Leadership Skills: Remembering

  Anamnesis It is the idea that humans possess knowledge from past incarnations and that learning consists of rediscovering that knowledge within us. * In a wider sense, Anamnesis is a key concept in the liturgical theology: in worship the faithful recall God’s saving deeds.[1] This memorial aspect is not simply a passive process but one by which the Christian can actually enter into the Paschal mystery. ** Memorial Day  … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Remembering

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – May 22, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 22, 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 22, 2015

Leadership Dialogue: Hot Topic for Dialogue, How Do National Holidays Impact Entrepreneurs?

Sharing Leadership Ideas from Real Life I’m Hugh Ballou, an entrepreneur. This post is about entrepreneurship and National Holidays…Balance in life. 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 … Continue reading Leadership Dialogue: Hot Topic for Dialogue, How Do National Holidays Impact Entrepreneurs?

Leadership Skills: Coaching

“Coaching is 90% listening, and 10% listening.” – Julio Olalla Yes, that quote is right…coaching is intentionally listening. Listening is a skill within itself, as I wrote recently here: http://transformationalstrategist.com/leadership-skills-listening/ Leadership and communication are both based on relationship. Creating and maintaining relationships is the key. Leaders listen. So, what’s up with listening and coaching? Many people think that coaching is about telling people what to do or what decisions to make…that’s wrong! Coaching is … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Coaching

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – May 15, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 15, 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 15, 2015

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – May 8, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 8, 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 8, 2015

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Talking versus Listening

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ― Ernest Hemingway Recently, I created a post about listening. As a musician, I have learned to listen, however there is listening, and there is listening with intention. We often listen without really listening for intent. We listen to form our response, or prejudge the content, or prejudge the context, reason, or content of the person … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Talking versus Listening

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – April 24, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending April 24, 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 – April 24, 2015

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – April 10, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending April 10, 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 – April 10, 2015

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

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending April 3, 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 – April 3, 2015

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Equality versus Excellence of Diversity

“I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.” ― Mahatma Gandhi We hear lots of noise in conversations and in the media about striving for equality of gender, nationality, and race – equal opportunity – equal rights – equal pay, etc. Recently in Blacksburg, Virginia, in a session called “Dialogue on Race,” a young African-American presenter used the phrase “Diversity of Excellence” in his presentation. That … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Equality versus Excellence of Diversity

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – March 20, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending March 20, 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 – March 20, 2015

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – March 6, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending March 6, 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 – March 6, 2015

Leadership Dialogue: Hot Topic for Dialogue, Police Racial Profiling

Sharing Leadership Ideas from Real Life Each Thursday, I’ll 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 happen. It takes away the risk of feeling like participants are … Continue reading Leadership Dialogue: Hot Topic for Dialogue, Police Racial Profiling

Leadership Skills: Making Corrections

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” – Coach John Wooden So, what’s the problem? It’s a mystery that so many top leaders have trouble correcting the actions or behaviors of people they are responsible for leading. There’s a fear that making a correction will hurt someone’s feelings or that the leader won’t be liked if they are critical. If the … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Making Corrections

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Having All the Answers versus Asking Good Questions

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. – Voltaire   Transformational Leaders Lead with Good Questioning Skills In Monday’s blog post this week, Leadership Skills: Transparency  I started sharing ideas about how transparency creates trust and also allows team members to function at a high level. If the leader has all the answers and claims to be the only one with the right … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Having All the Answers versus Asking Good Questions

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – February 20, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending February 20, 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 – February 20, 2015

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – February 13, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending February 13, 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 – February 13, 2015

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Controlling vs. Collaboration

Collaboration is multiplication. – John Maxwell One of the biggest traps I experience with clients is that leadership is a term not universally understood and that leaders don’t know how to lead. We have been taught that leaders must have all the right answers and know what to do. That paradigm sets leaders up for problems. No one person knows every right answer or every … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Controlling vs. Collaboration

Leadership Skills: It’s What You Don’t Say That Causes Problems

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere. – Lee Iacocca I comment frequently about ways that leaders cause problems. We are not aware that many of the things we do will set up situations that boomerang back to us with a dysfunction, wrong result, or conflict. These unintended actions are a place for expansion … Continue reading Leadership Skills: It’s What You Don’t Say That Causes Problems