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Tools and concepts to help you make the leadership climb.

The 90-Day Self-Improvement Blueprint: A Quarterly Review Process

By Micah Ray | Apr 1, 2024 |

Today is the first day of the new quarter. That means it is a good time to review the previous quarter. I do this with several of our clients. And I used to do reviews in my corporate job for my team. Perhaps you already do employee reviews annually if you have a team. That’s…

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The 5C Code for Communication Mastery

By Micah Ray | Mar 25, 2024 |

I recently picked up a fantastic new book called “The Communication Code” by Jeremie Kubicek and Steve Cockram, the co-founders of GiANT. As someone who is passionate about improving communication and relationships, I was immediately drawn to the core premise. Jeremie and Steve provide a simple but powerful framework for elevating your emotional intelligence and…

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The Cost of Poor Communication

By Micah Ray | Nov 6, 2023 |

Every month, Mike and I have the privilege of hearing from our clients about the significant impact our communication tools have in reducing poor communication. Just today, Mike shared a story with me about a recent coaching call he conducted. The client emphasized how our tools empowered her to communicate in the context of difficult…

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Unlocking Leadership Lessons from 13,000 Feet

By Micah Ray | Oct 13, 2023 |

Over the last two years, Mike and I have taken dozens of leaders through “100X Leadership“. We use a metaphor to talk about preparing ourselves as leaders, and the need to acclimate to higher altitudes. To bring the metaphor to life, Mike and I had the dream a couple of years ago to make a…

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Courage to Overcome The Internal Struggle

By Micah Ray | Jun 7, 2023 |

(The following is an excerpt from our regular newsletter. If you want to get insights like these delivered to your inbox on a regular basis, subscribe here.) The Internal Struggle No doubt everyone of us can think of something we would like to change about our current reality. So why is it that days can…

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Communication – the Lifeblood of Relationships

By Micah Ray | May 7, 2023 |

In a former career, I did a fair amount of pre-marriage and marriage coaching. I was not licensed as a counselor, but I could serve as a coach based on my own experience, workshops I had attended, and books I had studied and taught in marriage classes. One principle that I came back to time…

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Simple is Good

By Micah Ray | Feb 6, 2023 |

“Simple is good.” When I think of this phrase, it takes me back to a time early in my career. I had moved into the information technology department of a fast-growing company, and I was responsible for software configuration. It was a robust warehouse management system that was new technology to the world and to…

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Missing Annual Goals

By Micah Ray | Dec 28, 2022 |

If you’re like me, you take some time at the end of a year to reflect back on what you accomplished — or didn’t. (It’s my Creative Pioneer voice combination that struggles to believe that anything can be “good enough.”)   A few years ago, I heard a leader give a talk, and in it,…

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A Leadership Essential

By Micah Ray | Dec 27, 2022 |

If you spend any time on our site or others about leadership, you can easily be overwhelmed. There seem to be so many methods to becoming a good leader. But there are some things that are more important to remember than others. We believe that self-awareness is one of those. To become a leader that…

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The Best Way to Support

By Micah Ray | Dec 26, 2022 |

Good managers or leaders are able to provide the right support and the right challenge at the right times. That’s what we call calibrating your leadership to the situation. (To download a free instruction guide and the Support Challenge Matrix tool, check out this page.) It’s important for you the leader to show support to…

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