Leadership Lessons From A 200-Mile Ragnar Relay Race

A few months ago, I was approached by a local pastor to do something crazy. He had put together a team of runners to run the Ragnar Michigan relay. This run takes runners from Muskegon, Mi to Traverse City, Mi for a 200-ish mile run.

The Dogman Bounty Runners Ragnar Road Michigan 2022 running team

The Dogman Bounty Runners At The Finish Of Ragnar 2022 Michigan

The team consisted of 12 runners, a driver, and two volunteers for the event. That’s a lot of people, with most of them being inside a 15-passenger van. The thought of it reminded me of the Five Iron Frenzy song Superpowers. One line of the song went like this:

Eight people in a stinky van, a couple more couldn’t hurt.

I guess the guys and gal in Five Iron Frenzy were right. A few more people in a stinky van wouldn’t hurt as we all rode peacefully to each leg of the race to cheer each other on.

5 Steps You Can Take To Improve Your Communication Skills

Communication is a critical aspect of leadership. You have to clearly communicate multiple things to those you lead. Some of the pieces you have to communicate may be:

  • The vision of the organization
  • Your team’s mission
  • How to effectively complete a task
  • The love you have for your team
  • A business presentation to the board of trustees
  • Sharing why your products cost what they do
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As you can see, there are multiple things you have to communicate. If you can’t communicate, you’re going to stumble and fall. You may even be demoted or removed from the organization.

Okay, okay… enough with the scary stuff. I want to help you become a better communicator.

I wasn’t always a good communicator. I have stumbled over my words while speaking in front of audiences, failed to clearly communicate messages in writing, and more.

How To Prepare For Anything

When you’re in leadership, there are curveballs thrown your way every day. You’ll also face uncertainty, difficulties, and challenges you never could anticipate.

So, how can I tell you how to prepare for anything?

You don’t have to be prepared for anything. You only have to be prepared for the things leadership will require of you.

This may sound a bit woo-woo or wrong. But being prepared for the general leadership difficulties will serve you well in times of change.

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How To Prepare For Anything

1. Focus on today:

Yesterday had its own unique challenges. Tomorrow will bring challenges of its own.

When you focus on today’s challenges, you can be prepared for what is to come.

Work on what is right in front of you. This is laying the groundwork for tomorrow. Tomorrow’s challenges typically come from yesterday.

What’s The Point Of Data?

With my love for movies, you may think I’m going to discuss the character Data from the Star Trek series today. You’d be wrong. That’s okay. Sometimes curveballs are thrown our way.

Instead, I want to talk about the actual data you’re collecting from your organization. This data can come from frontline employees, your ERP system, or customers.

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We tend to collect a lot of data. We think the more data we have, the better off we’ll be.

To an extent, this is true. Data is good to have.

But what is the point of data?

What’s The Point Of Data?

For there to be a point to the data, we must have a reasoning behind collecting the data. Here are three things to consider when collecting data. These things will also make data more valuable to your organization.

Quiet Quitting: The New Leadership Boogeyman

If you click on any business or leadership-related blog recently, you’ve probably bumped into the new leadership boogeyman: QUIET QUITTING.

Quiet Quitting isn’t ghosting an employer by not showing up and quitting that way. Instead, Quiet Quitting is a movement by employees to leave work on time, ignore unimportant emails or calls after hours, and set personal boundaries.

Big business websites have begun to say this is a pandemic. Something needs to change. They’ve even roped in leaders of large organizations to decry the movement of boundaries and distance between work and home—the same ones who have the freedom to mix their work and personal life with abandon.

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It’s easy to say, “Pick up your cell phone at 7 PM” when you’re off to the gym during business hours. Or to say that employees are entitled when they feel they’ve put in their agreed-upon 40-hour work.