Managing Up!

By | 2018-05-30T14:07:10+00:00 May 30th, 2018|News|

Managing Up! I’m in meetings all day, I’m in early and stay late, but it seems there is no satisfying my boss… What is his problem? Does he think I’m superhuman? The pace of change is only increasing and leaders of all levels are struggling to keep up. For them, it’s more about surviving than THRIVING… but one habit I’ve noticed from HEROES is that they manage up! That’s right… They manage up! Most top leaders have a massive sense of urgency and it drives them to think bigger and beyond today. They are always thinking about what’s NEXT and not about what’s NOW or what’s realistic. They’re competitive, they love a challenge, and they have to WIN. That’s not [...]

Impostor Syndrome – Don’t Believe the Lie!

By | 2018-04-24T11:08:07+00:00 April 23rd, 2018|News|

Impostor Syndrome We all have that looming voice in the back of our minds that discounts our achievements and keeps us feeling a lack of confidence/success until we achieve the next milestone. That voice is our inner villain voice and it whispers quietly in our ear creating beliefs to support it’s Rational-LIES. Seriously, why do we do this to ourselves? The answer is easy! We see everyone's life as the highlight reel they choose to convey on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. The glorious life they live and how they are basking in the sweet success that always seems to find them. Then we start to Catastrophize the endless challenges and distractions that seem to pour over us in any given [...]

The Curse of the Bad Hire…

By | 2018-04-23T15:38:36+00:00 April 10th, 2017|News|

"I just don't know how to get through to her. It's like we don't even speak the same language!" Sarah was frustrated with her new employee. She needed help and she didn't know which way to turn. "I invested all of this time in her, but she just doesn't get it! I try to explain our culture and the way we do things around here, but she ignores me and does it her own way. Should I get rid of her and start over or should I just keep trying to get through to her? It's so FRUSTRATING!!! I'm at my wits end.... " A BAD HIRE can cripple a small company and be devastating on morale... If Culture [...]

Heroes and Villains of the NBA Finals

By | 2018-04-23T15:37:26+00:00 June 16th, 2016|News|

Life comes in waves and sometimes your ready for the next wave and sometimes your still struggling with the last one. That’s why I LOVE the NBA playoffs. I see players unleashing their hero and taming their inner villain and on a nightly basis. I LOVE watching them push their leadership limits and leveraging the strengths of their teammates to WIN the game. Watching others go big or go home is refreshing. Besides giving me a break from my own stresses, I get to watch how others handle their STRESS on the big stage. I’ve always wondered….Why to some players shine while others fade away? Does Lebron James become Michael Jordan and carry the team or does he try and [...]

Inside the Mind of an Outgoing and Generalizing Boss…

By | 2018-04-22T10:11:54+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Hahndo|

Recognition Man vs. Energy Vampire We each have a natural style that aligns with a hero and villain spectrum.     When things are going well, we are happy, healthy, our life is in order. This is when the hero can thrive. Recognition Man is outgoing, persuasive and big picture oriented. He talks to think and loves being around others who boost his energy. He represents the yellow hero. If too much isolation and too many details overwhelm you, the villain can take control. Energy Vampire overuses your strengths to the point of weakness and lacks awareness to how he shows up to others. He is so focused on people and the relationship, that he forgets about the task/objective. He [...]

Inside the Mind of an Exacting and Introspective Boss…

By | 2018-03-26T14:50:33+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Hahndo|

The Professor vs. Dr Doubtful  We each have a natural style that aligns with a hero and villain spectrum.   When things are going good, we are happy, healthy, our life is in order. This is when our hero can thrive. The Professor is exacting, introspective and seeks to mitigate risk. He is focused on the task and the process and wants to maintain his credibility by being precise, organized and systematic. He represents the Blue hero! If too much unpredictability, stress and constant interaction overwhelm you, the villain can take control. Dr Doubtful overuses your strengths to the point of weakness and lacks awareness to how he shows up to others. He is so focused on the task and process, that [...]

Inside the Mind of a Controlling and Urgent Boss…

By | 2018-04-22T10:15:17+00:00 May 27th, 2016|Hahndo|

Captain Courageous vs. The Storm We each have a natural style that aligns with a hero and villain spectrum.   When things are going well, we are happy, healthy, our life is in order. This is when our hero can thrive. Captain Courageous is controlling, driven by results and typically has a sense of urgency to get them fast. He represents the red hero.   If too much stress, indecision and slow-down's overwhelm you, the villain can take control. The Storm overuses your strengths to the point of weakness and lacks awareness to how he shows up to others. He is so focused on the task, that he forgets about the people. He is an extroverted thinker who hates to wait [...]

Would Yoda Survive in Corporate America?

By | 2018-03-15T10:12:34+00:00 December 16th, 2015|Hahndo|

©20thCentFox/Courtesy Everett Collection Imagine your boss hired Yoda as a consultant and sent him to you to help execute on your 2016 key initiatives. “Alright Yoda, senior leadership says you have alot of wisdom and you'll be able to help me make some tough decisions. So, based on what you know, what should we try next?” “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”   “Ok, sure. I get it, so what should we DO next? You know we just suffered through our annual strategy session and I think we are ready to make some significant moves.” “Ready are you? What know you of ready?” “Well, I think we have some good strategic next steps.” Yoda pursed his little [...]

What my Uncle Carl taught me about the Ripple Effect and the Law of 5%…

By | 2015-10-02T13:30:31+00:00 October 2nd, 2015|Hahndo|

How we see life (our perspective) is driven from a series of beliefs that we acquired over time. Those beliefs drive our behavior/actions and thus provide the results (current reality) we see around us right now… When I was a young boy, I remember throwing rocks into the creek behind my grandparents house. After tossing a particularly rounded and cream-swirled stone into the creek, huge ripples began to emanate from its impact. In that moment, my Uncle Carl slid down the dusty bank and shared with me Newton’s 3rd law of motion. (In his own words…) “For every action there is an equal an opposite reaction.…” “Michael, life is a CHOICE.....You can CHOOSE to see each interaction at home, school, work and everywhere [...]

“Booger in the Nose Test…” How Top Teams Give Feedback

By | 2015-07-01T10:40:42+00:00 July 1st, 2015|Hahndo|

I’ve consulted with countless teams from various industries, sizes and levels of experience and I’ve found one test that will determine how well these teams will work together in THOSE moments. THOSE moments are the “Moments of Truth” for teams, when the “Rubber Hits the Road”, when the “Pressure is On” and when it’s “Make or Break” time. It’s called the “Booger in the Nose Test…” I know it sounds crazy, but stick with me for a minute… Top Teams provide feedback that is TIMELY, DIRECT, with TACT, and they are EMPATHETIC to their peers. Great teams will make sure to avoid putting their peers in an awkward situation, if they can avoid it, and will be the first to [...]

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