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Hugh Ballou on April 16th, 2014

Leaders aren’t born they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal.

- Vince Lombardi

Robert ShawDuring my active career as musical conductor, I continued to work on my personal skill for 40 years. Each year I experienced a transformation that impacted my conducting skills and musical effectiveness. Over a period of 5 years, I attended the Robert Shaw workshop in Princeton, NJ at Westminster Choir College. Each two-week intensive was a microcosm of conducting skills and musical wisdom that I really couldn’t find any other place.

Robert Shaw taught by preparing a choral masterwork and performing it. Each summer there were 200 very skilled musical colleagues, each a consummate professional – conductor, soloist, or music educator. They were all after the same goal as I was – to learn from the master conductor.

During his career, Shaw influenced choral conductors world wide and impacted how the choral art was measured. He had a very distinctive style, indeed. He was a servant to musical excellence. His vision was to bring out the power of the music and not to exhaust self. His ego was secondary to the mission of excellence in making music. The obituary in the Atlanta newspaper reported that he felt inadequate. Know so much means knowing all that is yet to learn – that’s excellence in self-awareness.

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Hugh Ballou on April 14th, 2014

Words, words, words. Our society is full of words: on billboards, on television screens, in newspapers and books…. With so many words around us, we quickly say: “Well, they’re just words.” Thus, words have lost much of their power. *

- Henri Nouwen

Words Are Power

 

Transformational leaders choose words carefully.

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Hugh Ballou on April 11th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending April 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 April 9th, 2014

Any idea that’s held in the mind and emphasized, that’s either feared or revered will begin at once to clothe itself in the most convenient and appropriate physical form that’s available.

 - Andrew Carnegie (to Napoleon Hill)

I dream my painting and I paint my dream.

- Vincent van Gogh

A person who aims at nothing is sure to hit it.

- Anonymous

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Hugh Ballou on April 7th, 2014

The More the Leader Controls the Group, the Less Effective the Results Become

My friend and colleague, Larry Dill, hired me to develop a world-class music program in Huntsville, Alabama. When he called to invite me to consider the position, I asked him, “Where’s Huntsville?” I was in Atlanta, Georgia, at the time and had very little self-awareness of smaller places.

I went to check out the position and, after much consideration, accepted the job. I did so mostly because of Larry. He showed up as a visionary and passionate leader. He showed up to empower the skilled members of the team he put in place. He showed up to model the results he wanted to see.

I can remember sitting in the conference room on numerous occasions, planning programs six months ahead. During many of these sessions, seemingly insurmountable challenges arose. Larry would ask the team a question, presenting how to solve the problem. He would then sit quietly as the team discussed, debated, and defined ideas to answer his question. At the right moment, Larry would simply and calmly interject his comment: “I’ve heard enough. This what we will do.”

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Hugh Ballou on April 4th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending April 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 April 1st, 2014

Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.

- Albert Einstein

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Hugh Ballou on March 28th, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending March 28, 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 March 24th, 2014

Transformational Leadership is Both Skill and System

Leadership Circle

 

 

We dance round in a ring and suppose, 

But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.

- Robert Frost

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Hugh Ballou on March 21st, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending March 21, 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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