Zack Hudson

Helping others reach their fullest potential in leadership and in life. 

Intentional Leadership Growth

Build Great Working Relationships

As an adult, you spend the majority of your productive hours of the week working with and alongside other people. In order for you to be the most productive and carry a good sense of belonging, you need to have great working relationships with those that you interact...

Tips for positive self-talk

We have enough challenges out and about in our daily work and personal lives to sabotage ourselves with negative self-talk. Last week we looked at negative self-talk, the 4 main types of talk, and shared some real-world examples that these may play out in.  Today...

The traps of negative self-talk

I've coached hundreds of leaders through deep dives on their teams to understand each person's individual development needs. One of the common themes that come up in these sessions is this idea of a leader being too hard on themselves.We found that these people...

How to handle excuses

"Sorry, I got swamped with some other stuff."  "I thought Scott was going to take care of it." We've all had to deal with excuses and we've all given excuses to others in both our personal and professional lives. Life happens. There are times when you run across...

Overcoming the shift in a new role – from doing to leading

Whether it’s a larger promotion in leadership, or your first time leading others, jumping into a new role can be exciting and rewarding long term. Despite all of your goals, dreams, and ambitions, you can flounder in your new role, if you approach it the wrong way....

Building trust with a new team

One of the guarantees in your work life is that you are going to be a part of new teams as you go on your career journey. Whether you are jumping on a team as a leader or a follower, it’s important to begin building that trust with them as early as possible. While the...

Be a Jedi

While most of the kids in my elementary school wanted to be sports stars growing up, I wanted to be a Jedi. I ran through the woods around our country home training to be a Jedi. During the summer, I would burn a whole day watching all three of the original movies...

Be the willow tree

I love willow trees. It stems from my early childhood when we didn't have much, but we did have a huge (to me) willow tree that grew in our backyard. They are found all over the world, but the one in our backyard was the only one I saw as a child. It was unique,...

Be the glowstick

Our family loves glow sticks. We typically keep a pack of the sticks and some of the necklaces and bracelets just in case a need arises on a trip, campout, or just a fun time in the backyard.  Our kids and friends are always pleasantly surprised when we hand them...

Be a goose

When you think about geese, there may not be a lot of positive things that come to mind. They can be mean, very territorial, and leave a mess everywhere. Many years ago when I lived in Birmingham, AL, I would go on runs around these beautiful little lakes in a large...

Four ways to find purpose in your work

I seem to coach and help a lot of leaders looking for their next job or step in their career. One thing I always stress is for the person to find their job, not just any job. (Ep 228-231) There is an intentional reason behind the distinction between the two; your job...

Showcase your work ethics

Your work ethic is a driver behind how you go about doing your work. Companies are continuing to increase the value of those that lead themselves with a strong work ethic, not only because of how productive they are but also because the world is changing. Customers...

Dealing with feedback that is not well received

Wouldn't it be nice if everyone was open to feedback, thankful for the insight, and then acted on the information in an impactful way? Leadership certainly would be easier, but unfortunately, that's not the reality that the majority of us face when giving feedback to...

Feedback in the right setting

Feedback in life and in work is essential for our personal growth. It's important for you as a leader, friend, and family member to share feedback that adds value to the person that you are giving it to.  Equally important to the actual feedback that you give is...

Building trust when you are new

Being new to an organization or new role can be an exciting time. Your energy and engagement levels are very high and if you found your job instead of settling on any job out there (EP 228-231), you likely have high hopes for your future with the company. ...

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Leadership Series

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