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About Mike Nwankwo

As Founder & CEO of Apogee Leadership Group, LLC and an Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team, Mike is certified to facilitate, speak, train and coach individuals and groups in the areas of leadership development, professional skills and personal growth. Trained and mentored by John Maxwell and mentors of his world-class faculty, he is equipped with the tools, resources and experience to help you and your team improve your productivity, performance and profitability.

Privilege at Work

Considering Your Privilege Makes You a Better Colleague Another great tip from Harvard Business Review (read the entire article at https://hbr.org/2021/08/talk-about-privilege-at-work). We all benefit from some degree of privilege — whether it’s related to your race, gender, abilities, class, or other factors. These facets of our identity are part of our professional lives, whether we […]

Leveraging Resources

“Leaders see everything with a leadership bias. Their focus is on mobilizing people and leveraging resources to achieve their goals. Leaders who want to succeed maximize every asset and resource they have for the benefit of their organization. For that reason, They are continually aware of what they have at their disposal.” – John Maxwell. […]

Adopt a More Systematic Approach to D&I

Diversity and inclusion have risen to the top of many companies’ priorities in the past year. But progress has been slow. To deliver on the promises made, leaders need to adopt a more systematic, coherent approach to D&I. Here are five strategies that can help you see real outcomes. 1. Ensure the CEO positions themselves […]

How Do I Motivate Others?

As many organizations struggle with motivating employees and volunteers, a common question continues to surface. How do I motivate others? Briefly, I will share four tips from John Maxwell’s perspective. 1. Start with Motivated People. The best way to create a culture of motivation is to start with those who are already motivated. If you […]

Forging an Attitude of Gratitude

As I was studying my favorite book again this week, I was reminded of an incredible leader, Paul, who had been imprisoned, shackled, and facing severe persecution. Yet, he still encouraged his followers to rejoice no matter the circumstances. We can learn a lot from Paul… especially as we approach Thanksgiving during COVID-19, a pandemic […]

Choose Wisely

As I was studying my favorite book this weekend, these two words stood out, choose wisely. Although they are not explicitly written, they are implicitly understood. An organization was experiencing rapid growth. They were growing so fast that several needs were left unmet. A certain group of people felt as though they were excluded or […]

Leading in a Crisis – Practice Three

Practice Three for the leader is to discover the root cause. There are times when you may discover that what you believed was the primary root cause is actually the secondary cause. For example, many believed the COVID-19 pandemic was the root cause of their organizational struggles. But when they dug deeper, they found a […]

Leading in a Crisis – Practice Two

Practice Two for the leader is to enlist the help of others. You and I are not Atlas. Neither are we Wonder Woman or Superman. John Maxwell asserted, “One is too small a number to achieve greatness. You cannot do anything of real value alone”. Teamwork is at the heart of great achievement. When the […]

Leading in a Crisis – Practice One

Practice One for a person leading others through a crisis is to acknowledge the situation by facing reality. Max DuPree said, “The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality.” During a crisis, leaders do not have the luxury to ruminate on how things used to be. Nor do they have the comfort of […]

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