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Hugh Ballou on September 19th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 19, 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 September 16th, 2014

The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart. – William Hazlitt

Overfunction

In his post, Does Your Leadership Have “White Space?”, Michael McKinney discusses the creation of balance by giving space for his students to learn and to develop.

Here is a summary paragraph:

“Creating white space in your leadership requires balance. Leadership is an art. White space doesn’t reflect a lack of leadership or structure as it might seem. On the contrary, strong leadership is what makes it possible. A leader has to shape that space in an ongoing way to ensure that they are allowing room for people to develop themselves, contribute and lead. The question is: do you as a leader have the confidence to do that?”

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Hugh Ballou on September 12th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 12, 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 September 8th, 2014

 

William WillimonWhile I was interviewing United Methodist Bishop William Willimon (read the interview at Monday Morning Email April 12, 2010 *), we explored the value of clarity for leaders in any field. Even though he was defining the issue for church leaders, I find it is a universal issue.

Here’s the part of the interview that deals with clarity:

Willimon: One of my Cabinet members, a District Superintendent who is retired military, brings a perspective from the military. If, while we do our work, I can like you, great. If, while we are doing our work, I can respect you, great. But, we’re all clear, none of that is as important as getting the mission accomplished.

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Hugh Ballou on September 5th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 5, 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 September 3rd, 2014

  For the first time ever, nonprofit leaders have a leadership magazine dedicated to the needs of the social benefit sector…we are pleased to introduce Nonprofit Performance Magazine, the resource designed specifically for the nonprofit leader. Each quarter this magazine will feature cutting-edge thinking from leaders in the field of leadership, organizational culture, nonprofit management, and special guest features. This magazine extends the work of the SynerVision Leadership Foundation and JMI, Inc., the creator of Professional Performance Magazine since 1989, by focusing on best practices, strategic thinking, and a collaborative mindset in creating a new culture of success for nonprofits.For the first time ever, nonprofit leaders have a leadership magazine dedicated to the needs of the social benefit sector…we are pleased to introduce Nonprofit Performance Magazine, the resource designed specifically for the nonprofit leader.

Each quarter, this magazine will feature cutting-edge thinking from leaders in the field of leadership, organizational culture, and nonprofit management, as well as special guest features. This magazine extends the work of the SynerVision Leadership Foundation and Jeff Magee International, Inc., the creator of Professional Performance Magazine since 1989, by focusing on best practices, strategic thinking, and a collaborative mindset in creating a new culture of success for nonprofits.

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Hugh Ballou on September 1st, 2014

“Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy

“Transformational leaders don’t start by denying the world around them. Instead, they describe a future they’d like to create instead [sic].” – Seth Godin

Foundation PyramidTransformational Leadership is about the vision, and Charismatic Leadership is about the leader. The ethics and authenticity of the Transformational Leader are critical to the vision and, ultimately, to the transformation itself. Therefore, the transformation of the leader is inherent in the process.

The Transformational Leader is the champion and cheerleader of the cause. The cause itself must be worthy in the long term, or the transformation and the organization will suffer. This becomes apparent as the process unfolds and breaks down. For example, the current economic situation in the world is not about faulty economic systems, it is about failure in leadership!

It is of primary importance for the Transformational Leader, in order to prevent conflict in the workplace and team conflict, to be clear on the foundations for the vision. The vision must come from the core values of the organization and resonate with the core values of the leader himself or herself. If there is a conflict in these core values (the personal values of the leader vs. the core values of the organization), failure is inevitable. Creating a solid foundation is a way to validate and clarify the leader’s vision for the organization, and to create systems for others to follow. The Transformational Leader empowers leaders on teams to utilize their varied leadership skills, talents, and perspectives to be successful and transform the organization, as well as the lives of the people involved, both internally and externally.

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Hugh Ballou on August 29th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 29, 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 August 25th, 2014

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse.

- Lily Tomlin

 

GuyKawasaki

Guy Kawasaki

How bad does it need to get before you do something about it? (“It” is the processes and systems in your organization.)

In reading a post by Guy Kawasaki on the American Express OPEN Forum site, I found this comment, “Act like a prospective customer and call your company to see how the phone system and receptionist treat you.” And make sure that it’s still relevant. It made me think about checking on systems that I have implemented. Are the systems going as I perceive, or are they just appearing to be effective? Hmmm… Now I am wondering how I can really check. This comment really gave me a paradigm shift. It’s time to play the part of a customer or church member, and look at the systems in my organization from their point of view. What a great idea!

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Hugh Ballou on August 22nd, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 22, 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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