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10X Your Results Using the Progress Principle

10X Your Results Using the Progress Principle

Some coaches are masters of the halftime adjustment. Love him or hate him, when Bill Belichick's Patriots are losing or tied at halftime they come back to win those games 47% of the time. The rest of the NFL? Only 26% of the time. Future Hall of Fame NBA coach Gregg...

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A Day in the Life of an Approachable Leadership Workshop

A Day in the Life of an Approachable Leadership Workshop

We teach leaders how to be more approachable. But I have been wondering recently...do our readers actually know what it would look like for us to come into your office and teach your leaders to be more approachable? In all of my evangelizing on Approachable Leadership, I don't think I've ever given you all a blue print of a day in the life of an Approachable Leadership Workshop. So today, I'd like to remedy that.
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5,500 Copies and Counting!

5,500 Copies and Counting!

You've probably read (or at least seen) The Approachability Playbook. A few days ago I noticed The Playbook has shipped over 5,500 copies! I couldn't believe it. Especially when only about 2 percent of books ever sell more than 5,000 copies.
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5 Performance Issues that Signal Your Teammate is About to Quit

5 Performance Issues that Signal Your Teammate is About to Quit

Jason’s one of those guys you can count on. Not flashy or a top performer. But reliable and consistent. He does his job and contributes to the stability of the ship. Recently though, you’ve noticed Jason’s performance is slipping. It's not so bad that you're going to write him up or anything. But you're starting to have to double check his work because mistakes are being made. What's more, you now have to remind him to do things he would normally do automatically. It’s starting to annoy you.
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Phil Wilson Quoted By The Economist

Phil Wilson Quoted By The Economist

“Leaders who rely on power get burned, and yet, many of them rely on position or formal authority to get things done.”  Phil Wilson was responding to questions about bad habits executives can fall prey to. Terri Williams, writing for the Executive Education Navigator,...

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3 Tips for Creating Trust in Organizational Leaders

3 Tips for Creating Trust in Organizational Leaders

People who trust their immediate managers are much more likely to trust organizational leaders. This, from a 2017 study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Ashley Fulmer, one of the authors of the study lays out a brief synopsis of her "trickle up" leadership theory in this HRB article. The basic idea is that the key to creating trust in an organization is to focus on one-on-one relationship-building between leaders and those they lead.
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5 Books on Doing Great Work

5 Books on Doing Great Work

A few months ago, Michael Bungay Stainer asked me to list my Five Essential Books for Being a More Approachable Leader. It inspired me to list some books I've been reading this year. Here are 5 books on doing more great work.
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5 Turnover Excuses That Signal Your Managers Are The Problem

5 Turnover Excuses That Signal Your Managers Are The Problem

Have you ever quit your boss? You wouldn't be weird if you did. In fact, you'd be right in the middle of the bell curve. Because in a recent Gallup study of 7,272 U.S. adults a whopping 50 percent of employees said they left a job "to get away from their manager to improve their overall life at some point in their career." I want to point out one phrase again: "to improve their overall life."
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What Others Say About Approachable Leadership

Here is what others have to say about recent Approachable Leadership Keynotes and Workshops.

Great Interactive Session, New Techniques

"I recently attended the Approachable Leadership Session with Phil Wilson at the CUE Conference in Denver. It was a great session. I loved the interactive sessions, they really help you learn some new techniques. Phil does a great job involving the participants and keeping everything moving at a great pace. I am so enthralled with this training that I brought Phil to our location to put my troops thru the paces for approachable leadership!"
Laurie Galmeyer, Director of Human Resources, ETFN

Masterful Approach Captured Audience

“Phil is masterful in his approach and paints a compelling vision. He has the ability to capture an audience’s attention and take them on a journey through images and anecdotes. Whether you have 1 or 100 supervisors in your organization, I would recommend Phil Wilson’s “Approachable Leadership” session. And learning how to live longer and make more money wasn’t so bad either.” 
W. Alex Koch, Manager of Positive Associate Relations, TJX

Demystifies Leadership, Use Lessons Every Day

“Your workshop  demystified what connecting with another human being – whether an employee, client, or spouse – can be like.  I’ve used his 3-question strategy every day, both in my personal and professional relationships, to become a better coach, sister, and friend.”

Lori Broyles, Business and Entrepreneurial Services Coordinator, Francis Tuttle Technology Center