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Process Builds Effective Teams

Transformational Leadership is Both Skill and System     We dance round in a ring and suppose,  But the Secret sits in the middle and knows. – Robert Frost   Relationship BECOMES Process. Process CREATES Trust. Trust FORMS Community. Community BUILDS Relationships.

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Conducting Transformation: Creating a Culture of Excellence

Orchestrating Success is the Leader’s Duty and Delight The musical conductor steps on the podium, announces the selection and the place to begin the rehearsal, raises the baton, and gives the prep. What’s the prep? Read on… The conductor is in front

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Bad Leadership Practices: The Annual Review

Of all the dysfunctional systems in organizations, the top one on my list is the annual review! Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  – Albert Einstein Here is the fundamental question, “Are you going to

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Leadership is a System

We might all agree that leadership is a skill. We may not all agree that leadership is a learned skill. We might all be correct. If I had to work with the skill I was born with, I might not be teaching

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Leaders Cause Problems

Leaders Set Up Teams for Failure   Musical conductors are aware that the results they get are a direct reflection of what the ensemble is seeing. The first line of correction is to change language, conducting style, or technique, or try a

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Planning: Paying the “Upfront Cost”

Paying the upfront cost of planning is far, far, cheaper than the cost of the fix.   “Where there is no vision, the people perish: But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)   “None of us

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Leadership Skills: Presentation Skills

In my Monday tradition, I’m posting the blogs that have received the most attention. Here’s one that rings true! The Leader is a Skilled Presenter – Like a Musical Conductor Leaders always show, as the leader, whether or not their role is

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The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – October 4, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending October 4, 2013 Continuing in my new tradition, 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

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The Friday Five, Blogs that Matter – May 3, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 3, 2013 Continuing in my new tradition, here are 5 quotes from blogs that got my attention this week. I don’t benefit from reposting any of these posts. Sometimes, I don’t even know

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Roasting Coffee: A Discipline of Excellence

Becoming Aware of a Discipline of Personal Excellence While eating my breakfast of organic grains, fruits, and milk, I became aware of the discipline of excellence we practice in our daily lives as leaders. My leadership principle #3 is about systems. In musical

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Merry Christmas, Leader

What season is it, anyway? “There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens:” – Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV) Yes, it’s January 1 and most people have moved forward from the Christmas celebration to celebrating the new year

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Christmas is Not Over

Not everything that counts can be counted… Not everything that can be counted counts. – Albert Einstein We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. – Aristotle     Sometimes when we think that it’s

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Leadership Skills: Team Empowerment

Develop Effective Process  Relationship BECOMES Process. Process CREATES Trust. Trust FORMS Community. Community BUILDS Relationships.   The Transformational Leader works with people. Working with people means establishing systems that people can understand and follow. The sequence above is true about teams. You recruit

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Leadership Skills: Knowing the Difference

Encouraging Group Interaction is Not a Weakness in Leadership God, Grant me the serenity to accept what I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. – REINHOLD NIEBUHR, “The Serenity Prayer” When to

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Defining the Context for Team Engagement

None of us is as smart as all of us.  – Anon. (Old Southern Sayin’) The musical ensemble functions within a culture of high performance standards. The culture supports individual excellence, while creating a combined effort greater than the sum of the

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You Can Be a More Effective Leader with This Information

The Pendulum is Michael Drew’s New Book – Not New Information, but Essential for Leadership           Business leaders, church leaders, educators, and nonprofit leaders are not up to speed on the changes in the culture, so the organizations

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Leadership Stories: Working Behind the Scenes

Being Successful Doesn’t Always Mean Recognition   Recently, I attended the World Choir Games 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a VIP. I attended the last set of competitions, Concert of Champions, and the closing concert. I heard the most amazing choirs in the world

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Running and Leadership – Focus

Focus on the Outcome 4th of 5 Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison     You want to quit. Focus on success. Do not quit.

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Running and Leadership – Getting Fit

Running to Be Fit 3rd of 5   If I miss a day of practice, I know it. If I miss two days, my manager knows it. If I miss three days, my audience knows it. – André Previn The first rule is to

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Running and Leadership – Commitment

Leadership is Commitment 1st of 5 I decided to begin training for a 5K road race when I was 48 years old. I had trouble running from one driveway to the next one. This was a major change in my life, however,