From Bad to Badass Leader

12 Leadership Lessons

Author & CEO Michelle D. Reines

Michelle is a speaker, author, entrepreneur, CEO, and an ever-evolving badass leader. Her book, From Bad to Badass Leader, is about her journey and lessons learned while progressing from being an ass as a boss, in pursuit of becoming a badass leader.  How she defines “Badass” is, being intentional about who she wants and needs to be as a leader.  Early, in her leadership journey, she was oblivious to the impact she had on people!  She didn’t understand the art of leading people and building badass teams; the people-part can be the most challenging for many leaders; it certainly was for her.  She’s excited to share her lessons learned, in hopes of provoking you to awaken the badass leader within; learn how to transform yourself, your team, and your organization.

Michelle is a Strategic Interventionist, certified by the man of transformation himself, Tony Robbins; and his partner Cloe Madanes. Prior launching MDR in 2012, she enjoyed a 30+ year corporate career working with, turning-around, coaching, stretching and developing a variety of high-performance, badass cohesive teams.  Today, not only is she an author and creator of the Badass Leader brand, she is the founder of MDR Coaching & Consulting, Inc., a leadership development company. Michelle is manically committed to continuous improvement, and to, quite frankly, be badass…as a woman, a leader, and an entrepreneur!

#BadassLeader   #LivetoLead  #12LeadershipLessons #FromBadtoBadassLeader

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3 Benefits of Hiring your own Executive Coach

Hire an Executive Coach

As an executive, your employees look to you to help them level-up their workplace game. You help them navigate through various situations, role-play, develop, coach and support them in growing their careers.  So, who do you turn to when you need to work on a few mechanics, sharpen your leadership game, gain some effective feedback – have someone challenge your thinking, or just have a someone to confide in? Most top performing professional athletes have coaches; successful leaders need coaches too!  There are numerous benefits to hiring an executive coach, here are three benefits I hear most often from clients:

#1 – “I am NOT alone!”

Your coach is your sounding-board, someone to confide in – outside of friends and family, plus they are someone who is external to your organization.  Lots of clients have shared how lonely it can feel at the executive level, and how beneficial it is for them to be able to share their fears, struggles and/or ambitions with their coach with the utmost confidence.  Many executives choose to hold-in what keeps them up at night, for fear of burdening loved ones or worrying peers – a coach is a safe place to decompress and share your challenges and aspirations – you are not alone.

#2 – “I have a renewed fire, focus, and flow!”

Few of my clients have been in their current roles or companies for several years, many of them know every operational in and out there is – when they wanted to reignite their passion for their role – they looked to hire an executive coach.  I have had the privilege of coaching many leaders over the years and they shared, how our relationship supported them in reigniting and maintaining their fire, focus, and flow.  In the midst of today’s fast-paced, stressful business climates, our partnership served to create a healthy anchor for them – supporting a healthy mindset, igniting their motivation and refocusing their priorities, leading to improved organizational well-being and performance.

#3 – “I create a more powerful impact as a leader!”

I enjoy bearing witness to this benefit frequently, in fact, the purpose that drives my organization forward is rooted in supporting my clients in creating this for themselves, their teams and organizations; it is incredibly rewarding to support clients in creating a positive impact for their people, teams, and companies.  Let’s face it, when leadership improves, the trickle-down is a very rewarding and powerful multiplier!  It can’t go without saying, the opposite is unfortunately also true – that is why I always encourage starting our work at the executive level – with our very own leadership mirror, building our impact “internally” first.

There are many benefits to hiring an executive coach – we look forward to supporting you in discovering and achieving your own benefits. MDR Coaching & Consulting, Inc. is here to help – contact us today to schedule your free consultation at 1-800-351-3129.

Leadership Development Resolutions: Build Your Own Rocket

Making new plans Stan? No need to be coy Roy…are great lyrics! But really, what’s your leadership development plan to take it to the next level in 2019?

Historically, I have always cultivated my “personal best” when I have a leadership development plan; what does that mean?  I am a passionate believer in Steven Covey’s Habit of Sharpening the Saw.  I have found I achieve more when I have crafted my leadership development road-map for success, specifically focused on maximizing my leadership strengths. Let’s face it, your team needs you to be the best possible version of you, especially if you are hoping to bring out the best in them.  There are many things to think about when creating your leadership development plan, it requires an honest assessment of your current leadership performance, as well as a thorough understanding of your team – who do you need to be as a leader to bring out the best in them?

Being a great leader starts by taking an honest look at yourself in the mirror, plus asking colleagues and team members for productive input, whereby gaining a better understanding of your current leadership reality. Spend some time reflecting on the last year and consider your successes, as well as any short-falls. What worked? What didn’t and why? Any lessons learned you want to carry forward? After reflecting, here are a few thought-provoking questions to get you started on defining your LDP (Leadership Development Plan):

  • What does success look like, and feel like, for you and your team by the end of 2019?
  • Are you the leader you need to be to take yourself, your team, and organization to the next level?
  • If you could only choose one area of development to focus on – what would be most impactful for you, your team, and your organization? What if you could choose two areas of focus?

  • What do you want to be most proud of?

  • What do you want to do more of or less of?
  • Are you taking care of yourself?
  • What does support look like for you; and how about for your team?

I love this take-away, from reading the book by Astronaut Chris Hadfield, what really matters is not the value someone else assigns to a goal or task, but how you personally feel while accomplishing it!

With your thoughtful, realistic, personal leadership development goal defined, it’s time to craft your road map for success.
#BuildYourOwnRocket #ElevateYourGame
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Leadership is not Rocket Science

Resolution #2 Team Alignment

Resolution #1 Build a Cohesive Team!

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Bring out the BEST in your Team with Everything DiSC® Management

Everything DiSC Management

“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.” – John Maxwell

Everything DiSC® Management

It’s no secret great managers and leaders are typically surrounded by great team members. However, to get the most out of your team, you need to be able to inspire the best from of each team member. Building a solid relationship with your direct reports is a great place to start. When each individual is motivated to perform at their best, your team has the potential to perform at its as well. Here are three ways leveraging Everything DiSC® Management can help you build solid relationships, while supporting your team in delivering their best results.

Discover Your Management Style

One of the incredible advantages of Everything DiSC® Management is, in addition to understanding each team member better, you’ll learn more about yourself and your management/communication style. It will help you take an empowered look into the mirror to understand your personality traits. Understanding your tendencies and what works, and doesn’t work for you, when it comes to how you lead each team member. This increased awareness can help you communicate more effectively and impact-fully. Everything DiSC® Management is focused on supporting you in managing your one-to-one relationships – beginning with you!  Understanding ourselves as leaders, can support us in being the type of leader each team member needs to support them in achieving their greatest potential.

Motivation and Development

In addition to building individual relationships and communication skills, you’ll understand how your behavioral preferences have a direct influence on your team’s work environment. It is a leader’s responsibility to create an environment where individual and collective motivation thrives. To do this effectively it is important to understand the motivational needs of each team member; what motivates and demotivates them, how do they like to be recognized, how do they deal with conflict; what does support look like for them? Once you have answered these questions, you will be well equipped to tailor your approach to maximizing their development.

Directing and Delegating

With this foundation of understanding, you will be able to direct and delegate tasks more effectively. You’ll understand your team’s priorities and preferences, how to advocate and get buy-in, and even how to approach conflict in a way that is productive versus destructive. You’ll be able to recognize their reactions and adjust your approach when necessary, supporting them in navigating through conflict in a way that adds value, fosters collective contribution and inspires responsible risk-taking.

Everything DiSC® Management is the easiest and most comprehensive way to bring out the best in your leadership and your team. Learn more about Everything DiSC® Management and get a free consultation by calling 1-800-351-3129 today. Improve your leadership skills and get the most out of your team with Everything DiSC® Management.

A Standard in Hiring Produces Better Results: PXT Select™ to the Rescue!

stop! PXT Select to the Rescue

One in Five new hires are “bad” or have “regretted decisions,” according to hiring managers on their team.  -CEB, Global Market survey

Great organizations know success begins with hiring the right people. In the pool of candidates, there can be superheroes and villains, bystanders and go-getters, a diamond in the rough or a lump of coal. So, what does it take to hire the right person that you know will bring value to your business? PXT Select™ will help you streamline your process and determine whether a candidate is right for the job and the organization.

Why a Streamlined Approach Works

Let’s start from the beginning and why having a consistent hiring process will help you hire the right people. If you have an inconsistent process, you won’t have consistent quality in your hires. This could be tragic for your organization’s culture, current team, and your results. Without a standard in hiring, managers will not have a roadmap to guide their evaluation. Will they hire on experience? Personality? Does the candidate fit the organization’s culture and values? Without these standards and benchmarks, the candidate may affect the company work environment and other producers within departments. PXT Select™ can help you put data behind your hiring decisions, helping you make the hiring process simple, human and smart.

Using PXT Select™ to Streamline your Process

PXT Select™ is a tool that not only helps to streamline the hiring process; it is a tool that can be leveraged throughout the lifecycle of your employees. When integrating PXT from the very beginning, you’ll get a solid vision for how your candidate thinks and behaves, as well as understanding their interests – all are essential considerations for your hiring decision. You’ll be able to expand your net for the right candidates with expanded job functions. You’ll have tailored questions to ask and know what to listen for based on the candidate’s assessment questions. PXT will help you identify ways to enhance performance to maximize the individual’s talents and contributions, which will add value to them and the organization. This tool will help you match people with the right role, leading to increased motivation, engagement and ultimately translating to improved performance results.

PXT Select™ will help you fill the gaps between resume, interview and hire. You’ll get the data you need to make smart hiring decisions. A standard in hiring is crucial for a successful business. You need to have like-minded individuals all working for a common goal that everyone can get behind. According to Harvard Business review’s study of 360,000 individuals over 20 years, spanning 14 industries – hiring the right people, in the right role is the number one predictor of success. We understand, adding data to traditional hiring tactics can sound overwhelming…but it doesn’t have to be, call MDR Coaching & Consulting, Inc. for your free PXT Select™ consultation 1-800-351-3129. Learn more about PXT Select™ and how it can help improve your business.

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Ineffective Workplace Communication Making You and Others Crazy!?!

Ever meet someone, be it a client, coworker or just a random person and immediately you clicked?  How about the opposite, when you didn’t click?  Aren’t you curious what that’s all about?  Ever worked with or for someone where communication was awkward or maybe even you imagined they didn’t like you – and if it was your boss, you felt like they didn’t even want you on the team?  Well, I most certainly have, and it is not a good feeling whatsoever, that uneasiness can fuel insecurities and foster undesirable behaviors.  Haven’t we all been in meetings where some people hardly ever contribute, while others dominate the meeting and talk way too much, even interrupting others to share their opinions… yet again!?  Oh yeah, that used to be me!  How incredibly annoying!  I sincerely did not have much, if any, self-awareness then, and I’m quite certain I irritated my peers, boss and surely even my own team at times.  My passion and enthusiasm just oozed over into conversations and boardrooms – don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t a mean person, I was just overly excited – truth be told I lacked self-awareness, self-management and perspective!

Gotta Get Some Perspective

Scott Reinert, a leader I liked, trusted and respected, once told me, “You need to get some perspective!”  At the time, it ticked me off, and yes it also kinda hurt my feelings too. I thought he just didn’t understand my passion.  Now, I don’t want to paint a picture that I wasn’t a successful leader, in fact, I was very successful, in spite of my communication blind-spot. You see, that’s what happens when we are successful, it’s easy to hide behind or ignore feedback when we are rocking results in spite of ourselves… and that was me.  I wasn’t just rocking results, I was rocking relationships, and not for the better, especially when it came to my peers.  I was good at managing up, and even better at managing down, but really sucked at playing in the sandbox, when it came to peer-to-peer relationships; my competitive side just got in the way!  Not something I am proud of.  It wasn’t until a couple of years later, I appreciated Scott’s feedback and I finally got it!  Thank you, Scott, one of the many things I always respected about him, was his ability to tell it to me straight – yes, a bitter pill at times, but always valuable, especially once I was open to it.  So, what’s that about, not being open and where does that naturally defensive behavior come from?  Why are some people more open to feedback or challenge than others?  And why do some people struggle to give feedback, almost to the point of experiencing pain or extreme anxiety when faced with doing so, while others like Scott, would find it painful or wrong not to give you feedback?  All of this became clearer to me when I decided I wanted to be a better communicator, leader, team member, and performer, and finally decided to “get some perspective”!  Scott would be so proud, no, not really, much more likely to be rolling his eyes laughing and saying, jeez Baribeau, what took you so long!? – always referring to me by my maiden name, lol.

Stop the Insanity!

A lack of perspective on how we are perceived can lead to many unhealthy dynamics, be it in teams or in life, dysfunctional environments and toxic behaviors, if left unchecked, can thrive, and healthy behaviors will suffer or get snuffed out!  OUCH.  I don’t need to be the one to tell you, this is really bad for you, your team, your organizational health, and your relationships, both in and out of the workplace!  If not addressed, it can ultimately bleed into your client and brand experiences, leading to an uninviting culture and even the ever-popular negative social reviews…all of this, of course, impacts your bottom-line. So, before dysfunction gets the upper-hand, let’s stop the insanity and be like Gandhi and “be the change you want to see!”

If it’s to be, it’s up to ME!

I wholeheartedly believe in the mantra, if it’s to be it’s up to me!  It is actually quite empowering and refreshing, besides, you don’t have to wait for anyone else to fix it!  The really great news is, improving self-awareness is actually an easy problem, challenge, or opportunity to fix, improve, overcome, and/or conquer!   It’s gonna take some personal ownership, yep, back to your trusty mirror, and a healthy dose of perspective to get it!

It’s NOT Complicated

If I’d only had this sooner, I could have saved myself and others unnecessary aggravation and stress; it would have been so much easier and a lot more fun!  It finally became uncomplicated, when I attended an in-depth, in-person Everything DiSC® training shortly after launching my own company.  I tried many other things, unsuccessfully, from self-study books and online training. It wasn’t until this in-person training that it finally sunk in.  This is exactly why I travel all over the U.S. and Canada facilitating DiSC, it truly is an eye-opener and game-changer, when it’s properly leveraged!  Everything DiSC®, can help you change the way your organization and its team members communicate and treat each other. It will provide you with the tools and resources to turn ineffective communication into productive conversations, helping you build better workplace relationships and ultimately better and more profitable organizations.

So, who should attend?

Regardless of your title or role in your organization, and whether you have previously taken DiSC or not, this training will help you build your communication skills, giving you strategies to improve communication, relationships and overall contribute to improving team health. Throughout this training, you will learn how to appreciate the communication and working styles of others. The easiest part is that it all starts with you, and your mirror; we will be taking an in-depth look at how you communicate to understand and appreciate your differences from how others communicate. Before you know it, you’ll be able to notice and self-correct your unhealthy tendencies that could erode trust, and instead foster behaviors that engage others and improve communication, collaboration, relationships; teamwork and lead to improved client experiences, and healthier more profitable organizations.

Hop on the Bus Gus – Reserve your Seat!

MDR Coaching and Consulting is thrilled to be hosting this LIVE Everything DiSC® Orange County Training Event, featuring Michelle D. Reines, CEO of MDR Coaching & Consulting, Inc. and Rommel Anacan a Consultant for MDR Coaching & Consulting, Inc., as your facilitators; Rommel is an entertaining and talented partner in crime!  Come “gain some perspective”, as Scott would say, have fun learning how to leverage the true power of Everything DiSC®!  You will learn, what’s working for you and also what’s not, and most of all, you will learn techniques to make an immediate impact on your relationships and ultimately your performance.  Knowing how to communicate is absolutely a competitive leadership strength. Invest in your development and improve communication with your boss, peers, direct report, and clients.  Maximize your desired outcomes by adding this to your Professional Development Plan for 2018; take the initiative to invest in your success, reserve your seat today; limited spots available – you won’t want to miss the Final Event for 2018!

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Hop on the Bus Gus Packages (Purchase Tickets):


VIP Hopper    (10 seats available)                       $695 per person*

Includes: 20-Page Personalized Profile Report, Additional Everything DiSC® Management Assessment with 60-minutes  of Executive Coaching ($495 Value), Access to, a mobile-friendly interactive Learning Portal, featuring – Unlimited Comparison Reports, and Customizable Team Views, in addition to Podcasts to learn more about your Style; DiSC Workplace Interaction Guide and DiSC Workplace Style Guide, Needs Tag and DiSC Pen.


Professional Hopper                                             $450 per person*

Includes: 20-Page Personalized Profile Report, Access to, a mobile-friendly interactive Learning Portal, featuring – Unlimited Comparison Reports, and Customizable Team Views, in addition to Podcasts to learn more about your Style; DiSC Workplace Interaction Guide and DiSC Workplace Style Guide, Needs Tag and DiSC Pen.


General Hopper                                                       $375 per person*

Includes: 20-Page Personalized Profile Report, Access to, a mobile-friendly interactive Learning Portal, featuring – Unlimited Comparison Reports, and Customizable Team Views, in addition to Podcasts to learn more about your Style.


Multiple Hoppers                                                   $350 per person*
(5 or more seats same Company)

Includes: 20-Page Personalized Profile Report, Access to, a mobile-friendly interactive Learning Portal, featuring – Unlimited Comparison Reports, and Customizable Team Views, in addition to Podcasts to learn more about your Style.

*Taxes & Fees calculated at check-out


Contact MDR for Discount Code (1-800-351-3129): AAOC Members received a 10% Discount


**Take advantage of an EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT of 10% for anyone who signs up by September 30, 2018.


Take your team and your business to the next level!

Date:              Friday, November 2, 2018
Time:               8am – Noon
Location:       Apartment Association of Orange County
525 Cabrillo Park Dr. Suite 125
Santa Ana, CA. 92701

Located at the convergence of the 5 & 55 in Santa Ana, plenty of parking.

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Speaker Bios:

Michelle Reines headshotMichelle D. Reines; M.P.P. a.k.a. Maximizing People Performance – “Ingredients for Success”

Michelle is the CEO “Chief Engagement Officer” and founder of MDR Coaching & Consulting, Inc., located in Southern, CA.  She is an innovative, results-oriented facilitator, coach and consultative strategist with a coveted reputation of exceeding expectations in a highly competitive, distressed or volatile operational business climate.  Michelle’s portfolio of strengths encompass extensive people aptitudes in leading and developing large and diverse teams; from leadership and sales to multi-faceted business operations.  She possesses over 34 years of intense hands-on leadership, mentorship, organizational and operational expertise.  Her geographical background has been diverse throughout North America, running large scale multi-family vertical operations, in progressive urban settings, to suburban and even seasonal resort markets.  She has an impressive resume of start-ups and turnaround successes, and remarkable sales management competencies, as well as a flair for building cohesive high-performance teams.  Michelle understands the operational BIG picture and has a proven track-record of fostering associate engagement, accountability and development; while simultaneously driving sales and revenue performance upward and decreasing associate turn-over.  Another mission critical passion of hers, is ensuring unique customer experiences that support maximizing overall margin performance and of course building a brand experience that is both memorable and referable.  Michelle is a passionate, fearless leader, advisor and consultant whose leadership methodology supports developing self-sufficient teams, that are resourceful in decision making, problem solving and at anticipating future trends and consequences.  Regardless of the industry or focus, Michelle is able to adapt quickly, develop expertise at enabling teams to produce immediate contributions, regardless of industry or market.

As a facilitator and consultative strategist; Michelle currently travels extensively supporting a variety of industries; she is committed to partnering with her clients to help them develop effective tactics to achieve sustainable performance results both individually and collectively.  Michelle is a straight-forward and articulate communicator whose direct and supportive style helps clients engage and align, to perform at their maximum potential to achieve collective results.

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Rommel Anacan (pronounced “Roh-mel Ana-kin”) is a motivational speaker, entrepreneur, and organizational strategist. He powerfully impacts people, companies and organizations by providing the clarity, inspiration and education they need to break through their limits and achieve the success they desire.

He founded his company The Relationship Difference in 2011, as a vehicle to share the wisdom and knowledge he’s gained over his lifetime. Rommel has worked with leading companies and organizations such as Flir Systems, Yardi Systems, Sabra Foods, Camden Property Trust, National Apartment Association, Building Industry Association, Manufacturers and Food Service Industry Association, CHMB Inc., Million Dollar Round Table, Building Owners and Managers Association, and many others!

Rommel is excited to partner with Michelle D. Reines at MDR Coaching & Consulting, Inc. to bring you this local and very powerful Everything DiSC Training Event!  We look forward to maximizing DiSC in a way that supports moving teams, relationships and organizational performance forward!

When Rommel isn’t traveling around the country as a speaker, he is an officer in the Civil Air Patrol, the civilian Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force; he also an assistant pastor at Father’s House OC church in Huntington Beach, California, and enjoys life in Southern California with his wife, daughter and the family cat.