Podcast 45: Leadership Skills: Observation

This is Podcast 45 Leadership Skills: Observation       Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE This Podcast Sponsored by Wordsprint Stay connected with your tribe!   Get Hugh’s Mini-Course on the 5 Pillars of Success for only $7 Hugh Ballou  The More the Leader Controls the Group, the Less Effective the Results Become I went to check out the position and, after … Continue reading Podcast 45: Leadership Skills: Observation

An Agenda: The Enemy of Productivity in Meetings!

No More Boring, Unproductive Meetings! An agenda is the killer of productivity in meetings. Focus on specific outcomes expressed as deliverables instead. Drive for excellence on outcomes in all activities, and you will create the DNA for excellence for your organization and yourself. – Hugh Ballou, The Transformational Leadership Strategist Yes, you read this correctly. Organizations hire me to run meetings, team planning sessions, board … Continue reading An Agenda: The Enemy of Productivity in Meetings!

Leaders, Define Your Standard of Excellence

You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.   – Irene C. Kassorla One of the most common problems I encounter, when working with leaders to build results and create effective teams, is described in the statement, “My people just don’t do what I need them to do.” … Continue reading Leaders, Define Your Standard of Excellence

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Compromise versus Consensus

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. – Martin Luther King, Jr. It will be obvious which side of this debate I fall on…consensus is giving consent to a decision. Many feel that compromise and consensus are the same. I disagree. Despite my revealed opinion on this topic, I trust that you will be interested to see how … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Compromise versus Consensus

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Form versus Freedom, Part 2

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. – Saint Augustine Excellence comes at the intersection of reverse polarities. – Hugh Ballou This is a continuation of the post from May 13. Here are … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Form versus Freedom, Part 2

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

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: Finance

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Form versus Freedom, Part 1

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. – Saint Augustine Excellence comes at the intersection of reverse polarities. – Hugh Ballou Many times in interviewing leaders about their organizational culture, performance standards, and … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Form versus Freedom, Part 1

Leadership Skills: Evaluation

Continuous improvement requires systematic evaluation. Continuous improvement requires unfiltered evaluation. – Anonymous Mastering the Evaluation is a Valuable Leadership Skill Often I interview a potential client and hear that they have a strategic plan…more often than not, it’s put away somewhere and dusty. In other conversations about creating a strategic plan, I hear the same story…we have completed the previous plan and need a new one. Both … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Evaluation

Resources: Tools and Products That Help Me Be a Better Leader: Planning and Running Meetings

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: Planning and Running Meetings

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

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: Outsourcing

Leadership Skills: Setting Boundaries

“No” is a complete sentence. ― Anne Lamott Setting boundaries is difficult for most of us. Somehow, we have been taught that if we don’t please others, it’s a bad thing. I have discovered just the opposite…trying to please others does not build goodwill or respect. Setting boundaries protects our personal space and builds respect in others. Sometimes people respond with anger. That’s not the fault … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Setting Boundaries

Leadership Resources: Facilitation Tool – Problem Solving

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 Leadership Resources: Facilitation Tool – Problem Solving

Leadership Skills: Focus on Results

Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. – Jack Canfield I learn something … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Focus on Results

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Intervening vs. Observing

Your job is to facilitate and illuminate what is happening. Interfere as little as possible. Interference, however brilliant, creates a dependency on the leader. – John Heider* Managing self is the leader’s first responsibility. Managing group process is next. Setting the example is a primary foundation for defining the transformational leader. In Bowen Systems, the leader changes the behavior of others in any group emotional system … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Intervening vs. Observing

Leadership Resources: Stay Organized with Evernote

This blog series will appear 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 consistent. Each resource … Continue reading Leadership Resources: Stay Organized with Evernote

Leadership Skills: Personal Discipline

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt Keeping on track with an action plan is the primary focus of this post. Being more productive means planning to be more productive. Studies by social psychologist from Germany, Wilhelm Hoffman, show that people with high self control are happier than those without. I suggest that happiness comes from a sense of fulfillment and completion because … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Personal Discipline

Leadership Skills: Choosing Priorities

The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. – Stephen Covey The key is not to prioritize what’s on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities. – Stephen Covey There are lots and lots of programs that promote themselves as the best solution to success in the new year. That’s great! Let me add my ideas to your list. I have … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Choosing Priorities

Leadership Skills: Repetition

  It’s OK to Repeat… Well I can’t stress it enough…Repetition, Repetition, Repetition!  Prospects are like children.  You need to keep your name and your call to action (offer) in front of them at least on a monthly basis.  From an email by Amy Fortis www.radiusconnection.com     I usually think that once I have said it, that’s enough. Just because it’s a priority in my … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Repetition