Blue Collar Leadership

Blue Collar Leadership

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Leadership development for everyone in the blue collar workforce, those who support them, and those who lead them. Leadership is influence. Influence is built daily, not in a day. There are two types of influence: 1) Artificial influence which comes with a title, position, or rank and is reserved for those who have formal authority over others; and 2) Authentic influence which is based on a person’s character and the relationships they build, and it’s available to anyone with or without a position of authority because it’s based on moral authority (who you are and how you do what you do).


131: Leading by Example
Jul 19 • 27 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 13 of 30) You’re always teaching what you’re modeling, regardless of what you’re teaching. Albert Einstein said it best, “Example isn’t another way to teach, it’s the only way to…
130.5: I’ve just released a new book!
Jul 17 • 23 min
This is an introduction to my newest book #13, Blue-Collar Leadership & Culture: The 5 Components for Building High Performance Teams. It’s easier to compete when you’re attracting great people instead of searching for good people. Culture matters because…
130: Squint with Your Ears: Listen with the Intent to Understand
Jul 12 • 24 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 12 of 30) In this episode, Mack will help you understand the importance of listening to your team with the intent to truly understand and the consequences of not listening. He’ll…
129: Moving Beyond Communication: The Best Leaders Intentionally Connect
Jul 5 • 23 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 11 of 30) Managers of people (low impact leaders) communicate. However, high impact leaders of people move beyond communication and make a connection with their team members. When…
128: Walk the Talk: Trust is a Leader’s Best Friend
Jun 28 • 29 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 10 of 30) Trust is the foundation of leadership (influence). Intention is the foundation of trust. If your intention is to manipulate (only you benefit), you will never develop a…
127: Lead with Confidence, not Arrogance
Jun 21 • 27 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 9 of 30) In this episode, Mack reveals that there’s fine line between confidence and arrogance. He’ll also help you understand that who your are as a leader matters. Mack will also…
126: As a Leader, First Impressions Count
Jun 14 • 28 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 8 of 30) First impressions count. Is your intention to serve (help while motivating) or be served (expect to be helped while manipulating)? In this episode, Mack will reveal three…
125: Secure Leaders Eliminate Problems; Insecure Leaders Cause Problems
Jun 7 • 19 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 7 of 30) In this episode, Mack discusses 7 problems that insecure leaders cause. To understand what it means to be a secure leader, he will point out what it means to be an insecure…
124: Thoughts on Becoming a High Impact Leader
May 31 • 15 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 6 of 30) In this episode, Mack will help you understand that high impact leadership starts with you, but it’s not about you. He’ll also explain why you should focus on developing…
123: Interview with Jimmy Collins Retired Chick-fil-A President/COO (Part 3 of 3)
May 29 • 29 min
I’m excited to introduce you to my friend and mentor, Jimmy Collins. Jimmy retired on May 31, 2001 as the President and COO of Chick-fil-A. He was Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy’s third corporate employee. Jimmy invested nearly 33 years helping Truett…
122: Defining Your Leadership Style
May 24 • 18 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 5 of 30) In this episode, Mack will help you understand that you’re given a position, and you’re told what and who to manage. But, how you lead, your leadership style, is up to you.…
121: Interview with Jimmy Collins Retired Chick-fil-A President/COO (Part 2 of 3)
May 22 • 29 min
I’m excited to introduce you to my friend and mentor, Jimmy Collins. Jimmy retired on May 31, 2001 as the President and COO of Chick-fil-A. He was Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy’s third corporate employee. Jimmy invested nearly 33 years helping Truett…
120: Understanding Artificial Influence
May 17 • 16 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 4 of 30) There’s a difference between someone respecting your position and someone respecting you. In this episode, Mack discusses the difference between artificial influence and…
119: Interview with Jimmy Collins Retired Chick-fil-A President/COO (Part 1 of 3)
May 15 • 29 min
I’m excited to introduce you to my friend and mentor, Jimmy Collins. Jimmy retired on May 31, 2001 as the President and COO of Chick-fil-A. He was Chick-fil-A Founder Truett Cathy’s third corporate employee. Jimmy invested nearly 33 years helping Truett…
118: Climbing the Leadership Mountain
May 10 • 14 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 3 of 30) In this episode, Mack asks, “You’ve been given a leadership position, but will you lead? Will you become bigger than your position.” He also touches on a few of the…
117: Daniel Ross Interview (Bonus Session Part 4)
May 9 • 29 min
Part 4 with Daniel Ross a nearly 50 year old blue-collar guy with only a 4th grade formal education, a heart of gold, and a passion for personal growth and development. What can you learn from him? A LOT!! In this bonus episode with Daniel Ross, he and…
116: Daniel Ross Interview (Part 3 of 3)
May 8 • 29 min
Part 3 with Daniel Ross a nearly 50 year old blue-collar guy with only a 4th grade formal education, a heart of gold, and a passion for personal growth and development. What can you learn from him? A LOT!! In this episode, Mack and Daniel continue their…
115: Daniel Ross Interview (Part 2 of 3)
May 7 • 28 min
Part 2 with Daniel Ross a nearly 50 year old blue-collar guy with only a 4th grade formal education, a heart of gold, and a passion for personal growth and development. What can you learn from him? A LOT!! In this episode, Mack and his special guest…
114: Daniel Ross Interview (Part 1 of 3)
May 6 • 28 min
Meet Daniel Ross a nearly 50 year old blue-collar guy with only a 4th grade formal education, a heart of gold, and a passion for personal growth and development. What can you learn from him? A LOT!! In this raw, unscripted episode, Mack introduces his…
113: Demystifying Leadership: Moving Beyond Management & Supervision
May 3 • 17 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 2 of 30) In this episode, Mack sets the stage for the episodes to come by sharing a quote from Simon Sinek, “Leadership is about taking responsibility for lives not numbers.…
112: In the beginning…the challenge of not knowing what you don’t know.
Apr 26 • 23 min
Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential (Part 1 of 30) In this episode, Mack discusses the challenge as a leader of not knowing what you don’t know and introduces principles of growth and development related to the circle of…
111: The 5 Levels of Leadership plus an Intro to Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision.
Apr 19 • 28 min
Before Mack kicks off the upcoming 30 part series on his book, Blue-Collar Leadership & Supervision: Unleash Your Team’s Potential, he wants to share some thoughts from his #2 all-time favorite book, The 5 Levels of Leadership, by John C. Maxwell. In this…
110: Leadership Development is the Key to Transformation
Apr 12 • 25 min
In this episode, Mack will discuss the importance of leadership development, The Transformation Equation, the event versus the process, and he will share a few leadership development/training strategies. Visit www.GetTheTransformationEquation.com for a…
109: The 3 Dilemmas: Engagement, Retention, Turnover
Apr 5 • 18 min
Many organizations face three major dilemmas: engagement, retention, and turnover. These three dilemmas make it hard to be competitive. The only reason a company experiencing these three dilemmas can compete with others is because their competition is…
108: 7 signs it’s time to promote your boss.
Mar 29 • 15 min
In this episode, Mack will share 7 signs that indicate it’s time for you to promote your boss. It doesn’t mean give them a raise or a new title or position. You can’t promote your boss in that way. However, you can promote them in another valuable way.…
107: 7 signs it’s time to fire your boss.
Mar 22 • 23 min
In this episode, Mack shares 7 signs that indicate it’s time to consider firing your boss. Yes! You can fire your boss. Mack has done it. How do you do it? You quit and hire a new boss. Just as you can be hired and fired by the boss, you can also hire and…
106: 5 reasons leaders won’t remove low performers.
Mar 19 • 19 min
In this episode, I’ll share 5 reasons why low impact leaders won’t remove weak, low impact, toxic players from their teams. Toxic team members destroy the morale of their team. Low performers hold themselves, their team members, and their organization…
105: Why should you acknowledge your weaknesses?
Mar 16 • 12 min
In this episode, I share why it’s important to acknowledge our weaknesses. I’ll be sharing a story about the time I was in Guatemala with John Maxwell and an executive asked me, “If I tell my team my weaknesses, won’t that make it harder for me to lead?”…
104: Are you under construction? You should be!
Mar 13 • 9 min
If we’re on a journey to climb to the next level and beyond, we’ll always be under construction. What do I mean? We should always be focused on personal growth and development. When it comes to growth, we must become comfortable being uncomfortable.
103: A turnover problem below indicates a leadership problem above.
Mar 10 • 8 min
Turnover has always happened and will always happen. However, excessive turnover is a symptom of a problem, not the problem. The root cause of a turnover problem below is a leadership problem above.
102: Everyone is a leader, a follower, and a manager.
Mar 7 • 8 min
There’s no need to keep trying to decide if you are a leader, a follower, or a manager. You are all three all the time. You are constantly leading and influencing others (leader), personally and professionally. You are constantly being led and influenced…
101: Do you know what’s worse than training people and having them leave?
Mar 4 • 7 min
When conducting leadership development training at organizations that haven’t done anything like this in the past, I’m often asked by concerned managers and leaders, “What happens if we invest in training and developing the people and they leave?” I…
100: Silent gratitude isn’t much good to anyone.
Mar 1 • 25 min
Are you leveraging gratitude to build trust with others which increases your influence with others? Henry Frederic Amiel stated, “Thankfulness is the beginning of gratitude. Gratitude is the completion of thankfulness. Thankfulness may consist merely of…
99: Discover the “Two Types of Competition”
Feb 26 • 10 min
There are two types of competition. Everyone is familiar with one type: those who are trying to steal your customers. However, most people overlook the second type: those who are trying to steal your people. In this episode, you’ll learn the key to…
98: I hate the term “brown-nosing”…let me tell you why.
Feb 23 • 8 min
High impact players who are making things happen at work are often ridiculed by their teammates. Those doing the ridiculing are insecure and attempting to prevent others from moving to the next level and beyond because they don’t want to be left behind…
97.1: Are you actively using LinkedIn? You should be!
Feb 20 • 18 min
(Note: This is a second attempt to release this episode across all platforms. It was limited the first time as episode 96 for unknown reasons.) In this episode, I’ll share “why” and “how” you should be using LinkedIn to grow your professional network and…
97: Don’t let average people keep you average.
Feb 20 • 10 min
Average is a relative term. In this case, it means those people you hang around and associate with by choice. Average people want to keep us average. Only exceptional people want to and are capable of helping us climb to the next level and beyond. To get…
96: Are you actively using LinkedIn? You should be!
Feb 17 • 18 min
In this episode, I’ll share “why” and “how” you should be using LinkedIn to grow your professional network and advance your career to the next level and beyond. When it comes to LinkedIn, many people don’t know what they don’t know. Facebook, Instagram,…
95: Discover the 5 Foundational Components of Transformational Leadership
Feb 14 • 20 min
In this episode, I’ll share The Transformation Equation with you. You’ll discover the 5 Foundational Components of Transformational Leadership. Organizational transformation is about attaining long-term, positive, and fundamental improvement that goes far…
94: If you won’t bet on yourself, why should anyone else?
Feb 11 • 6 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 30 of 30. You must bet on yourself. Living intentionally leads to amazing results. Living accidentally leads to depressing disappointments. A better tomorrow won’t just happen. You must become…
93: If you won’t invest in yourself, why should anyone else?
Feb 8 • 18 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 29 of 30. Develop yourself intentionally. Growth doesn’t just happen. You must be intentional and make it happen. Accidental growth vs. intentional growth is about as effective as accidental…
92: Working hard doesn’t guarantee success, and hope isn’t a strategy.
Feb 5 • 11 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 28 of 30. Stretch yourself intentionally because all of your growth happens outside your comfort zone. Jim Rohn said it best, “If you work hard on your job, you’ll make a living, but if you work…
91: When you pay attention to the details, people will pay attention to you.
Feb 2 • 11 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 27 of 30. Do it better than expected. Doing things better than expected increases your influence; doing things worse than expected decreases your influence. As George Washington Carver said so…
90: The wise does at once what the fool does at last.
Jan 30 • 12 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 26 of 30. Do it better than expected. Doing things sooner than expected increases your influence; doing things later than expected decreases your influence. Making it happen is great, but making it…
89: Never mistake effort and intentions for results.
Jan 27 • 12 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 25 of 30. Do more than expected. Doing more than expected increases your influence; doing less than expected decreases your influence. As St. Francis of Assisi stated, “Start doing what is…
88: Everyone remembers the first to help, few remember the second.
Jan 24 • 11 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 24 of 30. Helping others always helps you. If you want to increase your influence, always be the first to help. Everyone remembers the first to help, few remember the second. With people, the…
87: If you’re not familiar with abundance and scarcity, this episode is for you.
Jan 21 • 11 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 23 of 30. Helping others succeed ensures you will succeed. There’s enough for everyone. There’s plenty of everything for everyone. A person with an abundance mindset shares knowledge and ideas. As…
86: Don’t accept responsibility; take responsibility.
Jan 18 • 12 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 22 of 30. Ask for more responsibility. When you accept more responsibility, you will gain more influence. When you take responsibility, you will maximize your influence. Leaders are always looking…
85: Be confident but not cocky.
Jan 15 • 9 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 21 of 30. Think of yourself less. There’s a fine line between arrogance and confidence. It’s called humility. As Ken Blanchard says, “People with humility don’t think less of themselves. They just…
84: Be prepared to listen, and listen to be prepared.
Jan 12 • 9 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 20 of 30. Seek first to understand. You will always learn more from listening than from speaking. If you truly want to increase your influence, slow down, pause, and choose to listen first. When…
83: 5 ways high impact followers increase their influence.
Jan 9 • 12 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 19 of 30. Followers choose leaders. A low impact follower does less than expected alone. A high impact follower does more than expected with others. All great leaders were first great followers. As…
82: Positions are overrated…if you can’t lead without a position, you won’t lead with a position.
Jan 6 • 14 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 18 of 30. Bosses make things happen with people who have to help them. Leaders make things happen with people who want to help them. As USMC Lt. General George Flynn remarked, “The cost of…
81: Discover the difference between a boss and a leader.
Jan 3 • 17 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 17 of 30. Leaders always have followers. If others aren’t following because they want to, there is no leadership. It’s easy to tell whether you work for a boss or with a leader. You can tell…
80: You can’t get to the top of the mountain with base camp character.
Dec 31, 2018 • 15 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 16 of 30. Character trumps competency. What you know matters. But, who you are matters most. Your character serves as a multiplier and leverages your competency. You have far more than you need to…
79: Who you are on the inside is what others see, feel, and experience on the outside.
Dec 28, 2018 • 12 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 15 of 30. Character counts, and it counts A LOT! Your character will either limit you like an anchor or launch you like a rocket. Henry Cloud said it best, “Character is the ability to meet the…
78: Those who like you the most are the most like you.
Dec 25, 2018 • 12 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 14 of 30. We attract who we are. Then, if we don’t become intentional about growth and development, we get caught up in a vicious circle. Why? Because we become the average of the five people we…
77: Courage allows average people to achieve exceptional results.
Dec 22, 2018 • 11 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 13 of 30. Courage is contagious. As Anais Nin stated, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” Often, what’s holding us back is the courage to stand alone and do what’s right based…
76: You can’t predict your future, but you can create your future.
Dec 19, 2018 • 19 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 12 of 30. The future is in you now. If you don’t choose your future, someone else will. We create our future one choice at a time. For instance, something happens. Then, we respond. We could…
75: If you do not conquer self, you will be conquered by self.
Dec 16, 2018 • 25 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 11 of 30. The power of the pause button. Between stimulus and response, we all have the freedom to choose our response. But, many times we don’t pause and benefit from that freedom. When something…
74: The face you see least is your own.
Dec 13, 2018 • 12 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 10 of 30. Focus on the mirror. The face you see least is your own. Earl Nightingale said it best, “A man’s environment is a merciless mirror of him as a human being.” Until we go within, we will go…
73: You should always be grateful but never satisfied.
Dec 10, 2018 • 13 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 9 of 30. Your potential is unlimited. You should always be grateful but never satisfied. However, the opposite is often true. Too many people are ungrateful and may or not be satisfied. You may…
72: You’re always teaching what you’re modeling, regardless of what you’re teaching.
Dec 7, 2018 • 18 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 8 of 30. The question isn’t, “Are you a role model?” but rather, “What kind of role model do you want to be?” because somebody is always watching. When you touch a life, you don’t always feel it.…
71: Discover the secret to your success.
Dec 4, 2018 • 12 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines part 7 of 30. Who do you work for? Notice, I didn’t ask, “Where do you work?” or “Who pays you to work?” The secret to your success is understanding this: You get paid by others, but you’re working for…
70: You don’t have to be sick to get better.
Dec 1, 2018 • 16 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines part 6 of 30. Are you intentionally doing something everyday to get better? You should be. If you aren’t, you’re likely to be passed by someone who is. The only person you need to be better than…
69: There is an “I” in Team!
Nov 28, 2018 • 14 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines part 5 of 30. Every team is made up of “I”ndividuals. To grow and develop a high performance team, we must begin by growing and developing the individuals on the team. To develop the character of the…
68: Common sense isn’t always common practice.
Nov 25, 2018 • 15 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 4 of 30. Common sense is never enough. Often, you must also have uncommon sense to do what is commonly understood. As George Washington Carver stated so well, “When you do the common things in life…
67: You’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, but not where you have to be.
Nov 22, 2018 • 11 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 3 of 30. You’re in the perfect place to begin climbing to the next level and beyond. However, too many people fail at getting started. Taking action is the key to getting from where you are to…
66.1: It’s been 4 months since I started this podcast. Thank you for listening!
Nov 19, 2018 • 5 min
I started the Blue-Collar Leadership Podcast on July 19, 2018. 4 months later, thanks to you, the episodes have been played 5,299 times averaging nearly 80 plays per episode. If you find value in this podcast, please share a link on your social media…
66: Believing in others helps them believe in themselves.
Nov 19, 2018 • 17 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 2 of 30. Motivation comes from the outside, but inspiration comes from the inside. When we’re able to motivate others from the outside by believing in them, they’re positioned to become inspired…
65: Intro to Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines.
Nov 16, 2018 • 21 min
Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines Part 1 of 30: I wish someone would had given me a copy of Blue-Collar Leadership: Leading from the Front Lines, 30 years ago when I started my career on the front lines. However, it didn’t exist then.…
64: Discover the Why, How, & What of Leadership
Nov 13, 2018 • 19 min
In this episode, I take the “Golden Circle” principle I learned from Simon Sinek and wrap leadership around it. You’ll learn “Why” leadership is important, “How” we develop our leadership, and “What” we do with our leadership ability.
63: If you’ll invest in your blue-collar workforce, so will I.
Nov 10, 2018 • 12 min
“Special Offer” for blue-collar organizations. What I will do for you… If you or your leaders will invest in your team, I will too because I value growing and developing the great people in the blue-collar workforce regardless of their title or position.…
62: The organizational chart reveals management not leadership.
Nov 7, 2018 • 11 min
Many make the mistake of believing the organizational chart reveals who the leaders in an organization are. The organizational chart reveals who the managers are. Those on the chart may or may not be high impact leaders of people. However, they are…
61: Manager vs Leader (Speed)
Nov 4, 2018 • 12 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 17 of 17. Managers of people go fast to go slow. Leaders of people go slow to go fast. Leaders of people take the time it takes, so it takes less time.
60: Manager vs Leader (Responsibility)
Nov 1, 2018 • 11 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 16 of 17. Managers of people transfer responsibility, blame others, and create distrust among their team. Leaders of people take responsibility, blame themselves, and build trust with their team.
59: Manager vs Leader (Comfort Zone)
Oct 29, 2018 • 10 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 15 of 17. All of our growth happens outside of our comfort zone. Managers of people seek to remain in their comfort zone while leaders of people seek to move beyond their comfort zone.
58: Manager vs Leader (Direction)
Oct 26, 2018 • 8 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 14 of 17. Managers of people want to travel existing roads where everything is familiar. Their goal is to maintain the status quo. Leaders of people want to explore and create new paths. They prefer and expect…
57: Manager vs Leader (Blame)
Oct 23, 2018 • 11 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 13 of 17. When things go wrong, managers of people are quick to “look out the window” for someone to blame and create distrust with others. However, when things go wrong, leaders of people are quick to “look…
56: Manager vs Leader (Credit)
Oct 20, 2018 • 9 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 12 of 17. Managers of people look for opportunities to take the credit and create distrust with others. Leaders of people look for opportunities to give credit to others and build trust with others.
55: Manager vs Leader (Growth)
Oct 17, 2018 • 9 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 11 of 17. Managers of people grow slowly and accidentally while avoiding growth beyond what is required. Leaders of people grow quickly and intentionally while growing far beyond what is required.
54: Manager vs Leader (Concern)
Oct 14, 2018 • 12 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 10 of 17. Managers of people are concerned with being right and allow their pride and ego to guide them. Leaders of people are concerned with doing what is right and allow their humility to strengthen them.
53: Manager vs Leader (Conflict)
Oct 11, 2018 • 8 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 9 of 17. Managers of people avoid conflict and hope it goes away without intervention. Leaders of people use conflict to strengthen relationships while growing and developing the character of those on their…
52: Manager vs Leader (Risk)
Oct 8, 2018 • 11 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 8 of 17. Managers of people avoid risk and attempt to maintain the status quo. They don’t rock the boat and don’t want others rocking the boat. They seek comfort. Leaders of people take smart risks. They know…
51: Manager vs Leader (Energy Source)
Oct 5, 2018 • 9 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 7 of 17. Managers of people thrive on controlling people and attempt to manipulate their team. Leaders of people exhibit passion, focus on releasing people, and attempt to motivate and inspire their team.
50: Manager vs Leader (Decision Making)
Oct 2, 2018 • 9 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 6 of 17. Managers of people focus on making decisions. Leaders of people focus on facilitating decision making. A totally different mindset always leads to totally different results.
49: Manager vs Leader (Power)
Sep 29, 2018 • 10 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 5 of 17. Managers of people get their power from the “rights” that come with their position, title, or rank. Leaders of people get their power not from formal authority, but from moral authority which based on…
48: Manager vs Leader (Others)
Sep 26, 2018 • 7 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 4 of 17. Managers believe others are there to help them accomplish their mission. Therefore, managers attempt to manipulate others for personal benefit. However, leaders believe they are there to help others…
47: Manager vs Leader (Self/Role)
Sep 23, 2018 • 11 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 3 of 17. When it comes to looking in the mirror, managers of people see themselves one way while leaders of people see themselves a total different way. They believe they have completely different roles. The…
46: Manager vs Leader (Change)
Sep 20, 2018 • 7 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 2 of 17. When it comes to change, managers of people have a very different perspective than leaders of people. Managers of people avoid change and seek to maintain the status quo. Leaders of people are focused…
45: Manager vs Leader (Vision)
Sep 17, 2018 • 10 min
Managing People vs Leading People series Part 1 of 17. Relative to vision, managers of people have a different perspective than leaders of people. Managers focus on the short term. Leaders focus on the long term.
44: It’s not the millennials. It’s the leaders!
Sep 14, 2018 • 23 min
I find it interesting that the only people I hear complaining about millennials are low impact leaders. I’ve never heard a high impact leader complain about millennials. Why? High impact leaders don’t have a problem attracting them, leading them, or…
43: Discover the 5 Types of Leaders
Sep 11, 2018 • 18 min
Discover the traits of the 5 Types of Blue-Collar Leaders: Managerial, Relational, Motivational, Inspirational, and Transformational. I first wrote about the 5 Types of Leaders in my book, Defining Influence: Increasing Your Influence Increases Your…
42: Bosses have workers. Leaders have followers.
Sep 8, 2018 • 13 min
It’s my pleasure to share some wisdom from my personal friend and mentor, Jimmy Collins. Jimmy retired as President and COO of Chick-fil-A in 2001 when Chick-fil-A reached $1 Billion in annual sales. Today, they are at or near $8 Billion. Jimmy retired…
41: Management & Manipulation vs. Leadership & Stewardship.
Sep 5, 2018 • 14 min
In this episode, I share a great quote related to “Managing vs. Leading” by Bob Chapman who is the CEO of Barry-Wehmiller and author of Everybody Matters. He is the best example of a high impact leader at the CEO level that I’m aware of at the moment. He…
40: One of those times when I let my team down.
Sep 2, 2018 • 10 min
A little over 10 years ago, I was leading a process improvement (kaizen) team. The goal was to clean, paint, and organize a large area in our manufacturing plant. One of my responsibilities as the team leader was to obtain the paint for the team, so they…
39: Two great lessons that I learned from my co-worker.
Aug 30, 2018 • 7 min
Leadership is more caught than taught. The two lessons I share with you in this episode were not taught to me. They were modeled for me by a fellow front line, entry-level team member in 1995. He modeled giving credit when things went right and taking the…
38: What you think about is more important than what I say.
Aug 27, 2018 • 8 min
What you think about and the action that flows from your thoughts are far more important than anything you will read or hear. When you hear or see something that makes you think at a deeper level, don’t just nod your head in agreement. Ask yourself, “How…
37: 7 Problems Insecure Leaders Cause
Aug 24, 2018 • 10 min
Secure leaders eliminate problems. Insecure leaders cause problems. To better understand secure leaders, let’s look at 7 Problems Insecure Leaders Cause.
36: Overview of the 10 Elements of Transformation
Aug 23, 2018 • 13 min
Discover the 10 Foundational Elements of Intentional Transformation: How to Become Your Best Self.
35: Increasing your influence increases your options.
Aug 22, 2018 • 11 min
Introduction to my book, Defining Influence: Increasing your influence increases your options. Ria and I just finished up two 1/2 day workshops on this book with the US Navy in San Diego, CA. This episode is an overview of what the book is about.
34: Focus on the leaders.
Aug 21, 2018 • 7 min
Where do high impact leaders invest most of their time and energy? With low performers? Or, with high performers? And most importantly, why?
33: Introduction to “MAXIMIZE Your Potential”
Aug 20, 2018 • 6 min
Ria and I had a great time today in San Diego, CA supporting the US Navy with two workshops on my book, “MAXIMIZE Your Potential.”
32: San Diego bound to conduct 10 workshops for the US Navy!
Aug 19, 2018 • 7 min
Ria and I are excited to be heading to San Diego today to serve those who are serving us. We’ll be conducting 10 1/2 day workshops for the U.S. Navy. When leaders are willing to invest in their team, we are willing to invest in their team. We pay all of…
31: Are you going to settle for success? I hope not!
Aug 18, 2018 • 25 min
There’s something far greater than success. What is it? It’s significance. Success is about me. Significance is about we. Only successful people can choose to be significant people. In this episode, I share about the “Value of Significance” from my book,…
30: Discover when to work on your strengths and weaknesses.
Aug 17, 2018 • 7 min
When it comes to climbing to the next level and beyond, you should focus on developing your strengths in the area of competency and developing your weaknesses in the area of character. You will always excel in the areas where you are naturally talented…
29: The difference between a practice and a principle.
Aug 16, 2018 • 12 min
Knowing the difference between a practice and a principle is critical to personal development and to process improvement. When you hear someone say, “That won’t work here,” you know they’re talking about the practice and are overlooking the principle. A…
28: 3 simple tips to help you advance to the next level.
Aug 15, 2018 • 9 min
Wake up! The world isn’t holding you back. You are. The sooner you figure this out, the sooner you’ll reach the next level. 3 simple tips that will help you advance to the next level and beyond.
27: Are you unlucky? I’ll help you learn to be lucky.
Aug 14, 2018 • 7 min
I’ve heard it said many times, “Luck is where preparation intersects opportunity.” I agree. If you want to be lucky, prepare yourself for the opportunities you want. We make our own luck by being prepared.
26: One way to stand out when applying for a new job.
Aug 13, 2018 • 14 min
Who is going to get the job you want? The person with the most influence. Not sometime, every time. Learn how to get someone to actually look at your resume/application when applying for a job internally or externally.
25: There’s more to getting ahead than doing a great job.
Aug 12, 2018 • 11 min
When it comes to launching yourself and your career, what you do at work is important; but what you do after work is more important.
24: The opportunity you want is waiting on you to show up.
Aug 11, 2018 • 6 min
Too often, people who want a promotion, a better job, a different job, a better paying job, are simply going through the motions waiting for it to suddenly be given to them. That’s not how it works. Someone will be hired tomorrow for the exact job you…
23: Develop your mind or be controlled by those who do.
Aug 10, 2018 • 7 min
Too many people are frustrated because they feel they are being controlled by others. However, we determine if others control us. It’s pretty simple: If you don’t develop your mind, you’ll be controlled by those who do. You won’t get to where you want to…
22: Are you intentionally improving? Your competition is…
Aug 9, 2018 • 10 min
What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 7) Are you intentionally focused on developing your character and your competency? I hope so because no one else is or ever will be. Personal development is an inside job…between you and you. High impact players and…
21: When there are differing opinions, don’t compromise.
Aug 8, 2018 • 11 min
What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 6) When there are differing opinions, too many people focus on compromising when they should be synergizing. Synergy means the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.
20: I lost my son for 4 years; here’s how I got him back.
Aug 7, 2018 • 13 min
What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 5) The key to influencing others is to first allow them to influence you. As Stephen R. Covey said, “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” It’s okay to let others go first. When they feel like you…
19: Helping others win causes them to help you win.
Aug 6, 2018 • 8 min
What I learned from the 7 Habits. (Part 4) Think Win-Win. Zig Ziglar said it best, “If you’ll help people get what they want, they’ll help you get what you want.” The key is valuing helping other people win. Instead of focusing on ourselves, we must learn…
18: There’s no such thing as time management.
Aug 5, 2018 • 12 min
What I learned from the 7 Habits (Part 3 of 7). Once you know who you want to be and where you want to be, you must “Put First Things First” and manage yourself within time toward your goal. There’s no such thing as time management. You can’t manage time…
17: Moving from where you are to where you want to be.
Aug 4, 2018 • 8 min
What I learned from the 7 Habits (Part 2 of 7). Who are you? Where are you? Who do you want to be? Where do you want to be? If you know the answer to these questions, you’ll discover there’s a gap between the first two and the second two. I call that the…
16: The most important principle I’ve ever learned.
Aug 3, 2018 • 12 min
What I learned from the 7 Habits (Part 1 of 7). In this episode, I share the most important leadership principle I’ve ever learned. Learn what it means to “Be Proactive” instead of being reactive. Learn how and why you should focus on your “circle of…
15: Introduction to the book that changed my life.
Aug 2, 2018 • 7 min
What I learned from the 7 Habits (Intro). The first leadership development/personal growth book I was introduced to happened to be the one that inspired me to transform myself and my life. 10 years later, I’ve read hundreds of books. However, this one is…
14: That time a front line guy wanted to cut my throat.
Aug 1, 2018 • 20 min
Want to learn what made a front line factory worker I had never met say to me, “I want to cut your damn throat!” If so, take a listen. The short answer: poor leadership from above.
13: Motivation & Manipulation
Jul 31, 2018 • 7 min
Intention is the foundation of trust. Just as we decide how we feel about others, they decide how they feel about us. If they feel we are attempting to use and manipulate them only for our benefit, we create distrust. If they feel we are trying to help…
12: Character & Competency
Jul 30, 2018 • 7 min
What is trust? Most people haven’t really thought about it. When I ask my audiences this question, most often I get silence. Then, a few people will say things like honesty, dependability, confidence in others. That’s all true. But, there’s a lot more to…
11: Trust is the foundation of influence.
Jul 29, 2018 • 6 min
The key to establishing authentic influence it to first establish trust. The more trust you have with others, the more influence you will have with them.
10: They don’t speak English…
Jul 28, 2018 • 7 min
Authentic influence is always better than artificial influence. Here’s a story from the shop floor to illustrate just how important establishing authentic influence can be. The boss told me I would need an interpreter to speak to the people in one of his…
9: Authentic Influence vs Artificial Influence
Jul 27, 2018 • 6 min
Authentic influence is based on moral authority, your character. Artificial influence is based on formal authority, your position, title, rank, etc. Authentic influence is always better than artificial influence.
8: “Leadership is influence.” ~ John C. Maxwell
Jul 26, 2018 • 6 min
John C. Maxwell said it best, “Leadership is influence. Nothing more. Nothing less. Everything rises and falls on leadership.” A few thoughts on one of the most important things I learned from John Maxwell.
7: If we won’t invest in ourselves, why should someone else?
Jul 25, 2018 • 6 min
A few simple thoughts about what it means to invest in yourself. If you’re in the blue-collar workforce, odds are your employer will develop you to do the job because that’s required. However, they aren’t likely to develop you beyond what’s required. If…
6: My Story from There to Here Part 5 of 5
Jul 24, 2018 • 12 min
In this episode, I talk a little about passion, purpose, and sacrifice as I share a little about my transition from Lean Manufacturing/Process Improvement Consultant to Motivational Speaker/Trainer/Coach/Mentor. And, I get a little fired up talking about…
5.1: Blue-Collar Leadership & Teamwork is on now on audio.
Jul 23, 2018 • 3 min
JUST RELEASED ON AUDIO: My newest book, Blue-Collar Leadership & Teamwork: 30 Traits of High Impact Players was just released on audio at Audible.com and will be on iTunes and Amazon too in a few days.
5: My Story from There to Here Part 4 of 5
Jul 23, 2018 • 11 min
Learn how stepping away from the corporate world (my “J-O-B”) to follow my passion for leading lean/process improvement teams created the space I needed to discover my purpose: teaching and speaking about leadership development and personal growth.
4: My Story from There to Here Part 3 of 5
Jul 22, 2018 • 12 min
In Part 3, I share a little about the impact choosing to invest my time to earn a 4 year degree while working 6-7 days a week 10, 12, 14, and even 16 hours a day. However, it took me about 7-8 years to get that 4 year degree. But, it served its purpose.…
3: My Story from There to Here Part 2 of 5
Jul 21, 2018 • 11 min
Learn a little about the beginning of my career at my second manufacturing plant where I started operating, band saws, CNC lathes, mills, drills, and gear shapers.
2: My Story from There to Here Part 1 of 5
Jul 20, 2018 • 7 min
Learn how my blue-collar journey in manufacturing began in 1988.
1: The Blue-Collar Leadership Podcast is Coming Soon
Jul 19, 2018 • 4 min
Mack Story introduces the Blue Collar Leadership podcast!