Podcast 40: 5 Signs That It’s Time to Invest in Your Leadership Skills

This is Podcast 40 5 Signs That It’s Time to Invest In Your Leadership Skills     Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE   This Podcast Sponsored by Rock Paper Simple Let the world know about your brilliance!   Get Hugh’s Mini-Course on the 5 Pillars of Success for only $7 Hugh Ballou  The Podcast Transcript: Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, … Continue reading Podcast 40: 5 Signs That It’s Time to Invest in Your Leadership Skills

Podcast 29: 5 Leadership Power Myths

This is Podcast 29 5 Leadership Power Myths   Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE       Leaders Lead for a Position of Power Myth  It’s the BOSS syndrome. It’s not effective. Your position and title is not enough to motivate others to follow you. It’s like when your mom said “Because I’m the parent”, it didn’t inspire cooperation, it probably inspired defiance. … Continue reading Podcast 29: 5 Leadership Power Myths

Without Discernment, Leaders Fail

We learn, then we digest that learning; finally we discern the appropriate application of the learning. – Hugh Ballou Leading is Applied Wisdom I’ve just finished presenting to people this week in 5 separate groups. Some of the presentations were keynotes. Some of them were workshops or lessons. The common thread was leaders wanting to gain wisdom. Some were leading from middle management and others … Continue reading Without Discernment, Leaders Fail

Leadership Redefined: Expanding the Paradigm for Profit

Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.  – William Wordsworth Here’s what I found online when I asked for a definition of “profit”: Simple Definition of Profit : to get an advantage or benefit from something : to … Continue reading Leadership Redefined: Expanding the Paradigm for Profit

Planning is Essential for Effective Leadership

Plan to succeed or plan to fail. – Winston Churchill Planning is Essential Every day I talk to leaders in some organization who have a great idea, an amazing product or service, and know that they can make a difference in the lives of others. Many of these people are stuck. They have a well thought-out concept, completed books, polished professional keynote or workshop, and … Continue reading Planning is Essential for Effective Leadership

Podcast 03: Hugh Ballou’s 4 Success Principles

This is Podcast 3 Hugh Ballou’s Four Success Principles Get it on the iTunes store HERE. Get it on Stitcher HERE. Welcome to session number three. I am excited about this one. I have been teaching leadership for 30+ years with social entrepreneurs. I am in the middle of watching the Olympics in Rio in 2016 while recording this podcast, and I came to the realization that I … Continue reading Podcast 03: Hugh Ballou’s 4 Success Principles

Leadership Is Influence

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams     Envision the Future Everybody has a dream. Only 3 out of every 100 people will actually do something about that dream by acting on the vision. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 people attempting to launch a new enterprise, whether a business … Continue reading Leadership Is Influence

Podcast 02: Forecasting the Future and Making it Happen

This is Podcast 2 Forecasting the Future: And Making It Happen Get it on the iTunes store HERE. Get it on Stitcher HERE. This session of Orchestrating Success is about forecasting the future and then making it happen. Orchestrating Success: Converting Your Passion to Profit. Don’t misunderstand this as being all about profit, all about money, all about the green back. It is an important commodity that helps … Continue reading Podcast 02: Forecasting the Future and Making it Happen

5 Leadership Gaps that Compromise Success and Set Up Failure

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. – John F. Kennedy Removing the Barriers to Success When I work with leaders, I find repetition of some of the same issues. The issues are mostly of our own causing. Leadership actually sets up problems. We then are confused and point fingers at others, when we should be looking in the mirror. Here are … Continue reading 5 Leadership Gaps that Compromise Success and Set Up Failure

Conducting Transformation: Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles are the compass that keeps leaders on track. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.  ― Stephen R. Covey Guiding principles are statements that guide our decisions and keep us true to our “Basic Self*.” When guiding principles are clearly defined, leaders can apply these principles to decisions without compromising the fundamental values that shape our … Continue reading Conducting Transformation: Guiding Principles

Leading Begins With Defining Why

It all starts with why. – Simon Sinek*   Simon Sinek speaks, writes, and consults on this topic and makes a compelling case for knowing why we want to do something – especially when it comes to leading an organization. Defining the why is an individual choice, not a group decision. It’s the leader’s duty to create and define the vision, and then to define … Continue reading Leading Begins With Defining Why

Leadership Assessment: How Do You Rate?

Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. – Stephen Covey Leadership Blind Spots In one of my previous posts, “Leaders Cause Problems,” I pointed out how leaders set up situations that cause problems – mostly without awareness of what they are doing or how … Continue reading Leadership Assessment: How Do You Rate?

Leadership Skills: Planning – Startup

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”  ― Benjamin Franklin Planning is a key part of every success. I meet startup leaders almost every day who are implementing tactics in the absence of an overall strategy. I continue to see leaders compromise their success and the success of the organizations they lead. I have identified 5 pillars for success. Without these 5 pillars, we greatly compromise our results and … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Planning – Startup

Leadership Skills: Pattern Matching – find need, then design product

If you don’t drive your business, you will be driven out of business. – B. C. Forbes I make it a practice to design my learning products to match what I’m seeing that people need in the market that I serve. I see people stall, compromise their success, or fail without understanding why. Awareness is a primary leadership skill and it’s very lacking. The Ballou Principle, … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Pattern Matching – find need, then design product

Leadership Skills: Decisiveness #2

The world is starving for original and decisive leadership. – Bryant H. McGill     Decisiveness  Nick Tasler, in his book Why Quitters Win,* defines three primary sources of decisiveness – nature, training, and incentive. Leaders make effective decisions for different reasons. Not being able to make decisions is a decision in itself, which can set up negative dynamics…mostly unintended consequences. How many traffic accidents have happened because … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Decisiveness #2

Leadership Skills: Planning – Ongoing

In a previous post, I wrote about planning for startup organizations. Without a plan, leaders and teams flounder and compromise the success of the enterprise. The planning system works for an ongoing organization, as well as a startup. If an organization has a plan, then creating a plan for regular updates to migrate the plan over time is optimum. Ending one plan and creating another … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Planning – Ongoing

Leadership Skills: Developing Core Values

Core Values Are the Foundation of Strategic Planning “Effectiveness without values is a tool without a purpose.” – Edward de Bono I work with lots of types of leaders who lead many types of organizations. We work together to create their plan. Some call this a strategic plan. I call it a Macro Strategic Framework for business clients and a Solution Map for church and nonprofit … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Developing Core Values

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – October 16, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending October 16, 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 16, 2015

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Planning vs Spontaniety

You must plan to be spontaneous. – David Hockney I work with many creative leaders with brilliant ideas. Some run charities. Some run businesses. And some are leading educational, governmental, or religious organizations. Often when interviewing potential clients, I discover a pattern in thinking that discloses their short-sighted vision: thinking that planning limits their creativity. The opposite is true – careful planning releases the creative energy! … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Planning vs Spontaniety

Leadership Skills: Validating, Start with a Minimum Viable Test

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 6 of 6 Validation Is Starting with the Minimum Viable Test Not conducting an actual market test is high risk. Instead of making a million widgets and then trying to push them onto the market, define the minimum viable number to test to see if people will purchase, at what price they will purchase, and if they have a good … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Start with a Minimum Viable Test