The Friday Five – The Best Of…

The Friday Five…The Best Of… December 18, 2015   I’m constantly discovering something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. This series presents the best ideas and resources that I have discovered. The list of the 5 best will vary randomly, featuring my top posts, the top posts from others, leadership books and resources, and top concepts I’ve discovered. I don’t benefit from promoting any of these posts … Continue reading The Friday Five – The Best Of…

The Friday Five – The Best Of…

The Friday Five…The Best of December 11, 2015   I’m constantly discovering something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. This series presents the best ideas and resources that I have discovered. The list of the 5 best will vary randomly, featuring my top posts, the top posts from others, leadership books and resources, and top concepts I’ve discovered. I don’t benefit from promoting any of these posts unless … Continue reading The Friday Five – The Best Of…

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – October 2, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending October 2, 2015 Every 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – October 2, 2015

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – September 25, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 25, 2015 Every 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – September 25, 2015

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Changing Self vs. Changing Others

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. – Leo Tolstoy   I constantly hear leaders complaining about others in the culture that they lead and focusing on how to change the behaviors of others in order to change the outcomes. The leadership methodologies that I support and champion are Transformational Leadership and Bowen Family Systems. The synergy in those … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Changing Self vs. Changing Others

Leadership Skills: Validating, Asking the Right Questions

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 3 of 6 Validation Is Asking the Right Questions We conduct surveys with the wrong questions and are not looking for data. We are mostly looking for a validation of our idea, position, or plan. I meet many leaders in the concept stage for a proposed enterprise. Whether it’s a business or a tax-exempt organization, there are similar comments: … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Asking the Right Questions

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – September 11, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 11, 2015 Every 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – September 11, 2015

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Excellence vs. Mediocrity

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. – Steve Jobs   As a musical conductor, I understand that concert goers want excellence every time we perform…every time. We are only as good as our last performance. Performance is a skill, as well as an art. It’s not striving for perfection. It’s maintaining excellence in standards. Musicians … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Excellence vs. Mediocrity

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – September 4, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 4, 2015 Every 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – September 4, 2015

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 28, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 28, 2015 Every 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 28, 2015

Leadership Dialogue: Hot Topic for Dialogue – Politicians…Leaders or Not?

Sharing Leadership Ideas from Real Life I’m Hugh Ballou, an entrepreneur. This post is about Politicians…Leaders or Not? On Thursdays, I’ll often launch a topic for discussion, dialogue, debate, and introspective conversation. In group facilitation situations, I ask the participants to reframe disagreement from the category of a “weapon” to the category of a “creative tool.” This change in paradigm allows for very lively and productive discussions to … Continue reading Leadership Dialogue: Hot Topic for Dialogue – Politicians…Leaders or Not?

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Script vs. Story

“No one ever complains about a speech being too short!” – Ira Hayes CEO Space SNAP: Super Networking Accelerated Potential The SNAP is a great networking tool created by Berny Dohrman and Bob Proctor 25 years ago to empower people to connect with more people in less time. It’s basically a modified elevator speech, in that it’s short, precise, to the point, and powerful. Within the … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Script vs. Story

Leadership Skills: Principles

You have inherited a lifetime of tribulation. Everybody has inherited it. Take it over, make the most of it and when you have decided you know the right way, do the best you can with it. – Murray Bowen Over the past 5 years of study of Bowen Systems, I have gained specific knowledge that helps me with my work with organizational leaders in many … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Principles

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 21, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 21, 2015 Every 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 21, 2015

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 31, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 31, 2015 Every 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 31, 2015

Leadership Skills: Staying Calm

Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that’s very important for good health.  – Dalai Lama Allowing stress to rule your decisions, your culture, and your life is not an effective leadership choice. There are several ways to retain composure in the face of stress, to remain calm and not be anxious. Being anxious spreads instantly to the group, even when the leader attempts to … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Staying Calm

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 3, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 3, 2015 Every day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 6 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 3, 2015

Leadership Skills: Persuasiveness

If you would persuade, you must appeal to interest rather than intellect. – Benjamin Franklin The capacity to persuade is the power of influence, not the power of position. The Transformational Leader leads by influence, not by power. The musical conductor steps on the podium and reigns as king. Nevertheless, the musicians respond to influence in a more profound way than to the authority of … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Persuasiveness

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – June 19, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending June 19, 2015 Every 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – June 19, 2015

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – May 29, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 29, 2015 Every 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – May 29, 2015