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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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Hugh Ballou on August 18th, 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having a mentor is essential.

Recently, I had a chance to meet with Art Ross. Art served as senior pastor in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the church where I was Director of Music. Art and I had conflict when we worked together. We were both creative and in control. He was head of staff, and I was not. I pushed back on his authority. I’m lucky that I kept my job. Keeping my job made it possible for me to learn a lot from Art.

It’s been many years since we worked together. The lessons, however, still ring true in me. In a recent visit, I shared with him what he taught me over 10 years of working together, and that I still use these bits of wisdom on an almost-daily basis.

Art coached me on important things that I could not learn from reading books. He was my mentor for success. In reflecting on what I learned over those 10 years of working together, I am constantly aware of the strides I made in my leadership skills.

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Hugh Ballou on August 15th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 15, 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 14th, 2014

 

“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence, but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” 

― Henry Ward Beecher

Leaders Are Constantly Working on Skills

For Nonprofit Leaders:

1) Nonprofit Performance Magazine

Nonprofit Performance Magazine

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 fields of leadership, organizational culture, and 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.

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Hugh Ballou on August 8th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 8, 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 4th, 2014

Life is a promise; fulfill it.  – Mother Teresa

In previous posts, I have encouraged you to plan your day by planning your work. In order to accomplish the most, it is important to put everything into logical order, however, do not get so focused on the order of your day that you don’t notice the big experiences that come into your life. There are two Greek words for time that apply here:

Chronos (Χρόνος) – Chronological or sequential time; and

Kairos (καιρός) - The right or opportune moment.

Imagine that a good friend has come to visit you. Your friend says that he or she would like to fix you a gourmet meal but, before preparing the dinner, a trip to the grocery store is in order. So, you get in the car and go to the store. Once you arrive at the store, you go to the produce area to get a bell pepper. Next, you go to the dairy section for some heavy cream. Then, you realize that there are some additional vegetables that are needed, so you go back to the produce area – at the far side of the store! Next, you remember that you need orange juice for the next morning. The next item is beef for the dinner – a totally new section of the store. Finally, you go to the center of the store to get rice and spices.

In this process, you have visited every section of the store multiple times! Since there was no order to your shopping, you have spent far too much time and energy shopping for the necessary items. If you had taken a few minutes to make a list and group the items by sections of the store, you could have saved a lot of time and possibly a lot of frustration.

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Hugh Ballou on August 1st, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 1, 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 28th, 2014

  I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

- Pablo Picasso

Perfection paralysis is a condition that keeps many leaders from obtaining their best results. You may know someone, or it may be you, who is guilty of making sure everything is perfectly in place before taking the first step to implement a goal.

When Napoleon Hill interviewed Andrew Carnegie, he captured the quote from Carnegie, “Any idea that is held in the mind and is emphasized, that is either feared or revered, will begin at once to clothe itself in the most appropriate physical form available.” Hill discovered that the most successful Americans that Carnegie introduced him to had many things in common, but one key factor stands out: they all set specific goals and began to move toward the goal, without having to figure out all the details.

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Hugh Ballou on July 25th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 25, 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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