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!


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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. 


For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching, contact Steve's team at: admin@stevegutzler.com or call: (425) 681-9871.

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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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 Does it Take to be an Emotionally Intelligent Leader?

Great leaders inspire us. They ignite the best version of ourselves. Most importantly, they motivate us to accomplish our best work and they make us feel important.

A leader who is capable of that inspiration and motivation has a high degree of Emotional Intelligence. Here are the basic competencies:

1.    Emotional Self-awareness – Leaders with high self-awareness are attuned to their inner signals, recognizing how their feelings and moods affect them and those they interact with daily.

2.    Self-confidence – Self-confident leaders take on challenging assignments. They possess a sense of presence, poise and self-assurance.

3.    Emotional Self-management – Leaders with emotional self-control find ways to manage their challenging emotions and impulses. Staying calm and clear-headed is a hallmark of a great leader.

4.    Transparency – Leaders who are transparent communicate their values and live them. They are open about their feelings, beliefs and choices. They are leaders who can admit fault, apologize… and move forward.

5.    Optimism – A leader with optimism can quickly shift from a problem and convert it into a challenge to be solved. They see life through the lens of possibility and positivity. They believe the future can and will be brighter.

6.    Developing Others – Leaders who are adept at cultivating abilities show a genuine interest in the success of others. They ask about their goals, strengths, what they enjoy. These leaders provide constructive feedback and lift the vision of those around them to see the next level of what’s possible.

Working with leaders, I find the number one enemy to personal leadership effectiveness is their ability to manage their emotions. This is a challenge because of the stress hormone cortisol.

Cortisol is released in response to fear, anxiety and stress by the adrenal glands as part of the fight or flight mechanism. Once you feel threatened or “emotionally hijacked,” the alarm to release cortisol has sounded and your body becomes mobilized and ready for action. Cortisol levels build up in the blood, which wrecks havoc on the rational mind and physical body, often leading to missteps and over-reactions.

Leaders who fail to emotionally self-manage these moments can sabotage their best efforts and put at risk key relationships with team members and even their clients, affecting their bottom-line results. I’ve worked hard over the past several years to partner one-on-one with leaders and teams to ensure they play at their best and remain smart during stressful encounters and challenging relationships.

To excel in your field and become an emotionally intelligent leader, practice these four tips:

1. Make a strong first impression

  • Smile sincerely
  • Have extraordinary eye-contact
  • Take genuine interest in others immediately
  • Greet others with warmth, charm and ease

2. Lead the conversation toward their world not yours

  •  Enter conversations by asking sincere questions
  • Treat them like the VIP they are
  • Ask follow up questions rather than “one-up” them with your opinions or stories

3. Affirm their stories and actions

  • Affirm their ideas and working solutions
  • Affirm their unique personal drive
  • Affirm their progress… point it out
  • Affirm what’s working, shine a light on it

4. Work daily to self-manage your emotions

  • Learn the power of not responding immediately
  •  Understand that emotional hijacking can last 18-20 minutes, take time to breathe
  • Learn to disengage so you can re-engage more powerfully
  • Don’t treat yourself like a machine – take rest and recovery seriously

The highest performing leaders work to improve their Emotional Intelligence skills daily. Which tip will you choose to boost and improve relationships and connections with others this week? 

-Steve


New Video: Unleash the Leader Inside of You! 

Exciting News... I recently just released my latest training, Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership. I'd love to discuss how this could greatly benefit your team or organization!

Exciting News... I recently just released my latest training, Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership. I'd love to discuss how this could greatly benefit your team or organization!

For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching, contact Steve's team at: admin@stevegutzler.com or call: (425) 681-9871.

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. 

Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership


Houston, we have a problem! There is a leadership shortage. A shortage of true, impactful leaders and influencers.

Three factors are emerging:

1) Upsurge of millennials in the workforce
2) Insufficient training and experience
3) Lack of vision to inspire new leaders

Currently 25% of the global workforce comprises of millennials, those born between 1981 - 1997. (Some countries are pushing 50%!) By 2025 millennials will comprise 75% of the global workforce. 

I am convinced everything rises and falls based on leadership!

The companies who envision and invest in leadership development will be the ones that will dominate the workforce.

 

I am so pleased to announce my new presentation:
 

Power of Influence
and
Impactful Leadership


I have attached a full description, which can be delivered in a keynote or half/full day workshop format. 

I would be honored to partner with your team and organization to grow dynamic influencers and crush the competition!

Alyssa, my Executive Assistant, is happy to schedule a "discovery call" where we could connect to discuss your specific organization and desired outcomes. 

For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching, contact Steve's team at: admin@stevegutzler.com or call: (425) 681-9871.

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. 

 

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Steve Gutzler and Leadership Quest, All rights reserved.

The Christopher Columbus Challenge

When Christopher Columbus was looking for sailors in preparation for his first voyage west, supposedly he posted this:


WANTED:

Bold, brave, adventurous souls to accompany me on an exciting voyage.

  • Final destination? HOME.
  • First few stops? Uncertain, but probably off the maps and charts.
  • Length of journey? Unknown.
  • Hazards and dangers? Many. 
  • Cost to you? Your time, money and maybe your life itself.
  • Rewards? God alone knows, but God alone decides.
  • Opportunity? The one of a lifetime!

~Christopher Columbus, 1491


I am well into my second half. One I have described as a challenge to stretch to significance. I could take a path paved and proven, or I could take a path marked "adventurous". The primary difference is to stretch. To live, lead and influence people to think, speak and act in such a way that it makes a difference in their lives and in the lives of others.

I offer you the Christopher Columbus Challenge... to stretch yourself. 

Where to Start? I encourage you to set and document one stretch goal in each of the seven key areas.

STRETCH GOALS (next 90 days):

ONE FAMILY GOAL:

ONE CAREER GOAL:

ONE HEALTH/FITNESS GOAL:

ONE FINANCIAL GOAL:

ONE PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT GOAL:

ONE FUN-FACTOR GOAL:

ONE SPIRITUAL PEACE GOAL:

"Dream and stretch goals come one size too big so that we can grow into them." - SG

Will you take the challenge with me?
 
Here's to your stretch goals,
Steve
 
It is such an honor to deliver, Unleash the Leader Inside of You, an inspiring keynote that can touch the lives of everyone, regardless of your position or title!

It is such an honor to deliver, Unleash the Leader Inside of You, an inspiring keynote that can touch the lives of everyone, regardless of your position or title!

I am please to announce my latest training: Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership! Click to download the informational flyer! 

I am please to announce my latest training: Power of Influence and Impactful Leadership! Click to download the informational flyer! 

For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching, contact Steve's team at: admin@stevegutzler.com or call: (425) 681-9871.

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. 

 

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How to Discover Your Own Sense of Vision

Each summer I commit to August as "Vision Month" and I ask my coaching clients to do the same. A person with a clear vision personally and professionally will make progress on a challenging road. The person who lacks vision will struggle to make progress even on the smoothest road.

Vision gives you personal drive. Vision shows you a destination. Vision paints a picture of your future. Vision energizes you. Vision makes obstacles seem small compared to your destination. I often say during trainings and presentations that "people spend more time planning a one week vacation then planning their life".

Here's my simple formula to start discovering your own sense of vision:

  • Listen to the inner voice: This is where you receive your vision.
    • What do I want to accomplish in the next 12 to 24 months?
    • Action Item: Create a Life Plan and update it every 24 months. 
  • Listen to the disappointed voice: This is where you receive your best ideas going forward.
  • Listen to the successful voice: This is where you receive focus around accomplishments, not trivial activities.
  • Listen to the client's voice: This is where you'll receive feedback and ideas for clear vision.
  • Listen to the higher voice: This is where you receive a moral compass to keep you centered on your mission.

Vision is critical to good leadership. Leaders who go too fast without vision fail. Leaders who discover their vision…

  • Inspire themselves and those they influence.
  • Stay motivated.
  • Create sustainable value.
  • Break tunnel vision and think big.
  • Stay enthused, resilient, and optimistic.

Join with me and my coaching clients and turn August into your "Vision Month"! Your best days are out in front of you if you take the time to clarify what you want to accomplish and the type of personal leader you're committed to becoming.

Here's to discovering your vision!

~Steve

Unleash the Leader Inside You, shows how each of us can make a positive difference, whatever our title or position. 

Unleash the Leader Inside You, shows how each of us can make a positive difference, whatever our title or position. 

Download your free copy of my E-BOOK, Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership today!

Download your free copy of my E-BOOK, Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership today!

For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching, contact Steve's team at: admin@stevegutzler.com or call: (425) 681-9871.

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. 

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How Leaders Manage Time.... (They Don't!)

Leaders know they cannot manage time; they know they can only manage their thoughts, choices, and actions. - Steve

Sadly, most people today are in "give up" mode when it comes to daily calendars and time mastery. They run, chase, bounce to and from, multitask, and dart from task to task. It is a daily rhythm that has no rhythm. Frustrated and exhausted, they have accepted the new-normal of chaos and information overload. 

Marcia Hornok captures our 21st century exhaustion this way: Psalm 23, Antithesis.

The clock is my dictator, I shall not rest.
It makes me lie down only when exhausted.
It leads me to the deep depression, it hounds my soul.
It leads me in circles of frenzy for activities’ sake.
Even though I run frantically from task to task,
I will never get it all done, for my “ideal” is with me.
Deadlines and my need for approval, they drive me.
They demand performance from me, beyond the limits of my schedule.
They anoint my head with migraines, my in-basket over-flows.
Surely fatigue and time pressure shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the bonds of frustration forever.

We laugh and smile because we too empathize with this.

There are ways to combat this constant battle of time versus productivity.

Rethinking Your Time and Recapturing Your True Identity:

  1. Create a daily rhythm that has both meaning and achievement.
  2. Structure a day that realizes life is fast-paced, but you can choose prioritization.
  3. Realize life will never settle down until I choose to settle it down.
  4. More work usually means less life; less work or more productive work means more life. 
  5. How I invest my 1,440 minutes each day impacts my self-concept, my identity, and my deepest relationships.
  6. I cannot control time, but I can control how I invest and respond to time. 

Remember: What you invest your time in, defines who you are and ultimately your personal influence! 

 

Blessings to you this week,

Steve


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For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching, contact Steve's team at: admin@stevegutzler.com or call: (425) 681-9871.

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. 

 

 

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Be the Leader You Always Wanted to Follow!

The recent shootings of police officers is a stark reminder of the troubling days we live in. Having a son in law enforcement causes me to again be prayerful for him daily and all his brothers and sisters in uniform. 

Following the attacks on the Dallas officers, it was inspiring to listen and watch the leadership of the Dallas Police Chief, David Brown. "We're hurting. Our profession is hurting. Dallas officers are hurting. We are heartbroken."

Brown said in the wake of a sniper's rampage during an anti-police brutality protest, "There are no words to describe the atrocity that occurred to our city. All I know is that this must stop, this divisiveness between our police and our citizens."

  • Leaders step up
  • Leaders lead the way
  • Leaders speak the truth
  • Leaders show strength in times of testing
  • Leaders rally others around what is good and what is right

Every one of us can lead where we are! You do not need a lofty position or impressive title on a business card.  You do need to model the way and to have courage to set the example and positively influence others. 

I encourage you to stop waiting to lead. Lead now! Lead today! Lets be the leader we always wanted to follow! 

Blessings to all of you,

Steve


Encouragement During Tough Times - I encourage you to take a minute to watch and share this video of my son Jayce, a law enforcement officer, and his beautiful wife Cherisse. I am so proud of their courage to speak out and inspire us all.

In today's fast-paced and pressure filled law enforcement work environment, how effective are you as a leader of influence, impact, and inspiration?  I feel honored to partner with Police Departments all over the country in training officers on dealing with Emotional Intelligence. 

In today's fast-paced and pressure filled law enforcement work environment, how effective are you as a leader of influence, impact, and inspiration?  I feel honored to partner with Police Departments all over the country in training officers on dealing with Emotional Intelligence. 

In my latest training, Empowerment Behind the Badge, Emotional Intelligence for Personal Leadership, you will learn the skills to deal with the public when emotions run high. How to "Play big" and perform at your best as a personal leader.

For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching, contact Steve's team at: admin@stevegutzler.com or call: (425) 681-9871.

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. 

 

Copyright © 2016

Steve Gutzler and Leadership Quest

All rights reserved.

 

10 Questions Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Ask

I have learned good questions inform me;

great questions have the power to transform me. 

Last week I joined CEO Janelle Bruland (Management Services Northwest) in co-leading our bi-monthly Leadership Edge group. Leadership Edge is a hand selected group of CEO's and high-level leaders who meet for a focused and intentional half-day of leadership discussion, sharpening one another and sharing best practices. 

The Leadership Edge plus spouses enjoying a social afternoon at the Woodmark Hotel. 

The Leadership Edge plus spouses enjoying a social afternoon at the Woodmark Hotel. 

Discussions range from self-leadership tactics, building cohesive teams, vision casting, developing strategy, customer obsession and the power of personal influence. Usually someone in the group leads a discussion topic, which opens powerful dialogue. Questions follow, great questions. Questions that unlock greater insights, wisdom and leadership impact.

In my opinion, every one of these exceptional leaders possess two exceptional traits:

1.  The rare and remarkable trait of humility. No one has arrived, we are all in the process of growing our leadership influence and effectiveness.

2.  Each member is Emotionally Intelligent. This is apparent by their curiosity and genuine intent to ask questions of other leaders. No one takes centerstage. Everyone is self-aware, respectful and gleaming from others.



10 Questions Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Ask: 

The next time you are with a key leader or group of leaders, here are some great questions to unlock transforming answers.

1. What is the greatest lesson you have learned this last year as a leader? (You will discover the wisdom of lessons learned.)

2. What are you learning right now as a leader? (You will discover their passion and thirst for personal development.)

3. How has failure sharpened you as a leader? (You will discover keys to self-resiliency, humility and perseverance.)

4. Who do you know whom I should know? (You will discover leaders of influence to grow your strategic network.)

5. What have you read that I should read? (You will discover fresh insights to learn and grow.)

6. What one leadership skill are you focused on to develop? (You will discover the intentional development of their leadership.)

7. What one area of character are you developing? (You will discover a heart of humility and strength.)

8. What is your number one priority a leader? (You will discover their focus.)

9. What are you delegating, outsourcing or eliminating? (You will discover prioritization.)

10. What brings you most meaning in life and leadership? (You will discover deep values that drive them.) 

"Any leader who asks the right questions of the right people has the potential to discover and develop great ideas." - John Maxwell

Here's to sharpening your skills as an Emotionally Intelligent Leader!

 

Blessings to you,

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. 

 Copyright © 2016

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Communication Keys For Leaders

We recently concluded two days of Leadership Development, Growing Leaders at Every Level, with Microsoft Procurementa fantastic and talented team filled with personal leaders from Europe, Asia and the U.S.. Our final module topic was on the Power of Communication, Collaboration and Persuasive keys. I shared a subtle, but powerful principle in communication:

"Communication isn't the objective in business or life. The objective is understanding. Communication is simply a tool to accomplish that. "


In a recent study, poor communication was cited as the #1 cause for poor employee performance. 


Earn the Right to be heard! 

The best way to earn trust, loyalty and commitment is greater understanding. Always try to begin conversations on their side of the bridge not yours. 

How to Engage Others: 

  • What do you think we should do?
  • What do you think about _______?
  • What is one challenge and opportunity I can assist you with?
  • What opportunities do you think we are missing?
  • What would make me more effective as a leader?

How Leaders Communicate:

  1. Leaders influence
  2. Leaders strive to understand
  3. Leaders energize others by listening
  4. Leaders inspire
  5. Leaders weave stories to empower vision

Sometimes a small shift in our communication style can unlock a powerful response. People will come away feeling better about themselves and better about their situation.

These simple keys work wonderfully in personal and family relationships as well. Carve out a little extra time this week for greater understanding with...

  • My team
  • My clients and customers
  • My friends and family

Here's to a blessed week ahead!

-Steve


Emotional Intelligence  (EI) affects how we manage our emotions, navigate our relationships and achieve positive results. Interested in learning more about EI? Download my free e-book!

Emotional Intelligence  (EI) affects how we manage our emotions, navigate our relationships and achieve positive results. Interested in learning more about EI? Download my free e-book!

Genuine Leadership is not reserved or limited to the executive leadership team. It is shown through personal and powerful influence. LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS NEW TRAINING TODAY! Contact: admin@stevegutzler.com

Genuine Leadership is not reserved or limited to the executive leadership team. It is shown through personal and powerful influence. LEARN MORE ABOUT THIS NEW TRAINING TODAY! Contact: admin@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. 

 

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Emotional Intelligence: 10 Skills That Set You Apart

Do you stand out as a leader? Are you confident when meeting new people?

Remember, first impressions matter and are often the difference between average, good, or great. Leaders should have the ability to connect and be memorable. 

I remind myself when meeting new people or preparing for a keynote presentation or training, to not commit the following 4 pitfalls:

  • Being Unprepared
  • Uncommitted
  • Uninterested (or uninteresting)
  • Uncomfortable

In order to avoid these pitfalls, Emotionally Intelligent Leaders should focus on sharpening certain areas of their leadership. From making a great first impression to various daily interactions, the following skills are a "must" for leaders.

10 Skills to Set You Apart:

  1. Make others comfortable by being comfortable with yourself.
  2. Be calm and confident.
  3. Have comfortable body language and smile.
  4. Show sincere interest in others. Do not scan the room, looking for someone more important.
  5. Maintain focus and eye contact.
  6. Convey a sense of positive energy and enthusiasm.
  7. Ask questions and treat everyone like a "10".
  8. Have a quality 90 second description of what you do scripted out and be able to naturally deliver it to others.
  9. Introduce people to each other with an infectious enthusiasm.
  10. Convey humility and genuinely like people. The core of connecting with people is sensitivity.

This week you will have the opportunity to meet new people. If you want to connect with others it will require energy and intentionality. Strive to improve your first impressions and become confident when meeting new people. 

I encourage you to grow your skills as a memorable leader! Here's to connecting!

 

Blessings, 

Steve


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Emotional In today's fast-paced and pressure filled law enforcement work environment, how effective are you as a leader of influence, impact and inspiration? In this highly rated training, you will learn: The hard-edge and bottom-line leadership difference emotional intelligence can make in your professional career.....

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. In this dynamic presentation, you will discover:the power of moods, attitudes and emotions and their contagious ability.....

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. In this dynamic presentation, you will discover:the power of moods, attitudes and emotions and their contagious ability.....


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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. 

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6 Rules for Successful Leadership

What decision do you need to make?

  •  A business decision around direction and focus?
  • A team decision, getting the right people in the right place?
  • A prioritization decision around where to invest (not spend) your time?

A few years back I read, Jack: Straight from the Gut by Jack Welch. In it I read the following 6 rules for successful leadership:

  1. Control your destiny or someone else will.
  2. Face reality as it is, not as it was or as you wish it were.
  3. Be candid with everyone.
  4. Do not manage, lead.
  5. Change before you have to.
  6. If you do not have a competitive advantage, do not compete.

For years I kept Welch's rules close. I would often review and then assess my life and leadership. Often success and new momentum is just one decision away from what needs to be made. 

Remember: Do not manage your life, lead it! Great leaders who lead great teams face reality and make great decisions.

Select one rule this week and act on it. Be courageous about your decision and let the good results take care of themselves. 

You may want to invest in your team, it has the power of multiplying your success. 

Here's to successful leadership!

Steve


Be inspired and have Steve at your next conference! Click to view Steve's Speaker Packet and specifics about his keynote presentations and trainings. 

Be inspired and have Steve at your next conference! Click to view Steve's Speaker Packet and specifics about his keynote presentations and trainings. 

Genuine leadership is not reserved or limited to the executive leadership team. It is shown through personal and powerful influence. Learn more about this new training today!

Genuine leadership is not reserved or limited to the executive leadership team. It is shown through personal and powerful influence. Learn more about this new training today!

Unleash the Leader Inside of You! This inspiring keynote shows how each of us can be a leader in our organization and daily lives, whatever our title or position!

Unleash the Leader Inside of You! This inspiring keynote shows how each of us can be a leader in our organization and daily lives, 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. 

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Corporate Athlete Nutrition Reminders

I am very fortunate to have an inspiring collection of leadership coaching clients. We each have taken "a pledge" to be "Corporate Athletes". We emphasize health and fitness, recognizing our personal best leadership requires it. Each of us are at different stages and seasons of our development, but it is exciting to witness our energy levels increasing based on great Corporate Athlete habits.

Kory Avaiusini, the CEO of WideNet, is an outstanding leader. We have partnered together now for 5 years in leadership coaching. He recently sent me a great list of Nutrition Reminders from Men's Fitness Magazine.

Here are your Corporate Athlete Nutrition Reminders:

  • Lean Protein: chicken, turkey breast, pork loin
  • Egg whites
  • Fish
  • Whole grains
  • Brown rice
  • Quinoa
  • Oats
  • Nuts, seeds
  • Avocado
  • Fiber fruits: apples, pears, berries
  • "Non starchy" vegetables (err, hold the mashed potato please!)

Remember, we all should be consuming at least 5 fruits AND Vegetables daily!

Food to Eliminate:

  • Tortilla chips (ouch!)
  • Soda
  • Pretzels
  • Pasta
  • White flour
  • Candy
  • Juices
  • the "3 S's" : unhealthy snacks, seconds, sweets
We emphasize health and fitness, recognizing our personal best leadership requires it. - SG

Meal Ideas:

  • Breakfast: scrambled egg whites with vegetables, protein shakes, steel cut oatmeal, yogurt, black coffee only
  • Lunch: salad, chicken, salmon, veggies, spinach
  • Dinner: protein, protein, protein! vegetables, unlimited power foods (almonds, avocado) and sparingly fruit
  • Goal Snacks: apple with nut butter or almond butter, tuna/avocado boats (see recipe below), unsalted nuts, dried fruit
  • Forbidden: flour, starch, sugar, soda, juices, anything fried or breaded 

Tuna Avocado Boats

Prep time 10 mins
Total time 10 mins
Serves: 2
Ingredients:
1 avocado, cut in half, pit removed, diced, skins reserved
1 5-ounce can White Albacore Tuna in Water, water drained
Half of a tomato, diced, about 3 tablespoons
1 stalk of celery, chopped, about 3 tablespoons
Small handful of parsley, chopped, about 2 tablespoons
Juice from half a lemon


Instructions:  In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients in and mix them together with a fork. Really smash the avocado to break it up. Divide the mixture between the 2 avocado skins and serve.


Kory and I both share the personal goal of following this 80% of the time. For starters, you may keep this list close by for shopping and to remind yourself of the Corporate Athlete Protocols for Nutrition.

Here's to your health and fitness! (and special thanks to Kory!)

Steve Gutzler


Unleash the Leader Inside of You, Today!

Honored to partner with Microsoft Procurement's Global Teams last week for Part 2 of Leadership Training: Growing Leaders at Every Level! 

Honored to partner with Microsoft Procurement's Global Teams last week for Part 2 of Leadership Training: Growing Leaders at Every Level! 

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Teamwork: "Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success." - Henry Ford 

Teamwork: "Coming together is a beginning, keeping together is progress, working together is success." - Henry Ford 


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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. 

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Intentional Leadership

I am very fortunate, thankful, and blessed. Each day I get up and prepare to meet with companies, organizations, and teams preparing to better themselves. I also have coaching clients focused on life/leadership mastery.

Our Goal: Life and leadership mastery is not about creating a "perfect life". It is about striving toward a "better life" and leadership.

If there was one word to describe the "best leaders and teams", I would have to say, INTENTIONAL

What is the big difference between good intentions and intentional leaders?

Good Intentions:

  • Survival
  • Wishful
  • Passive
  • Someday
  • Fantasize
  • Observe
  • Tardy
  • Hopeful
  • Occasional
  • Disorganized

Intentional Leadership:

  • Thrives
  • Everyday
  • Actions/Results
  • Follow-through
  • Proactive
  • Organized
  • Goals
  • Discipline
  • "I can, I will, I do" attitude

Whether we realize it or not, people live their daily lives with good intentions or intentional leadership. It is a life and leadership by design or default.

My father used to say, "Steve, you can be average, you can be good, or you can be great! It is an intentional choice."

If you and I desire greatness, to make our world a better place, we embrace intentional leadership. 

God Bless you this week,

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. 

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Leaders Partner With Like-Minded Exemplary Leaders


"A strong partnership divides the effort and multiplies the effect."


Twice a year, I am privileged to host an evening of Exemplary Leadership. We personally invite high-level leaders, many of whom are coaching clients and influential partners, for an evening of connecting and networking.

The Purpose: Powerful things happen when leaders meet and greet. Strategic networking and connection occurs. "Iron sharpens iron." An added benefit, we get to hear two leaders share their journey and learn two or three of their "best practices". 

This last event was co-hosted by Acadia Healthcare with special thanks to Janelle Cronk (National Strategic Account Manager), Bill Anderson (CEO of Sierra Tucson), and Joe Tinervin (CEO of Bayside Marin).

Our two extraordinary speakers were Doug Dreher (CEO of the Hotel Group) and Chuck Arnold (COO of the Seattle Seahawks). When you partner with like-minded, value-based leaders, there is no telling what kind of positive results might come out of it.

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Intentional Application:

Partner with like-minded, value-based people, who strive to become Exemplary Leaders. 


How do you find and partner with these leaders? My personal approach, I look for the "definite dozen" qualities:

  1. Leaders who think, "others first"
  2. Big thinkers
  3. Demonstrate grit
  4. Understand their gifts are 1/2 of the success formula
  5. Servant leaders
  6. Solution finders
  7. Powerful influencers
  8. Growth mindset
  9. Strategic networkers
  10. Leaders who believe: "The Best is Yet to Come"
  11. Synergy creators
  12. Legacy builders (today! They don't wait for tomorrows!)

Partner today with other like-minded and like-valued people, dedicated to making a difference for (and in) others. That is how we achieve a life and leadership that matters. 

Here's to building strong partnerships!

Blessings,

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. 

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3 Ways to Activate the Law of Attraction

"The person who sends positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to him positive results." – Norman Vincent Peale

I recently met with a new coaching client, a senior leader who has experienced a series of hardships personally and professionally in the last several months. It is almost like the world around her was conspiring against her.

We discussed going on the offensive by activating the Law of Attraction.

The essence of applying the law of attraction is to think, imagine, feel, act, and focus on what you want, thus attracting more of that into your life.

Here's how it works; like attracts like. If you are feeling excited, enthusiastic, passionate, happy, joyful, appreciative, or abundant, then you are sending out positive energy. On the other hand, if you are feeling bored, anxious, stressed out, angry, ungrateful, or resentful, you are sending out negative energy.

Your world around you (your personal and professional relationships) through the law of attraction will respond to both of these vibrations. It responds to whatever energy you are creating, and gives you more of the same.

You get back what you put out!

Think of it as your energy vibration… You will attract energy back to you of the same frequency you're emitting. You need to make sure that you are continually sending out energy, thoughts, and feelings that resonate with what you want to be, do, and experience.

You and I are like a living magnet; we literally attract the things, people, ideas, and circumstances that vibrate and resonate at the same frequency as we do.

 

Three ways to activate the Law of Attraction:

1) Become the gatekeeper of your thoughts and language -

Many people use thoughts and language that reflect things they don't want; over time it becomes a habit. What we think about constantly ultimately translates to our emotions. To activate the Law of Attraction in a positive way… Become a gatekeeper of your thoughts and language speak the language of success – use the vocabulary of a leader.

2) Use daily mantra techniques -

Another simple but effective way of igniting the law of attraction is to create a mantra. Practice and continuously recite until you create a new habit.

Examples:

  •  Opportunities always come my way and I give thanks.
  • I love myself, I love others, I love what I do, and I love life!
  •  am a magnet of wealth and abundance, and I share that with others.

3) Select an inner circle of people committed to summit -

I find my associates are critical to what I attract. It's taken me a few years but I now have a select inner circle of powerful individuals committed to the summit… to getting to the top of their field professionally and personally. These relationships have brought countless opportunities and experiences that are on my… "I want list."

Remember: like attracts like. Begin today to commit to thinking, imagining, feeling, acting, and focusing on what you want, and you will attract more of that into your life.

I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend. Thank you to all those who gave their lives in order to protect ours. 

Blessings,

Steve


This past week has been one of the best in my life. Delivering three keynotes, holding a team training, and hosting an Exemplary Leadership evening with the help of Acadia Healthcare, where we heard from Chuck Arnold, COO of the Seahawks, and Doug Dreher, CEO of the Hotel Group. I feel privileged to partner and connect with so many. Thank you!


For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching, contact Steve's team at: admin@stevegutzler.com or call: (425) 681-9871.

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. 

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6 Leadership Styles: Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Leverage

I am a big time Seattle Seahawk fan. I bleed Seahawk blue and neon green. I am also privileged to partner with members of their executive leadership team. I admire their head coach, Pete Carroll, who has a unique knack of staying nimble in his leadership style. He is not just a commodity, visionary, or motivator, he is adaptable. Coach Carroll taps into different styles of leadership for different challenges and opportunities. Sometimes he is strong and commanding, other times he is collaborative and unifying. 

Your most effective leaders are multidimensional. They draw upon a leadership style to meet the needs and current mood of the team. They have a selective approach and adapt to what the team needs in that moment. 

  • It is a real time leadership
  • It is a new style for contemporary teams
  • It is not rigid or old-school
  • It is Emotionally Intelligent with a fluid leadership style that fits needs and generates a dynamic culture

Here are 6 Styles that Emotionally Intelligent leaders utilize to generate success:

(1) The Visionary Style

  • How: Cast a vision of the future and communicate what is possible
  • Impact: Creates a strong positive mood and belief
  • When: When changes require renewed vision or when a clear direction is needed

(2) The Coaching Style

  • How: Believe in people and emphasize on their strengths and gifts
  • Impact: High morale and loyalty
  • When: Constant approach always builds people's confidence
Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.
— Pete Carroll

(3) The Connecting Style

  • How: Creates harmony by connecting people to each other
  • Impact: Multiplies success by creating "win-wins"
  • When: Always creating unity and team-building, strengthens "team first attitude"

(4) The Collaborative Style

  • How: Values people's input and gains commitment through shared ideas
  • Impact: Loyalty and commitment
  • When: Constant drive for buy-in from vulnerable input and contribution 

(5) The Pace-Setting Style

  • How: Sets high standards fueled by vision and specific targets and goals
  • Impact: Creates clarity, enthusiasm, and focus
  • When: Focusing team every 45 days

(6) The Commanding Style

  • How: Smooths out flaws with clear direction and confidence
  • Impact: A sense of calm and confident terms
  • When: Times of uncertainty or change
Your most effective leaders are multidimensional
— SG

Remember: Emotionally Intelligent leaders are adaptable to each season, to each custom moment and encounter. They are authentic leaders, able to give advice that is genuinely in a person's best interest, instead of leaving someone feeling manipulated or even attacked. Empathetic leaders listen first before reacting or giving feedback, which allows the interactions to stay on target. 

Which leadership style can you draw upon today? 


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.

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.

Honored to partner with Graystone Mortgage and deliver highlights of my Unleash the Leader Inside of You Keynote last week. Looking forward to speaking at the U.S. Probation and Attorney General Conferences this week, Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leadership


For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching, contact Steve's team at: admin@stevegutzler.com or call: (425) 681-9871.

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. 

Copyright © 2016

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Let's Unplug for 7 Days This Summer!

I know the very thought of unplugging for 7 days sends shockwaves into our little smart brains. (I mean smart phones!) 7 days without an iPhone, iPad, TV, internet, Netflix, Pandora, and social media. The one that sounds the best, yet also makes me nervous, is 7 days without email (a get out of jail free pass!).

I am one of 46% who describe their smart phones as something I could not live without. What will my 140,000+ followers on Twitter do without me for 7 days? Probably run, skip and jump. Perhaps, I can encourage them to power down from the addiction as well?

I have personally found technology has made it even harder to find time to unplug, recharge, and tap into my inner creativity.

Researchers from Harvard and the University of Virginia did an experiment, Just think: The challenges of the disengaged mind, in which they gave people a choice to either: A) sit in an empty room for 6-15 minutes with only their thoughts (no devices, books, papers, phones, etc.) or B) give themselves an electric shock during this quiet time. 

67% of men chose to shock themselves (some multiple times during the 15 minutes) out of pure boredom. Only 25% of women chose the shock. (Way to go Women!)

Why would I unplug for a week? Because my capacity to go deep, to be alone with myself and my God, is so essential to an authentic life and leadership.

I’m not sure all that I will gain and learn, but I am eager to try. I think I will come out stronger and better able to serve and inspire.

Also, I would like to:

  • Know I can do it
  • Slow down and listen to what I am not hearing
  • Listen, unrestricted, and then respond
  • Ask Julie, my wife, what she truly desires for our "second half". Okay... "fabulous third" part of life.

Success for me has never been about doing more, but doing things better! And I continually need to get better! I need time and space to read unrestricted. I need to do a 7 day technology cleanse.

I recently read the cheetah, the fastest land animal on earth, can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 3 seconds. They also spend up to 18 hours a day sleeping... In essence, they are sleeping their way to the top of the animal kingdom. I need some time to lay low and review my life plan. I want to take a weeklong hiatus from technology in order to remind myself of the important things in life. 

So, how am I going to do it? I think it will be best to build it around a vacation spot with my wife. I am thinking all I will need are the bare essentials:

  • my Bible
  • flipflops and shorts
  • 2-3 good books
  • a place to work-out and hike
  • my journal to record highs/lows

Key thoughts I need to capture:  I know I will need to be around some inspiring nature, especially water. I know my wife will have her phone for communication purposes. "I promise not to sneak a peak at Twitter... so help me God!"

So what do you think? Could you go a day without technology? Could you go a whole week? A month?

I'm not sure all that I will gain and learn, but I am eager to try. I think I will come out stronger and better able to serve and inspire.

I would love to hear your story of "unplugging"! 

Blessings to you,

Steve Gutzler


Honored to partner with the Seahawks Sales Team for a few days of  Unleash the Leader Inside of You Leadership Training. 


For information on keynote presentations, team workshops, and one on one coaching, contact Steve's team at: admin@stevegutzler.com or call: (425) 681-9871.

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. 

Copyright © 2016

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