Something interesting happens whenever I ask my coaching clients what “leadership” means to them.
Some people describe an exec whose words and direction are well-respected. Someone who sounds like a leader.
Others describe power, or showmanship – the look of leadership.
Neither are completely wrong….leaders do often need these qualities.

But is that what being a leader is really about?
I can tell you that true leadership in business – the kind that affects KPIs – is measured by what you can help your team accomplish.
Your effect on your people, day after day, and year after year, in a wide variety of circumstances.

The results
This April, we’re helping business leaders learn the skills they need to effectively lead their organizations on a journey to another destination, a better place – and it all starts with Visionary Leadership

This five-segment, self-guided video training series was made for business leaders who want to rocket their management skills to the next level in just weeks with:

  • Less thinking like a traditional boss, and more like a visionary
  • The wisdom to turn average employees into leaders 
  • Smarter, more meaningful employee engagement
  • Systems of accountability

Something interesting happens whenever I ask my coaching clients what “leadership” means to them. 

Some people describe an exec whose words and direction are well-respected. Someone who sounds like a leader. 

Others describe power, or showmanship – the look of leadership. 

Neither are completely wrong….leaders do often need these qualities. 

But is that what being a leader is really about? 

I can tell you that true leadership in business – the kind that affects KPIs – is measured by what you can help your team accomplish. 

Your effect on your people, day after day, and year after year, in a wide variety of circumstances.

The results. 

This April, we’re helping business leaders learn the skills they need to effectively lead their organizations on a journey to another destination, a better place – and it all starts with Visionary Leadership

This five-segment, self-guided video training series was made for business leaders who want to rocket their management skills to the next level in just weeks with: 

  • Less thinking like a traditional boss, and more like a visionary
  • The wisdom to turn average employees into leaders 
  • Smarter, more meaningful employee engagement
  • Systems of accountability


It’s already Day 17 of our Motivation Madness Challenge. Crazy, right?

A few words of wisdom to help you get more out of this month:

On the path the self-development, it’s good to know what you’re already strong in – so you’ll know what to keep working on.

If you downloaded “Peak Performers Secrets” (still available for just $5), and have been following our Challenge on Instagram, you’re probably starting to notice a pattern.

Some of the 31 Truth’s you’re already doing very well. And for that, give yourself a pat on the back.

Other truths…. not so much.

So, in the spirit of March Madness, we provided this fun 5-minute exercise for self-evaluation.

Why not do your own “brackets” with the 31 Truths?

Here’s how to discover your “Winning Truth” – and know where to keep working:

  1. Download the activity sheet
  2. Pick your favorite 16 qualities
  3. Line them up, and work through the brackets until you find your winner
  4. Give yourself some much-deserved commendation, and make a plan to move forward!

Not only is it fun – it’s downright eye-opening!


Find Your Winning Trait >

If you can’t tell, we’re pumped for March Madness 2021. 

Not just because it just might be the single-greatest postseason event in organized sports…

…but also because of a very special March challenge.  

Starting today, we’re giving you a chance to level-up your game for less.   

From now until March 31st, you can get any one of my audio training programs for up to 75% OFF. 

And “Peak Performer’s Secrets” is a great place to start. 

As a professional athlete, I knew mastering the fundamentals was key to performing at a high- level. 

When I entered the world of business over 20 years ago, my mindset was the same. I needed someone to teach me the basic, ground-level principles that would lead to success every time. 

I never did find that perfect guidebook. So instead, I made my own. 

Recorded during a live keynote address, “Peak Performer’s Secrets” is a fast-moving compilation of the 31 fundamental principles of business success. 

These thirty-one “truths” are fool-proof ways to take your career to the next level. 

For less than the cost of hot wings at a game, you can have your own personal cheat-sheet full of the go-to habits of peak performers.  

Learn the habits that will help you the most out of every day, and feel the satisfaction that comes with accomplishing the tasks you set out for yourself, including: 

  • How to Set Objectives and Remain Focused
  • How to Manage Your Time and Energy Effectively
  • Living a Balanced Life with Constant Practice
  • Harnessing Your Strengths and Recognizing Your Weaknesses

Master these principles, and you’ll be able to think, execute, and dominate like a pro – from the boardroom to the sales floor – anytime and every time. 

Seriously, what have you got to lose? 

Get Peak Performer’s Secrets for just $5 → 

“The problem human beings face is not that we aim too high and fail, but that we aim too low and succeed.” — Michelangelo

The single most important factor that impacts whether or not a person finds success – whether it be in their personal or professional lives -– is…

Mindset.

Think of it this way. The human brain LOVES a pattern.

What you think about day in and day out directly impacts what you do.

Not the other way around.

So it’s essential to get this foundational element right.

Again: mindset accounts for the primary distinction between who achieves success and who does not.

And if you’re serious about achieving success in any and all parts of your life, you must master yours.

If you don’t do anything else this month, start adopting these four mindsets of super-successful people:

1. Growth Mindset

A growth mindset thrives on challenges and sees any failures as opportunities for growth and as a stepping stone for your next move. Learning to cultivate a growth mindset is like planting a seed in rich soil. It encourages the plant to flourish from the start. Alternatively, planting a seed in earth that’s dry and barren is what we call a fixed mindset. You only set the plant up for failure from the very beginning.

2. Celebrating the success of others

Celebrating others’ success is important for your success. If that seems a little strange, here’s why you should: If you can’t celebrate others’ success, why would anyone celebrate yours?

When you celebrate others, you foster creativity and build community. And if you’re not where you want to be, your day will come. But until that day, you can always start by focusing on the good others are putting out into the world!

3. Embrace your mistakes

We’re conditioned to hide our shortcomings and lie to cover missteps in order to appear successful to our competitors, loved ones, and ourselves. Doing this will only HURT you in the long run.

Get rid of your buts

This one is HUGE.

It involves the way you speak to yourself – your internal vocabulary. If you want to be successful, take the word “but” out of the conversation!

In my line of work, I meet people all of the time who are unsettled. Folks have a concept or idea and it dies there. Their dreams end up dying because they’re too busy saying “no” to themselves and don’t know what to say “yes” to.

When I wrote my best-selling book All Buts Stink!, one of my main goals was to help teach people how to lock into their vision.

All Buts Stink! Is for for people who need to start saying YES. but don’t know how.

Here’s what a few happy readers had to say about it:

“Walter Bond is a gem. If he can’t fire you up … you’re dead.” – Don Sturgill

“This book has helped me usher out my “But’s” and do what I know to do. Very good teaching and read.” – Kim

“Walter is a tremendous speaker and this book is a great read. I mean, I watched the guy play ball at Williams Arena back in 1989 or 1990, sixth man then. Now he is the man! Couldn’t be happier for the guy and the points he fires at you are meant to stick.”
– SDhuntingdog4

With a positive mindset shift comes success. Are you ready to take command over your vision and future? If so, make the conscious decision to master your mindset to achieve the success you deserves.

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Some of life’s journeys are harder than others.

And as a business leader, chances are you’re the kind of person who takes the road less traveled.

If you’re on that path, I’m proud of you. It’s not for the weak.

There’ll be A LOT of times where you’ll find yourself at a crossroads.

But here’s a thought for you, brave soul….

What if I told you there was an easier way to get to where you want to go – no matter how hard the journey?

What’s the secret?

The answer is going to shock you, I promise….

Are you ready?

You sure?

Invest in your map.

Maps are drawn by people who have been there.

They’ve made the journey, maybe even a few times.

And they’ve marked every cliff, every broken bridge, all the peaks, and places where there’s quicksand.

Right now you may be thinking, “I’m independent. I do everything myself! I don’t need a map!”

Trust me, I understand where you’re coming from.

Running a business can sometimes feel like a lone, treacherous journey.

You may feel that the only way to go through your unique business journey is on your own.

And a map written by someone else can feel like a questionable shortcut…

But here’s the thing…

Maps don’t force you on any one path. They just light the way.

Just like a good mentor.

A mentor can serve as your navigator, a guide that shines a light in the dark.

They’ve “been there and done that” and have the knowledge and insight to help you understand the right path to your destination.

Finding your navigator is an entirely different journey.

Can you think of someone, right now, who can help you light the way?

In the past 19 years, I’ve spoken to thousands of teams and organizations, all struggling with similar problems…and I’ve taken those learnings and condensed them for the good of any persons smart enough to pick them up.

Check out my upcoming Bootcamp.

It may be the purposeful way to connect with a mentor that you need right now.

This month, I want you to think about allowing yourself to become vulnerable.

Because it is only through opening up that you can accept generosity.

Your mentor is out there, waiting to help you with a lantern and map in hand.

Want to learn more about The Off Season Bootcamp? Check it out here.

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“One must cultivate one’s own garden.”
-Voltaire

Take a moment to imagine yourself starting your own personal garden.

Where would you start?

You could throw some seeds on the ground and hope for the best.

But if you plant where the ground is not ready…chances are you’re just throwing away the seeds.

And if you plant without a plan, you’re likely to end up with a mess. 

But what if you had someone to help you?

A more experienced gardener who could tell you what to plant, when to plant it, and how to spot when your fruits and vegetables were ripe and juicy?

Someone to help you work smarter, not harder?

Running a business can be a lot like tending a garden.

Taking a step back to strategize is as necessary to your business’ success as it is for a gardener to become deeply familiar with the growth of the fruit on his trees.

If you’re going to reap the benefits, you got to sow with a plan – and master that plan. 

And picking your opportunity at the wrong time in your business (aka, when you’re in the weeds) will result in a rotten harvest.

The best time to do it is BEFORE you plant. When you can work on your business.

Before you’re working in your business

The best time is your time off – what we like to call your “Off-Season. 

Because the Off-Season is where planning gets done. Where “downtime” becomes “done time.”

And learning to make the most of your “strategic time off” is the perfect place to start.

If you struggle with taking a break and knowing when to hit the “reset” button on your business, you might want to check out my next upcoming 1-day “Off-Season Bootcamp.” 

Just last week, my team and I coached a small group of hungry entrepreneurs on how to use their strategic time off in 2021 – and I can assure you they got their money’s worth

Will you be at our next session? 

This month, I want to remind you to take the time to tend to all of your gardens.

Your business. Your health. Your relationships.

And you may find that all you ever needed for all of them to thrive was a little time off to think.

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“That can’t be right”

If you’re a business leader (or a manager), this might be your first thought after reading the following numbers: 

80% of US employees feel stressed due to ineffective company communication. 63% want to quit because of it. (Dynamic Signal)

69% of leaders admit to witnessing “finger pointing, deflecting, blaming, and/or making excuses for behaviors” on their teams (iTeam)

85%  of global workers are either not engaged or actively disengaged at work (Gallup)

         How could so many businesses struggle with the same problems?

The answer is actually simple. 

Few, if any, have stopped to address the root cause.  

As a training organization, we’ve discovered the often-overlooked sources of workplace dysfunctions – and in the process, helped business leaders across the country transform work groups into truly UNSTOPPABLE organizations. 

Click here to check out our highly-requested team-building program.

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Do you know what the number one complaint among workers in 2020 is?

You might think it’s uncertainty. Maybe job security.

But according to a recent study done by Metlife, that’s not the case.

It’s being tired.

The freedom of working at home has come at a price – added stress from poor work location, children and pets, and a million other distractions.

And dysfunctional management isn’t helping.

Another study found that “managers ability to coach and not boss” is the reason for 70% of variance in employee engagement scores.

Seventy-percent.

The hard truth is, without a properly re-trained management team, you’re looking at a rough Q3 and Q4.

More absences.

More burnout.

Dramatically lower productivity.

You might get the same time out of them, but definitely not the energy or passion.

Make sure your management team is equipped to deliver the emotional support, clarity, and strategies to make
remote work easier. Click here to check out how we build high performing teams here (virtual teams too).

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An old connection puts you on to a once-in-a-lifetime job opportunity.

Drinks with a friend leads to a business idea that could turn your whole year around.

Can you guess what these events have in common?

They’re a direct result of being aligned with the right people.

Well, I’d expand on that…

Some people will tell you that it’s not so much what you know, as it is who you know.

Nearly every major win you’ll experience in this life will have something to do with knowing the right people at the right time.

That’s why this week’s emails are all about relationships.

Be on the lookout for tips on how you can:

  • Recognize and cultivate potential relationships of mutual benefit
  • How to get other people to value being connected with you
  • How the strongest networkers (read “Sharks”) leverage their opportunities

In the meantime, check out my bestselling book “SWIM: How a Shark, a Suckerfish, and a Parasite Teach You Leadership, Mentoring, and Next Level Success in our Shopify store.

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