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SDN EP: 113 – Swagger – How To Become Everything You Want With Leslie Ehm

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Waiting for a thousand dollars to drop into your lap while lying in bed? Without a doubt, everyone would want that fantasy to turn into reality, but obviously, it's not going to happen if you don't work it out.  HOW? -- that the question.

You don't come into this world knowing what there is to know about achieving your goals. Many people don't have any idea what they want in life.  So, how can you "manifest" or bring good fortune and opportunities into your life? The nearest parking spot, the closing contract, the ideal spouse, etc. 

Successful individuals have developed a method for noticing and using conditions and resources to accomplish their goals faster, and that is to be a SWAGGER -- not the typical one, though.

Save the date, mark it on your calendars and never miss this life-changing episode of Stop Doing Nothing. We’ll touch base on How To Become Everything You Want, and we have no other than SWAGGER coach, author, and speaker, Leslie Ehm.

Key takeaways in this episode:

?? Swagger is manifesting who you are and holding on to it in the face of all the psychological crap, regardless of the situation or environment. As you build your swagger, people recognize that you are unshakable, unmovable in your sense of self.

?? Recognize that there's no one prescribed way of manifesting a swagger. There's no one way of showing up like anybody's swagger—what matters is it's real.

?? The key is not about glossy perfection in any way, shape, or form. It's being a perfectly imperfect, flawed human badass.

?? Understand that self-belief is way different than confidence. It's the difference between success and failure. The self-belief that doesn't rely on confidence is like jumping off the cliff, you take these risks and learn all this new stuff, but you're not going to die.

?? Live by the paradigm that we don't pick up other people's baggage at the airport, why do we pick it up in life? Stop looking for all of your validation to come from other people.

?? Remember that you only have one face. You don't show up as a different person in different situations or environments. Once you accept that that's self-acceptance, then you're not so busy trying to cover it up.

About Leslie Ehm:

Leslie Ehm is a Swagger Coach, training guru, speaker, and author who's helped thousands of professionals discover and unleash their unique brand of swagger - and finds success just by being who they really are.

Leslie's been called "better than therapy," "a rock star," "ass-kicking," "a force of nature" and even "a witch" —and she's there for ALL of it.

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Leadership Lessons

Creating an Ethics Culture Doesn’t Have to Be Hard when You Follow these Tips

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Whether you are on or off the field (for sports) or in or around the office (for business), ethics is an integral part of any team or organization. In order to be very clear, ethics is defined as being the branch of philosophy that deals with the concepts of what is right and what is wrong. As a leader, how do you go about creating an ethics culture within your organization?
Set Clear and Concise Expectations
There should never be a question regarding what type of behavior is okay and what is unacceptable. This is applicable in all parts of life. For example, each sport has clear rules on game play. These rules are a fundamental part of any training program. Having clear expectations will help everyone follow the rules.
Lead by Example
This is perhaps the most important part of creating an ethics culture. Although it may sound cliché, you cannot simply talk the talk and expect others to follow. You need to be a constant display of how to follow and fulfill the expectations that are there. Whether you are a leader in your organization or a team member, it is important to understand that there are others that are watching you and will act based on what they see.

"We're getting back to first principles ... when means we're going to have some."Practice Positive Reinforcement

This is also known as operant conditioning. When someone does exactly what he or she are expected to do, you should reinforce that behavior. Reinforcement can be practiced in many forms. It can be verbal praise for a job well done or even a simple expression on gratitude. Positive reinforcement does not have to be drastic. However, you do want that person to know that you recognize their efforts.
On the other hand, negative behavior should not be reinforced.
Cultivate Problem Solving Skills
A very important part of being a leader is allowing your team to solve problems. While in some situations it may be easier to fix the problem yourself, that does not demonstrate anything to your team. The first time you fix a problem, provide a systematic method for solving the problem to those that are involved.
You can also create fictitious scenarios for your team so that they know how to solve the issues before they occur.
Provide Tools for Growth
In order to effectively create an ethics culture, you need to ensure that your team has all of the tools they need. These tools can come in many different forms such as having the proper resources, training to use these resources, and supervision.
Give Constructive Criticism
When anyone in your organization acts in a manner that is not acceptable, it is important to address that behavior properly. Instead of just telling someone that they did something wrong, you need to point out what was done properly and provide feedback on what should be improved upon. The last thing you want to do is discourage a team member by berating their performance.
As you can see, creating an ethics culture is not difficult. It simply requires doing the right things consistently. Following the above principles is a great start for success.
Chuck Gallagher
Chuck Gallagher

Chuck Gallagher is a business leader, author and speaker on the subject of ethics, choices and consequences. Featured for his unique perspective on ethics and ethical leadership, Chuck has appeared on CBS, NPR, and CNN and in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and Business Week publications. While his client base is typically businesses, Chuck finds great pleasure in working with schools to impact, influence and empower youth to make ethical choices. Chuck can be reached at

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Leadership Lessons

What Everybody Ought to Know About Business Ethics

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Ethical behavior is about having personal integrity, meaning that you are always honest and true in doing business as well in your personal life. But, some people have problems in defining ethical behavior and that can become a problem. People define ethics in a way that suits them most or is socially acceptable. For example: I often ask in my presentations, “How many people feel that voluntarily breaking the law is unethical?” Most everyone raises their hand. That is followed with this question: “How many of you have driven on the interstate highway in the past two weeks?” Most everyone raises their hand. Then the last question – which likely now you have guessed: “And, how many of you have voluntarily exceeded the speed limit by 5 to 10 miles per hour?” Everyone raises their hand! So you feel that breaking the law is unethical yet you gladly do so. Confusing right?

In order to be ethical in business, you first need to demonstrate ethics in your everyday life activities and decisions, because if you don’t, how will you do it in your professional life. Don’t expect someone else to do it for you. Now does that mean don’t speed? To be clear, that’s not the point. What is true is that honest people will make dishonest and unethical choices if they feel that it is socially acceptable. In other words, it’s OK if everybody does it.

What is Business Ethics?

Like we said, ethics is applied to business the same way it is applied to personal behavior. More specifically, business ethics applies to ethical behavior in a business environment. Ethical business must abide by laws and regulations, it must be operated honestly, the competition needs to be fair and the working environment has to be reasonable for its employees. Besides this, a partnership has to be created between customers, investors and vendors. So, the best interest of every stakeholder is to be taken into consideration and included in every decision. While there are differing theories of business ethics – as we can see today not all choices that benefit just one class are ultimately the right choice for a business. The choices Volkswagen made seemed to benefit its shareholders – at least in the short term – but in the long term they were choices that created a disaster!

How To Be Ethical In Business?

For a business to be ethical, the company needs to operate fairly and honestly. So, some of the characteristics must be: respecting and treating the employees, investors, customers and everyone else who has any role with the company fairly; having honest communication with every stakeholder both internally and externally; dealing with them with integrity; setting high standards for responsibility and ethical behavior; having clear communication about policies both internally and externally with stakeholders. In other words, the core values of the organization tend to always come through when it comes to long term decisions. It is safe to say that many people today are questioning Volkswagen’s core values. The same can also be said for a number of companies that have met with unexpected consequences from their choices – just ask the former folks at Enron.

Ethical Dilemmas You Can Encounter in Business

In some cases, not all unethical behavior is illegal. Many times, companies can face ethical dilemmas that are not illegal and they have to carefully navigate through them. To see how this might look like – for example, if a travel agency wants new customers, they will put the price for a vacation in the Bahamas and the customers will choose whether this price suits them and they will book the trip, and this is ethical behavior. But, if that same agency states that they offer a free vacation to attract customers to book through them, and when they call, they find out that there is pricey booking fee – that is unethical. One example of unethical behaviors is not giving information. For instance, when you are buying a used car and you ask the salesperson about whether the car was involved in an accident and they say no, where in fact the car was in an accident – that is also unethical behavior. Also, if you are bribing, or promising things that aren’t true, treating employees unfairly – that all is defined as unethical behavior in business.

Your core values – the ethical moral compass of your organization – generally provides the guiding principles when it comes to the choices that are made at senior levels. I was working with a multi-national company – Fortune 50 company – that told me straight up that they were not doing business in China. When I pressed them as to why, they were clear…they didn’t pay bribes for work and since that was almost culture in China, they elected not to do business there. Here their ethical culture was shinning through.

How Can Good Business Ethics Affect Your Business?

Companies who are demonstrating ethical behavior and certain responsibilities are generating better results and that is why the impact of ethical behavior should never be underestimated. If you have good ethics in your company and incorporate them well, that will define your organization, from the CEO to the lowest-level employee, to behave responsibly. Ethics should be a part of every company’s strategy from planning to execution. You shouldn’t put too much pressure and set unrealistic goals, which can make employees feel extreme pressure and believe that there might be a chance that they can lose their jobs. They need to understand that business ethics is just like personal ethics, the right thing needs to be done where there is a difficult choice.

So, put in simple words, ethics is learning what is right or wrong, and choosing to do the right thing, but when in business, that right thing is not always easy to do. The main aspect is to always discern right from wrong and good from evil. So, always do the right thing, even when you find it extremely difficult and even if it will not be to your advantage.

What everybody ought to know about business ethics – what do you think?

Chuck Gallagher
Chuck Gallagher

Chuck Gallagher is a business leader, author and speaker on the subject of ethics, choices and consequences. Featured for his unique perspective on ethics and ethical leadership, Chuck has appeared on CBS, NPR, and CNN and in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and Business Week publications. While his client base is typically businesses, Chuck finds great pleasure in working with schools to impact, influence and empower youth to make ethical choices. Chuck can be reached at

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