Blog - Leadership

How Great Leaders Get People to Do What They Want

Tired of being disappointed and wondering how to get people to do what you want? Try this 5-minute leadership exercise that will help you align any kind of team with your mission. I…

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Why Every Leader Should Learn to Mime

I’ve had the privilege of working with dozens of Fortune 500 companies in my speaking career. For all that these businesses are doing right and for all of their ingenuity, I’m always disheartened to hear…

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What Real Leadership Looks Like

Are you using your gifts to make an impact on the lives of others? There’s one thing you can do to become a great leader, and it doesn’t have anything to do with project management…

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Don’t Be the Next Toys R Us: 7 Ways to Embrace Business Innovation

Giving my Keynote at conferences all over the nation means that I get an inside look at business innovation across industries. News flash: change is the new normal, and in order to survive,…

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3 Energizing Ways to Begin A Meeting

Do you have a meeting in 5 minutes? Not sure how to open it in a way that blows your clients (or coworkers) away? Here are three techniques I use that make people…

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What is Effective Leadership? Sharing Off.

What is effective leadership? It’s recognizing your gifts and your skills and sharing them off. The other day, my daughter and I were enjoying Cincinnati’s famous Graeter’s Ice Cream. There were two or…

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Going for the Golden Arches

Last month, I got to celebrate my friends Jeff and Mary Monfort, owner/operators of several McDonald’s restaurants and the deserving winners of a 2018 Golden Arch Award. Jeff and Mary Monfort are lovin’…

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Empowering Your Employees: The Key to Customer Service

If I walked into your place of business today and brought a complaint about a product or service to one of your front line people — whether a receptionist or someone at the…

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Want Job Security? Become an Entrepreneur.

I get it: you need a job that provides an income you can count on. But you shouldn’t have to work in a career that you don’t love in order to pay the bills….

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He Does NOT Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Have you ever noticed how some people seem to be celebrating Valentine’s Day every day? They don’t share their love on February 14th only—they are bursting with love year-round for every person they…

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How His Insomnia Gave Hope to Thousands

Have you heard of the band Telehope? I’ve been honored to mentor them as they rise to national success. I remember the first time I heard Ben play the piano. He was totally…

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How to Present a Message that Sticks

Whether you’re getting ready to pitch the next big idea at your meeting, present in front of your department soon, or have been asked to be a guest speaker at a national convention,…

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Why is Your Office Lifeless?

There’s no question that employee turnover is expensive, so with more and more companies struggling to engage and retain their workforce, everyone’s trying to figure out what bait works best. Free food, gym…

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FRONT ROW with Cory Asrilant: Call me Frankenstein

Happy Halloween everyone! Here is a post that I did a few years ago about the nicest Frankenstein you will ever meet. Picture this: I’m on stage speaking to the marketing department at…

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Leadership Life Hack

You may have heard of–or attended–a business training retreat or conference. These can be incredibly useful to learn more about the current business world, new developments in technology or social media and becoming…

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The Multi-Million Dollar Question

I work with lots of different corporations that are constantly hiring new employees. Whether you’re an hourly employee, an executive or HR director, anyone interviewing a prospective employee needs to know the multi-million…

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FRONT ROW with Keith Norman, Food Safety Manager/Assistant Executive Chef, South Point Hotel Casino and Spa, Las Vegas, Nevada

I met Keith Norman in Chicago years ago when we both spoke at the annual Food, Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team (FACT) Society conference which helps teenagers diagnosed with severe food allergies. This…

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Making every meal a Happy Meal

So I’m not sure how many of you are aware that we at the Curtis Zimmerman Group have been working closely for the past three years with McDonald’s–not only doing live programs, but…

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