 

One of my leadership coaching clients recently said, "Steve, character is my secret weapon. It's the single greatest quality that has allowed me to build, maintain and reproduce success in life and business."

Lack of character is the deal-breaker. Character is the total of all our daily choices. 

Character: It is consistency of values ideals, thoughts, words and actions. 

Character Assessment and Questions:

  • Do I show up on time?
  • Do I keep my word and refuse to over promise and under deliver?
  • Do I keep my personal promises and resolutions?
  • Do I place more importance on looking good and people pleasing rather than maintaining my personal standards and ethics?
  • Do I shade the truth?
  • Do others trust my word?
  • Do I do what's right when no one is looking? 

Character begins with open honesty with yourself and others. Everyone has blind spots and weak areas that can be strengthened. It's never too late to restore personal character. 

Practical Coaching Tip: Select one character trait to develop and work on practical ways to strengthen it. 

Example: Showing up on time. 

Action: I will strive to always "be early" not "on time" or worse, "late". 

Accountability: I will keep an entry log on every appointment and personal commitment. Keeping myself accountable - being late or tardy is unacceptable and soon I will be known as a man of integrity in regards to my discipline of time and honoring of others schedules. 

Remember: When values, thoughts, feelings and actions are in alignment, a person becomes focused and his or her character is strengthen. That allows a leader to build, maintain and sustain success. 


Here's to your secret weapon... CHARACTER!

-Steve

Honored to partner with the Bellingham Police Department in Emotional Intelligence training last week! What an amazing group of officers and staff! 

Honored to partner with the Bellingham Police Department in Emotional Intelligence training last week! What an amazing group of officers and staff! 

Empowerment Behind the Badge -
Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership

In today's fast-paced and pressure filled law enforcement work environment, how effective are you as a leader of influence, impact, and inspiration? Emotional Intelligence (EI) is our ability to self-manage our emotions and navigate successfully under stress is the game changer.


Interested in booking Steve at your next event? Contact Michelle Joyce today:

(For information on keynote presentations and training/workshops)


The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance. 

How Leaders Shift :: Telling to Selling

What are you attempting to sell?

An idea?

A project?

A solution?

A product or service?

The best ideas don't just happen... someone sells an idea, convinces others of the advantages and how it meets needs, wants or desires.

Think Right Now:  What do you need to promote that provides solutions?

Remember: Selling is simply helping people make a decision that is good for them.

Every time I have the privilege of having a "Discovery Call" around my keynote presentations, team development training or executive leadership coaching, I get genuinely excited!

I am convinced it can benefit them, add tremendous value and deliver on their bottom-line results. It generates performance, customer satisfaction, collaborative teamwork, employee energy and retention and growing revenues. Good stuff that matters!

So it is my responsibility to sell it! Telling others about it is not enough!

How leaders shift from telling to selling?  They establish rapport. We tend to do business with people we know, like and trust.

One effective technique is to look for similarities with the other person. Look for family interest and outside activities that you may have in common. 

The #1 way to establish almost immediate rapport, ask yourself, "what is the one thing I have in common with this organization or individual?".

The answer is always: Their Best Interest.

When people know you are genuinely interested in meeting their unique needs, and your goal is their best interest, they will trust you. Having a genuine interest in helping others (your team, clients and customers, your friends, etc.). That genuine interest in helping others and making a positive difference is the core of effective leadership.

This week focus on the needs of others. Shift from telling to selling through meeting their needs!

 

Here's to genuine leaders,

Steve


Full Potential- How to Perform Best Under Pressure:

This dynamic keynote addresses the epidemic of stress and pressure. Through real-life case studies, Steve explains how leaders today need strategies to be both “smart and healthy”. You’ll learn actionable keys to operate at optimum levels while facing deadlines and challenging relationships.

Empowerment Behind the Badge -Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership

In today's fast-paced and pressure filled law enforcement work environment, how effective are you as a leader of influence, impact, and inspiration? Emotional Intelligence (EI) is our ability to self-manage our emotions and navigate successfully under stress is the game changer.


Interested in booking Steve at your next event? Contact Michelle Joyce today:

(For information on keynote presentations and training/workshops)


The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance. 

What Shapes a Leaders Attitude?

I couldn't do it everyday, but the days I drove my kids to school, before they got out of the car, typically the words were:

"Be a leader today and love an unlovable." 

Leadership and compassion are a great balance.  Strength and humility.

While there are many factors that determine who we become, how we form our self-concept ultimately shapes our leadership ability. Here are some critical stages to consider:

  • Stages:         Factors:
  • Pre-Birth:      Inherent personality/temperament
  • Birth:             Environment
  • Age 1-6:         Word Expression, adult affirmation
  • Ages 7-10:     Self-image
  • Ages 11-21:     Peer approval, physical appearance
  • Ages 22-61:   Marriage, family, career, success

Definitions: 

  • Personality - Who I am
  • Environment - What's around me
  • Words - What I hear
  • Adult affirmation - What I feel
  • Self-image - How I see myself
  • Exposure to new experiences - How I grow
  • Association to peers - Who influences me
  • Physical appearance - How I feel about my looks
  • Marriage, family, career - My security and status

Whether you're eight, forty-eight, or sixty-eight, lives and leadership are under construction. It's never too late to influence loved-ones, friends and co-workers. It's never too late to GROW as a leader and person in influence and positive attitude. Honor each stage with wisdom and intentionality. 

 

Here's to positively influencing those around us! 

Steve


2 of Steve's Popular Keynotes

(click each image to learn more!):

Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership:

As a master storyteller, Steve has unparalleled ability to communicate dynamic business and leadership truths through stories, anecdotes and humor. Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership is a powerful message for today… to inspire those who aspire to make a positive influence, regardless of title or position.

 

Full Potential- How to Perform Best Under Pressure:

This dynamic keynote addresses the epidemic of stress and pressure. Through real-life case studies, Steve explains how leaders today need strategies to be both “smart and healthy”. You’ll learn actionable keys to operate at optimum levels while facing deadlines and challenging relationships.


Interested in booking Steve at your next event? Contact Michelle Joyce today:

(For information on keynote presentations and training/workshops)


The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance. 

The Most Powerful Word in Leadership

"Action and doing are what converts human dreams into significance." -John Maxwell

  • I'll give it a shot
  • I'll make an effort
  • We'll see if I get to it
  • Tomorrow
  • I'll try my best 

Trying to do your best will never close the gap between where you are and what your stated goals or dreams are. I've learned trying alone does not communicate a true commitment. It's half-hearted, mediocre, and it leaves the door open for short-comings and failure. If an attitude of trying is not enough, then what is? 

An attitude of doing. There is enormous magic in the tiny word "do".

When we tell ourselves, "I'll do it", we unleash tremendous power. An attitude of doing helps us become leaders in our field. It leads us to become the very person we were meant to be. While trying may make us feel warm and fuzzy, doing make us feel significant and powerful. 

As a coach, I often challenge my clients to resist "good intentions". To "attack the attack of complacency" with "doing". Wherever you are in your life and career, I want to challenge you to be a "doer"!

Just for this week: Make a "strategic master list" of sixteen things you will do!!

Examples

They can be:

  • sales calls
  • referral follow-ups
  • adding value to a current client
  • a team meeting of purpose
  • a strategic project
  • setting a goal to work out XX times a week
  • hand-written notes
  • networking appointments

Doing will change you.

Doing will energize you.

Doing will create momentum.

Doing will focus you forward.

Doing will attract great people.

Doing will generate results which = revenue.

"If you want to live a life of success and significance, don't start when you get good, start now so you become good." 

 

Here's to doing "16 things" this week!

Steve


2 of Steve's Popular Keynotes (click each image to learn more!):

Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leadership: 

Harness the power of the “number one” predictor of professional success, impact, leadership, high performance and sustainable relationships in business and life. Steve’s highest rated keynote presentation.

Unleash the Leader Inside You:

Through inspiring stories of untitled leaders, Steve unlocks extraordinary keys each one of us can use to improve our organizations and enhance our careers. Steve shows the power of true leaders who are positive influencers, create remarkable impact and inspire others to greatness.


Interested in booking Steve at your next event, contact Michelle today:

(For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching.)


The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance. 

 

Are You Ready for Executive Leadership Coaching?

Every leader I know wants his or her life to matter. Each of us has a longing to:

  • build sustainable success and be significant
  • make a contribution
  • do something nobel and purposeful
  • be both "smart and healthy"
  • build a family legacy

Question:
Have you wondered if they may be beyond reach?

Good News:
Often it is one significant choice that unlocks new ideas, priorities and clarity.

Executive Leadership Coaching:  
I believe my single greatest calling is teaming up "one-on-one" and helping successful leaders to reach for higher success and more meaningful days. 

Take a Moment:
Check out our Executive Leadership Coaching description below. 

I would be honored to discuss partnering with you. Let's start small but believe big, find a greater purpose of achievement and a life and leadership that matters!


Here's to taking your leadership to the next level!

Steve


Steve Gutzler's Executive Leadership Coaching program is designed to empower you with the focus, training, and accountability you need to achieve the remarkable results you demand in the most important areas of your professional and personal life. Just like an elite athletic trainer helps to raise standards of excellence for accelerated results in the body, Steve Gutzler will challenge and support you in obtaining the results you desire and deserve in life.

Dream - Believer What is Your Dream?

"Dreams often come one size too big so we can grow and stretch into them. They are inside our soul. Can you take a few moments to listen? Can you jot them down with courage? Can you believe your dreams are possible?" - Steve Gutzler

What is Your Dream?

When I have conversations with people I often ask, "tell me about your dreams?" I have found most people would like to do something that has meaning and fulfillment, but for whatever reason they rarely speak in specific terms. A rare few have a documented dream list

Too busy I suppose... mortgages, work, healthcare, community, deadlines, kids games and activities, appointments, and overwhelmed with emails and bills. 

Can You Take a Breath? 

Take a few moments today to jot down, write out your dream(s). It may be a career accomplishment, purchasing a first or second home, or a family dream. It can be a beautifully remodeled home, or a family milestone or legacy. Some of the best dream I've discovered are recovering broken-dreams, big or small

Make it your own, but be sure to write it down. You may want to purchase a new journal dedicated to dream documentations. Writing it down forces you to clarify your thinking and determine what you really want. 

Having it written gives you a record of your hopes and dreams. I know its made me feel vulnerable, even risky. It is easier to just stay busy in the blur of activities, but my dreams always fill my heart with a purpose of something larger than my own gifts and stretch me to believe... "All things are possible if I can just believe."

Here's to you being a Dream-Believer!

Steve


We have some exciting news here at Leadership Quest.... We are excited to announce a new team member, Michelle Joyce! 

For nearly two decades, Michelle Joyce managed one of the most successful, professional speaking and training businesses in the country and now we proudly welcome her to our team as Steve's Speaker Manager. Handling all bookings for trainings and keynotes, Michelle and my Executive Assistant, Alyssa will work seamlessly together. 


As a master storyteller, Steve has unparalleled ability to communicate dynamic business and leadership truths through stories, anecdotes and humor. Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership is a powerful message for today, to inspire those who aspire to make a positive influence, regardless of title or position. 


The Power of the 80/20 Principle in Life and Leadership

My life and leadership changed dramatically when I not only understood the 80/20 principle, but started practicing it. A eureka moment! A respected CEO I admire recently explained its impact again. This time it started to sink in. This time I started to really change the way I lived and worked. 

He explained: 

  • 80% of the wealth comes from 20% of the people.
  • 80% of the production comes from 20% of the workforce.
  • 80% of classroom participation comes from 20% of the students.
  • 80% of the profits comes from only 20% of the customers.
  • 80% of problems are generated from 20% of the employees.
  • 80% of of sales are generated by 20% of the sales people. 

What an eye opener, the best 20% of my activities were sixteen times more productive than the remaining 80%!

What changed for me?

  1. If I want to decrease the rush and complexity of my life and increase my productivity, then I needed to focus on my top 20%.
  2. I needed to stop doing so many low value activities. 
  3. I needed to identify with ruthless conviction my top 20%. 
  4. I needed to schedule my top 20% in my calendar everyday. 
  5. I needed to off-load the over-load and delegate, outsource, and eliminate my 80%.
  6. I needed to evaluate the way I was spending my time and reprioritize my schedule.
  7. I need to exercise my "no muscles" and stop trying to please everyone.
  8. I needed to ask "what gives me the greatest return in my business?"
  9. I needed to ask "what is most fulfilling and rewarding in my life?"
  10. I needed to be guided by my purpose not pressures.

I have revisited the powerful 80/20 principle and am striving to experience more simplicity. The one thing helping me most is keeping focused on the "main thing" in each of the seven key areas:

  • Business
  • Leadership
  • Family
  • Fitness
  • Finances
  • Spiritual peace
  • Fun

During this season of your life I encourage you to shift from being a doer of many things, to a leader of a few great things.

Here's to your top 20%!

~Steve



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The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance.

Bringing Out the Best

Who believed in you?

Who provided you an opportunity to get in the game? 

Who looked you in the eye and said, "you have great potential!"?


Often when I present a leadership keynote presentation, I tell the story of my football coach, Don Matthews. A true legend and successful coach. He built winners wherever he went. Including 7 "Grey-Cups" (our equivalent to the NFL Superbowl).

My senior year in football we were Oregon State Champions. Heading into the season I really wanted to be one of our senior captains. The vote was taken and I didn't make it. I was disappointed, not devastated. 

Coach Matthews must have sensed my disappointment. After a practice he took me on a walk and said, "Steve, I know you are probably disappointed you didn't make captain, but let me tell you how I view you. You are a leader and a great player! You will lead this team and have a great year!".

Wow, leader... great... Those words rang in my soul and to the best of my ability I tried to be a leader and be great. Lets be honest, I wasn't great, I was a good player, but Coach Matthews unlocked my best.

Years later we had our 30 year reunion of our team. Coach was there and we all shared highlight memories. I was the second to share and spoke about that powerful walk and encounter of faith. As we went around the room, each player shared their own version of the coach saying, "you're a leader and you are a great player". He was the master of getting the best of out each of us! He wasn't insincere or manipulating, he was a masterful coach who could bring out the best in individuals and teams.

Leadership Question:
Who do you need to believe in today?


A team-member? A family-member?

I've been privileged to provide faith in others. My children, my coaching clients, and my friends. Lets take someone on a short walk that unlocks their best. Let them know they are a leader and they can reach greatness.


I believe in you!

-Steve


In this inspiring keynote, Unleash the Leader Inside You, Steve Gutzler shows how each of us can be a leader in our organization and daily lives and how we all can make a positive difference, whatever our title or position.

 

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The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance.

What to do When Feeling Overwhelmed or Burned Out

According to a Harvard Medical School study, an astounding 96% of leaders said they experience feeling of burnout. 

One of my favorite quotes:

"When I found my why, I found my way.

When I found my way, I found my will. 

When I found my will, I found my wings."

Good news: If you are feeling overwhelmed or even a bit of burnout, realize "you're in the game". You are not a spectator. Leadership influencers take a lot of pride in their craft, their personal development and client engagements. We are not given a hard-book on how to lead ourselves and others. It's challenging, it's a quest. 

I am going to suggest a few things I have tried to do over the years when I feel overwhelmed. Simple, yet powerful things. 

1) I go to the Rock.

It's an actual big rock, a boulder that is on the back trails where I walk. Sometimes I just need to go, sit and think. Clear my head and my perspective.  

Question: Where's your rock? Leaders need to take time to think. 

2) I seek wisdom.

Whether I pray or seek out the wisdom of others, it always refreshes my feelings and emotions. Most leaders don't struggle finding opportunities. They struggle on focusing on the BEST opportunities and wise choices chart out the best use of time. 

3) I sweat.

I've noticed stress has layers. It's subtle and builds over days. It's essential for me to overcome feelings of burnout through rigorous exercise. If I'm inconsistent and not pushing myself, stress can recycle quickly and it creates a fog of toxic emotions and bad feelings. My positive moods are often dictated by my commitment to sweat. 

4) I review the 7 Habits of Highly Productive People

  1. I cut away the unimportant time-wasters.
  2. I allocate breaks strategically.
  3. I tap into inspiration. (I'm reading Phil Knight's Shoe Dog)
  4. I create barriers of entry and I don't allow others to derail my focus. 
  5. I optimize time pockets. I make the most of every minute.
  6. I set deadlines. Every 40 days I reset a punch-list of accomplishments and goals. 
  7. I delegate. Outsource -> delegate -> eliminate what I am not good at or is not a priority for me to do. 

5) I remind myself I can't do it all, but I can do my best. 

I recently watched a father lift what appeared to be an adult child out of a van and into a wheelchair. He looked to be in his 60's. He was weathered, but fit and most importantly loving and tender towards his daughter. God is my witness that this simple encounter snapped me out of the little funk I was in. It was a great reminder that I've been given so much. That father and daughter truly inspired me. 

Sometimes I need to remind myself I simply can't do it all. I'm not called to do it all, but I can do my best. 

Here's to reenergizing this week!

Steve


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It was such an honor to be with the U.S. District Court, Alaska Division this past week, presenting Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership. What an AMAZING group of leaders! 


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The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance.

How Leaders Influence People

Who has influenced you the most?

Who believed in you when you struggled to believe in yourself?

Who offered you encouragement and hope that unlocked your self-esteem?

Dennis Rainey tells a powerful story about a young boy named Tommy. He had a particularly hard time at school. He struggled at some of the basics. He continually asked questions and he never could quite keep up. Falling further and further behind, the teacher finally gave up on him and told his mother that he simply couldn't learn and would never amount to much. 

Thankfully, Tommy's mother was an influencer. She believed in him and knew his self-esteem needed repairing, rebuilding and personal renewal. She taught him from home and with each setback she kept his spirits up. She poured in hope and encouragement. She built personal belief in him and said "keep going, keep trying, find a way."

Whatever happened to Tommy? He became a successful inventor, eventually holding more than one thousand patents, including the phonograph and the first electric lightbulb. His name? The great Thomas Edison. When people believe in us and influence us in powerful ways, there is no telling how far they can go.

Here's a short list of ways we can influence others, starting today:

  • Commit to a core-group who you will influence in positive ways (list their names)
  • Believe in them, set high expectations
  • Be present and accessible, make some time devoted to them
  • Provide opportunities, get them out "on stage"
  • Lift them to a higher level and celebrate their success

Your influence can be the GIFT to unlock their potential. 

Here's to positively influencing others, starting this week!

-Steve


"Steve’s coaching has helped me achieve my personal goals both personally and professionally, and ultimately become a more effective leader.    Thank you Steve for your expert insight and encouragement, and for keeping me accountable to my leadership goals and ambitions."
 
Mike Simms
Chief Procurement Officer (CPO)
Microsoft


Sneak Peek of Steve's latest Keynote presentation, Full Potential: How to Perform Best Under Pressure. 

Sneak Peek of Steve's latest Keynote presentation, Full Potential: How to Perform Best Under Pressure. 

Believe it or not, the most effective way to make an impact in work is to make an impact on individual people. Read more about the Power of Influence!

Believe it or not, the most effective way to make an impact in work is to make an impact on individual people. Read more about the Power of Influence!

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The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance.

 

Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

I listened intently as one of my executive leaders had to take a call from a key client. Evidently things had gone sideways and the client was frustrated and upset. With the skills of a "hostage negotiator" my friend was able to empathize, listen, understand and reassure. With a measured and sincere tone, he was able to put back on track the clients' concerns. 

I've witnessed before his high-level of self-awareness. Leaders with a high-degree of self-awareness recognize how their feelings and responses affect them, other people and their job performance. Leaders with high self-awareness can work under tight deadlines and with demanding clients. They contain and manage ego impulses. Some of their personal mantras include: 

  • Calm
  • Steady
  • Reassuring
  • Pleasant
  • Personal
  • Confident
  • Understanding
  • Candor

Self-Awareness and Emotional Intelligence for Leaders

Key Characteristics:

  • Leaders with self-awareness understand his or her values and personal beliefs. They don't waiver. They can turn down short-term appointments that do not match their long-term goals and pursuits.
  • They practice candor and the ability to frankly discuss their strengths and weaknesses as a leader.
  • They recognize their emotions impact those they work with. They are not perfect.. but they try their best to bring positivity and good moods to the workplace.
  • Self-aware leaders can also be recognized by their self-confidence. They have a strong sense of their capabilities and resist second guessing themselves. They move daily with bold attempts toward their desired outcomes. 

This week, practice self-awareness!

It is your ability as a leaders to recognize and understand your emotions and moods matter. You set a tone for each interaction. You can steer your emotions in a more intentional manner that inspires others and settles down frustrated clients or team members.

I asked my coaching executive, "how did you handle that upset client so well?" His answer, "I always keep in mind these four words: calm, warmth, sincerity and confidence."

 

Here's to your self-awareness and personal success this week!

Steve


Great time with the WSAE at the Space Needle last week presenting Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leaders!

Great time with the WSAE at the Space Needle last week presenting Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leaders!

Last week, Bob Burg interviewed Steve on his podcast. If you missed it, head over to Bob's site (The Go-Giver) to check it out now!

Last week, Bob Burg interviewed Steve on his podcast. If you missed it, head over to Bob's site (The Go-Giver) to check it out now!


Get your FREE copy today at: www.stevegutzler.com!

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The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance.

15 Big Ways Leaders Make a Difference

I stood before a fantastic group of leaders from the United States District Court (Eastern District of Missouri) and said.... "Leadership is not a one-cut diamond, it is multidimensional." 

These leaders make a meaningful and purposeful difference each day in our courts. Leadership requires our best. It is demanding and complex. It is also at times not recognized or fully appreciated. 


I'd like to offer a list of 15 Big Ways Leaders Make a Difference:

1.  Leaders make a daily decision to make a difference each day by how they show up with an intentional positive attitude.

2. Leaders risk putting others first when our culture says, "focus on yourself."

3. Leaders define reality in order to improve the situation at work and at home.

4. Leaders do not accuse others to excuse themselves, they take responsibility.

5. Leaders are optimistic. They see solutions where others see problems.

6. Leaders live their values while others talk about their values.

7. Leaders are open to "new ways" of doing things, they keep an open-mind and open- heart.

8. Leaders know their priorities based on their Big Goals and high pursuits.

9. Leaders contain their ego and stay humble, even during successful seasons.

10. Leaders develop other leaders. They invest in other leaders.

11. Leaders show courage and conviction during tough times.

12. Leaders show equal care and equal determination at home and at work.

13. Leaders project enthusiasm and energy. They know their attitude and mood is contagious. 

14. Leaders inspire others with a vision of what they can contribute.

15. Above all, leaders refuse to quit or "give in" - they show courage in the battles of life. 

I hope these leadership thoughts inspire you and get your heart pumping. You and I can make a difference this day, this week, this year, in a BIG way!

Thank you again to the U.S. District Court leaders for inspiring me in all you do.

Here's to our difference making!

-Steve


"Steve, thank you again for such a great presentation given to our association during our annual conference.  Your speech was very well received and completely motivated our membership." 

Charles R. Diard, Jr.
Clerk of Court, United States District Court, Southern District of Alabama

 

Click to download my informational flyer on Emotional Intelligence. 

Click to download my informational flyer on Emotional Intelligence. 


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The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance.

 

A Short List in Building Better Relationships

How are your relationships? More importantly, how would others describe your relationships with them? I often say when speaking at leadership conferences, "Everything rises and falls on leadership and everything rises and falls on relationships."

How would you rate your relationships?

1 - LOW   10 - HIGH (Quality, Connectedness, Communication)

  • ___  Family Members
  • ___  Extended Family
  • ___  Close Friendships
  • ___  Work Partners
  • ___  Clients/Customers

Last year there was a 2 month span where I was traveling (literally) way too fast. I found myself running through the Dallas airport attempting to catch a connecting flight... which I missed. As I sat, exhausted and frustrated, in a Red Robin Restaurant in the airport terminal, something dawned on me. I had 3 hours to slow down and await a new flight. Time to sit and think...

  • This running needs to stop.
  • This pace is not natural or healthy.
  • This is not fun! And fun is one of my top 5 values.
  • This has been allowed and is eroding my most important relationships.
  • This is going to CHANGE! 

I have learned the incredible power of saying "no", and at the very least, "not that way". I have also learned to really connect with family and friends, I need to travel at their speed, not mine. 

Years ago I came across "A Short Course in Human Relationships". It reminds me what my priorities should be in relationships:

  • The least in important word: I
  • The most important word: We
  • The 2 most important words: Thank you!
  • The 3 most important words: All is Forgiven.
  • The 4 most important words: What is your opinion?
  • The 5 most important words: You did a good job.
  • The 6 most important words: I want to understand you better.  

Lets slow down and travel at the speed of those we have relationships with. Lets value the gifts in our life, the people in our life. Lets make those relationships a little better each day. 

 

You matter to me!

Steve 


"Steve’s Empowerment Behind the Badge training was right on point in addressing a need for more current and progressive training. It was engaging, impactful and relevant. It touched on points both personal and professional.  Law Enforcement as a profession is particularly challenging right now and these challenges translate directly to law enforcement leadership." 

- Sergeant Trevor Townsend

Everett Police Training Sergeant

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The purpose of Leadership Quest is to help professionals develop their personal leadership, vision and emotional intelligence. Everyday I strive to help leaders and teams achieve their desired goals in sales productivity, leadership, time maximization, and life-balance.

9 Unstoppable Qualities of the "Code of Persistence"

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Have you noticed the tug-of-war between the victim-mindset and the leadership mind-set?

Between pity parties and victory parties.

Between self-reliance and self-pity.

Between failure attitudes and success attitudes.

As I write this, I am gearing up for the next 90-days of vision. It's built around prioritization of my Top 5 Priorities. There will be meetings, keynotes, and coaching sessions. There will be plenty of responding to emails and requests. And in the midst of it all, a tug-of-war of spirit and soul to stay to the course with courage, faith, and an unstoppable attitude.

Here is my "Code of Persistence Promises" I will make make and keep:

  1. I will rise each day with a sense of clarity around that days priorities.
  2. I will believe all things will work out as long as I put in the work.
  3. I will be bold and courageous and speak the language of a leader.
  4. I will not allow setbacks to discourage me - and I will not be intimidated by challenges.
  5. I will fight the "good fight" and remember most games are won in the 4th quarter - (I will be known as "the finisher").
  6. When knocked down, I will get up fast and more determined.
  7. I will take time to rest and recover after each day and always "give thanks".
  8. I will remember: I have been given gifts that I will use to better not just myself, but others
  9. I will never surrender to discouragement or despair, no matter what obstacles may confront me.  

Here's to a strong season ahead for you! Stay the course and stay strong!

Steve

 

Honored to partner with the United States Courts across the nation. Looking forward to working with a few new branches this month in St. Louis and Anchorage for trainings on Emotional Intelligence!

Honored to partner with the United States Courts across the nation. Looking forward to working with a few new branches this month in St. Louis and Anchorage for trainings on Emotional Intelligence!

Unleash the Leader Inside You, shows how each of us can be a leader in our in our organization and daily lives make a positive difference, whatever our title or position.

Unleash the Leader Inside You, shows how each of us can be a leader in our in our organization and daily lives make a positive difference, whatever our title or position.


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