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Are you using frameworks properly?

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:48:58 +0000

The concept of frameworks gets bantered about frequently. So much that often the actual substance in focus is less framework and more… well, I don’t know. Let’s call it an attempt to define how people should get things done. The confusion over frameworks gets us into trouble. The Straight Talk Framework is a system for success. […]

Leadership and communication are actually layers, not levels

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:36:11 +0000

Straight Talk is a system for success. An open, transparent, and consistent method to get results. It’s the most rapid, complete way I know to develop the foundation for exceptional leadership and powerful communication. Straight Talk is a way to clarify focus, prioritize effort, and gain confidence in the best next step. Better decisions, faster, […]

You need to embrace Straight Talk as more than communication to unlock the value

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 15:58:47 +0000

What is Straight Talk? Look it up (and move past the wireless plan in the US) to confirm Straight Talk is a direct, plain, and honest manner of speaking. We love it when someone talks straight. It’s refreshing. But it’s just a different way to communicate, right? Not everyone is ready for Straight Talk, are they? […]

“What is Straight Talk” – explained on the EIS Podcast, Part 1

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:38:10 +0000

I recently had the opportunity to speak with Timothy DeBlock about the Straight Talk Framework. You can check it out here: Tim opened with a solid question about mindset. I think you’ll like the answer. Overall, we engaged in a solid discussion about what Straight Talk is, how it works, and who it’s for. We talked […]

Leadership Class 2: Take 2 – a better experience for you

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 23:03:25 +0000

Cohort 2 of the Straight Talk Leadership Experience Launched this week. I’ve had some great conversations with interested leaders. A few teams signing up right now. And this morning I had a realization (on how to make this better). Let’s try this again. Allow me a second chance to explain the program better and welcome […]

How the Straight Talk Leadership Experience 300% value guarantee works

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 20:02:02 +0000

Value is imperative. It’s a concept I’ve written about, spoken about, and trained leaders on. Value is an essential component of the Straight Talk Framework. And now I offer a 300% value guarantee for the Straight Talk Leadership Experience.  Let me explain why I’m offering it and how it works. Just this brief intro is useful to […]

Do you qualify for this team approach to Straight Talk?

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 21:49:20 +0000

What if you could solve a pressing team challenge while developing individual ability to use the Straight Talk Framework? If your team qualifies – get this new team approach added to your Straight Talk Leadership Experience for no extra charge (this is only for teams acting before US Thanksgiving 2016). UPDATED: learn more here: The Straight Talk […]

Leadership Course Experience: What to Expect

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 19:12:02 +0000

I know leaders are busy. Faced with the opportunity to engage in a course to improve your leadership and communication creates a natural reaction: Leaders that invest in themselves set the standard for the people around them. But that means knowing you’re investing in an experience that gets results. That was the challenge I took […]

Get started with the Straight Talk Framework

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 15:28:59 +0000

The Straight Talk Framework brings people together to knock down barriers and build connections. Take out the friction getting in the way of success to get results. It offers clarity of focus, priority of action, and confidence in the best next step. Straight Talk – as a concept – is plain and simple language. Nothing fancy. Take […]

October Update: How I’m making it even easier to get Straight Talk you need

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 13:56:41 +0000

Have you ever done something only to realize you wished you hadn’t waited so long? We just wrapped up the first cohort of teaching the Straight Talk Framework to leaders. As I explained before, it took some trusted advisors over a year to get me to agree to offer the online program. August came and […]

Do you want to get trained, or do you prefer to learn?

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:57:47 +0000

“I see you’re listing the Straight Talk for Leaders as an Executive Course. What’s an executive course?” I got that question more than once after launching. As explained in the need to launch to learn, I overlooked some key details. Despite the energy I put into building something useful, I never explained it. Allow me […]

If you really want to learn, you need to launch

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:50:36 +0000

Last week I launched the Straight Talk for Leaders Executive Course. In some ways, it felt like I finally launched. It also felt like I was pushing sooner than I was ready. Both are right. I finally answered the call to offer online training for the Straight Talk Framework. To get started, I followed the concept […]

Let me help you get the Straight Talk you need to prove your leadership

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 20:25:48 +0000

I’m on a mission to help security leaders earn the respect they deserve while getting the support they need to improve security. The challenge of earning respect for your leadership isn’t as easy as reading a book or taking a course. While those are good steps, it takes action that gets recognized, even sought out. […]

Use these five simple questions to prove exceptional leadership

Tue, 02 Aug 2016 20:51:31 +0000

I love questions. If you’ve been around me, that’s no surprise. The practice of asking questions is rich. It includes asking, answering, and even assessing. It relies on listening. Often I learn the most when I listen to what isn’t said. I’ve gotten a lot of awesome feedback on the release of the Straight Talk […]

Are you ready to improve security and earn respect for your leadership?

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:26:29 +0000

Most security leaders get recognized for technical talent instead of their leadership. How about you? Are you valued for your leadership? Do your executives consider you qualified to lead in any other part of the organization? Or are you the “security resource”… with a team? The reality for most security leaders is a weird limbo […]