John is the CEO of LearnLoft, author of, F.M.L. Standing Out & Being a Leader and host of the 'Follow My Lead' Podcast. He writes or has been featured on Inc.com, LinkedIn Pulse, TrainingIndustry.com, eLearningIndustry.com, CNBC Money, and more. John completed his education at the University of Maryland College.
It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out some professional teams are higher performing than others. Not only do high-performing teams contribute to better business outcomes, but their team members embrace the daily challenge to solve problems and achieve things together.
You don’t have to be the CEO, a C-Level executive, or run a business unit to be a leader. Take for example Kevin Nussbaum. A military veteran who has worked his way into the corporate world, now manning his post as an IT professional at a mid size company. He saw a culture that needed help and a people that needed excitement. That’s when a 21-day, 10,000 step challenge was born. The excitement and health benefits this challenge provided was incredible (the group collectively walked a ¼ of the way around the earth!) Who knew a small idea like this could create such a great impact. Kevin didn’t need permission to lead. He chose to lead.
It didn't take long to realize who would be on the short list for promotions. They stood out like a lightning bug at night because they were doing things differently than the others. Instead of immediately putting anyone on a pedestal, I wanted to better understand their tactical moves to help codify their behavior to create more people like them beyond the few that stood out.
Everyone wants immediate results, but that's rarely the case, regardless of whether you're attempting to lose weight, improve revenue, or develop as a leader. That's because results, especially the ones with a lasting impact, are the byproduct of doing the right things each and every day.