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


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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


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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


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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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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. 

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3 Keys to A Championship Routine

I was watching bits and pieces of the Masters Golf Tournament on TV a few weeks ago. They highlighted golfer Jack Nicklaus who was famous for his pre-shot routine. A series of mental and physical steps that got him fully focused and ready for the shot. 

  • Start out behind the ball
  • Pick out an intermediate spot between the ball and the target
  • Line up club face to the ball
  • Put feet into position
  • Take stance
  • Waggle the club, look at target and intermediate target
  • Strike the ball with confidence

A sports psychologist timed Nicklaus from the moment he pulled the club out of his bag until he hit the shot. From the 1st tee to the 18th tee, he found that the timing of Jack's routine never varied more than 1 second

Coaching Moment: A championship routine does not vary. It's consistent. I've found "when I'm on my game", I have a steady routine that gets me in a healthy flow and rhythm. 

Here are 3 Keys to a Championship Routine:

1. Get Consistent

Set a specific time (for example) to rise each morning. Do not rush your day, it's like rushing a shot. There should be a mental, physical, and spiritual element to prepare you for a championship day. Find a nice morning ritual that sets your focus and helps you visualize a successful day. 

2. Get Clear

My most important 15-20 minutes each morning is "my calibration appointment", a recurring appointment set to review my documented priorities. Then I set my top 3 MVP (most valuable and profitable) accomplishments for the day. My Vital 3.

Championship Question: "If I only did 3 things today, what actions will produce the greatest results in moving me closer to my "Big Goals"?"

3. Get Confident

Just like competitive sports, confidence is key. In business and leadership, it is important to move freely and confidently. You can't force confidence, but you can assist confidence. As you take moments with a purposeful and disciplined routine, you will grow your personal confidence. 

  • You'll feel better prepared
  • You'll feel greater focus
  • You'll feel ready to face your day

I would love to hear what works well for you!

All the best,

Steve Gutzler

It was an honor to present Unleash the Leader Inside of You at the Ninth Circuit HR Conference in Portland, Oregon last week. What an amazing group of leaders! Find out more about this powerful keynote 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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Issaquah, WA 98029

The Leader's "X-Factor" and Secret Weapon

Having worked with and observed dozens of high performing leaders, I have collected a list of the their "X-Factors" and "secret weapons" for successful leadership. It is not a one-cut diamond, it is multidimensional

Whether you lead a large organization, a small team, or perhaps lead yourself as an entrepreneur or business owner, there are attributes or qualities that enhance your efforts. 

#1 on my list: EMPATHY

  • Non-judgemental
  • Aware of other people's moods
  • Sees from another's perspective
  • Good listener

President Lyndon Johnson once said, "When you walk into a room, you do not belong in politics if you can not tell who is for you and who is against you." That statement applies to every "kind" of leader.

Empathy: your ability to read and respond to other people's attitudes and emotions

LEADERS:

  • read people and then adjust their message accordingly
  • are aware of the non-verbal messages other people are sending
  • are flexible and willing to change tactics based on body language
  • do not ignore other people's emotions
  • are eager to sense the emotional mood and tailor their leadership style

I recently read about U.S. Army General Norman Schwarzkopf. His first command was in 1969 during a tour of Vietnam with the 1st Battalion of the 6th Infantry, also called the "First of the Sixth". They had a horrible reputation, lousy morale. The battalion's nickname was the "Worst of the Sixth."

Schwarzkopf's first action after the change of command ceremony was to get out among the troops, see why they were dubbed "the Worst". It was clear to see that his battalion had suffered from poor leadership. He needed to instill a new vision, get to know the soldiers, listen, adapt, and provide a new purpose. He didn't beat the troops down, he built the soldiers up. 

The battalion's turnaround was so strong that within a few months it was selected to perform more difficult missions - the kind carried out by a disciplined, well-led group with strong morale. 

How can you apply the "X-Factor" of Empathy today in your leadership role? You must get in tune, read, and respond to your clients and team. Leaders listen and then adapt!

Here's to developing and applying your "X-Factor"!

Steve Gutzler

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.

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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14 Powerful Phrases Creative, Innovative Leaders Speak

It may be time to change up your game. It may be time to change the phrases you speak. It may be time to generate creativity, innovation, and possibilities.

Your language always precedes your actions and results.

Do you need a new perceptive in your career? Do you need a fresh set of successes that generate momentum? 

Here is a list of creativity generators, a list of phrases leaders use:

  • I'm innovative and creative
  • I generate smart failures that lead to fresh new successes
  • I ask questions that lead to new information and new ways of doing things
  • I know there is more than one way of doing things... I need to stay humble and seek out new ideas
  • I don't always have to be practicable, I can take new risks
  • I think more about my influence, impact and inspiring others rather than my image or impressing others
  • I ask "why not" and "why not now"
  • I repeat Impossible - Possible - Done!
  • I could care less about critics and more about my passion to influence and change lives
  • I value and seek out possibility thinkers
  • I reward great ideas, for they are the leaders of our new frontier
  • I believe my imagination is a great asset, next to my energy
  • I believe my IQ and education has allowed me a door of opportunity and my creativity and dedication has allowed me a legacy of Impact and Inspiration
  • I believe failure is not final, it is a friend, mentor and coach to greatness!

If you think you have a great idea, don't let anyone (including yourself) talk you out of it. Don't let "creativity killers" subject you to small thinking. You can't do something new and exciting if you allow old ruts to run your life and career.

Don't just work harder at the same old thing. Make a change. Start with the language of Creativity, Innovation, and Leadership. 

I am exited to hear about your new ideas of greatness!

Here's to innovative leaders!

Steve


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 Inspire Action

The late Stephen Covey, famous author of the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, encourages his readers to "begin with the end in mind".

Have you noticed how leaders inspire actionable responses?

Have you noticed how leaders move us to action and keep us focused?

Have you noticed how leaders never shy away from defining accomplishments and drive us to greatness?

Whether you lead a team or lead yourself, it is critical to determine... what is our defined goal(s)? It is equally important to set daily priorities in alignment with those goals, and drive action. 

The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.
— Stephen Covey

I watched a little league practice a few days ago on an afternoon walk. Being a former youth coach, I watched with intensity as two coaches orchestrated a well organized and enthusiastic practice. You could feel the energy. I wanted to grab a glove and jump in! At one moment the coached summoned every player to stop. He reminded them that "we will be the best prepared team in the league, and we will play like champions!" Every eye lit up! Every player stood tall! 

What are you doing to inspire your team? What are you doing to inspire yourself?

Here is a (mini-list) I often reflect on:

  • I will be the best prepared professional
  • I will outwork, out-hustle the competition
  • I will surprise and delight every client
  • I will never "wing it"
  • I will set "stretch goals" and be a goal-setter and goal-getter
  • I will inspire greatness in my team
Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.
— Stephen Covey

How can you inspire action today? Do not wait for a better day or perfect condition. DO IT TODAY!

The great NFL coach George Allen once said, "The future is now!" Let's inspire action today!

Here's to building better leaders!

-Steve


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.

Looking forward to partnering with the Everett Police Department this coming week for another incredible team training on Emotional Intelligence. Such important work these officers do, I am honored to work along side of them! 

Looking forward to partnering with the Everett Police Department this coming week for another incredible team training on Emotional Intelligence. Such important work these officers do, I am honored to work along side of them! 

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.

4580 Klahanie Dr SE #102

Issaquah, WA 98029

The Leadership Adjustment: Are You Listening?

Growing up I always wanted to be an Indy Car Racer. We had a neighbor across the street who raced the legendary brick yard. I would watch in curiosity as he would work late into the night with his garage open and lit, making fine adjustments to his car. Adjustments.

Recently I listened intently to Jimmy Johnson, a NASCAR 6-time champion, give an interview. He is at the top of his sport. A very smart, gifted, humble, and competitive guy. He was asked to provide a hint into why he has that competitive advantage... to win... to be a champion. Along with giving his team the lions share of the credit and his world-class sponsors, he shared something subtle that jumped out to me. 

Jimmy said, "One thing I try to do well at is when I'm going very fast, over 180 MPH, I try to listen to the car. I listen well. And then I radio back to my pit crew to make small, fine adjustments." Adjustments. Those small adjustments often mean a tenth of a second. The difference between 1st or 2nd place. Jimmy also said he does "a good job of listening to his inner voice". Perhaps something he needs to do for his wife or a teammate. 


Sometimes our biggest breakthroughs come from the smallest adjustments.

A Big Question involving something smallWhat adjustment can you make that will help you in your competitive advantage?

Here is a potential small list to help you listen and adjust in your personal and professional life: 

  • What one small adjustment can I make in the quality of my marriage?
  • What can I offer to my children, that may seem small, but would encourage them?
  • How can I lift someone up on my team that needs an emotional boost?
  • What is one small adjustment I can make to my health, one investment or one elimination?
  • What subtle self-discipline do I need to sharpen that will drive better results?
  • What phrase can I eliminate this week? (for example, "if only")
  • What prayer can I pray that could impact someone I care about?

Sometimes our biggest breakthroughs come from the smallest adjustments, if we are willing to listen and respond.

I encourage you to jot down just 2 or 3 small adjustments you sense will add to the quality of your life and leadership

Here's to Building Better Leaders!

-Steve Gutzler

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.

4580 Klahanie Dr SE #102

Issaquah, WA 98029

6 Questions to Elevate Your Leadership

"To grow as a leader, I have to be intentional." 

"To grow as a leader, I have to be intentional." 

Questions elevate our leadership. Questions unlock our thinking. Questions release the truth. Questions help us gain insight. Questions open new ways of responding.

Questions lead us forward to new successes. 

I recently sat with an extraordinary and accomplished leader and asked 6 questions to help her to elevate her leadership to even higher levels. In an uncluttered and uncrushed moment her answers unlocked new answers that I believe will usher in a new season of effectiveness. 

An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the purpose of success and significance.
— SG

I invite you to take a moment to answer these key questions:

1. A vision question: Where are you headed and what do you want to accomplish?



2. A purpose question: Why are you going there and what will keep you inspired?



3. A strategy question: How are you going to get there?



4. A talent question: Who will come with you?



5. A growth question: How will you develop yourself and others?



6. A sustainable question? How will you maintain success and keep going?



Remember: An unintentional life accepts everything and does nothing. An intentional life embraces only the things that will add to the purpose of success and significance. 

To grow as a leader, I have to be intentional. 

My hope is that as you pause, ask and answer these questions, you can regain clarity, focus and execution.

Elevate Your Leadership!

-Steve

Looking for team training or interested in having steve speak at your next conference or retreat? reach out and let us know your particular needs. 

Looking for team training or interested in having steve speak at your next conference or retreat? reach out and let us know your particular needs. 

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.

4580 Klahanie Dr SE #102

Issaquah, WA 98029

Emotional Intelligence (EI): What Are You Spreading?

Emotions spread like viruses. The Yale University School of Management found that among working teams, cheerfulness and warmth spread most easily. That positive moods are contagious. Moods, the Yale study found, influence how effectively people work; upbeat moods boost cooperation and business performance. 

Did you know your mood influences the people around you more than your grasp of facts or business strategies? 

Did you know your friends and associates are triggered by your emotions?

Did you know that your families moods in large part is a result of the mood you display each day, each hour, each moment?

Emotions spread like viruses.

Have you been around a negative, moody person? Negative emotions - especially chronic anger, anxiety, and a sense of futility - powerfully disrupt work, hi-jacking attention from the task at hand. 

Both good and bad tend to perpetuate themselves. When people around you sense you are upbeat, they see the light in a situation and want more of what you have. 

Today, I encourage you... I challenge you to be aware of your moods. My dad used to say, "Steve, a positive mood is just as easy to set as a negative. Be positive Steve, you will gain better results and attract better people." A positive upbeat mood can drive better results for you. An upbeat mood may seem trivial, but there is nothing trivial about the results and people you attract. Emotions driven in the right direction have a positive impact on your business strategies and bottom line earnings. 

A positive upbeat mood can drive better results for you.
— SG

Here's to building better moods that drive outstanding results!

-Steve

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.

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.

4580 Klahanie Dr SE #102

Issaquah, WA 98029

5 Reasons Leaders Should S L O W Down

Have you ever gone fishing? With a real fisherman? They are a special breed, a lost breed. The one thing I know about fishing and fisherman is they’re never in a hurry. I suppose it is because you simply cannot fish in a hurry. There is a lot of sitting around, gazing, waiting, and (of course) plenty of fishing stories from years past.

Last summer, I went fishing with my son. The whole process was excruciating. Well, everything except being with him, that is always a treat. But the fishing thing was so slow! There were no texts, Tweets, or emails out there. No incoming calls to break the silence. My phone sat alone in my car. Kyle and I talked every twenty minutes or so, we caught a few bass, but mostly we sat out on that lazy lake alone in our thoughts. About half way through our day I could feel myself relax. I was moving from my machine-gun pace to a more human, soul-designed pace – one that moved slowly with the soft breeze.

5 Important Reasons Leaders Should Slow Down

  1. Slowing down connects you to a soul-based pace that sustains a leader’s life. I have witnessed in my own life, and the lives of scores of leaders I have worked with, a pace that teeters on unsustainable. As a result of this desperate speed, you can lose soulful reflections and the inner course adjustments that sustain your life and work.

  2. Slowing down connects you to inner peace. I recently spoke with a spectacular leader who is facing significant challenges in his health and in his company. All the while we spoke he had a soft smile and a gracious tone. I had to pause and ask him, “How are you handling all this?” His response was simple and profound, “Steve, I used to start my days fast, now I start slow to recalibrate my heart and spirit.

  3. Slowing down connects you to your best thoughts. I always tell my coaching clients to block out an hour a week for thinking time. Next to a leader’s energy, great thoughts are their greatest asset. Those thoughts must be captured, seized and implemented. Slowing down allows you to think your best thoughts and claim them.

  4. Slowing down connects you to your heart. Both your physical and spiritual hearts need some slowness. My family and I have a little beach cabin on the Oregon Coast. There is no flat-screen TV or loud sound system. The place is a simple, small cabin with lots of good books.  There have been many summers where I arrive at that cabin in need of heart repair. It is there that I find a soft voice, “Steve, slow down, listen, and readjust.”

  5. Slowing down connects you to those you love. Who is important enough to you that you will slow down and connect with them? When I was a kid, my parents would take Sunday afternoon drives. It might seem odd, to just get in the car and drive. But now when I think about that, I think about a couple in love. The drive was about putting aside time to be together – to talk and dream of days past and days to come. Simple time to connect in love.

I was moving from my machine-gun pace to a more human, soul-designed pace – one that moved slowly with the soft breeze.
— Steve Gutzler

Can you apply these today?

How will you grant yourself permission to slow down?

Blessings to you this week,

Steve Gutzler


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.

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.

4580 Klahanie Dr SE #102

Issaquah, WA 98029

27 Leadership Tips That Drive Remarkable Results


1. Don't cling to outdated business plans. Define a new plan that inspires greatness.

2. Don't blame or point fingers. Step up, take full responsibility and lead the way!

3. Be likable! No one likes an irritable leader.

4. Take time for healthy habits. It is not an option if you don't have time.

5. Be authentic! Build trust with honest and open communication. Create roundtables when your team can "ask anything". 

6. Focus on results.  A great leader cares about results. Managers are more concerned with process.

7. Never be complacent. Be passionate and always explore new and better possibilities.

8. Don't find fault, instead find a remedy. Build a team of "solution finders".

9. Empower and recognize great ideas. The leaders are the ones with the best ideas.


Be extraordinary in kindness. Be proud, but stay grounded and humble.
— Steve Gutzler

10. Always show up with a smile. Remember your mood, attitude, and emotions are contagious. Be who you want to see!

11. Become a "thought" leader in your industry. Read to lead. Double your knowledge to triple your influence. 

12.  Let go of the past. Don't spend time and energy rehearsing what is behind you. Focus 100% of your energy on where you are headed!

13. Have laser focus on a few things that can be game-changing. 

14. Build your team up with words that electrify.  Words have the power of life and death. Speak words of life.

15. Use questions to unlock actionable intel. Be the best listener you know!

16. Pray for wisdom

17. Take time on Friday for "Thinking Time". 30-60 minutes to reflect and review the week.

18. Treat everyone with the upmost respect. Especially people who need to be lifted up and encouraged. 

20. Let the "Big Time" be where you are. Do not look in envy at someone else's assignment. 

21. Take time off! Plan vacations. Journal. Exercise. Sleep Well. Unplug. Enjoy Life. Laugh more often!

22. Be extraordinary in kindness. Be proud, but stay grounded and humble. 

23. Set high expectations for yourself and others. No one is inspired by low expectations.

24. Do creative work in the 1st half of your day and reactive work in the 2nd half.


Words have the power of life and death. Speak words of life.
— Steve Gutzler

25. Do not complain. 95% of the world would love your worst day.

26. Never shoot from the hip. Prepare for each encounter. Make good moments great by better preparation.

27. Sincerely thank people. Especially people on your team. Treat them like royalty. 

 

Have a Blessed Week,

Steve


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.

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.

4580 Klahanie Dr SE #102

Issaquah, WA 98029

Four Ways Leaders Inspire Others to Peak Performance

If people are working for just a paycheck or making it until Friday, they will dry-up on the inside and become frustrated. Title or position chasing is equally frustrating. On the other hand, if people keep growing, learning, and expanding their potential, their future is bright and exciting!

Bright and exciting, now those are two words that spark hope and satisfaction! To be successful you have to keep reinventing yourself, stretching. As a leader I remind myself daily to grow, learn and add to who I am. 

I have studied:

If you are leading people who you sense have settled into a role or position, try to help them open their eyes and think beyond today. Paychecks and positions do not inspire. They might provide a small bump of momentum, but over time it dissipates. 

I personally believe one of the primary roles of a leader is to inspire greatness in others. To unlock a person's potential and create an environment for health, vitality and personal productivity. 

Here are 4 Ways Leaders Inspire Others to Peak Performance:

1. Inspire with Passion: As a leadership coach and expert in the field of Emotional Intelligence, I remind my clients all the time, "You are contagious!"

Leaders, share your passion. It can attract other passionate people and it can spark a flame in people who might not otherwise be passionate. If they can understand and connect with the vision you have and feel, there is a good chance you will inspire their passion too!

2. Inspire a Great Future. One of my favorite aspects of leadership coaching is to paint a picture of my client's future... One that will inspire them to work hard today.

I am currently updating my 50 Dreams List(These documented dreams drive me with purpose. They inspire my future.)

  • 10 Inspiring Accomplishments
  • 10 Inspiring Travel Destinations
  • 10 Inspiring People I Would Love to Meet
  • 10 Inspiring Milestones I Plan to Realize
  • 10 Inspiring Legacies I want to pay forward

3. Show Others Their Leadership Impact. Everyone makes a difference every day. The question is... What kind of difference are you making? Leaders show others they can lead. Their influence matters daily. Their personal impact is significant. Their ability to inspire others by their behaviors and what they model, is game-changing

4. Inspire Them to Try - Learn - Grow. Great leaders provide environments for personal development and growth. People who make growth a goal, instead of a title, position, salary or other external target, always have an expanding future. People do not catch fire from a leader who has grown cold himself. 

One of the most successful organizations I am partnering with right now started years ago with coaching only the primary leader. Within 6 months he asked if I could coach his leadership team. Each of those members is now committed to a personal development plan and growing dynamically. And trust me... productivity, influence and personal satisfaction is on the rise. 

How can you can inspire greatness in others this week? 

Here's to Building Better Leaders!

Blessings to you, 

Steve


 “THE LEADERSHIP EDGE”  The purpose of The Leadership Edge is to bring together a select group of top CEO's and high level Executives to grow in their unique calling of leadership and make a positive impact in their businesses and communities.  Beginning in 2016, spend a half day on a bi-monthly basis with a group of likeminded business professionals of different industries to share best practices, gain wisdom, learn high performance tools and habits to maximize productivity, and challenge one another to the next level of leadership. 

 “THE LEADERSHIP EDGE” 

The purpose of The Leadership Edge is to bring together a select group of top CEO's and high level Executives to grow in their unique calling of leadership and make a positive impact in their businesses and communities. 

Beginning in 2016, spend a half day on a bi-monthly basis with a group of likeminded business professionals of different industries to share best practices, gain wisdom, learn high performance tools and habits to maximize productivity, and challenge one another to the next level of 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 Steve Gutzler and Leadership Quest, All rights reserved.

4580 Klahanie Dr SE #102

Issaquah, WA 98029

 

Emotional Intelligence :: The Real Key for Doubling Effectiveness

"Double your sales in 24 months", "lose 30 pounds in 90 days", "break incredible sales quotas in record time". Do these sound familiar?  The list goes on: rock hard abs, sizzling romance, remarkable results in a matter of days (not even months or weeks- days!)

Well, let me weigh in: I do believe your professional and personal effectiveness can double by understanding and applying one game-changing key:

Building world-class personal beliefs.

As a thought leader in the field of Emotional Intelligence, I understand how powerful emotions are in driving our behavior and dictating our overall performance. On the simplest level: feeling good equals good results. Feeling poor equals poor results. So many of us allow our emotions to dictate a day’s performance and results. Some are good, some not so good.

Big Suggestions and Personal Challenge:

Take time to build your personal beliefs. Document some new fresh values I like to call “My personal code of Honor.” Your code can include things like:

  1. I strive to eat clean today

  2. I exercise daily to stay fit and emotionally at my best

  3. I practice solitude around my faith

  4. I speak positive messages to myself and to others

  5. I do excellent work and am a disciplined executive

  6. I build up my family with optimism

  7. I write and document my goals around amazing desired outcomes in my life

As you practice and review your personal beliefs daily, it will send powerful new messages into the emotional drivers of your life and begin to build your emotional intelligence. Your personal beliefs will override sluggish emotions and will super-charge your day. And, just thinking about what is in your Code of Honor will start to have a positive effect on your days even before you take deliberate action to fulfill your code.

BIG REMINDER:

You will become what you focus on. And if you do not determine your focus, the ebb and flow of your emotions will dictate your daily results.

Take some time to write out a few fresh beliefs and start creating your personal code of honor. Read and review early in the morning. Speak and act positive and you will see a true doubling effectiveness begin to reveal itself in your life. It’s sure-fire. It works. I see it operating daily in my life and in several of my clients’ lives. This is something you can do today (no gimmicks or false advertising) and it will lead you in a new dynamic direction. 

Here's to a wonderful month ahead,

Steve Gutzler


TAKE YOUR TEAM TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH AN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR EXTRAORDINARY LEADERS KEYNOTE PRESENTATION. 


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.

4580 Klahanie Dr SE #102
Issaquah, WA 98029

Six Unstoppable Traits of Confident Leaders

Self-doubt is common, especially in women, and for many it limits their potential and personal influence. Men too suffer from self-doubt and insecurity. A survey of British managers done by the Institute of Leadership and Management found that 50% of female and 31% of male respondents don't feel confident about their job performance and careers. 

What is confidence anyway? Confidence is life's fuel and enabler. It's that inner quality that turns thoughts into action. 

Here are Six Unstoppable Traits of Confident Leaders:

  1. They dress for success - looking your best matters. I've never met a sloppy confident person. Your dress should match your message. Remember: first impressions matter, and the first person you convinces yourself.
  2. They are mindful of posture and body language - Sitting up straight gives you a short-term confidence boost. Nodding while you listen sends a subconscious signal that makes others comfortable with you. 
  3. Think like a leader not a victim – The language of leadership is the most critical trait to personal confidence. Cut out the blame game and victim speak. Lead with your language.
  4. They pour in inspiration and positivity – Read to lead. Turn your car commute into L.C.U. Leadership Confidence University. You will arrive at your destination full of inspiration
  5. They act before they feel – I love Oprah's quote in relation to working out - "Take choice out of it." To turn into a confident personal leader, act your way into feeling. You'll attract greater results and personal success.
  6. They invest in themselves – They attend personal development trainings. They expose themselves to the top 10% of performers. They develop their craft and never stop learning from the best.

"You will never be able to bet on yourself unless you believe in yourself." - S.G.

"The bookends of success are personal confidence and aggressive action." - S.G.

Blessings,

Steve Gutzler


JOIN “THE LEADERSHIP EDGE”
 

The purpose of The Leadership Edge is to bring together a select group of top CEOs and high level Executives to grow in their unique calling of leadership and make a positive impact in their businesses and communities. Beginning in 2016, spend a half day on a bi-monthly basis with a group of likeminded business professionals of different industries to share best practices, gain wisdom, learn high performance tools and habits to maximize productivity, and challenge one another to the next level of leadership. 

Includes:

  • Elite membership with a select group of successful entrepreneurs who desire to have a life and leadership of significance
  • 6 power packed sessions to maximize your leadership growth
  • Strategic Leadership Day
  • Optional Leadership Edge Retreat

Interested in more information? Contact me!


TAKE YOUR TEAM TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH AN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE FOR EXTRAORDINARY LEADERS TRAINING OR UNLEASH THE LEADERSHIP INSIDE OF YOU KEYNOTE PRESENTATION. 

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.

4580 Klahanie Dr SE #102
Issaquah, WA 98029

5 Big Priorities for Leaders

Each day I have to remind myself to focus on what matters most. Prioritization. Quality. 

I see far too many leaders squandering precious time on low priorities and trivial activities. Recently, one of my senior leader coaching clients took my personal leadership challenge to perform a "time audit" on her calendar. To go back and track her time usage and determine what amount of time was truly high priority. What she discovered was a shocking amount of low priority work. To her credit she has since re-calibrated her days and hours to reflect her stated desired outcomes. Now that's courageous leadership built upon actionable intel!

Show me an effective profitable leader, I'll show you a man or woman relentlessly protecting priorities.

I'd like to offer 5 Big Priorities for Leaders

1. Strengthen relationships on your team.  Fedex founder Fred Smith said, "Federal Express, from its inception, has put people first. Our corporate philosophy is: People - Service - Profit." Know the people on your team. Get to know their aspirations and goals. Treat them well. Give them opportunities to grow and develop and you will retain the best and brightest. 

2. Invest 80% of your time in your most valuable and profitable clients.  The ROI, Return On (your) Investment, when you pour value into your MVP clients will compound your efforts and profits. Take care of the best and you will receive more of the best. 

3. Do less, but more focused work. Each day I try to do less busy work. I practice my coaching motto: delegate, outsource and eliminate. It allows me "laser focus" on important work that only I should focus on, high value work. I would rather do one BIG activity/accomplishment each day then ten small-value activities.

4. Take time to plan and strategize. Each morning I practice a ritual hour. That sacred enclosure allows me to get clear and move toward powerful plans. I then team-up with my executive assistant to map out our strategies based on our desired outcomes. I encourage you to block out some time to plan. Sharpen your focus around your desired outcomes. Your "must-haves". 

5. Build higher expectations. I've discussed that clear expectations creates momentum in personal performance and goals. Motivation is always in direct proportion to the level of my expectations. It's the job of the leader to define the "win". In my experience, if I expect great things from my team, they'll go to great lengths to generate great results. Good people always rise to our level of expectations. 

Which one or two priorities can you focus on this week to generate new successes?

Have a wonderful (productive) week,

Steve


NEW TRAINING SERIES: Growing Leaders at Every Level

How Leaders:

  • Act with purpose rather then get bogged down in activities
  • Adopt a growth mindset that fulfills potential
  • Acquire skills and strategies to "go back" and create a team of leaders rather than a team of followers
  • Attitudes and actions that compound results and double productivity and profits. 

* This program is delivered in a custom format in half-day sessions. Each team members receives our new 360 degree Leadership Assessment. Feel free to schedule a 20-30 minutes discovery call to discuss how this can be customized for your team!


Take your team to the next level with an Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leaders training or Unleash the Leadership Inside of You keynote presentation. 

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.

4580 Klahanie Dr SE #102
Issaquah, WA 98029