Effective Leadership


Are you the leader you want to be?  More important, are you the leader your team needs you to be?  Engage in this program to take a deep dive into the essential leadership qualities that will foster a motivated team to do their best work.  


This program is for you if...

  • You want to motivate your team

  • You have a vision you want your team to see

  • You want others to hold the highest vision for what’s possible

  • Your team struggles staying on the same page at the same time

  • All of you can be completely right, but right about stuff that’s too small

  • You want team execution

  • You want your team to take risks

  • You want to set team boundaries

  • You want your team executing to a high quality standard


Prerequisite -  The Focus Survey:  The industry’s most advanced measurement conveying the underlying cognitive drivers of your attention, energy, and time.  (15-20 minutes)


Over the next eight to twelve weeks, apply close metacognition to what shows up in a task period, a day, a week, and a three-week period using the three-column time sampling log.


For each lesson we will apply the following cognitive positions from the sampling log:


1.  Anticipation:  Capture how you anticipate the selected time period: what you plan to accomplish and, importantly, under what conditions do you anticipate this will show up to help and hinder your ability to complete your intentions


2.  Activation:  During the period of engagement, log what shows up during the selected period; not just what you do, but what impacts you as you engage that period of time.


3.  Reflection:  Reflect on what you anticipated and what happened to become more aware of what impacts your engagement with your intentions.​


Lesson 1:  Self-Understanding (leader  //  60 minutes)

Advance your understanding of your cognitive preferences and how to leverage them more consciously from the Focus Survey.

  • Profile overview of The Focus Survey

  • What catches your attention; what misses your attention

  • Assets, Hazards, Opportunities

Lesson 2: Assets, Hazards, and Opportunities  (team webinar  // 90 minutes)

Strengths and weaknesses come out of the same well.  Identify the cognitive similarities and differences of others so you can structure powerful and meaningful engagements with your team.


  • Assets:  While there is no ideal cognitive state, you can become more effective by understanding your natural tendencies so you can hone your attention and focus on what you do best.

  • Hazards:  What makes it easy for us to do one thing, makes it harder to do another. Identifying your team hazards can steer your time toward opportunities.

  • Opportunities:  In light of team assets and hazards, we’ll create the best opportunities for your team vision.  What are your comparative advantages as individuals and groups.

Lesson 3: Communication and Motivation (60 minutes)

A vision or idea is critical to growth of an organization, but it’s only powerful when communicated well.  Inspire others by activating their cognitive preferences through your mode and media of communication.


How to communicate more succinctly what you want from others:  

is it: ​

  • Need to know

  • Need to do

  • Need to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate

Motivate and inspire:  No great endeavor is done alone.

  • Finding a vision

  • Creating the future

Lesson 4: Probing (60 minutes)

Thinking only happens when we’re asking or answering questions. Develop a culture of questions. The people you lead need questions. You need your colleagues to question you, so you don’t stop thinking. Peer teams need to question each other, and all of us need to do it respectfully or thinking stops.  Great leaders ask great questions.

Check-in (30 minutes)

Apply it to direct reports, colleagues, customers, stakeholders, and others to whom you have accountability.  ​​