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From the smallest of startups to the C-Suite of global corporations, Dr. Mike Armour has shown thousands of leaders how to step up their game. Now he brings this same wisdom and insight to his audience on Upsize Your Leadership. Every episode explores timeless principles of management, leadership, and personal success. Dr. Mike underscores these principles with engaging stories and interviews with exceptional guests. Whether you’re a C-Suite executive, a veteran manager, or even an aspiring leader, you will always find practical, actionable ideas on Upsize Your Leadership.

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From the smallest of startups to the C-Suite of global corporations, Dr. Mike Armour has shown thousands of leaders how to step up their game. Now he brings this same wisdom and insight to his audience on Upsize Your Leadership. Every episode explores timeless principles of management, leadership, and personal success. Dr. Mike underscores these principles with engaging stories and interviews with exceptional guests. Whether you’re a C-Suite executive, a veteran manager, or even an aspiring leader, you will always find practical, actionable ideas on Upsize Your Leadership.

    Motivation May Not Be the Problem: Four Culprits Behind Poor Performance

    Motivation May Not Be the Problem: Four Culprits Behind Poor Performance

    It's Not Always About Motivation
    Leadership is about recognizing the potential in people and situations, then bringing that potential to fruition.
    For that reason, serious leaders find it disconcerting when they have a worker or volunteer who shows great promise, but seems content with mediocre performance.
    When we encounter people like this, it's easy to say that they are not motivated. Which may be the case. But not necessarily. lack of motivation is only one of several possibilities.
    In this episode I look at four issues which result in people performing at a substandard level. I offer a simple template for identifying which of these issues is likely the root of the problem. Each issue calls for a unique leadership solution.
    Motivation may indeed be the problem. But an even deeper problem may lie elsewhere. This template helps you decipher the real issue.
    A PDF transcript of this program is available at https://www.leaderperfect.com/podcast/episodes.
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    • 26 min
    Build New Vision by Reframing the Past

    Build New Vision by Reframing the Past

    Views of the Past, Vision for the Future
    Great transformative movements in history have always arisen from a grand new vision of what the future should look like. Think of the American Revolution or the development of the internet as striking examples.
    Yet, behind every new vision for the future is a reframing of how we remember the past. Our memory of the past is always selective. It highlights certain things that happened, but marginalizes or ignores others.
    This very process of selection colors how we think of our past and what it portends for our future. This is as true of organizations as it is of individuals. Great leaders have always motivated people to pursue a new future by offering a new view of the past. And they do this by calling attention to overlooked aspects of the past which can be capitalized on to build a desirable future.
    For instance, turnaround leaders in troubled organizations utilize this technique routinely. They inherit a situation in which people feel anxious about the future, discouraged about their prospects, or doubtful of their own capability. The leader confronts this situation by reframing how people view their past. The leader underscores helps people see elements of the past and present on which to build a new sense of promise and hope.
    In this episode I offer some striking examples of how this technique works. As leaders, we are all charged with painting an attractive vision for the future. That process often begins by sketching a new view of the past.
    A PDF copy of this episode is available for download at https://www.leaderperfect.com/podcast.

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    • 18 min
    10 Hallmarks of Great Team Leaders

    10 Hallmarks of Great Team Leaders

    Personal Traits of Great Team Leaders
    In today's world, organizations presume that managers will also be team leaders. Strong teams are essential in an era when both for-profit companies and non-profits operate in highly complex contexts.
    Countless studies have examined the personal traits of effective team leaders. On the internet you can find lists with as many as 30 attributes which characterize great team leadership. Some are obviously more vital than others.
    After decades of leading teams, building teams, and coaching others to do the same, I've identified the ten hallmarks which I personally believe are the most essential traits of superb team leadership. I share these ten in this episode. And I also identify the one leadership characteristic which I consider most critical of all.
    A PDF copy of this episode is available for download at https://www.leaderperfect.com/podcast.
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    • 18 min
    Leaders: Guardians of Optimism

    Leaders: Guardians of Optimism

    Pessimistic Leaders Can Never Instill Hope
    Leadership is about pointing people to a more promising tomorrow. At its best it instills hope and unshakeable confidence in the people it leads. To do so, however, leaders must be men and women who themselves embody and exemplify optimism. People may be influenced by pessimists. But they are never inspired to follow them.
    Pessimism comes easily. Our brains are hyper-attuned to anticipate and recognize threats. That makes us susceptible to fears, anxieties, and foreboding views of the future. Left unchecked, such states of mind easily lead to pessimism.
    Yet, I'm persuaded that people prefer to live in hope, to live with confidence that things will be better tomorrow. And they turn to leaders to provide them such assurance. For this reason, leaders must see themselves as guardians of optimism, first in themselves, then in their people.
    In this podcast I build the case for optimism as a way of life. I look at the backdrop of uncertainty and unrest which permeates American life today. And I highlight the role that optimistic leaders will play in ushering us out of this predicament into a future filled with promise.
    A printed transcript of this episode may be downloaded at https://www.leaderperfect.com/podcast/episodes/2017-guardians-of-optimism.htm.
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    • 19 min
    What Every Leader Should Know First

    What Every Leader Should Know First

    To Lead Well, Know This First
    The Greek philosopher Aristotle famously advised, "First, know thyself." That adage serves anyone well. But it is particularly relevant to leadership. Leaders should know themselves, first and foremost.
    The most important mentor in my life understood that well. He repeatedly told me, "We all have a flat side on our wheel somewhere. The sooner we can identify that flat side and build systems and people around us to compensate for it, the sooner we will be successful and the greater our success will be."
    This episode guides you through a process of identifying the flat side on your wheel. And it explains why knowing yourself is essential to effective team-building -- and in truth, to leadership in any arena.
    For a PDF copy of this episode, go to https://www.leaderperfect.com/podcast. Simply click on the link to download scripts.
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    • 18 min
    Eleven Traits of Great Teams

    Eleven Traits of Great Teams

    All High-Performing Teams Have These Traits in Common
    It’s fashionable today for managers to refer to their employees as their team, whether the group actually functions as a team or not. That’s unfortunate. It blurs what makes authentic teamwork distinctive. It cheapens the meaning of “team.”
    As a result, many so-called teams are not really teams, at all. They are simply a collection of individual contributors who happen to work together. They are what we might call workmates or shipmates or officemates. But they are not truly teammates.
    True teams – especially exceptional teams – embody certain traits and characteristics. These qualities are always evident, whether you’re speaking of a sports team, a research team, a self-directed work team, a special forces team, a management team – any kind of team which genuinely deserves the name.
    In this episode we look at eleven of these essential traits. How many of them are characteristic of the team which you lead or teams on which you serve?
    For a printed copy of today's podcast, go to https://www.leaderperfect.com/podcast and click on the link to download scripts.
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    • 20 min

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Bob McKinnon ,

Excellent insight

Mike has a way of making complex issues clear and helps me apply it. The very best for all levels of your Leadership journey.

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