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by Tyler Palko | Posted on January 13th, 2018

This past week, I was prepping for a few interviews with local media outlets to discuss the first-ever Leadership Day Pittsburgh when mid-conversation my mind drifted to the Gatorade commercial from last year that features J.J. Watt. Talk about good marketing! I will give credit where credit is due. It is a genius commercial.

Check it out for yourself.

In this 30 second advertisement, J.J. Watt summarizes that we all believe that we are doing something to separate ourselves from the competition – whether it be an extra rep, getting to the field before dawn, or sporting the latest and greatest gear. In all actuality, these aren’t the things that separate good from great. The difference is found in the small things. The minute details. Or as J.J. Watt refers to it in the commercial: ounces. Obviously a great way to reference their product. What did I tell you? Genius!

As my mind continued to wander, I began thinking about leadership development and why this issue is such a hard nut to crack.

Allow me to explain.

Throughout my tenure at Solutions 21, I have spoken with several hundred business owners and executives who say the same thing: Read the rest at the Solutions 21 Blog >

Great Reads from Around the Web

  • You Don’t Just Need One Leadership Voice — You Need Many
    Harvard Business Review
    Why you should read it: Because "you should cultivate enough parts of your [leadership] voice so that no matter the leadership situation or audience you find yourself facing, you can respond in an authentic, constructive, and effective way." Check out various voices to access within yourself and cultivate over time, as well as the situations that warrant each voice.
  • 4 Ways To Help Employees Find Meaning At Work
    Fast Company
    Why you should read it: Because "when asked the question, 'What makes you stay at your company?' the number-one answer, representing 32% of respondents, was, 'My job–I find the work meaningful.'" And "while you can’t choose what matters to your employees, you can set the stage for employees to find meaning at work by tapping into core human needs." Take a look at four things you can do to help employees find meaning at work.
  • This Is Why Millennials Care So Much About Work-Life Balance
    Why you should read it: Because "every generation seeks a healthy work-life balance, but it's Millennials who most demand it from their employers. In today's employee market, creating work-life balance for Millennials is a compelling competitive advantage." Here's why.

Leadership Day Pittsburgh 2018

Join us and Pittsburgh’s top business leaders and entrepreneurs, leadership development experts, and millennial all-stars at the geographic nexus of tech and innovation – Bakery Square – on Friday, January 26, 2018 for Leadership Day Pittsburgh 2018! Workforce dynamics are rapidly changing as baby boomers retire in droves and millennials move into more senior roles. Start your New Year by getting social, enhancing your network, and staying ahead of this disruptive shift. We promise you it will be your best New Year’s resolution! Visit to learn more and register to attend.

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