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Transition Tips for New Leaders–Part 2

From Bud to Boss Book Cover | BIGG SuccessToday on The BIGG Success Show, we continued our conversation with Kevin Eikenberry about his fantastic book,
From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership.

Last time, we talked about the questions to ask when you’re considering a promotion and why leading others is so much more complex than personal leadership.

Hear Kevin talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast. Click a player below to listen.


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Listen to this session to learn:

  • the realization that leads to greater efficiency as a leader
  • the most important communication tool for leaders
  • what you must give your people if you want them to achieve goals
  • the mistake many leaders make which keeps goals from being reached
  • a technique to keep you on track for your goals

We highly recommend this book to you. It’s a must read if you’re considering a promotion to leadership and especially if you’re rising from within the ranks. Go to FromBudtoBoss.com to learn more or check out the Bud to Boss Community.

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Transition Tips for New Leaders–Part 1

From Bud to Boss Book Cover | BIGG SuccessWe were thrilled to talk with Kevin Eikenberry today on The BIGG Success Show. Kevin is the Chief Potential Officer of the Kevin Eikenberry Group, a leadership and learning consulting company. He is also an internationally acclaimed leadership expert, speaker and best-selling author.

We asked Kevin to chat with us about his latest book – another great one –
From Bud to Boss: Secrets to a Successful Transition to Remarkable Leadership.

Click a player to hear Kevin talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast.


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Listen to the show to discover:

  • 2 things that are happening to create more promotions from within
  • the questions to ask when you’re considering going from bud to boss
  • the thing not to worry about and what you should realize about the offer
  • the question to ask if you think you want to say no to the promotion
  • reasons that now may not be the right time
  • why leading others is so much more complex than personal leadership
  • two simple techniques to work through a tough decision

Check in next time to learn the most effective ways for new leaders to communicate and set goals.

In the meantime, you can learn more about this phenomenal book at FromBudtoBoss.com or by visiting the From Bud to Boss Community.

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The Question to Ask About Poor Performance

Back to School on chalkboard imageIt’s Back-to-School time and we’re doing ten posts on lifelong learning. It’s hard to believe but we’re already at Post #9.

Today, we want to discuss leadership. It pertains to personal leadership, but we’re going to focus on leading others. We’ve been looking at learning opportunities; we’ll discuss this subject as a teaching opportunity.


When the performance of someone in your charge falls short of expectations, there’s a very important question to ask. You start with this because the answer determines your next move. The question is:

Have I done everything in my power to help this person perform up to expectations?

If the answer is no, determine what else you can do. Then do it.

If the answer is yes, then you may have to take more drastic measures.

Start with yourself for two reasons:
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The Need to Lead – Part 1

career_opportunities We are thrilled today to talk with Douglas E. Welch on The Bigg Success Show. Douglas is the host of Career Opportunities, a fantastic podcast where he helps people build the career they deserve. He is also a writer and computer consultant with articles published in Wired, MacWorld, and the Los Angeles Times. As if that’s not enough, he also conducts seminars on podcasting for schools and businesses.

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marylynnOne of the things we wanted to talk with you about today is that you have declared 2009 “The Year of Leadership.

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douglasThis year was a definite conscious decision to choose a theme. It started about three years ago when I decided that, working alone in my home office, I had really become disengaged from my community – both the tech community that I work in and the community in general. So for my own personal decision, I decided to make that year the Year of Reconnecting and Getting Out. In 2008, I stumbled across the idea of the Year of Visibility, which I also think is very important. It’s about people making visible what they do and how they do it. So when 2009 rolled around, I realized that this was getting to be a great idea for each year. I was already working on a column and a podcast on leadership. If there’s ever been a year in my lifetime when I really needed to exercise leadership and get that out of other people as well, this is the year. We’ve simply been lacking leadership in a lot of ways across the entire world.

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georgeI love that you said you need to do this. When you announced this on your show, you were really clear that it was about personal leadership leading to engaging a community and getting other followers.

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douglasEverything starts at home. Sometimes I think we forget that. I could see in myself areas where I needed to lead more – whether that’s in my business, in my podcast, in my column or whatever. I think a lot of people have gotten the idea that leadership only exists “out there” somewhere. It’s something that takes place in the executive suite, in the boardroom, or in higher levels of government. The fact is that leadership is a fundamental aspect of our lives that we exercise – or should exercise – every single day.

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marylynnIn your Year of Leadership, what are some of the steps that you’ve been taking? What challenges have you faced?

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douglasI remember when I worked in a corporate office and lunch time would roll around and the question came up about where we were going to go for lunch. And no one would decide! It’s kind of a joke, but kind of not. One of the simplest things you can do is start making decisions. Too many of us abdicate our decision making. We don’t decide and face problems with that down the road. So most fundamentally, it’s just stepping up and making decisions. Now I realize why we don’t make decisions. We’re scared – scared of failing, scared of making the wrong decisions. The fact is there is no wrong decision because each decision you make brings you closer to what you need. If something doesn’t work, you say, “You know what, that didn’t work. We’re going to try this now.” The point is to keep moving forward and to keep making those decisions so you don’t suffer what I’ve heard described as “analysis paralysis.” You spend all your time looking at all the different options out there and never end up doing anything.

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marylynnI think one of the scariest things when you’re trying to step up your leadership role is that you might have to challenge the existing leadership. How do you tip toe around that?

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douglasOne of the ways is what we’ve already discussed. You start making decisions for yourself. It’s a relatively non-threatening way of pushing those decisions up the silo. One of the best things we can do as a human being is set a good example by our actions. As people see you making decisions, it helps them to take the reins as well and move forward.

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