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Hugh Ballou on July 18th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 18, 2014

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:

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Hugh Ballou on July 17th, 2014

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another.

-  Napoleon Hill

 

Negative InfluenceA leader is primarily a person of influence. Leaders get to choose how to influence others – both positively and negatively.

I eat at good restaurants. I enjoy healthy food and am happy to pay for quality. It’s a disappointment when a restaurant serves quality food and then provides bad water to drink, really skimpy napkins…and the worst of all…BAD coffee! The image I have from the branding and promotion from the restaurant, is one of quality – or I wouldn’t have gone there in the first place. There’s an inconsistency in the message. The brand image and the brand delivery don’t connect.

A leader is a person of influence. In some sense, we are our own brand image. We represent our vision and mission and influence people who support that vision and mission. Sometimes we create a negative influence inadvertently. Our brand image is ourselves and we must deliver on the brand promise. We set the stage for others to perform, and define the culture by our actions.

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Hugh Ballou on July 14th, 2014

 

It’s OK to Repeat…

Well I can’t stress it enough…Repetition, Repetition, Repetition! 

Prospects are like children. 

You need to keep your name and your call to action (offer) in front of them at least on a monthly basis. 

From an email by Amy Fortis
www.radiusconnection.com

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Hugh Ballou on July 11th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 11, 2014

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:

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Hugh Ballou on July 7th, 2014

Leadership is Power

Yes, leadership is power, however, the use of power separates the effective leader from the mediocre leader. The perception of a musical conductor is that of a dictator – the conductor is the dictator. Well, the conductor gets to dictate the vision, however, the conductor is completely at the mercy of the players or singers. Nothing happens until someone follows and makes sound.

The conductor is clear in communicating the vision. The conductor is clear with cues and directions. The conductor provides the context for higher functioning. Misuse of the power from the podium will bring negative results. In performance, musicians respond to the conductor because they are inspired to perform at their best. If they do not like the conductor, or if the conductor is a tyrant, then performing at a lower level makes the conductor look bad. Sometimes this reaction is not intentional or even a conscious decision. Negative use of power brings negative results. (See my post Watch the Director.)

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Hugh Ballou on July 4th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 4, 2014

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:

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Hugh Ballou on July 3rd, 2014

Preventing Burnout

Of my four leadership principles (Foundations, Relationships, Systems and Balance) the fourth one is the key to how effective the other 3 principles can be. If we work all the time, then we are not at our best.

There is a huge difference between being called and being driven, between being inspired and being compelled, and between being in control of your schedule and being unbalanced in work and personal life.

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Hugh Ballou on June 27th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending June 27, 2014

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:

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Hugh Ballou on June 16th, 2014

SynerVision Leadership Foundation

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Hugh Ballou on June 13th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending June 13, 2014

5 blogs that matterEvery day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 5 blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think outside my old paradigm. It’s not important that you agree with any of these writers. It’s only important that you think. I hope you will find some new sources of inspiration with these posts. Here’s the next group of 5 in the series:

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