Matt’s Leadership Toolkit - the trailer

Leadership Coaching for Humans

I focus on getting leaders out of the tactical weeds so their team can execute towards a crisp strategic vision while leaders spend more time on what’s next.

My 1:1 and small group leadership coaching focuses on three things:

Lead with succession in mind

Make innovation a team thing

Be human

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I’m currently exploring mashups of this content with a fun course I’ve created on electrifying vehicles and homes called mynextelectric.com. If you’re curious about that delicious COMBO PLATTER - coaching for your team leaders + fun electrification courses for everyone in your company/community - please connect with me below!

How to use the toolkit: Between & after coaching sessions
  • This is a menu, not a step-by-step Lego kit booklet.
  • Take what resonates, leave behind what doesn’t.
  • If you don't know where to start, consider the purple.
  • Spend 80% of your time focusing on section 1.
  • These are best used as a list of things to help structure regular venting sessions with a coach or advisor. If you want to talk about how I coach, and/or join one of my leadership sprints, please reach out: mattcandler.io!
Contents: 17 tools for leading with succession in mind

1. Lead with succession in mind

  • 1 go-to framework: Succession
  • 2 sources of informal power
  • 3 duties of a board
  • 4 duties of a CEO
  • 5 types of decisions
  • 6 leadership styles

2. Make innovation a team thing

  • Improv Comedy
  • Integrative Negotiations
  • Design Thinking
  • Pretotyping
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Lean Startup

3. Be human

  • Invest in the 20-year version of people
  • Practice Self-compassion **
  • Be aware of cognitive bias
  • Study mental models
  • Diverse teams do better
A new focus on succession

I keep coming back to Succession as the defining feature of enduring leadership because it puts us in the right time frame - longterm. And it puts us in a frame of storytelling, of defining each chapter in an organization’s life story as one that may or may not require a particular type of leadership, and perhaps a particular leader. Focusing on what my successor needs from keeps me really, really honest - in a way that serving the current team or customer base can’t.

It’s sort of like recurring revenue or passive income. If you really lead to make your successor successful, it’s the gift that keeps on giving, to the team, to the people you serve, and to you.

The following tools provide are (mostly) based in science about sound, sustainable decision making. Using them well creates a stronger sense of situational, almost out-of-body awareness of how you're engaging with other humans in any given moment.

And they're pretty easy to remember...

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