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Run a “Red Belt” Business

Within our LearnToLead Elite Training Center adjacent to our Agoura Hills, California offices, I have a “Wall of Influencers”. On the wall are three separate photo displays where I’m posing with a substantial mentor in my life: John Maxwell, Zig Ziglar and Johnny Gyro. Maxwell and Ziglar are renowned writers, speakers, teachers and motivators. Johnny Gyro is not known in business circles, but as a ninth dan seven-time world champion karate master, represented in three separate karate halls…

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Added by Dave Anderson on January 31, 2019 at 3:40pm — No Comments

The Foundation of Accountability

I’ve written and spoken extensively about accountability in the twenty years since we started our company, Learn To Lead: how to do it, why it’s important, the consequences for not doing so, and more. In my recent How to Master the Art of Accountability seminar attendees found it helpful when I identified and outlined the two non-negotiable pillars of accountability, and how to develop both.

Essentially, holding people accountable requires both the right skill set and the…

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Added by Dave Anderson on January 18, 2019 at 4:36pm — No Comments

How to Thrive Amidst Chaos

Chaos comes and goes from all our lives, sometimes having a full blitz on us, while other times having just a minimal presence here or there. Regardless of how much chaos surrounds us at any given time, its effect is still the same - distracting us and hijacking our focus from what matters most. In this episode, Dave shares vital principles to help you thrive amidst the chaos that can easily distract you, and live your life as game changers do. Listen to it now at …

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Added by Dave Anderson on January 9, 2019 at 11:55am — No Comments

Signs and Symptoms of a Dysfunctional Team

“Dysfunctional” is defined as not operating normally or properly; having malfunctions. Following are signs of a healthy and functional team, as well as their dysfunctional counterparts. Consider which characteristic most resembles the team you spend most of your time in your organization.

Two Quick Openers on Dysfunctional Teams:



1. Dysfunctional teams are often successful teams that in reality are missing their potential by immense margins. Ironically, the team’s…

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Added by Dave Anderson on December 19, 2018 at 2:32pm — 1 Comment

Don’t Be Your Own Worst Enemy

It’s common to complain that “this or that person stressed me out,” or that a particular situation creates undue stress in your life. It’s even more common that these “stressors” are external conditions or people under which we have little or no control. This creates a feeling of helplessness that affects both confidence and effectiveness. A hard truth is that much of the stress leaders endure in the workplace, or in their personal lives, is self-induced. It’s not a matter of conditions, but…

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Added by Dave Anderson on November 30, 2018 at 12:07pm — 1 Comment

The Six Common Temptations of Playmakers

Consistency is a key separator between the playmaker and the game changer. When it comes to consistency there are some common temptations that playmakers are prone to fall for, which leave them falling short of becoming unstoppable - and this episode describes 6 that you'll want to be aware of as you work towards the game changer life. Listen to it today at https://bit.ly/2QpxkCK.

Added by Dave Anderson on November 27, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Five Ways to Take the Road Less Traveled

It's not crowded at the top; it's crowded at the bottom, where there's intense competition amongst the mediocre - those who do just enough to get by, get paid, or not get fired. The road less traveled is the path for getting to the top, and in this episode Dave shares five ways that you can take that journey towards the game changer life. Listen today at https://bit.ly/2SuKooE…

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Added by Dave Anderson on October 30, 2018 at 12:46pm — No Comments

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Added by Dave Anderson on October 23, 2018 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Drive Drama-Babies from Your Dealership

There is little that is less productive for a team member to engage in than drama, and to subsequently become a “drama-baby” in the process. In fact, there is little that equals drama’s ability to distract from priorities, waste time, drain energy, and make Alps out of anthills.



“Drama” is the result of immature acts, committed by small-minded and selfish people who are either indifferent or oblivious to the negative value they inflict on both culture and teammates. While any of…

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Added by Dave Anderson on October 17, 2018 at 4:33pm — No Comments

Fix the Roof While the Sun is Shining

JFK once said, "The best time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining," meaning don't wait for something bad to happen before making a change. The natural tendency in life is to wait for the bottom to fall out before making a change to improve our life - we wait for the heart attack, for the spouse to walk out, to be passed over or fired, and more. This episode shares areas of your life where you can't afford to wait if you want to get to game changer status. Listen to it and go fix the…

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Added by Dave Anderson on October 2, 2018 at 1:48pm — No Comments

How to Lead from the Middle

The challenges posed by leading from the middle were framed well by John Maxwell who wrote, “One of the toughest things about being a leader in the middle of an organization is that you can’t be sure of where you stand. As a leader, you have some power and authority. You can make some decisions. You have access to some resources. At the same time, you lack power in other areas and if you overstep your authority, you can get yourself into real trouble. Unless you are the owner or CEO, your…

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Added by Dave Anderson on September 26, 2018 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Master the Art of Accountability

Join the LearnToLead team next month at our Elite Center for two whole days on accountability with "Mr. Accountability" himself - Dave Anderson! For details and event registration, visit https://bit.ly/2Q3ZHTk today, or call our team at 818-735-9503.…

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Added by Dave Anderson on September 26, 2018 at 11:16am — No Comments

How to Shift a Room

Sometimes you find yourself in a situation with others where there's an evident lack of positive energy, and no sense of hope or excitement. Whether it's during a meeting, at a gathering with friends, or even at the dinner table, you have the choice to be a passive participant in the misery or to take the lead and shift the energy in the room. Game changers take the latter option, and this episode shares four things you can do in these situations, to shift the room and leave it with a sense…

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Added by Dave Anderson on September 4, 2018 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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Added by Dave Anderson on August 30, 2018 at 2:33pm — No Comments

Spotting the “Right” Leaders in Your Organization



How do you spot potential leaders in your organization? Is it the person that keeps asking for the promotion, for more responsibility, and has the drive to push their way into a leadership position? Probably not. To paraphrase Oswald Sanders, “The office should seek the leader more than the leader seeks the office.” This is not to say that ambition to grow and to want promotions is undesirable. It is, in fact, desirable as long as the person clamoring for more power is not in a state…

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Added by Dave Anderson on August 10, 2018 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Despair Doesn't Mean Defeat

At different points in our life, we can be inspired by others' stories of overcoming setbacks, traversing through adversity, and getting over hard times - using them to help strengthen ourself or to help others in their time of need. In this episode, Dave shares a true and personal story to help you in that regard, and prepare you and those you care about to be better able to live the game changer life in the face of despair. Give it a listen at …

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Added by Dave Anderson on August 7, 2018 at 1:21pm — No Comments

The Game Changer Life Podcast - Release Update

Starting this week, to help listeners catch up on missed podcast episodes and fine tune aspects of their performance and life by revisiting some of the 110 I have recorded so far, we're starting a new cadence of weekly podcast releases: alternating between a Tuesday episode, and a Friday episode. Stay tuned for the Friday 2-Minute warning later this week, and next Tuesday's special can't-miss episode on the topic: Despair Doesn't Mean Defeat.…

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Added by Dave Anderson on July 31, 2018 at 12:58pm — No Comments

Ready to become an Unstoppable Dealership?

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Added by Dave Anderson on July 24, 2018 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Make Today a Masterpiece

In today's society there is too much of a prevailing mindset that we have "throw away days" - that it is excusable to perform less than your best today, because there is always tomorrow. We each only have so many days, and the danger of this mindset is that it will leave you falling short of reaching the game changer life. In this episode Dave shares ways that you can make not only today, but every day, a masterpiece. Get more out of each day and max it out with the help of this episode: …

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Added by Dave Anderson on July 24, 2018 at 1:47pm — No Comments

Learning Leadership from Coach John Wooden



The late and legendary John Wooden is regarded by many to be one of the greatest basketball coaches of all time. In his storied 40-year career as a coach his name became synonymous with success, having had only one losing season: his first. As the head of UCLA’s men’s basketball program, his teams won 10 National Championships in a 12 year span – 7 of which were in a row – and had four undefeated seasons. Prior to his death in 2010 at the age of 99, he was honored in the College…

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Added by Dave Anderson on July 11, 2018 at 5:32pm — No Comments

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