The Tim Ancona Leadership Blog

The Tim Ancona Leadership Blog

I’ve had the good fortune of being in a variety of leadership positions for over 25 years and in the CEO position for 19 of them.

During that time, I’ve also been instrumental in helping other leaders, in some cases by sharing my mistakes so they can avoid them. That’s where the idea for these videos comes from. I’m always interested in getting better myself and doing anything I can to help others.

In these video blogs, my commitment is to be brief and to provide actionable information to help you in your leadership role. If you enjoy what you see, I hope you won’t be shy about posting comments that will help me improve.

Thanks for your time, which is the most valuable thing we can give.

–Tim Ancona


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Open Your Doors [VIDEO – 1:48]

Last week, my family and I traveled to Italy to try to find my grandfather’s birthplace. We found it, but I realized that in order for me to have found it, the people living in his former home had to open their doors to me—a complete stranger. They were so welcoming. That’s no small feat …

Focus on the Journey [VIDEO – 1:30]

My wife, Karen, and I recently did a hike in beautiful South Dakota. Scenic, right? Except the higher we got, the more fog rolled in, until we couldn’t see anything! That’s when Karen suggested we just focus on enjoying the journey itself. The same concept can easily be applied to the business world. There’s so …

2018 Global Leadership Summit Recap [VIDEO – 7:48]

About a week ago, I took a group of employees to the 2018 Global Leadership Summit, held at Rockford University. This year’s theme was “Everyone Has Influence,” and the speakers included Pastors TD Jakes and Craig Groeschel, author Danielle Strickland, and even TED Talk alum Simon Simek. They spoke passionately, had wonderful knowledge to impart, …

Learn to Listen [VIDEO – 2:16]

Sometimes, we’re so ready and willing to help someone out that we don’t fully listen first to what they’re asking of us. In my latest post, Mike, my VP of Marketing, and I show just how easily this can happen, and how embarrassing it is to be the person who isn’t listening. Slow down and listen, …

Working With Teams [VIDEO – 2:50]

In my 9 years as a high school tennis coach, I’ve learned a lot about working with teams. Whether you lead a team, or are just part of one, it’s always important to be aware of each team member’s weaknesses, as well as their strengths—and accentuate both to make sure the whole team is successful. …

Stay Relevant [VIDEO – 5:37]

How do you stay relevant? If you’re in a leadership position, or want to be in one, this is an important thing to keep in mind. From your clothes, to how you adapt to new tech, to the kinds of books you read—staying relevant helps you stay on top of the competition and shows people …

Be the Thermostat [VIDEO – 1:20]

Have you ever felt the temperature in the room change suddenly? Not hotter or colder, but something just seems off. It happens to me quite a bit, and what I’ve learned is that leaders determine the temperature in a room with their attitudes. Check out the video below for the full explanation. – Tim

Leadership Summit Takeaways [VIDEO – 7:31]

On the last blog, I talked about the Global Leadership Summit at Willow Creek I was going to attend with a group of colleagues. All of us—those who were new to the Summit as well as those returning—were blown away. The knowledge and motivation the speakers delivered was well worth the investment. In this video, …