Leadership Skills: Validating, Checking the Right Data

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 5 of 6 Validation Is Checking the Right Data Not validating the right things is a trap. Henry Ford asked people what they wanted and they said a faster horse to get places faster. He validated the concept and created a product to meet that need. Rather than stick with a faster horse, he was able to reframe the … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Checking the Right Data

Leadership Skills: Validating, Learning from the Data

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 4 of 6 Validation Is Learning from the Data We are learning from interviews and field tests. It’s not only that we are right or wrong…there are shades of grey and it’s a process of discovery. It’s validating the data and interpreting it that makes the difference. I meet many people who let me know that they are “intuitive.” … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Learning from the Data

Leadership Skills: Validating, Preventing Entrepreneurial Blindness

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 2 of 6   Validation Prevents Entrepreneurial Blindness Entrepreneurial blindness is falling in love with one’s assumptions so deeply that there is no room for reality. This is a story that we tell ourselves. We don’t listen to others with an open mind…we look for someone to agree and argue with those who don’t agree We have a great … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Preventing Entrepreneurial Blindness

Leadership Skills: Validating, Validation is Critical

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 1 of 6 Validation is Critical We entrepreneurs are a strange lot. We are very creative. We see what doesn’t exist and we create something to fill in the gap. We have a passion for changing people’s lives. We are also blinded by our love for our idea and think that everyone must understand why our product, service, idea, … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Validation is Critical

Leadership Skills: Decisiveness

“Procrastination in the name of reducing risk actually increases risk.” – Colin Powell I work with many leaders in several countries and in many cultures. There are many things that good leaders have in common. One of the top skills is the ability to make a decision. Decisive leaders create decisive teams. In past years, I have worked in organizations that utilized the Myers-Briggs Type … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Decisiveness

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

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

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Tradition vs Change

I have been traveling around the country presenting Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Workshops. In many instances, I’m asked what to do when a board, or members in general, are resistant to change. The phrase, “We’ve never done it that way before!” is often repeated. Change is a fearful thought if other changes in life are too stressful. Change is not an option when there is no … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Tradition vs Change

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

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

Reverse Paradigms: Form versus Freedom

A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door. – Confucius I spent 40 years planning and implementing worship. One of my constant struggles was the tension between form and freedom. Over time, I learned to appreciate the fact that the area of tension between form and freedom is where the real clarity and focus are present. … Continue reading Reverse Paradigms: Form versus Freedom

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Perfect versus Good

To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often. – Winston Churchill Perfect is the enemy of good. – attributed to Voltaire “striving to better, oft we mar what’s well” – Shakespeare in King Lear We change something because we fear that it’s not good enough. We change it again to address that same fear. We change it yet again because there’s room for improvement. … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Perfect versus Good

Resources: Tools and Products That Help Me Be a Better Leader: Branding with PR

Let’s Chat About Leadership… This blog series appears on Tuesdays, and focuses on resources that I use as I pace my ability to continually strive for my greatest effectiveness. Leaders get things done. In order to accomplish this objective, it’s important to have the necessary skills and systems in place. I have tried many things over many years and have settled on what’s simple, reliable, and … Continue reading Resources: Tools and Products That Help Me Be a Better Leader: Branding with PR

Leadership Skills: Knowing How Things Get Done

I have many times in many ways shared my 3 definitions of a leader. A leader is a person who: Gets things done; Knows how things get done; and Influences others. Knowing how things get done is a big one. Knowing takes time. Knowing means learning. Knowing means observing. Knowing means listening. Knowing means paying attention to the details. Knowing means intentional discovery. Unfortunately, many … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Knowing How Things Get Done

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – June 12, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending June 12, 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 12, 2015

Resources: Tools and Products That Help Me Be a Better Leader: Mobile Marketing

Let’s Chat About Leadership… This blog series appears on Tuesdays, and focuses on resources that I use as I pace my ability to continually strive for my greatest effectiveness. Leaders get things done. In order to accomplish this objective, it’s important to have the necessary skills and systems in place. I have tried many things over many years and have settled on what’s simple, reliable, and … Continue reading Resources: Tools and Products That Help Me Be a Better Leader: Mobile Marketing

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – May 1, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 1, 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 1, 2015

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Complexity versus Simplicity

Everything should be as simple as it is, but not simpler. – Albert Einstein There are at least 200 working days a year. If you commit to doing a simple marketing item just once each day, at the end of the year you’ve built a mountain. – Seth Godin* Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Complexity versus Simplicity

Leadership Skills: Discernment

The culture of compromise is often accepted as the price of mass. But in fact, this is the crowded road to popular acceptance, and it works far less often than the compromisers believe it will. – Seth Godin* Ours is a world where we are saturated with information which we are expected to absorb and respond to, often instantly. Not only must we respond, but … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Discernment

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Choosing versus Not Choosing

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” ― Robert Frost Choices are very important in leadership. Making the wrong choice costs money and potentially damages the organization. The burden is on the leader for making effective and wise choices. Not making a decision is a choice. Sometimes, paralyzed by the … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Choosing versus Not Choosing

Leadership Skills: Observing Triangles

“The basic building block of any emotional system is the triangle.” – Murray Bowen Triangles are… It’s quite simple. Triangles in human relationships and personal interactions exist. They are neither bad nor good. They just exist. Having said that, triangles can, and often do, cause problems in the culture. Let’s define culture as any group that’s in relationship. Culture can be family, social organization, religious … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Observing Triangles