MT2 Growing Leadership Blog

MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #19 - Near or Far – Where to Start?

As a tanker in the US Army, I was trained to engage targets on the range in a specific order. The sequence was based on a couple of factors – near to far, most threatening to least threatening, high payoff to low payoff. In most cases, the near target was probably the most dangerous, while the distant targets were less.


While it seems obvious, closer and more dangerous targets should be addressed first, business owners often get stuck focusing on the long targets. You see, it feels safer to work on the long-range target. There is more time, you are less pressed for decisions and actions, and working on the long target is an excellent excuse to ignore the close-in targets.


But let's flip that and replace targets and threatening with opportunity. Should you ignore the close-in opportunities and stay focused on the long-range plan? Today's Blog thinks into this dilemma.


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MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #18 – Networking – Learning to Listen.

Now that networking is getting back to full-time, and in person, it is time to go back to the basic foundations of connecting with people. Today’s blog discusses the three levels of listening and how they create an opportunity for you to add value and help make connections with the people you meet while networking.


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MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #17 – Monday Mentoring – To Start or Not to Start; That is the Question.

Welcome to Monday Mentoring with the MT Leadership Growing Leadership Blog. Today is blog number 17, and we are looking at the age-old question, "To Start or Not to Start." I will work from some notes I captured from John C. Maxwell's book 'How Successful People Grow.' (Available on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3hOUVqb)

Eight things hold us back from starting a new adventure, growing our business, creating a new product line, or writing a new book. John Maxwell calls them gaps. For many, they are not gaps but canyons that seem impossible to overcome. Well, the first step in concurring an obstacle is to identify the obstacle. Today, we take a look at the eight gaps that create limiting beliefs in ourselves and make us choose the "not to start" option when it comes to growing.

To Start or Not To Start – don't let it be said, "He Chose Poorly." (10 points to whoever can answer what movie that quote came from… lol)

MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #16 – Leadership Game Friday – Roll the Dice.

It's Leadership Game Friday. Last week we rolled the dice and drew a card from the John Maxwell's Leadership Game and then responded to the card live on the Blog. Answering random questions live is always a challenge but fun.

I invite you to participate with me by answering the question from the card that I rolled. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

If you would like to learn more about the Leadership Game and to use it in your company or organization, listen in. I discuss how the game works and how it can help your company in terms of Leadership, Growth, communications, and Sales. There is also a Teen version of the game for your youth organization.

Let's see what card the dice roll gives me.

MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #15 – Thursday Educational Moment – Referrals

Today we are talking about referrals. I did a lot of research on networking online and mostly learned about connecting computers together over a network. I then changed my search from networking to referrals and connecting. There I found one of Dr. Ivan Misner's podcasts on BNIpodcast.com. Episode 666, called the 5 Levels of a Referral, is based on his book 'Networking Like a Pro' – 2nd edition.

(Here is a link to get the book and a testimonial that the content is fantastic for anybody that is networking and growing their business. You do not have to be in BNI to take advantage of the content of this book. An excellent read, and I think it will help you become a better connector. https://buff.ly/2ZS3xWM ) (Wait – I think I just gave a level three referral – let me write that down).

In today's discussion, I share with you the 5 levels of referrals and how you can apply them to your business to become a master connector for not only your company but all the businesses that you meet and work with.

So listen in and see if you can figure out why the link and testimonial above is a level 3 referral – but only a level 3. Put in the comment section how I can turn that referral into a level 4 or 5 referral.

MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #14 – Monday Mentoring – Reproducing Leaders

It's time for Monday Mentoring – Today I am talking about reproducing leaders. The best way to grow your company is to grow the leadership team in your company. That starts with growing yourself with the intention of growing yourself out of your business. Yes, it is your company, your idea, your business… just imagine yourself as the owner / advisor / mentor to your business while a team you built runs the day-to-day operations… when your ready to dream that dream… your ready to start growing your leadership to a level where your team puts you out of a job…

MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #13 – Leadership game Friday – Roll the Dice

It's Leadership Game Friday. Last week we rolled the dice and drew a card from the John Maxwell's Leadership Game and then responded to the card live on the Blog. Answering random questions live is always a challenge but fun.

I invite you to participate with me by answering the question from the card that I rolled. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

If you would like to learn more about the Leadership Game and how you can use it in your company or organization, listen in. I discuss how the game works and how it can help your company in terms of Leadership, Growth, communications, and sales. There is also a Teen version of the game for your youth organization.

Let's see what card the dice roll gives me.

MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #12 – Thursday Business Building - Connecting - 10 Fundamentals of Networking

Fundamentals of Networking Connecting with clients, customers, and future customers begins with connecting. If I am going to a Networking event, how do I maximize my time and energy while at the event? How do I not show up and not scare people away and have them think that I am only there for myself? Today's blog is on connecting and the 10

Fundamental of Networking for success. Also, here is the link to sign up for the Mark Your Ball - 12-week workshop on the Growing Leadership (Closed Group) on FB signup. http://eepurl.com/gnFhq5

MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #11

Digging out from Average

Average is the enemy of Growth. Average is the enemy of Exceeding Expectations. Average is the enemy of Leadership. "I know, I know – those are fighting words." But listen to today's Blog, where I talk about innovation and how #DARPA showed me the difference between solving a problem by meeting the specifications and solving a problem through innovation and discovery learning. Solving a problem through Leadership.

Let's take a moment and look at your business – how can you inject innovation into the future.

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Also, I talked about Streamyard. If you would like to learn more – here is a link to their website to signup. https://streamyard.com?pal=5091995787198464

MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #10

​Go For Average

Today's Blog is looking at average and success through the eyes of Management vs. Leadership. I get to share with you horror stories from my days in the military at a time when Management ruled the world of leadership. Success was not doing anything, maintaining the status quo, eliminating anybody or anything that exceeded expectations.

Let's take a trip back in time and hear the war stories and the search for leadership.

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Also, I talked about Streamyard. If you would like to learn more – here is a link to their website to signup. https://streamyard.com?pal=5091995787198464

MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #9

​Leadership Game Night – Roll the Dice

It's Leadership Game Night. Last week we rolled the dice and drew a card from the John Maxwell's Leadership Game and then responded to the card live on the Blog. Answering random questions live is always a challenge but fun.

I invite you to participate with me by answering the question from the card that I rolled. I would love to hear your thoughts and comments.

If you would like to learn more about the Leadership Game and how you can use it in your company or organization, listen in. I discuss how the game works and how it can help your company in terms of leadership, growth, communications, and sales. There is also a Teen version of the game for your youth organization.

Let's see what card the dice roll gives me.

MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #8

Collectors collect, teachers teach, speakers speak.

Tonight we look back at yesterday's blog and review the three things to do every day to build consistency. We talked about reading, writing, and filing. Through that process, we develop disciplines, and we create a library of ideas and thoughts that we can use in the future.

Taking those thoughts and ideas to the next level allows you to create speeches, workshops, webinars, and classes. Then you can write a book with all your best ideas put together.

Tune in today to hear Marshall's thoughts on the process of collecting to build teaching and speaking events.

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MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #7 Read, Write, and File

Today we talk about a key lesson on consistency from John Maxwell. Every day he reads, writes, and files. That is a big job, but if you are consistent, you find yourself developing a system to make it happen and keep it happening.


Tune in today to hear Marshall's thoughts on the process of filing.

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MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #6

​The Leader's Three

Reflections on the John Maxwell International Certification Training - Day 3 Aug 2020.


Today was the final day of the John Maxwell IMC (International Maxwell Certification) training. It was a fantastic day of networking, speakers, and of course, John talking about his new book. I think that is book number 83 (?). His latest book, 'Change Your World,' is due out later this year. Today's reflections are on the three leadership traits that I see present in all the John Maxwell members, staff, speakers, guest speakers, and of course, John.


Please tune in to listen to my thoughts on 'The Leader Three.'

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MT2 Growing Leadership Blog #5

​The Three Things

Reflections on the John Maxwell International Certification Training - Day 2 Aug 2020.

Today we learned about speaking and the Maxwell method of speaking from Roddy Galbraith. This was another awesome learning moment about building a speech, creating content, and connecting with the audience. John Maxwell is the best in the world at connecting with the audience and making you feel like he is talking directly to you, no matter how many people are in the room.


During one of the examples of building anticipation in your audience, Roddy played a video of John talking about three things you need to do when you start a new job to make yourself stand out and exceed expectations. During the video, we learned how to build anticipation, but we did not learn the three things. So tonight, I am going to share on the Growing Leadership Blog, the Three Things.


Listen in and post your comments on what you think. Marshall

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Growing Leadership Blog #4

Thoughts and reflections on the International John Maxwell Certification Training (#IMC) Day 1 - Aug 2020.

​John Maxwell’s DNA approach to building a culture inside a company and transforming the organization for all the employees, leaders, and enhancing the customer experience is phenomenal. Listen in to learn what the 10 elements of John’s DNA are and some of my thoughts on application.

The Mark Your Ball Workshop is scheduled to start on 3 Sep 2020 - 1700 (5 pm) Mountain Time. This is a 12-week workshop with each session lasting about one hour.


Thanks for tuning in – Marshall

Growing Leadership Blog #3

​Leadership Game Friday -- Let's roll the dice and find out our topic for today!

The topic drawn for today was - The Law of Magnesium - Who you are is who you attract. Who you attract is not determined by what you want. It's determined by who you are.

Great discussion point - let's see how I did on the fly.


Here is the link I talked about to sign up for the Growing Leadership (Closed Group) on FB. http://eepurl.com/gnFhq5 The Mark Your Ball Workshop is scheduled to start on 4 Sep 2020, 5 pm Mountain Time. The program is a 12-week workshop with each session lasting about one hour.


Thanks for tuning in – Marshall

Growing Leadership Blog #2

​The fear of perfection. Starting out on a new project is always so hard when you face the shame of perfection - everything has to be just right or you are afraid people might think less of you... lets talk..


Here is the link I talked about to sign up for the Growing Leadership (Closed Group) on FB. http://eepurl.com/gnFhq5 The Mark Your Ball Workshop is scheduled to start on 2 Sep 2020 - 1700 (5 pm) Mountain Time.


This is a 12 week workshop with each session lasting about one hour.


​Thanks for tuning in – Marshall

Growing Leadership Blog #1

We all know, the first podcast, the first blog, the first of anything is always exciting (and in need of a lot of work...).

Just to let you know, I chose to record my blog live because if you have ever read my scribbles, you would understand why I am not typing my blog. I think I will have one of those automated systems turn my recording into text and then post that on my website.

So, here it is - Aug 26, 2020 - Blog #1 - Getting started and thoughts and reflections on the John Maxwell Team's Think Tank Day (Aug 22, 2020). Let's get started.

Here is the link I talked about to sign up for the Growing Leadership (Closed Group) on FB. http://eepurl.com/gnFhq5

Thanks for tuning in – Marshall

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