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17 Memes Every Leader Needs


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A presentation on leadership that doesn't take itself too seriously.
I kept the slides simple but have many stories and talking points behind them so feel free to ping me for the deeper explanation. And/or let me know your thoughts from your own experiences.

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17 Memes Every Leader Needs

  1. 1. 17 Memes Every Leader Needs A Presentation On Leadership That Doesn’t Take Itself Too Seriously @ToddEbert
  2. 2. About This Deck From Fortune 100 enterprises to technology startups, I’ve spent nearly 30 years with my sleeves rolled up leading marketing teams that drive growth and enterprise value. I’ve learned a lot about leadership along the way and wanted to share my thoughts in a light-hearted way since one of the seventeen lessons is to not take yourself too seriously. I kept the slides simple but have many stories and talking points behind them so feel free to ping me for the deeper explanation. And/or let me know your thoughts from your own experiences. @ToddEbert
  3. 3. Leadership Traits to develop • Attitude • Drive / Heart • Work Ethic • Humor / Self Deprecation • Presence • Humility • Perseverance
  4. 4. “Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.” - Mark Twain Attitude
  5. 5. “Life is going to give you just what you put into it. Put your whole heart into everything.” - Maya Angelou “Magic is easy if you put your heart into it.” - Michael Jackson “We’re not on this stage just because of talent or ability…we’re up here because we had a dream and let nothing stand in our way.” - Kobe Bryant Drive / Heart
  6. 6. “You can’t have a million-dollar dream with a minimum-wage work ethic.” - Stephen Hogan "Talent is cheaper than table salt. What separates the talented individual from the successful one is a lot of hard work.” - Stephen King Work Ethic
  7. 7. “Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves, for we shall never cease to be amused.” - Anonymous Humor / Self Deprecation
  8. 8. “Wherever you are, be all there.” - Jim Elliott “You must be present to win.” - Cathy Chang Presence
  9. 9. “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” - C.S. Lewis “There’s always someone better than you. Even a child can teach you something new.” - Anonymous Humility
  10. 10. “I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas Edison “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” - Winston Churchill Perseverance
  11. 11. Leadership Skills to practice • Listening • Overachieving • Excellence • Walking Around • Value • Servant Leadership • Ownership • Communication • Focus / Diligence • Priorities
  12. 12. “Most people don’t listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” -- Steven Covey Listening
  13. 13. “There’s one simple but powerful rule for success – always do more than you’re expected to.” - Len Ebert “When you do more than you’re paid for eventually you’ll be paid for more than you do.” - Zig Ziglar Overachieving
  14. 14. “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” - Vince Lombardi “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” - Seneca Excellence
  15. 15. “My style will be management by being on the street and walking around. People wont have to tell me what’s going on in our city. I’ll hear it, I’ll see it, I’ll touch it myself.” - Carl Stokes Walking Around
  16. 16. Value “You’ve got to give value to get value.” - Me
  17. 17. “It doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and then tell them what to do. We hire smart people so they can tell us what to do.” - Steve Jobs Servant Leadership
  18. 18. “Don’t bring me problems expecting me to solve them. Own the problem and recommend potential solutions.” - My First Boss Ownership
  19. 19. Communication “If it’s important don’t use email … walk over [or call] and have a live conversation about it. If it’s not important don’t use email.” - Me
  20. 20. “The difference between excellence and mediocrity is attention to detail.” - Sebastian Barbarito Focus / Diligence
  21. 21. “The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.” - Stephen Covey Priorities
  22. 22. “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou