How to Raise Morale Quickly (Leader Draft)

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If you want your business or organization to grow faster, then you’ll want to watch this video on the fastest, quickest and easiest way to raise morale. It’s based on a concept I call “The Principle of Leader Draft.”

P.S. If you liked this concept of leader draft, make sure you pass this video along to some friends. And if you’re up to it, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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11 Responses to “How to Raise Morale Quickly (Leader Draft)”

  1. Robert Burrows 22 April 2010 at 7:11 am #

    Bruce, I know you had to do what you did a couple of years ago. As a still attender of SCCC, I’ve noticed a change of vision (a limiting one) and a lowering of moral. The concept of leader draft hits it on the head! It would be an interesting sight to have you as a consultant for SCCC! The relevancy of your messages and emails is what I like about you as a friend. No backing up, full speed ahead!

  2. STEVE SJOGREN 22 April 2010 at 8:29 am #

    Great thoughts Bruce. I like this idea. That lines up with my experience pretty well. Think there is a lot that goes on in organizations that harkens back to the attitude of the primary leader.
    Steve Sjogren

  3. David Anderson 22 April 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Great advice and a wonderful reminder. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Bruce Johnson 22 April 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    Bob, Steve and David

    Thanks for your encouragement! Leader Draft really does matter! Keep passing on the message!


  5. Skip Weisman 22 April 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    I love the concept of “Leader Draft.” Leaders influence their environment in so many ways they don’t realize. I’ve recently begun writing in a very similar way about how a leader’s habits of communication positively and negatively impact their people and organizations. People learn how to treat each other in an organizational culture by how the leaders do it.

    Some times like the one you identified the leader just has blind spot someone needs to bring to their attention. Others, especially when it comes to communication habits, the behavior is deeply ingrained and needs a lot of work to break through.

    The other point is that to make the shift you are talking about leaders need to incorporate humility in to their characteristics and traits and how they show up, so that others are comfortable giving feedback like you received. Otherwise few will have the courage to make the offering like was made to you, and everyone in the organization and the organization and the customers it serves suffers greatly.

    Keep up the good work.

  6. Bruce Johnson 22 April 2010 at 2:11 pm #


    You’re absolutely correct! While we like to complicate things, the reality is that “People do what people see!” I’m forever saying, “If there’s a problem out there (meaning with a leader’s employees/staff), then there’s a problem in here (meaning, the leader).”

    And thanks for noticing how I responded. By nature, I’m a NT (Myers Briggs) which means I learn by arguing. I love debate (even started a debate club in high school). However, the one time I’m very aware of to NOT do that is when someone confronts me on something. Why be defensive or argumentative? It does nothing to move anything ahead. Furthermore it stops any form of listening or learning. In fact, you just gave me an idea. I may blog or create a video on this very issue. Thanks!

  7. Skip Weisman 22 April 2010 at 2:44 pm #

    That’s a great point. For many people “If they are a hammer, everything looks like a nail”
    One size fits all approach to personal interactions. With that approach you connect with a very small percentage of people.

    I think your response was perfect as it opened the door to the conversation and greater learning. I’m looking forward to your next video on that very issue.


  8. David Burnett 23 April 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Bruce – thanks for this message! While I try to be “on” in front of my people, I took your “leave it in the car” words to heart and thought about the drive home also. I know my children draw energy from me as much as anyone, and I am now also practicing the concept of “parent draft”.


  9. Bruce Johnson 23 April 2010 at 5:24 pm #


    Excellent! Now you can create the video for Parent Draft!


  10. maria hayden 26 April 2010 at 12:43 am #

    Hi Bruce! I loved your piece on Leader Draft, it really spoke to me but not as a company leader, but as a leader at home, with my girls (my husband is in Afghanistan finishing a year-long deployment)…. Sometimes I don’t think about how much my mood colors the whole atmosphere in the home, and I certainly will remember now to set a good example by maintaining a more winning and positive attitude.
    I still remember your wonderful lectures from the stage at Seneca Creek, and I am very glad to see your consulting firm growing and accelerating beautifully. Thanks for continuing to share your wisdom and life-changing lessons.

  11. Bruce Johnson 26 April 2010 at 7:07 am #


    So good to hear from you. It has been a long time! And I think you and David (the comment before yours) are both on to the same idea–Parent Draft is just as valid as Leader Draft–absolutely!!!


    P.S. And you’re welcome :-)

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