Leadership 2017-08-28T16:05:20+00:00


Leadership is the willingness to accept responsibility to organize a group of people to achieve a common goal.

Willingness to Accept Responsibility

Having the desire to accept the responsibility of leadership, no matter the challenge. Being able to take initiative. Managers are reactive, leaders are proactive.

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Having the skills to align people, goals and actions to achieve results. Managers force people to come together, leaders influence them to join forces.

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Having the drive to move a team towards a vision that results in achieving their goals. Leaders know the path is not always straight, but the journey is the reward.

Why Leadership Matters

6 reasons why the world needs more leaders now than ever before.


10,000 Baby Boomers
will retire today.


Taking with them 350,000 years of experience out of the workforce.


50% of working Millennials

are already in leadership roles.

6 Traits of High Performing Leaders

We have studied high performers across virtually every industry, job level and geography. What we learned is that there are 6 high performance traits that you can learn to increase your performance.


High performers have a vision, lead with purpose and intent, and drive toward achieving their goals.


High performers have a brand that distinguishes them from their peers and competitors  and stands as their reputation.


High performers are relationship builders, strong networkers and invest time to manage their connections to support their vision.


High performers able to speak and write with clarity, moving their audience to action and getting the desired results.


High performers are able to influence others, align individuals and teams, and drive towards a common goal.


High Performers are masters at time management, leading meetings, managing projects and getting high volumes of work done.

How to Identify a High Performer?

In our study of thousands of professionals, there are 3 common criteria for being recognized as a high performer. They set and achieve goals. They outperform their peers on a consistent basis.

12 Actions to Become a High Performing Leader

It is so possible for you and your team to become high performers. It takes dedicated, consistent action. It means that we are willing to CHANGE. Make the change starting today to COMMIT to being a high performing LEADER.

6 Actions
  • Determine the top 5 skills required to reach your vision
  • Assess your top 5 skill strengths & 5 skill challenges
  • Map your skill strengths, challenges to the required skills
  • Commit to 40 hours of professional development to gain the required skills
6 Actions
  • Write down your vision, core values and annual goals
  • Write down 5 things people say or would say when describing you
  • Jump online and review your social media channels
  • Commit to aligning your brand with your vision, values and goals
6 Actions
  • Write down your top 50 relationships
  • Determine who your top 10 influencers are from your relationship list
  • Map your time spent last year to your relationship and influencer list
  • Commit to investing in your top 10 influencers and top 50 relationships
6 Actions
  • Assess your current speaking comfort level and capabilities
  • Determine what you do well and what you want to do better
  • Take a speaking course or record yourself presenting
  • Commit to developing your speaking skills and confidence level
6 Actions
  • Write down the names of 5 people that influence you
  • Compare and contrast your influence ability vs. the list of names
  • Learn from the named list and emulate their influential ways
  • Commit to developing your persuasive, influential and negotiation skills
6 Actions
  • Write down the 5 most important things you have to do this month
  • Create an action list, project plan that aligns with your important list
  • Review and prioritize your list every morning
  • Commit to increasing your time management, focus and prioritization
6 Actions
  • Write down your top 3 health goals going at your own pace
  • Commit to becoming healthier tomorrow than you are today
6 Actions
  • Write down your top 3 financial goals
  • Commit to sharing your goals with a financial advisor to achieve them
6 Actions
  • Write down 3 hobbies or passions you enjoy
  • Commit to participating in 2 to 4 community events in those areas
6 Actions
  • Write down 3 names of people you admire who would give you time
  • Commit to asking and securing a mentor from this list
6 Actions
  • Buy a great business-related book
  • Commit to reading 6 to 12 books a year both professional and for fun
6 Actions
  • Assess your current positivity-level
  • Commit to being more positive tomorrow than today

What’s Your Leadership Moment?

Every leader has a moment that jumpstarts their leadership journey. Sometimes your moment is very visible and obvious, such as your first promotion. Other times, it just happens as simply as raising your hand in school, being a captain on a sports team, or asserting your idea.


I didn’t know my leadership moment was my moment for many, many years. My moment was pretty basic – my youth football coach asked, “who wants to be a captain?” I jumped to the middle of the circle and in that moment, on a suburban football field in Nashua, New Hampshire, I accepted the gift of leadership. It was pure joy, I loved the energy it gave me, I enjoyed cheering on my friends with a new voice and I relished in the additional responsibilities my coach bestowed on me. I found my passion.

This passion drove me to the top of the career pyramid as President & CEO of 4 private-equity backed companies. But a few years ago, I began to feel constrained. My “multiplier” was limited to the number of employees in the company I was leading. My vision and my passion were screaming out for me to do more. So I founded Velocity Performance to uncap the amount of people I could reach in the world and help them achieve their dreams through the gift of leadership. Every morning I wake up ready and excited to build the next leader, to fill the void, to give a gift and to multiply leadership.  And every night, I go to bed anxiously anticipating the morning to have the opportunity to build leaders all over again.


I’m in a fortunate position to have enjoyed a number of “leadership moments” throughout my life.  My strongest moment is perhaps my most recent – when I ran for Mayor of Nashua in 2015.  The mark of a good leader is often described as the ability to inspire others with disparate goals and desires to rally together toward a singular, common cause.  My mayoral campaign is a textbook example of an effort I undertook to do just that – to rally the residents of Nashua together toward a common vision of what our city could look like 10 years from today.

We came very close in our effort, but fell a few votes short in the end.  On Election Night, I looked out from the podium where I delivered my concession speech and, rather than feeling defeat, I saw only victory. This room of 200+ supporters was as diverse as any room can be – politically, personally, and culturally.  Yet, the room was united in its desire to see our city embark upon a new and exciting chapter. And it was me they were looking to, to make this happen. Leadership is the culmination of a lifetime of seeing the potential of something instead of only the challenges, and then having the mindset & character to pursue that potential and make it reality.


I was lucky enough to grow up in a neighborhood where there were a lot of kids. We had cook outs and sleepovers. We also used to play neighborhood games like “Man Hunt” and “Capture the Flag.” My younger brother used to tease me because I was always the one “taking control” and running the games. When I look back on that time, I realize those were some of my first leadership moments – rallying a group of youngin’s to come together to have some fun.

However, I think the moment that really defined me was in high school. For one of my toughest classes, we had to do a group project that would raise money for The Santa Fund and be presented at our School Pep Rally. We did a Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament that was positively received. I found myself as the “unnamed” leader stepping up to drive the group on the project. It was exhilarating, yet humbling. For the first time, I had to learn to not just manage people, but lead people. Having emotional intelligence has stayed with me throughout my career.


My leadership moment was at a time when I was simply trying to ‘blend in’ on the varsity lacrosse team at Northwestern University. It was my freshman year, so I had many upperclassmen to look up to as leaders. In my mind at the time, underclassmen weren’t meant to take on leadership roles. I had generally been the type of person who wasn’t super vocal, but always tried to set a good example. I worked extremely hard to improve my game and put in extra time, which led me to my defining leadership moment.

It was a few games into that freshman season and I was getting considerable playing time. My confidence was rising, but I still reassured myself that I was only a freshman and to ‘know my role.’ In an evenly matched game against UConn, I noticed a need for someone to step up. I got a wave of confidence, which I believe was a result of the hard work I had been putting in. I felt I could raise my game to another level and bring my teammates with me. After scoring 8 goals and contributing all over the field, I felt I led and inspired my teammates. Even though I was only a freshman, I was proud and humbled to play a leadership role on the team.