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Don’t Tell Me What You Think I Want to Hear

Posted by Milestone Leadership on Feb 1, 2019 10:43:37 AM


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Topics: Relationships, Personal Development, Values & Ethics, Vision, Truth, Purpose, Heart, Leadership, Mom

Having Dr. King Over for Dinner

Posted by Milestone Leadership on Jan 21, 2019 10:40:00 AM

You’ve been there before—at a party or gathering—and someone poses the question, “If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you choose?” Invariably, many of the names tossed around are of famous people, obvious leaders who have made some type of significant impact on society. They tend to be people who have sparked a loyal following, people who somehow possess a persona that symbolizes something bigger than themselves.

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Topics: Innovation & Research, Relationships, Personal Development, Values & Ethics, Vision, Truth, Purpose, Heart

Are You A Leader Worth Following?

Posted by Milestone Leadership on Oct 10, 2018 12:53:00 PM

Provocative question, right? For over a year at Milestone, we have been asking this question in groups of leaders. The response is always interesting but mostly the same…silence.

I mean, come on, who wants to be the first to raise your hand, appearing to lack any humility, and proclaim, “Everyone wants to follow me!” Well, maybe a select few would. Conversely, those who may have honest humility are possibly thinking, “I am not even sure I would follow myself.”

Regardless of the answer, the question is still an important one to us at Milestone and is at the core of what we do. It is worthy of consideration and reflection.

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Topics: Innovation & Research, Relationships, Personal Development, Values & Ethics, Vision, Truth, Purpose, Heart

We Have an Announcement!

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 9, 2018 9:22:11 AM

We are excited to announce that Soderquist Leadership will be rebranding to Milestone Leadership, and will begin transitioning our brand to reflect the new name and look.

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Are You Ready For Some Football...Culture??

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Feb 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

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‘Tis the season… a small fraction of NFL coaches and players are still within reach of their goal of wrapping their arms around the Lombardi Trophy. The rest have moved on to off-season activities while their fans anticipate the scouting combine and scour over every mock draft they can get their hands on. 

‘Tis (also) the season for the annual coaching carousel and owner/GM-speak about “changing the culture” which is usually directed at the new head coach and is restricted to the confines of the locker room. 

But can culture really make that big of a difference in an NFL team? 

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Topics: Leadership

How to be Inclusive in Recognition

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM


This is #1 in a three-part series I am titling Big Tent Leadership. It is not an incredibly creative title, nor an original thought; however, it best captures some valuable leadership experiences I have witnessed. 

Big Tent Leadership best describes a leadership style where a leader’s broad inclusiveness ended up having significant impact on the culture and sustainable results.  These leaders set up “Bigger Tents” so more people could be a part of what was going on.  One of my experiences dealt with a leader who very effectively set up a Bigger Tent for recognition.

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Topics: Leadership, Teams

Would I Want to Play Kickball With Them?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 24, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Do you remember the kickball field in elementary school?  Boy, I do!  I remember being with friends, laughing, running, competing…  For me, like most young boys, it was a break from the classroom but more than that, looking back it was very formative for me.  Here’s an example:  In my professional life, when it comes to recruiting and selection of people, more and more I think about “would I want to play kickball with them?” 

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Topics: Leadership

The Ultimate Team Player

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 20, 2017 8:00:00 AM


As we ramp up into the New Year, I wanted to reflect on some of my key learnings on leadership in 2016 and how I want to apply them in 2017. In August, I heard Patrick Lencioni, at the Global Leadership Summit, speak on his new book titled The Ideal Team Player. Patrick’s key message was that to be an ideal team player, you needed to be three things: Humble, Hungry, and Smart. I loved the simplicity of his message, and as I reflected on this, I think there is genius in this concept.

To explain these three virtues as Patrick Lencioni describes, I thought I would use a personal story that helps me define them. I have always felt stories are much better than definitions to describe concepts like these.

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Topics: Leadership, Teams

How to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM


We're now 18 days, or roughly two work weeks, into 2017. How are you doing on your New Year's resolutions so far? If you haven't set any yet, it's not to late to start!

However, research suggests that only 8% of people who make a New Year’s resolution actually accomplish all of their resolutions. So here are a few practical steps you can take to help you keep yours this year.

  1. Set tangible goals. When I am working with a client I sometimes ask the question “how will you know that you improved in this area by this time next year?” For example; if you say you want to be more physically fit this time next year, you could take a Body Mass Index, Resting Heart Rate, Blood Pressure and then take them again in 12 months and see how you did. Did you improve? The important thing is that you can measure progress, and can celebrate even slight gains.

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Topics: Leadership, Practical Tips & Tricks

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2016

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Dec 29, 2016 3:22:00 PM

It's that time of year again! As 2016 comes to a close and we gear up for a new year, we wanted to take a look back and share with you our top blog posts from this past year.

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Topics: Leadership, Company Culture, Personal Development, Employee Development