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Leadership In The Classroom - A Back To School Special

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Aug 31, 2015 12:00:00 PM


"We lead in order to replace ourselves."
Russ Crosson, Ronald Blue’s President and CEO, in What Makes a Leader Great.

Bright and early this morning in our nation about 3.1 million leaders stood before their 49.6 million students.  That’s right, students.  These leaders are the public school teachers who on average will make about $56,353 in salary this year, to do one thing - lead all their students, including the 51% of them who are living in poverty, to overcome their difficulties and become proficient on about 300 national standards…all in 180 days. (data from  

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Topics: Leadership, Powerful Influencers

What's Your Job As A Leader?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 7, 2015 4:40:00 PM



Watch as Steve Reinemund, retired CEO of Pepsico, talks about the importance of leadership development within the Pepsico culture, and how leaders should be developing other leaders.

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Topics: Leadership, Powerful Influencers, Employee Development

The Importance of Building Bench Strength in Your Organization

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jul 2, 2015 3:54:00 PM


In this video, Don Soderquist, retired COO of Walmart, talks about how leaders often fail to establish bench strength by not preparing new leaders as the organization grows.

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Topics: Leadership, Don Soderquist, Powerful Influencers, Employee Development

What is Your Business?

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 30, 2015 10:57:00 AM


Watch as retired CEO of ServiceMASTER, Bill Pollard, recalls the time Peter Drucker told his entire board they were all wrong about their business.  

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Topics: Leadership, Powerful Influencers, Relationships, Employee Development, Creating Culture

3 Things You Can't Miss When Preparing Your Leaders

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 25, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Watch as retired USN Captain, Steve Trainor, discusses why leadership development is important, and gives the 3 areas of employee development that leaders often overlook.

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Topics: Leadership, Powerful Influencers, Practical Tips & Tricks, Employee Development, Personal Development

The Power of an Aligned Supplier Team

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jun 2, 2015 8:00:00 AM

I have been asked many times, since I retired from P&G, what it was like working on a real High-Performance Team. The truth is that it really only happened to me a few times in my 34+ years—but when I experienced the power of a HPT, it was truly unforgettable.

The first time I experienced a High-Performance Team was when I decided (voluntarily) in 1987 to leave the “mainstream” Procter & Gamble career track and join a small group of managers testing an idea called a multi-functional customer team. This group of pioneers included a handful of district sales managers, a brand manager from Cincinnati, a variety of managers from IT, Logistics, Finance, HR (OEM), a visionary leader named Tom Muccio and a bright and tough operational leader named Bill Toler. We were quite a motley crew, all moving to Northwest Arkansas to start this idea of partnering with our fastest growing customer, Walmart.

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Topics: Powerful Influencers

Jackie Robinson Would Have Said Something

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Feb 13, 2015 8:40:00 AM

April 15, 1947 doesn’t mean much to people outside of the game of baseball. In fact, many baseball fans don’t know the significance of that day. But that is the day that the Brooklyn Dodgers started one Jackie Robinson at first base. Jack Roosevelt Robinson was the first African American to start in Major League Baseball in the modern era. Jackie Robinson was a very good baseball player. When most odds were against him, he succeeded by taking his talents and developing them through hard work and consistent practice. I don’t pretend to be an authority on Jackie Robinson, but what I do know gives me pause to think that perhaps he is one of the best athletes in our nation’s history. While attending UCLA, he lettered in 4 NCAA sports: football, baseball, basketball and track. His courage and willingness to withstand the racial abuses brought an end to 60 years of discrimination in Major League Baseball based solely on a man’s color. One thing is sure, he was honest and full of integrity. He displayed a commitment to his values that served him well when he needed them most.

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Topics: Leadership, Powerful Influencers, Values & Ethics

Leading Up

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Feb 11, 2015 10:30:00 AM

Last week I stopped in at the health complex to catch the end of a little pickup basketball game between a few members of the Soderquist Leadership team. As a naturally less competitive person myself, the intensity of this “just for fun” match between coworkers took me a little off guard. One particularly surprising element of the game was that our CEO, Chuck, was being fiercely guarded by one of the other fellows, Ann. She was not giving him any slack and made sure she was always ready to give that defensive or offensive push-back necessary to advance her team. I leaned over to the friend next to me and said, “I’m really thankful that I never have to guard the CEO.” But then I thought, is that really true? Are there ever situations where I should rightly “push-back” within my workplace regardless of my place in the organizational hierarchy? This month, we are focusing on candor and honesty. While the example above seems light-hearted, the intensity in which I saw a Fellow guarding our CEO is a testament that Soderquist Leaderhip is a place that values the ability to be candid with one another across the hierarchical lines.

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Topics: Leadership, Powerful Influencers, Practical Tips & Tricks

Determination: An Important Leadership Lesson

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Jan 8, 2015 4:33:00 PM

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure to attend the annual Fred Forum in Vancouver, British Colombia. The FRED organization is devoted to elevating the quality of leadership in the world through investing in leaders focused on developing other leaders. During the forum, participants like me were sent out into the community to visit a variety of not-for-profit organizations to learn about these organizations and meet the people who lead them. The goal of these visits is to see first-hand how the leaders inspire and guide their organizations. My experience not only demonstrated how to run an excellent not-for-profit, but inspired me to lessons in life I would have never expected prior to our visit.

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Topics: Powerful Influencers, Deeper Life, Values & Ethics

Don't JUST Prepare Your People for a Positional Role

Posted by Soderquist Leadership on Oct 15, 2014 9:00:00 AM

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Topics: Powerful Influencers, Practical Tips & Tricks