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By Jim McGraw

LEAPP Ahead is a free educational program developed by Jim McGraw, a top executive at Marion Laboratories. The program delivers the effective principles of business leadership Jim learned and developed throughout his career.

"Jim's presentation was perfect for students. It was such a nice mix of essential skills blended with a bird's eye view into an incredibly successful company. To top that off, it was presented by an individual who was clearly interested in each and every student in the room."

Barbara Millard
Associate Professor, Business Entrepreneurship—Johnson County Community College

LEAPP News & Advice

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2014 Presentations

Jim’s LEAPP Ahead program has been witnessed by over a thousand students, business and community leaders in recent months, with more to come. Here’s his busy agenda so far in 2014. If you know of a group that would enjoy a LEAPP Program please send us an email.

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How To Make Better Decisions

There is no job at any level where decision making is not a critical factor. We are not paid for having brains, but for using them to generate results. When making decisions, you must be disciplined.

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Balanced Decision Making

Balanced decision making offers an opportunity for greater intellectual input in the decision making process. It also provides an opportunity for greater commitment to implementing the decision once it is made. Here is how it will work for you.

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Turn Failure Into Success

Every successful leader will encounter setbacks, when results don’t meet expectations. When this occurs, it is a true test of leadership.

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Be Careful With Success

Success is a wonderful thing and should be enjoyed. But it is a mistake to admire or bask in one’s successes for too long. It is important to move on to the next task and the next success.

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What Not To Do After Your Promotion

Congratulations!!! Imagine you’ve just been promoted from a lead technician in your department to being the department manager responsible for 45 associates. How you approach your new opportunity will be critical to your future success. The fact is, what you don’t do could be more important than what you actually do.

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Grit

One of the greatest predictors of success is how well a person deals with setbacks and disappointment. Will they “cave in” and say, “well, I tried.” Or, will they bounce back like the wheat stalks in the field who get blown down in a storm, but rise up again stronger and more committed to succeed.

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Jim's Other Projects

Reflections

As a proud and grateful citizen, I have strong convictions about America and the direction we must take to leave our nation a better place for future generations. In 2009, I decided it was time to put my thoughts on paper. “Reflections” was born and since that first edition in August, 2009, I have distributed my thoughts to an increasing list of friends, colleagues, former associates, family members and others. Read the latest articles at SkillsandReflections.com.

Skills for Success

I have been blessed with a wonderful family and was lucky to have worked with and been mentored by some very talented people throughout my professional life. They encouraged me to write this book to share my reflections on the skills I consider critical for success. Learn more about the book here.

Leadership the Marion Way

Using first-hand accounts of their years with Kansas City's most renowned entrepreneur, three former executives of Marion Laboratories reveal the business practices and values that made it one of America's most admired and successful companies and how you can apply these simple and effective lessons to your business today! Learn more about the program here.

About The Program

In just one hour, this program can change your perspective and set you and your business on a course for much greater success.

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About The Skills

Increase sales, drive profits and improve your life by learning to develop the essential skills of leadership, empathy and persuasion!

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About Jim McGraw

This former Marion Laboratories executive was one of Ewing Kauffman's inner circle—overseeing the operations of one of the country's most successful companies.

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Order The Book

Leadership, Empathy and the Power of Persuasion is self published and available for purchase on Lulu.com.

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