Cultivating Grit in Your Team

Grit is sustained persistence and determination to keep moving forward and overcome obstacles. It’s a trait that leaders can cultivate in their teams to sustain them during trying times.

Duration: 21 minutes of video lessons

This course was filmed entirely on location in Ouray, Colorado during an expedition with corporate executives and military veterans.

The course covers:

  • The Difference Between Grit and Resilience
  • Leading Yourself – Your Personal Responsibility
  • Leading People – Start with the Mirror
  • Leading the Team – Purpose, Pace, Performance
  • The Gritty Perspective

The target audience for this course is leaders who have to lead their teams through challenging times and who want to be prepared when those times arrive. The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • Sustained performance during times of adversity
  • Increased ability to deal with challenges and remain focused on results

Jan Rutherford is a principal at thoughtLEADERS. He has over 25 years of business experience and has held executive roles in business development, marketing, sales, training, product management, and as a CEO. Prior to his business career, Jan joined the U.S. Army at age 17 and spent six years in Special Forces as a medic and “A” team executive officer, and three years as a military intelligence officer. He’s one of the founders of The Leadership Podcast and is the author of The Littlest Green Beret.

 

Building the Case for Change

Change is constant but that doesn’t make it easy. To drive change, you have to make a case for it in a way that people understand and are motivated to take urgent action to make the change happen.

Duration: 15 minutes of video lessons

The course covers:

  • Change Really is a Constant
  • Change is Hard
  • Build a Case for Change – Or Else
  • Recognize the Change
  • Show a Sense of Urgency

The target audience for this course consists of leaders who need to drive change in their organizations. The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • Faster adoption of change which brings faster results
  • Less conflict and resistance to change
  • Clarity on the direction the organization is headed and why it matters

Gary Ross has coached corporate leaders for more than 25 years on communicating effectively and managing through change. Equally adept at working with FORTUNE 500 companies and small non-profits, he partners with CEOs, VPs and new leaders to help them communicate their vision, engage teams and position their organizations for success. Gary led corporate communications departments at three major corporations: Fortune Brands, CDW, and Hyatt Hotels Corporation. Beginning his career as a journalist, he was a reporter and substitute anchor for WCBD-TV in Charleston, SC, where he was nominated for an Emmy Award in investigative journalism. Gary is a principal here at thoughtLEADERS and is our primary expert on change management.

 

Leadership During a Crisis

When a crisis hits, leadership is tested. Those leaders who can stay grounded, focused, and inspiring will help their teams navigate the challenge and come out safely on the other side.

Duration: 28 minutes of video lessons

When a crisis hits, leadership is tested. Those leaders who can stay grounded, focused, and inspiring will help their teams navigate the challenge and come out safely on the other side.

The course covers:

  • Being Professionally Humble
  • Demonstrating Unwavering Commitment
  • Using 360 Degree Thinking
  • Being Intellectually Versatile
  • Being Highly Authentic and Reflective
  • Inspiring Followership
  • Being Innately Collaborative

The target audience for this course is leaders who need to be prepared to meet unexpected challenges. The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • Faster and more effective reaction to crisis
  • More collaborative teams that work together to overcome challenges
  • More innovative solutions for resolving crisis

Maureen Metcalf is a principal at thoughtLEADERS. She brings more than 20 years of business experience to support people’s leadership and organizational success. She is the author of multiple leadership books, including The Innovative Leadership Fieldbook – a leading text for managers, executives and individual contributors providing a combination of well-researched theory with practical business case studies. She also designs and teaches MBA classes in leadership and organizational transformation. Maureen focuses on teaching others how to identify and best use their individual leadership style and abilities with specific focus on Level 5 Leaders.

 

Dealing with a Difficult Subordinate

Whether it’s a skill issue or a will issue, all leaders have to deal with a difficult subordinate at some point. Learn how to properly diagnose the situation and take appropriate action.

Duration: 32 minutes of video lessons

Whether it’s a skill or a will issue, all leaders have to deal with a difficult subordinate at some point. Learn how to properly diagnose the situation and take appropriate action.

The course covers:

  • Defining the Performance Gap
  • Understanding Why They’re Difficult
  • Delivering Feedback
  • Dealing with Skill Issues
  • Dealing with Will Issues
  • Dealing with Behavior Issues
  • Taking Difficult Actions

The target audience for this course is leaders and future leaders who want to be prepared to handle poor performance. The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • Faster and more accurate diagnosis of performance issues
  • More effective corrective actions being taken
  • Improved performance and more satisfied employees

Mike Figliuolo is the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS. He is an internationally recognized author, trainer, speaker, and blogger on the topics of leadership, communications, strategy, decision-making, problem solving, and other critical business skills. An honor graduate from West Point, Mike served in the US Army as a combat arms officer. Before founding thoughtLEADERS, he was an assistant professor at Duke University, a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an executive at Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He is the author of three books: One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal LeadershipLead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results, and The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it Approved. Mike is also one of the most popular authors on LinkedIn Learning where he has published 30 courses that have been viewed millions of times by learners from around the world.

 

The Values of Authentic Leaders

Authenticity requires you to understand how you “show up” because it impacts your ability to lead, influence, and motivate your team. Learn how to let your true self shine through.

Duration: 23 minutes of video lessons

The course covers:

  • Defining Authentic Leadership
  • Authenticity Starts With You
  • Leading with Humility
  • Build Your Team
  • Evaluate Yourself

The target audience for this course consists of leaders who want to be better at motivating and inspiring those around them. The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • A clearer sense of self which makes interactions more natural and relaxed
  • More self-confidence which can improve team productivity and performance
  • Higher levels of trust because the leader is seen as being truly authentic

Sabrina Smith is a principal at thoughtLEADERS. She brings more than 20 years of leadership and training experience into the classroom. She’s led diverse teams at U.S. Cellular, Xerox, and DIRECTV/AT&T. She’s built and delivered coaching and training curricula across large networks of operational sites. Her experiences and her education in organizational leadership have helped her grow the next generation of leaders at every organization she’s worked for. She’s a graduate of Lewis University with a BA in Business Management and Organizational Leadership.

 

Hiring People for Their Strengths

If you want to build a great team, consider hiring people for their strengths versus hiring well-rounded people. Strengths lead to distinctive performance and set your team apart.

Duration: 15 minutes of video lessons

The course covers:

  • Strengths Lead to Uncommon Results
  • Strengths are Different than Abilities
  • Hiring for Strengths is Hard Work
  • Don’t Focus on Correcting Weaknesses
  • Certain Strengths, When Missing, are Deal-Breakers

The target audience for this course consists of leaders, recruiters, and hiring managers who are interested in bringing in the best talent possible. The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • Stronger team members which can lead to outstanding performance
  • A better set of complementary skills on a team which can lead to better collaboration and teamwork
  • Fewer “mis-hires” which can reduce recruiting costs and time to hire metrics

David McNeill is a principal at thoughtLEADERS. His approach to development is built on 30 years of experience managing a diversified mix of businesses and serving in a wide range of leadership and managerial roles. His broad spectrum of experience includes CEO/President for mid-market private and public companies, consultant, Managing Director and Operating Partner for private equity funds, start-up CEO, coach and trainer. He’s worked for leading organizations including IBM, Coca-Cola, Bain & Company, and TPG Capital. He is a graduate of Auburn University and has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill.

 

Developing Your Leadership Style

To be an authentic leader, it’s important to develop and cultivate your own personal leadership style. Use your strengths, weaknesses, and experiences to craft something that is uniquely yours.

Duration: 30 minutes of video lessons

The course covers:

  • Understanding Your Leadership Style
  • Knowing Your Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Being Comfortable in Your Own Skin
  • Sharing Your Personal Stories
  • Adjusting Your Style to People and Situations
  • Changing and Growing Your Style

The target audience for this course is leaders and future leaders who want to strengthen their leadership skills. The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • A better sense of self which makes you more confident as a leader
  • A more authentic leadership style which builds trust with the members of your team
  • A stronger base of followers who are inspired by your leadership

Mike Figliuolo is the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS. He is an internationally recognized author, trainer, speaker, and blogger on the topics of leadership, communications, strategy, decision-making, problem solving, and other critical business skills. An honor graduate from West Point, Mike served in the US Army as a combat arms officer. Before founding thoughtLEADERS, he was an assistant professor at Duke University, a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an executive at Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He is the author of three books: One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal LeadershipLead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results, and The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it Approved. Mike is also one of the most popular authors on LinkedIn Learning where he has published 30 courses that have been viewed millions of times by learners from around the world.

 

Characteristics of Great Leaders

Great leaders share many characteristics including caring tor their team, setting the example, taking responsibility, and making decisions. Learn 12 key traits you need to demonstrate.

Duration: 34 minutes of video lessons

The course covers:

  • Caring for Yourself So You Can Care for Others
  • Setting the Example
  • Taking Care of Your People
  • Developing and Taking Responsibility
  • Making Decisions and Executing the Plan
  • Training and Deploying Your Team

The target audience for this course is leaders and future leaders who want to strengthen their leadership skills. The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • More accountable leaders who deliver results while caring for their team members
  • More motivated team members who know their leaders are developing them
  • Faster decisions because leaders feel more empowered and capable of making them

Mike Figliuolo is the founder and managing director of thoughtLEADERS. He is an internationally recognized author, trainer, speaker, and blogger on the topics of leadership, communications, strategy, decision-making, problem solving, and other critical business skills. An honor graduate from West Point, Mike served in the US Army as a combat arms officer. Before founding thoughtLEADERS, he was an assistant professor at Duke University, a consultant at McKinsey & Company, and an executive at Capital One and Scotts Miracle-Gro. He is the author of three books: One Piece of Paper: The Simple Approach to Powerful, Personal LeadershipLead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results, and The Elegant Pitch: Create a Compelling Recommendation, Build Broad Support, and Get it Approved. Mike is also one of the most popular authors on LinkedIn Learning where he has published 30 courses that have been viewed millions of times by learners from around the world.

 

Balancing Results and Relationships

In the drive to get results, relationships can suffer. Great leaders know how to balance getting those results with building strong relationships with their team members.

Duration: 18 minutes of video lessons

The course covers:

  • Understanding Results and Relationships
  • Results: Individual vs. Team
  • Results: Short-term vs. Long-term
  • Relationships: Positive vs. Constructive
  • Relationships: Collaboration vs. Conflict

The target audience for this course is leaders who have to manage delivery of team results while at the same time taking care of and developing the members of their team. The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • Delivery of results as promised to the organization
  • Maintenance of a healthy work environment where teams aren’t overworked
  • Improved job satisfaction because people are valued as much as their results

Jan Rutherford is a principal at thoughtLEADERS. He has over 25 years of business experience and has held executive roles in business development, marketing, sales, training, product management, and as a CEO. Prior to his business career, Jan joined the U.S. Army at age 17 and spent six years in Special Forces as a medic and “A” team executive officer, and three years as a military intelligence officer. He’s one of the founders of The Leadership Podcast and is the author of The Littlest Green Beret.

 

Building Trust in Teams

Trust is at the heart of building strong teams and productive relationships. It doesn’t just happen – it takes effort. Learn how to build and maintain trust with those you lead and work with.

Duration: 25 minutes of video lessons

The course covers:

  • The Demand for a New Leadership Style
  • The Impact of Trust
  • The Trust Formula
  • The Trust Matrix
  • The Ripple Effects of Trust
  • How to Become Trustworthy

The target audience for this course consists of individuals who want to do a better job of leading, building relationships, and establishing trust with others. The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • Stronger trust-based relationships that reduce conflict and improve collaboration
  • More effective leaders who can inspire their teams

Monica Jerath is a principal at thoughtLEADERS. She has over 30 years of experience in consulting, facilitation, coaching, learning and development, talent management and C-Level engagements. As an employee and entrepreneur providing training and management consulting, she has worked with numerous clients across Asia. Complementing her business and managerial roles, she also has wide experience in consulting, coaching, and facilitation. She has led many leadership interventions and talent development projects ranging from top talent development to succession planning for senior executives. Her work also includes teaching how to manage effective communication, collaboration and building trust amongst teams.

 

How to Delegate Effectively

You can’t do it all yourself. Effective delegation helps you get more work done, focus on critical tasks, and build the skills and capabilities of your team members at the same time.

Duration: 14 minutes of video lessons

The course covers:

  • Why You Need to Delegate
  • Determining What to Delegate
  • Helping Delegates Succeed
  • Delegated Projects Won’t Always Go Perfectly
  • Building a Team You Can Delegate To

The target audience for this course consists of leaders who have to step up to the next level, allocate work across team members, and build the skills of those around them. The value of this course to participants and the organization are:

  • More work gets done more efficiently
  • Increased bandwidth for leaders to step up to the next level of responsibility
  • Improved skills of team members who take on new tasks

David McNeill is a principal at thoughtLEADERS. His approach to development is built on 30 years of experience managing a diversified mix of businesses and serving in a wide range of leadership and managerial roles. His broad spectrum of experience includes CEO/President for mid-market private and public companies, consultant, Managing Director and Operating Partner for private equity funds, start-up CEO, coach and trainer. He’s worked for leading organizations including IBM, Coca-Cola, Bain & Company, and TPG Capital. He is a graduate of Auburn University and has an MBA from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill.

 

Coaching for Impact: Foundations

Coach employees for performance and development more effectively by helping them identify and pursue their own solutions. Create the right environment and conditions to help them grow.

Duration: 2.25 hours (Approximately 70 minutes of video lessons and 65 minutes of exercises)

This course demonstrates how to coach employees for performance and development more effectively. Whether you want your employees to execute with higher quality and efficiency or you want to build talent within your team, coaching skills are critical. Leaders who become adept at coaching achieve sustainable, long-term positive results for themselves and their organizations. The course shares how to do this through the application of simple yet effective coaching skills and tools.

You’ll learn:

  • A clear definition of coaching and what coaches do
  • How to deliver feedback that is precise and actionable
  • How to set the stage for an effective coaching conversation
  • The key coaching skills of active listening and asking powerful questions
  • A coaching model to get to core issues and create practical action plans

The course consists of instructor-introduced concepts, practical application exercises, and supporting materials. The course includes:

  • Extensive instructor videos to guide you through the content
  • A downloadable course guide of slides to help you follow the instruction
  • A downloadable workbook to apply the method as you take the course
  • Exercises, quizzes, and case examples to help you apply these methods as you learn them

The target audience for this course is any leader who has responsibility to deliver results through others and develop organizational talent. The value of this course to participants and to the organization as a whole are:

  • Higher engagement and productivity of individuals and teams
  • Improved business results
  • Deeper trust-based relationships with your team
  • Stronger depth and capacity on your team for succession planning
  • Increased time to focus on more strategic leadership responsibilities

Sabrina Smith is a principal at thoughtLEADERS. She is an executive coach and trainer with deep experience in leading teams and coaching to high performance. She has led teams at U.S. Cellular, Xerox, and DIRECTV/AT&T. At each of these organizations she built and led training and coaching interventions for large groups of associates in addition to leading her own teams. Her experiences and her education in organizational leadership have helped her grow the next generation of leaders at every organization she’s worked for.