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Lee Colan didn’t shut up. He thought he was a good listener, but a friend shared with him after a meeting that he didn’t really hear what people had to say. That’s when Lee realized he had to work on his skillset and his mindset. Now he shares this insight in helping others be more positive coaches.

Lee was born in Franklin Square, New York a suburban community on Long Island.  When he was seven, his family like many families at that time migrated to the southern tip of Long Island known as Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  There he developed a love for sports, particularly football and basketball. Later he would come to more fully appreciate the discipline and lessons gleaned from participating in team sports.

Lee was blessed with a stable, unconditionally loving family. He was the youngest of three children with a sister three years older and a brother 15 years older…. so Lee was clearly a late in life surprise for his parents!

Lee’s parents were part of the Greatest Generation, so hard work, education and caring for others were core values. His mother was a book keeper and his father was a commercial artist, so Lee inherited equal parts of analytical and creative skills. He also had five educators in his extended family which infused Lee with a desire to train and educate even if not in a traditional school classroom.

Lee held various corporate leadership roles with American Airlines, Sandoz (Novartis) and FoxMeyer (McKesson). He was a consultant with two premier firms: Booz, Allen & Hamilton and Mercer earlier in his career. His last corporate post was as Vice President for Physician Reliance Network, one of the fastest growing NASDAQ companies at the time.

He co-founded The L Group, Inc., a management consulting firm focused on leadership, in 1999. His business partner for the past 20 years and co-author of the last six books is also his wife of 32 years.

In addition to serving his clients, writing and speaking, Lee also serves on the Board of Directors for Pacific Seafood Group, the largest fully integrated seafood company in North America. He is a former director for Aztec Systems who was ultimately sold to a private equity firm. He also served on the Advisory Board for ASSET InterTech.

Lee views his business as his ministry, so he regularly gifts his time to numerous individuals who are in life or career transition and also to agencies who need a clear focus or just a pair of hands. Some of those agencies include The United Way, North Texas Food Bank and Grace Bridge.

Lee lives in the Dallas area with his wife, Julie. They have three children – one works in advertising like his grandfather and lives in New York and two of them currently attend Wake Forest University. Their three kids have co-authored a book titled, Please Listen Up, Parents:  12 Secrets YORU Kids Want YOU to Know.

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“If you’re helping people get the best out of themselves, you’re probably a pretty darn good coach.” Click to Tweet

“Leading people hasn’t really changed much in a 100 years.” Click to Tweet

“If you really love people, you could be a great coach.” Click to Tweet

“If you explain expectations you get alignment.” Click to Tweet

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“If you involve your team you get ownership.” Click to Tweet

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“A positive coaching mindset, times positive coaching habits, results in winning results and relationship.” Click to Tweet

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“The bookends of success are initiative and closure.” Click to Tweet

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“We need to proactively address stuff when it’s a mole hill.” Click to Tweet

“As a leader we have to know that it’s our own discomfort needs to be subordinated to what’s in the best interest of my team.” Click to Tweet

“You never what to put your own creditability at risk because that’s the main thing you have as a leader and coach.” Click to Tweet

“If you don’t have integrity, no one’s following you.” Click to Tweet

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“A friend is someone who is willing to tell you what you really don’t want to hear.” Click to Tweet

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Hump to Get Over

Lee Colan didn’t shut up. He thought he was a good listener, but a friend shared with him after a meeting that he didn’t really hear what people had to say. That’s when Lee realized he had to work on his skillset and his mindset. Now he shares this insight in helping others be more positive coaches.

Advice for others

Have faith to know that everything works out okay.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

My mindset of feeling that I was a better writer about leadership than I was a leader myself.

Best Leadership Advice

You don’t have to know everything; you can be resourceful.

Secret to Success

Turning strategy or concepts into specific actionable things.

Best tools in business or life

The three W’s. What has to happen, who’s responsible, by when.

Recommended Reading

The Power of Positive Coaching: The Mindset and Habits to Inspire Winning Results and Relationships

The Prophet (A Penguin Classics Hardcover)

Contacting Lee Colan

Website: https://www.thelgroup.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/leecolan

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/leecolan/

Resources and Show Mentions

Call Center Coach

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2019-06-19T03:15:14-04:00June 19th, 2019|Podcasts|1 Comment

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  1. Lee Colan June 19, 2019 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    Jim, It was a real treat to be a guest on your show and share my thoughts with the Fast Leader Legion!
    I appreciate your professionalism and passion for leadership. Happy to address any other questions your listeners might have right here or at Lee@theLgorup.com. Thanks again!

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