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Molly Fletcher: Inspiring. Motivational. Agent of Purpose-Driven Change. Even when Molly Fletcher was successfully negotiating more than $500 million in contracts for some of the top athletes and coaches in college and professional sports, it was a priority that she work with people she believes in. Molly doesn’t just build business -- she builds relationships. And because she does work that she knows she was meant to do, she looks forward to every day, every audience, every phone call. Wouldn’t you love to say the same thing about your work? At Leadercast Live 2017, Molly will share behind-the-negotiation-table stories and drive home key actions that can truly change our day-to-day behaviors and help us live and work with purpose at the core of all we do
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When we recently announced Daniel Pink as one of our speakers for Leadercast Live 2017, we could tell from the outpouring of emails that we have a winner! Apparently all of you are as excited as we are to hear from this inspirational speaker, New York Times best-selling author, television host of the TV series, Crowd Control, and one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world. If you don’t know Dan yet, read on and see what everyone’s talking about!
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Have you noticed that out of crisis comes clarity? This year marked the 15th anniversary of 9/11, and I decided it was time to take off the rose-colored glasses and educate myself. When the attacks on the Twin Towers and The Pentagon happened, I was in grade school. While my teachers and parents led me well during that time, they also protected me by giving me only the information that was appropriate to my age – which meant more “big picture” and less details of what had actually taken place. So this year I visited the dedicated site -- 911memorial.org -- and began reading everything on the timeline and listening to every voicemail, radio recording, and personal story they have captured. After four or five hours absorbing all that I could, I walked away from my computer stunned and drained. This is the reality every day for thousands of people. How do they cope? How does anyone move on? Maybe they don’t. Maybe we never truly move on from such tragedy; maybe we move through it. This nation picked itself up and worked relentlessly to care for each other, rebuild a future of hope, and take action. What I saw through my adult eyes this week was how America’s leadership grew as a direct result of walking through that crisis with clarity, compassion, and “beyond you” leadership.
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What does it mean to be Powered by Purpose? In a recent article about the early days of his company, Virgin, Richard Branson commented, “The most satisfying aspect of starting a business is creating something that’s going to make a positive difference in the lives of others.” Branson is talking about purpose – a key element that, if authentically embraced throughout an organization, can influence everything from revenue to employee engagement to customer loyalty to attracting and retaining top talent.
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Jan Smith, national vocal coach, producer and artist, is well-known for the values of Leaders Worth Following, starting with authenticity. This weekend, Atlanta celebrated a music industry icon – Jan Smith (known to thousands of vocal artists simply as, “Mama Jan”). Mama Jan is the woman behind Jan Smith Studios, and she has coached, developed and/or produced more chart-topping artists than any other vocal producer or vocal coach in the business. Names like Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20); Usher; Justin Bieber; Shania Twain; The Band Perry; Drake; Terrance Howard; Collective Soul – the list goes on and on. Yet, Jan is equally passionate about leading and developing new artists – as well as people who just love to sing.
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According to the American Society of Training and Development, U.S. businesses spend more than $170 billion dollars on leadership-based curriculum, with the majority of those dollars being spent on “Leadership Training.” Here’s the thing – you don’t train leaders, you develop them – a subtle yet important distinction lost on many. This may be heresy to some – but training is indeed the #1 reason leadership development fails. While training is often accepted as productive, it rarely is. The terms “training” and “development” have somehow become synonymous when they clearly are not.
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Have you been glued to your screen, watching the athletes of the Olympic Games? I have been, along with 30 million other viewers from around the world. One of my favorite parts of the Games is hearing about the stories of the Olympians themselves – it seems as if each of them have struggled, sacrificed and faced failure along the way to Rio. What strikes me when I hear the interviews of gymnasts, rowers, swimmers, cyclists and more, is that each one sees themselves as part of a team – the individual goals taking a back seat to the team goals. Sounds a lot like values-based Team Building and “Beyond You” leadership – behaviors and core values of Leaders Worth Following. (You can find dozens of amazing speakers sharing their insights on “beyond you leadership” and building true team collaboration.)
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Whether you are a Democrat or a Republican or an Independent; no matter which candidate with whom you resonate most; regardless of whether you are male or female – it is hard to ignore the fact that for the first time in history, a woman leads the ticket of a major American political party as their nominee for President of the United States.
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At Leadercast, you will often hear us talking about the individual aspect of leadership. Our company is founded on the concept that leadership is not about a title – it is about a set of values and behaviors that inspire others; that put others first; that define “Beyond You” leadership. And it all starts with self-leadership. How can we possibly lead others if we are not continually developing our ability to lead ourselves? Self-leadership is where my thoughts have landed in response to the fatal shootings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and Dallas law enforcement officials, Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa. The world is heartbroken. And the healing must start within each of us, as individuals. While many people are taking sides or pointing fingers, others who are addressing the fear and pain within individuals – and within is the only place that self-leadership can start.
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At our leadership team meeting yesterday at Leadercast, our CEO Keith Wilmot asked us to spend some time talking about what the 4th of July means to each of us. After we all shared some different memories of family and recreation, our Chief of Staff, who is a native South African, shared how special the 4th of July is to her, reciting a story of her first 4th of July as a U.S. citizen. I teared up hearing her talk about proudly saying the pledge of allegiance with her new American friends. Her appreciation for what our country represents inspired us all. Our conversation then shifted to the leadership lessons we can learn from our nation’s independence. That's a conversation that is right up my alley. I love history and politics. I recently re-watched the John Adams mini-series on HBO, and I'm in the middle of reading Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis. I love studying the Revolutionary generation because I sincerely believe our nation was founded by some of the best leaders the world has ever seen. My spiritual friends might question my theology, but I believe the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were divinely inspired...
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