10 Unstoppable Qualities of Difference Makers

Thank you to the American Academy of Family Physicians for the incredible privilege of presenting at this years Leadership Conference!

I loved their theme, "The Leader Within Me Is..." Each member filled in the blank over the course of the week— fearless, proactive, gracious, bold, revolutionary, personable, compassionate, and warm. It was an extraordinary week filled with learning and networking. 

My two contributions came on Friday as I spoke on "How Leaders Perform Best Under Pressure" and "Unleash the Leader Inside of You!" 

I challenged these gifted and dedicated Physicians to make the most of their leadership and significant calling but to also fall "back in love" with what they do. 

My challenge to you is to be a leader (or Physician) that...

  • Says, "I want to make a real difference"
  • Does something that makes a difference
  • Surrounds him/herself with people who make a difference


What are you doing to be a real "difference maker" daily

Don't ever get diluted into thinking your influence is not "that signifiant." I ultimately believe we are called to change lives one at a time. 

Here are 10 high impact qualities of difference makers: 

  1. Think of others first
  2. Think beyond your self-interest
  3. Build a fire of passion and compassion
  4. Build a team that compliments your gifts in order to multiply your impact
  5. Be positive, optimistic, and contagious
  6. Be active. not passive
  7. Stand out by serving
  8. Treat each day as God's gift to you
  9. Be a difference maker
  10. Fall back in love with what you do


To the great Family Physicians who show us compassion and hope, this is to you! To those Physicians who showed me their passion, dedication, and vulnerability. I say, "thank you" for making a big difference, daily! 

—Steve

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. 

Quick Test: Leader vs. Manager, Which Are You?

I huddled with a small group of executives recently and posed this question, "Are you a leader or a manager?"

Remember, leadership, titled or untitled, comes down to power with people— not power over people. 

Leader vs. Manager

• Managers have employees and people who work for them, leaders partner with team members. 

• Managers react to change, leaders adapt to change and often create good change. 

• Managers have a lot of meetings and talk about good ideas, leaders seize and implement ideas. Leaders' meetings are focused, purposeful, and action oriented. 

• Managers communicate policies and procedures, leaders tell stories that persuade and inspire collective vision. 

• Managers direct, tell you what to do, and where to go, leaders create cohesive teams that "take hills and conquer the impossible." 

• Managers share what they have accomplished, leaders make heroes and shine spotlights on accomplishments of personal leaders. 

• Managers let you know "they are in charge," leaders exercise power with people— they serve, equip, and inspire others to greatness. 


I encourage you to exercise your leadership today. Be the leader you always wanted to follow. Be that leader to your family, friends, and team. 

Here's to you— and your leadership!
-Steve 

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Quick Energy Assessment: How Do You Rank?

Did you know that consumers buy over four million cans of Red Bull each year? The company behind 5-Hour Energy reported sky-rocketing sales. 

Why? The Epidemic of Fatigue
People everywhere are stretched thin, believing just one more week of their frantic pace and they can gain more balance. 

Question: Are you tempted to look for short term quick fixes? 
While the example of an energy drink might bring short-term alertness, it's no way to handle the chronic brain fatigue so many of us have to come to view as normal. 


Energy starts with health and there are no shortcuts! 
The biggest way to increase your overall energy level is, of course, to take care of your health. 


Here are Seven Energy Enhances Leaders Tap Into (Short Energy Assessment):
Score yourself on a scale of 1-5 (1=low and 5=high)

1. I get 6-8 hours of sleep per night and wake feeling refreshed and ready to start my day: ______
2. I limit my alcohol consumption and do not rely on any substances to jump-start my energy or de-stress at the end of the day: ______
3. I minimize caffeine, especially mid-to-late in the day: ______
4. I maintain purpose-driven short breaks every 90-minutes throughout the day to drink water, walk, or eat healthy snacks. (My mantra is "pulse intense work and pause!"): ______
5. I drink 80+ ounces of water per day: ______
6. I exercise four times per week (a 20-minute power walk counts): ______
7. I unplug at designated times during my day, including a hard-stop each evening to be present and allow my mind/soul to recharge: ______

ASSESSMENT SCORING:
9-10: Low energy, need to re-evaluate and reset
11-14: Moderate levels of energy, potential room to improve and gain greater energy
15-21: Good energy, good habits that can be great with improvements
22 or above: Exceptional energy, look for small pockets to leverage higher purpose, energy, and performance in alignment

Recent studies revealed that high-productivity leaders work with intensity for approximately 52-60 minutes, followed by a 17-minute break. 
 

Productivity is about focused energy,
not time management. 

 

Look over the short reset Energy Assessment and ask yourself, "How can I increase my energy tomorrow and what adjustments can i make?"

NOTE: My Full Potential half or full-day workshop comes with our complete Energy Assessment. 

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Grow a Leader, Grow the Organization

I've been polling leaders the last 12-14 months asking, "What do you believe is your number one responsibility in leadership?" I'm pleased with my findings:

  • 60% are raising up potential leaders, along with acquiring and keeping good people.
  • 30% are creating clarity and casting vision
  • 10% are executing on our goals

I've found in working with teams that most leaders hire, rather than select, leaders. 

I've witnessed most leaders gaining followers and wondering why they "under perform."

I've celebrated with leaders who surround themselves with other leaders and attract and keep the best. 

Leaders today need to reproduce leaders, and here is why:
1. Those closest to the leader will determine the level of success and impact.
Remember: Your leadership team will make or break you.

2. An organization's growth potential is directly related to it's personnel's potential. 
Remember: Every time you invest in the growth of your personal leaders, you grow your organization and business. 

3. Leaders attract potential leaders
Remember: It takes a leader to know other leaders, grow other leaders, and show other leaders the way. 
 

"When you grow your leadership team,
you multiple your success"

Steve Gutzler


For over twenty years, I have partnered with like-minded leaders committed to growing leaders at every level of their organization.

I offer four impactful keynote presentations (also available as workshops) that blow the lid off of leadership limits and inspire teams to maximize their potential. 

Three insightful, customized assessments are now available with each of the following trainings:

  • Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership (Emotional Intelligence Assessment)
  • Full Potential: How to Perform Best Under Pressure (Energy Assessment)
  • Unleash the Leader Inside of You (Leadership Assessment)

These assessments allow personal leaders to gain greater self-awareness to set new actionable goals to grow as potential leaders of impact. 

Let's unleash the leaders within your team! 
-Steve 

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. 

7 Productive Habits of the Most Successful Leaders

One thing uniting most high-power leader with the lowest productive leaders is time. Day in and day out, we all receive 1440 minutes in our day. It's like a long buffet table lined with enticing selections. At some point, your most successful and productive leaders understand and apply one powerful principle: time isn't the thing to manage, your activities and selections are. 

Here are seven sure-fire ways that can help you do that:
1. Identify big work
The most productive leaders zero in on what brings them the highest return for time spent. A study at the University of California found that when it came to workplace distractions, most employees were actually happiest when performing rote tasks (small tasks).

Your high achieving leaders do important work others put off. 

2. They start their work day early
A recent study of CEOs and highly successful leaders found they get up early but most importantly, start their work early. It sets the tone and gives them a head start to get important tasks accomplished before doing battle with the barrage of distractions. 

3. They set up their day in advance
They create a "short list" of two or three major tasks to work on, besides daily meetings or email responses. They work off a prioritized list, setting out one crucial task each day and focus on completion. 

4. The focus and forget multitasking
Their ability to pick out what is important and then focus on it until its done sets them apart. They practice "time blocking" and can "turn off" devices. 

5. They record great ideas
Bill Gates puts an equally high value on recording great ideas. Evernote, Get Pocket, Voxer, and a host of other apps are great to capture and save important information leaving your mind free to get back to work on big work. 

6. They cut down on meetings
I have a fantastic Executive Assistant who is the gatekeeper to requests for my time. I have a number of "high value" coaching clients and speaking engagements where the bulk of my energy is allocated. 

Every meeting must be high value or we simply don't schedule it. One of my top leaders has 50-minute meetings and 15-20 minute meetings. Keep meetings to a minimum and when they do occur, be much more disciplined and crisp. 

7. They declutter their mind through solitude and meditation
For the last several years, I've practiced a simple morning ritual of 20/20/20. 

20-minutes: Solitude and meditation
20-minutes: Reading and personal development
20-minutes: Identifying my MVPs for the day (most valuable and profitable work) 

Solitude and meditation have become my life-ring. It centers my soul and reminds me each day is a gift. It's my time to ask for wisdom and guidance. 

I've found as I work those 20-minutes into my routine, I stand a greater chance of holding on to that productivity boost for the long haul. 

I'd love to hear from you and hear about your productivity habits.

Here's to a productive week!
-Steve

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Take 10 Quiet Minutes Each Day to Ask...

The great life philosopher, Alice in Wonderland, once said, "If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there." 

The big question is, do you know where you are going?
Is it clear?
Is it powerfully motivated?

Take 10 quiet minutes each day to ask yourself, "Why do I want it?"

Remember, no amount of past experience, resume building, or connections can carry you through the ebb and flow of business challenges. 

Without a powerful motive, no goal is strong enough to sustain life's challenges.

You and I need a powerful motive. We gain a powerful motive by asking the right questions. My motive is the driving force. I can create a powerful motive by taking time each day to visualize the goal in vivid detail. 

Visualization can be the force to create a mental image of a future event:
• Visualize your ideal health and fitness image
• Visualize your debt shrinking and income rising
• Visualize your new exciting account
• Visualize that family vacation of meaning and satisfaction
• Visualize your family in loving, powerful settings of fun
• Visualize success and significant relationships in business

I love to start each day with "Why do I want it?" It builds a daily fire that often develops into a bonfire that becomes contagious. 

Take 10 quiet minutes today!

Here's to your powerful motive!
- Steve

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Emotional Intelligence for Customer Service

According to the U.S. Journal of Business, approximately 76% of people who leave a business do so for feelings of indifference. 

Being raised in the restaurant business, my father taught each employee our three keys to success. 

Our three keys to success are:
1. Meet and greet the customer with a smile
2. Surprise and delight with what would be reasonably expected "and them some."
3. Sincerely thank the customer. 

If we could master those three keys, we would succeed. So simple. So uncommon. 

Think about this...
• How many times do you go to a business (any business) and not receive a warm greeting with a smile that says, "I'm happy to see you"? 
• How many times do they fail to deliver "and then some" service?
• How many times, sadly, do they fail to sincerely "thank you?" 

Let's talk about your business and your brand. 

Common wisdom holds that employees who feel upbeat and pleasant will go the extra mile to please customers and therefore improve the bottom line. There is a logarithm that predicts that relationship: For every 1% improvement in the service climate, there is a 2% increase in revenue. 

According to the University of Maryland, it found operations as diverse as bank branches, insurance companies, software sales, call centers, healthcare, hotel, and restaurants that employee's ratings of service climate predicted customer satisfaction, which drove business results. 

Getting to Service with a Smile:
Superior customer service is perhaps affected most by mood contagion.  Emotions flow freely and one generated first and foremost from the point leaders. What is spread is contagious. 

Upbeat moods send a powerful message. "Nice place" and "upbeat people" mean repeat visits and great word of mouth advertising. 

Leaders create an emotional climate that drives the teams moods. When a leader is enthusiastic, confident, and optimistic, their moods rub off on staff. In short, a leaders emotional state and actions do affect how the people they lead feel and perform. 


Here's to your customer service!
-Steve
 

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10 Questions to Ignite Your Purpose-Driven Thinking Time

Undoubtedly, the single most important investment of your time is "thinking time." In order to make your life, leadership, and professional pursuits thrive and succeed, you have to "draw out" your best thoughts. 

King Solomon said, "The purpose of a man's heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out." It's important to take time to "draw out" your purpose, your desires, and your motives. 

Something I do on a regular basis is get away from the noise and spend time alone. I go through a series of questions that help me continually focus my pursuits on those few things that matter most. 

Below are 10 examples of the questions I ask myself during my purpose-driven thinking time:
1. Do I have 100% confidence in my current pursuits?
2. Am I maximizing my gifts and stretching to develop them?
3. Are my goals serving my purpose to inspire greatness in others?
4. What distractions or trivial pursuits should I eliminate?
5. Will I celebrate and be proud of my pursuits a year from now? Are they truly significant?
6. What "one regret" from last month do I need to bury and attack in a new direction?
7. In the next 30-40 days, what must I accomplish to feel satisfied and fulfilled? 
8. Are my goals for the year absolutely clear and documented?
9. Am I in 100% alignment with my Executive Assistant and support team? 
10. Are my health and fitness goals being realized?

I encourage you to schedule your purpose-driven thinking time. I typically schedule about 60-90 minutes at a local coffee shop for this. You will be amazed by the benefits of purpose-driven thinking time. Do your best to close the gaps on how your are currently spending your time. 

It's extremely enchanting and empowering to realize the power you have to change your course and change your results. 

Personal development can change your life! I'd love to hear from you about your purpose-driven thinking time.

Here's to your best thoughts!
-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. 

Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Successful Leadership

Conventional wisdom says business success is a product of hard work, clear vision, strategy, and bold risks. These four things equal SUCCESS!

Recent research suggests that emotional intelligence, sometimes described as "soft skills," is the key ingredient in a leaders effectiveness and the success of a project and business. 

Employees who receive training on emotional intelligence can position themselves, and their company, to succeed and thrive in today's economy and dominate the competition. 

Traditional factors of business success:
Pure intelligence is not the key to success!

  • People with the highest IQ's outperform those with average IQ's 20% of the time. 
  • People with average IQ's outperform those with the highest of IQ's 70% of the time.
  • 90% of top performers are also high in emotional intelligence.
  • Emotional intelligence accounts for 58% of success in jobs.
  • By far, emotional intelligence is the strongest predictor of success when tested alongside 33 other workplace skills. 


What is emotional intelligence?
Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to...

  • Recognize, understand, and self-manage your own emotions.
  • Recognize, understand, and influence the emotions of others.


Five attributes associated with emotional intelligence:

  • Self-Awareness: Understanding that moods, attitudes, and emotions are contagious
  • Self-Regulation: Learning how to self-manage emotions and emotional highjacking that can self sabotage success and relationships.
  • Self-Motivation: Self motivated, optimistic, resilient, adaptable, and flexible.
  • Empathy: Reading and responding to other people's emotions; being compassionate and able to connect with others.
  • People Skills: Conflict resolution, collaboration, and cultivating/maintaining sustainable relationships. 

Benefits and results of training teams and leaders around emotional intelligence:

  • Increased job performance: Over 80% of the competencies that differentiate the top performing are related to EI.
  • Increased sales: At fortune-500 companies, sales people with high EI outperform those with low emotional intelligence by 50%.
  • Increased productivity: Recent studies of organizations saw an increase in focus and productivity by 20%. Likewise, a 93% increase in productivity was noted after employees at a Motorola manufacturing facility received stress-management and EI training. 
  • Improved retention: Retention of sales staff increased by 67% after participating in EI training, assessments, and coaching-- saving the company 30 million dollars.
  • More positive workplace: Internal polling saw a dramatic 80% increase in the workplace environment. Increased positive environment + cooperation + good feelings = GOOD RESULTS!

*Studies provided by Brandeis University Graduate Professional Studies

Training, Assessments, and Coaching
Companies can implement EI on-sight training and receive EI for personal leadership assessments all in the same day. Quarterly coaching is available to ensure sustainable success. 

Invest and Save
The United States Airforce invested $10,000 for EI training and saved 2.76 million in recruiting in just one year. 

Schedule your Discovery Call today:
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Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leadership In today’s fast-paced competitive work environment, how effective are you as a leader? Emotional Intelligence (EI), our ability to manage ourselves and others around us, is the single greatest contributor to personal excellence and high performance in leadership. Harness the power of the number one predictor of professional success and high performance!

Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leadership

In today’s fast-paced competitive work environment, how effective are you as a leader? Emotional Intelligence (EI), our ability to manage ourselves and others around us, is the single greatest contributor to personal excellence and high performance in leadership. Harness the power of the number one predictor of professional success and high performance!

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. 

Vision: How to Break Out of Burnout

I recently was privileged to provide an opening day keynote for the 2017 Convenience Retailing University. What a dynamic group of leaders of business professionals committed to excellence and success! I delivered my keynote presentation, Full Potential: How to Perform Best Under Pressure. 

According to a Harvard Medical School study, an astounding 96% of leaders in business today said they experience feelings of burnout. 

How clear is your personal and professional vision?

  • Do you have absolute clarity about what you want to accomplish in the next 12-24 months?
  • Is it a black and white vision (vague) or is your vision blu-ray (absolute clarity)? 

If you are experiencing career fatigue or burnout, re-ignite your vision. Take time to get clear, specific, and vivid focus. 

I've found when I assist my coaching clients and organizations, vision is the critical key that unlocks renewed success and results: 

  • Clarity
  • Focus
  • Energy
  • Discipline
  • Details
  • Resiliency
  • Optimism 


My favorite exercise:
Part 1: Take an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper and divide it in half. On the top half write "My Personal Vision" and document seven things you will passionately accomplish in the next 12-24 months:
1. Family
2. Career
3. Health/Fitness
4. Personal Development
5. Financial
6. Fun Factor
7. Spiritual Peace

Part 2: On the bottom half, write "My Big Five Professional Must-Haves" for the next 12-24 months. Also note how you plan to accomplish your "big five."

I go to Barnes and Noble Cafe once a month to review and often revise my personal and professional vision. It's amazing the focus and energy you gain when your vision is clear. 

I encourage you to take time this week to refocus on your blu-ray vision. 

Have a vision-filled month ahead!
- Steve

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.

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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. 

3 Ways to Guard and Build Your Self-Talk

Whether you realize it or not, you have an inner-dialogue... a running conversation with yourself all the time. I call it your big voice or small voice. 

Have you ever taken the time to listen? Do you criticize yourself? Do you encourage yourself?

Remember, people are never able to outperform their self-image, their self-talk. 

I've learned, in my Executive Leadership and Performance Coaching, to help clients in their intended self-talk. If your inner-dialogue is negative, it will drain your energy and self-sabotage your performance. If its positive, it will help build a positive self-image and in turn, creates positive daily actions. 

I read recently that by the time you're seventeen years old, you've heard, "No you can't!" an average of 150,000 times. On the contrary, you've heard "Yes, you can!" about 5,000 times. WOW! That's 30 no's for every yes. 

Let me say it again, you can never outperform your self-image and your self-talk. 

I've learned to be my own encourager and even build personal leadership affirmations to feed my mind and positive inner dialogue. 

  • I am the most positive person I know
  • I am resilient and optimistic
  • I attract great people and success
  • I am self-disciplined
  • I am a solution-finder
  • I lead others to greatness every day 
  • I model the way for my family
  • I am healthier today than yesterday
  • I live by faith and refuse to embrace fear
  • I push through quitting points

Here are my 3 ways to guard and build your self-talk:
1. Start by documenting your leadership affirmations.
Create your own "I am list." Remember, your subconscious mind drives your conscious decisions. You'll be amazed by your own self-determination and positive energy. 

2. Take choice out of it
I heard Oprah Winfrey once say, "When it comes to exercise, you have to take choice out of it." In other worse, it's pre-determined on your schedule and a highly held value. 

When it comes to self-talk, take choice out of it. Pre-determine you ARE positive. No more negative self-talk! And guess what? Your vocabulary will change almost instantly and you will see more positive results. 


3. Practice the one-word strategy
Often when I coach a team or a leader, I ask them to pick just one word that best describes them. A person's attention and intention is focused immediately on that single word, that single gift. 

What word would you pick? 
I hope it's positive! If it is, it will help you attract great people, great results, and great success. 


Here's to your positive self-talk!
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. 

Twelve Ways to Boost Your Daily Results

Nearly anyone can achieve flash-in-the-pan success. But, if you want to achieve sustainable results as a personal leader, we need to implement successful habits and daily practices day after day. 

I've created a go-to list that reminds me every day of my "daily practices." 

Here are twelve ways to boost your daily results:
1. I choose a capital "A" attitude.
2. I focus on my MVPs (Most Valuable and Profitable- priorities).
3. I am a "corporate athlete" and follow healthy protocols. 
4. I put "family first" and communicate daily with each member.
5. I start my day with a 20/20/20.
20 minutes spiritual/20 minutes reading/20 minutes planning
6. I keep my commitments and am early for each appointment.
Being "on time" is being late for me
7. I am a responsible money manager and consider it stewardship not ownership.
8. I try to deepen my faith daily by sincerely connecting daily with God.
9. I show respect to everyone and practice the "golden rule."
10. I invest in solid relationships and initiate times to break-bread.
11. I am intentionally generous and practice generosity. 
12. I live my "top 5" values:
Faith, Family First, Work Hard, Leadership, and Have Fun

I seek to experience life daily... for I only get one opportunity in this beautiful journey. I would never pretend to "hit the mark" every day but my "daily dozen" keeps me focused on my daily practices I'm striving for. 

Take a moment to create your list. Remember, we become whatever we focus on. 

You will see for greater results with intentional daily practices. 

Here to your daily dream!
-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. 

8 Difference-Maker Qualities for Leaders

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During World War II, the British people were led by Prime Minister, Winston Churchill. He led them during the dark-days of conflict with the Nazi's. 

Churchill had his faults and flaws but without a doubt was a leader of hope. As the Nazi's raced across Europe picking off countries and bombing England non-stop, the giant task of taking on Hitler and the Nazi's seemed overwhelming, if not impossible. 

Against all odds, the British people prevailed. How did a small nation with a big-hearted leader prevail? When Churchill was asked to identify the greatest weapon to withstand the dark-days of hitler, he responded with one word, HOPE. 

If you are in business for yourself, manage or lead a team... hope is the difference maker. Hope can be your greatest asset against temporary setbacks or losses. 

I'd like to suggest Eight Difference Making Qualities for Personal Leaders:
NOTE: Make the application in your work this week. 
1. Hope looks for clues in setbacks and defeats but pivots a failure into a friend, coach, and mentor.
2. Hope unlocks the door to new beginnings and finds new enthusiasm with the rising of a new day.
3. Hope regards a problems as a challenge to conquer and gets fired-up around solutions to prove other wrong. 
4. Hope diminishes fear with faith and realizes action is the antidote to fear. 
5. Hope looks for fresh, new opportunities and brainstorms with like-minded optimists. 
6. Hope leverages strength zones and places other people where they can flourish in their giftings. 
7. Hope keeps cynicism at arms length and ignores naysayers
8. Hope says "wow" to new ideas, rather than "how." Hope finds the way!

I challenge you to go on a "30 day challenge," your very own hope campaign. If you want to find the motivation to bounce back from a loss, tap into the power of hope. Keep these eight qualities before you. With fresh new hope comes fresh new opportunities. 

Here to your hope!
Steve

Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leadership

In today’s fast-paced competitive work environment, how effective are you as a leader? Emotional Intelligence (EI), our ability to manage ourselves and others around us, is the single greatest contributor to personal excellence and high performance in leadership. Harness the power of the number one predictor of professional success and high performance!

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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. 

3 Ways on How to Get the Best Out of Others

In mid-January, I spent three days on the campus of Microsoft Procurement training leaders on the Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership. This interaction and discussion was purposeful and impactful. We discussed how powerful their influence was and how they could provide inspiration, direction, clarity, and high performance to others!
 
Today, I believe a lot of leaders fail to realize the power of their influence. So, let’s lift our sights a bit and remember we are called to develop more leaders, not more followers.
 
With that being said, I’d like to provide you with three powerful reminders of how to bring out the best in others:
 
1. Express bold appreciation
To bring out the best in your team and those you work with, celebrate the success of those around you as if they are your own accomplishments.
 
Question: When was the last time you sent an appreciation note? Not an email, a hand-written note. In fact, today might be a great day to order some nice note cards!
 
2. Ask what people enjoy and excel at most
One of my favorite leaders keeps these questions close-by to ask others:
• What do you enjoy most about your job/work?
• What do you feel you excel at?
• What do you like least?
• Talk to me about your working rhythm and style.
• What do you enjoy about teamwork?
• Do you view yourself as a leader?
• What drives and motivates you?
 
3. Remind them of TEAM
TEAM= Together Everyone Accomplishes More. We have to remind one another it’s not just about “me,” it’s about “we.”
 
Together we can generate a multiplication of success rather than an addition.

 
To bring out the best ask:
• What do you think we should do right now… our vital three?
• What opportunities are we missing that we should seize?
• What information or ideas do you have that would be beneficial?
 
Remember, your goal is to develop and bring out the BEST in others—to build a cohesive team of clarity and energy!
 
Here is bringing out the best in those around you! 
Steve

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:

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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. 

Emotional Intelligence: Good Moods Generate Great Performance

I had a wonderful day being the opening Keynote Speaker for the BC Sports Conference in Vancouver, BC in mid-January. Having the privilege of speaking to coaches who influence the lives of thousands of young athletes in multiple sports was a huge honor.
 
One of my primary messages was, “When players feel good, they perform at their best. Feeling good lubricates mental efficiency and helps a ‘player get in the flow.’”
 
Upbeat music, research verifies, makes people view themselves, others, and events in a more positive light. That, in turn, helps people feel more optimistic about their ability to reach a goal and succeed.
 
What about your leadership today?
 
Consider a study of sixty-two CEO’s and their top management teams—this included CEOs from some of the leading fortune 500 companies, as well as leading US services companies. The CEOs and management teams were assessed on their ability to be:
• Upbeat
• Energetic
• Enthusiastic
• Resilient
• Emotionally Balanced
 
The study found that the more positive the overall moods of top management team members are, the more cooperatively they work together and the better they perform. They discovered that every person’s best talents and full force depends on the groups emotional intelligence.
 
Leaders skilled in healthy communication and upbeat collaboration create a friendly and effective climate that lifts everyone’s spirits and performance. Be a leader who shares high levels of emotional intelligence and watch your teams results increase!
 
Here’s to your upbeat mood!
-Steve

Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leadership: 

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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. 

5 Ways to Seize Great Opportunities

I've realized something in life, in leadership, and in business... opportunities do not multiply because they are seen, they multiply because they are seized

If you want to make a stunning story by making a difference, are willing to start small, have passion, and are a doer and success generator, there is only one thing left to do: SEIZE OPPORTUNITY!

You can create a spectacular success story and seize opportunities in the following ways: 
1. Set yourself apart by being the first to step up.

  • Be the first to encourage others
  • Be the first to plant seeds of solutions
  • Be the first to serve others
  • Be the first to solve a problem
  • Be the first to call and reach out
  • Be the first to help someone

The opportunities are there. Don't retreat or isolate yourself. Open your eyes, recognize them, and seize them.

2. Have the mindset of an entrepreneur.  
Don't dismiss ideas and opportunities because you get stuck on "how." Have your first thought as "wow." 

"People most often regret the chances they failed to take, not the chances they took and failed."
Entrepreneurs are adventurous risk takers. 

3. Network with opportunity seizers.
Don't hang out with business maintainers. Spend your time with aggressive solution-finders—people who are optimistic and on the look-out for opportunities in business and personal growth. 

4. Don't get stuck on stupid. 
Have you ever kept working on a project that is netting you nothing? 

Grant yourself permission to "let go" of pursuits that are yielding little to no return. Right now, there is an opportunity of great value waiting for you to seize. Don't get stuck on stupid! Put your hook where the fish are.

5. Be positive, optimistic, and resilient. 
I do believe part of your attraction to others is your attitude. Try to communicate a positive message of possibility. I encourage leaders that this year, this month, and today have the seeds of opportunities for their business, for their family, and for their finances. 

My dream is to grow leaders at every level. Grow leaders who see and seize opportunities. 

Be intentional this week. Be on the lookout. Seize new opportunities!

Here is to your NEW success! 
-Steve

I am privileged to work with Microsoft Procurement, growing leaders at every level! Special thanks to Mike Simms and his Microsoft Procurement team! Looking forward to working with you all.

I am privileged to work with Microsoft Procurement, growing leaders at every level! Special thanks to Mike Simms and his Microsoft Procurement team! Looking forward to working with you all.

My Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership keynote and workshop, empowers you to become a potent and positive influence in the lives of those around you without using a position or title.

My Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership keynote and workshop, empowers you to become a potent and positive influence in the lives of those around you without using a position or title.

Interested in bringing Steve to your upcoming event? Contact Michelle Joyce here

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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. 

Emotional Intelligence and Self-Awareness

When I was attending college in Los Angeles, I was sitting in a diner with a friend after a late-night study session when he commented about a movie playing down the block. He was reading about it on the marquee. As I looked where he was reading from, all I saw was fuzzy words. That was a stark revelation; my poor eyesight led to glasses and later to contact lenses. 

Everything you see, including yourself, must travel through your own lens. The problem is, your lens is blurry, fuzzy, and tainted by your own experiences, your beliefs, and without question, your emotions and feelings. 

BIG IDEA: Often, there is a big difference between how we see our leadership effectiveness and how others see us. 

This gap is the rich source of lessons and wisdom that we build called self-awareness.

• Self-awareness is the process of getting to know yourself through the inside, out
• Self-awareness is the process of getting to know yourself outside, in
• The only way to grow your self-awareness is to be open to feedback from your peers, mentors, supervisors, and friends. 

As you ask for feedback around your personal leadership, be sure to get specific examples and situations that answer the following questions:
• What do I do that is effective and smart, as a leader?
• What do I do that is not effective?
• What do I do that positively influences others?
• What do I need to do that may help me change or grow as a leader?

The key: Look for similarities in your actionable intel and feedback. 

It might sting at first, but going on what I call a "listening tour" can grow your leadership immediately. By finding the internal courage to hear what others see, you can reach new heights of self-awareness that few leaders reach and attain. 

Here's to greater self-awareness! 
Steve

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.
 

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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. 

Emotional Intelligence: How Changing Our Moods Changes Our Behavior

My Dad had a classic phrase whenever I found myself in a bad mood. He would say, "Steve, change the channel." Could it be that easy? 

Often, I could change the channel. The result was a five-minute bad mood didn't turn into a 15-hour sour day with bad behaviors to match. 

I'm around a lot of adults (dare I say Leaders) who still need to practice the power of "changing the channel."

Have you observed how your mood drives your behaviors?

When I feel an internal joy, I feel more energized. When my mood feels purposeful and happy, I am more likely to be patient and show kindness to others. When I'm in a good mood, I'm more productive. 

Life is not a series of obligations but ongoing opportunities I feel blessed to embrace. 

In my Emotional Intelligence presentations, I explain how our emotions, moods, and attitudes are the driving power in our lives. 

What is a mood and why is it so important? 
• It is the "advance force" to our true self for that day
• It is our inward, unseen self that becomes our outward self
• It becomes our "best friend" or "worst enemy"
• It is the force that draws great people and great ideas to us, or the force that quenches relationships
• It reflects and reveals the "why" to our past
• It is the prophet to our future
• It must be intentionally attended each day

Our moods are our emotions sustained over the course of the day. 

One of my favorite quotes is, "Don't accept your life. Lead your life!" 

Remember, whatever holds your attention will determine your actions. In other words, your behaviors will follow your mood. The two cannot be separated. 

Take moments each morning to fill your mind with inspirational thoughts. I'm a BIG believer in morning rituals which includes mood enhancing practices. 

If your behaviors are lacking a bit, don't push harder. Instead, place setting a good mood as a high priority. 

What are three or four ways you can improve your mood and change the channel?

Here is to a great week ahead! 

Steve

I am honored to work with Microsoft's amazing organization! Last week I presented on The Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership. This interactive keynote is powerful, and can touch the lives of everyone, regardless of position or title! 

Looking to hire a speaker for your upcoming event? Book Steve is 2017!

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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

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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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