Suggested Reading

Personal Development:

Leadership Skills:


Notes & Links

“Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

1. Transition from Player to Coach

“Successful people become great leaders when they learn to shift the focus from themselves to others.” – Marshall Goldsmith

You have previously been rewarded for what you do. Going forward, you will be rewarded for what you can lead others to do.

  • Planning / Outlining
  • Timelines
  • Alignment / Understanding

Other opportunities for experience:

  • Coordinate a special event for a non-profit
  • Coach a youth sports team


2. Develop your Communication Skills

“Rank does not confer privilege or give power. It imposes responsibility.” – Peter Drucker

The value of your technical skills will be limited by your ability to communicate.

  • Written: Emails, letters, reports, proposals
  • Verbal: Presentations, meetings
  • Digital: Social Media

Alignment is critical – does your team understand how company goals apply to them?

Have one-on-one meetings with your team

  • If we could improve in any way, how would we do it?
  • What’s our number one problem?
  • What’s not fun about working here?
  • Who in the company is really doing great?
  • Whom do you admire?
  • If you were me, what changes would you make?
  • What’s the biggest opportunity we’re missing out on?


3. Have a Stop Doing List

“The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say “no” to almost everything.” – Warren Buffett

This correlates with number one. What will you stop doing to make time for growth?

(Hint: It’s usually the easy stuff – counting cash, wiping down tables, etc.)

3 Things on Jim Collins Stop Doing List

A New Kind of New Year’s Resolution


4. Develop Your Organization System Now

– Morning Routine

– Projects List / Calendar / To-Do’s

 Remember the Milk


5. Stay Healthy

Your health is your most important asset.

  • Physical: Fitness, Food, Sleep
  • Mental: Meditation, Stress Management
  • Financial: Margin, Planning
  • Growth: Curiosity, Learning