Soderquist Blog

Are You Ready For Some Football...Culture??

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Feb 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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‘Tis the season… a small fraction of NFL coaches and players are still within reach of their goal of wrapping their arms around the Lombardi Trophy. The rest have moved on to off-season activities while their fans anticipate the scouting combine and scour over every mock draft they can get their hands on. 

‘Tis (also) the season for the annual coaching carousel and owner/GM-speak about “changing the culture” which is usually directed at the new head coach and is restricted to the confines of the locker room. 

But can culture really make that big of a difference in an NFL team? 

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Topics: Leadership

How to be Inclusive in Recognition

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

 

This is #1 in a three-part series I am titling Big Tent Leadership. It is not an incredibly creative title, nor an original thought; however, it best captures some valuable leadership experiences I have witnessed. 

Big Tent Leadership best describes a leadership style where a leader’s broad inclusiveness ended up having significant impact on the culture and sustainable results.  These leaders set up “Bigger Tents” so more people could be a part of what was going on.  One of my experiences dealt with a leader who very effectively set up a Bigger Tent for recognition.

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Topics: Leadership, Teams

Would I Want to Play Kickball With Them?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Do you remember the kickball field in elementary school?  Boy, I do!  I remember being with friends, laughing, running, competing…  For me, like most young boys, it was a break from the classroom but more than that, looking back it was very formative for me.  Here’s an example:  In my professional life, when it comes to recruiting and selection of people, more and more I think about “would I want to play kickball with them?” 

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Topics: Leadership

The Ultimate Team Player

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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As we ramp up into the New Year, I wanted to reflect on some of my key learnings on leadership in 2016 and how I want to apply them in 2017. In August, I heard Patrick Lencioni, at the Global Leadership Summit, speak on his new book titled The Ideal Team Player. Patrick’s key message was that to be an ideal team player, you needed to be three things: Humble, Hungry, and Smart. I loved the simplicity of his message, and as I reflected on this, I think there is genius in this concept.

To explain these three virtues as Patrick Lencioni describes, I thought I would use a personal story that helps me define them. I have always felt stories are much better than definitions to describe concepts like these.

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Topics: Leadership, Teams

How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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We're now 18 days, or roughly two work weeks, into 2017. How are you doing on your New Year's resolutions so far? If you haven't set any yet, it's not to late to start!

However, research suggests that only 8% of people who make a New Year’s resolution actually accomplish all of their resolutions. So here are a few practical steps you can take to help you keep yours this year.

  1. Set tangible goals. When I am working with a client I sometimes ask the question “how will you know that you improved in this area by this time next year?” For example; if you say you want to be more physically fit this time next year, you could take a Body Mass Index, Resting Heart Rate, Blood Pressure and then take them again in 12 months and see how you did. Did you improve? The important thing is that you can measure progress, and can celebrate even slight gains.

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Dec 29, 2016 3:22:00 PM

It's that time of year again! As 2016 comes to a close and we gear up for a new year, we wanted to take a look back and share with you our top blog posts from this past year.

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Topics: Leadership, Company Culture, Employee Development, Personal Development

Hold the Ladder

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Dec 9, 2016 12:30:00 PM

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Five years ago when I was working for a different company, one of our full time staff members, Jill, was a woman in her early 20s and in her first year at the company. Jill didn’t just like our company – she adored it and was overwhelmingly passionate.

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Topics: Leadership

Is "Have Fun" in Your Job Description?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Dec 7, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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I worked a part-time job in college and graduate school to help pay the bills and I learned a very valuable lesson from the different experiences I had in two of the jobs that I worked. 

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Topics: Personal Development

Getting better vs. Being good

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Oct 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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In her book, Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, Heidi Grant Halvorson talks about the difference between performance goals and mastery goals.  Performance goals are all about being good at a specific task.  Mastery goals are focused on getting better or improving.  Halvorson puts it this way: being good goals are about proving yourself while getting better goals are about improving yourself.

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Topics: Personal Development

George Washington's early career mistakes provide valuable lesson

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Oct 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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In world history, the U.S. is a relatively young country but over the years of business travel, I’ve noticed anything “old” or historic in our nation’s history is essentially on the east coast and I’ve tried to take advantage of being in the area to visit some of our country’s landmarks. 
 
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to make my first trip to Pennsylvania for a leadership conference.
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Topics: Leadership