March 2014 has now come to a close. This marks the passing of the first quarter of 2014.

I hope you’re pursuing the improvement of your leadership and seeing ground gained. So, are you?

With the closing of any month, comes the monthly review here at JMLalonde.com. Let it be a reminder to also review the progress you’ve made in your life. Whether it’s a step further in your leadership journey, growing closer to your wife (or husband), or developing a new trait or skill you can use in your life.

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Every man dies. Not every man lives. The only limits to the possibilities in your life tomorrow are the “buts” you use today.

Les Brown

The first thought that pops into my head when I think of a bad leader is Michael Scott from The Office. I know he’s not necessarily a bad leader but his actions place him into that category.

Michael was always well meaning, or at least his character came across that way. However, everything he did left his employees feeling low and down.

His actions made his team view him as a bad leader.

Vacation at employees expense

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Michael Scott isn’t the only bad leader out there in TV land. There’s plenty more. And their actions tell you they need help!

Sadly, we see too many people placed into leadership who follow in their footsteps. They make the same mistakes over and over again.

Let’s see what 4 actions will lead others to see you as a bad leader.

You Can’t Rush Trust

March 29, 2014 — 9 Comments

Four years ago, I engaged in a relationship with a new client that held incredible promise. I completed a full insurance proposal to address additional insurance needs and presented the options for diversifying his accounts. If we were able to place these policies, it would represent the largest single transaction in my 10-year history. As I made the presentation, everything went perfectly and the options looked great.

The client didn’t take any of them.

Not a reduced option. Not a different option. None.

For a long time, I thought my efforts had been a huge waste of time.

Still, I maintained a relationship with the client and continued to help them with other, albeit smaller services. About two years later, I got a promising call.

“Matt, can you look into this for us again?”

A few months ago I wrote a post detailing the 12 books I thought you should add to your reading list. The post drew a lot of discussion, especially around the topic of what my blog readers were reading.

The list was fascinating. The reading lists of my readers included books I’ve read, books I’ve wanted to read, and books I’d never heard of before.

Books my readers recommended

I couldn’t let this great resource go to waste. Reading through the book recommendations, I knew I had to put together a post to share the great books you guys recommended. After all, you, my readers, had a hand in putting together a fantastic reading list.

Rebecca Jo Cannon recommended Lone Survivor:The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10 by Marcus Luttrell.