This is Podcast 38 Leadership Skills, Being and Staying Centered 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: The head and heart cannot function without a unifying principle. That principle … Continue reading Podcast 38: Leadership Skills, Being and Staying Centered
Life is a promise; fulfill it. – Mother Teresa (now Saint Teresa) In previous posts, I have encouraged you to plan your day by planning your work. In order to accomplish the most, it is important to put everything into logical order; however, do not get so focused on the order of your day that you don’t notice the big experiences that come into your … Continue reading Balancing Life’s Critical Aspects
Over-functioning is irresponsible responsibility. – Murray Bowen We, as leaders, influence everyone in our presence. The orchestra conductor influences how the instrumentalists play: just playing the notes, or playing with passion. The conductor does not tell the orchestra how to play their instruments or play those instruments for them. Many leaders struggle with underfunctioning staff, boards, volunteers, etc., and are not aware that they have … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Overfunctioning Versus Underfunctioning
“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” – George Bernard Shaw We want to identify and solve problems instantly, when, in fact, we are not really sure what the problem really is. Our reaction is to solve problems and to move ahead, rather than creating a process to respond. Responding is a thinking state, while reacting is an emotional state. … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Responding vs Reacting
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?
Why do I think that talking about coffee as a leadership resource is important? Well, there are several points to make: I am a coffee snob and look for any opportunity to talk about coffee. I select types of green beans that I like and roast them to perfection for my taste for the type of coffee bean. I enjoy the flavor and the whole experience. … Continue reading Resources: Tools and Products That Help Me Be a Better Leader: Coffee
My New Series This new blog series will appear on Tuesdays and will focus 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 … Continue reading Leadership Resources: Leaders Stay Healthy
Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. – James Allen The business buzz words and miracle programs get overused, trite, and annoying, especially when they compromise the quality of the work output that they claim to support. You know the programs. These programs have names like Six Sigma, Kaizen, Lean, Agile, and others. Some have buzzwords or phrases like Think Outside the Box, At … Continue reading Leadership Skills: A Discipline of Continual Improvement
Here’s one of my favorite memories… Having time to reflect is the result of doing. We climbed this mountain on the Appalachian Trail a few years ago and were able to enjoy the view and spend time reflecting on the journey (7.8 miles up & back)! We then went on to a 3-day retreat at a lodge along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s a wonderful … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Doing vs. Reflecting, Part 2
Life moves pretty fast; if you don’t stop and look around every once in awhile, you could miss it. – John Hughes Leaders tell me how hard they work. Some tell me how long it’s been since they took a vacation (sometimes it’s been years since they took a vacation). Some tell me that they work long days and work every day of the week. It seems … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Planning for Balance
Blogs of Note for the Week Ending December 26, 2014 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 – December 26, 2014
“Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous” – Confucius I’m writing this post on Christmas Eve 2014. It’s not a time that most people in America are working. It’s time for family, friends, and faith celebrations. It’s a celebration remembering the birth of Jesus Christ. No matter what your faith, Christmas is about Christ. Celebrating the goodness of faith and family is a wonderful addition to … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Doing vs. Reflecting, Part 1
The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart. – William Hazlitt In his post, Does Your Leadership Have “White Space?”, Michael McKinney discusses the creation of balance by giving space for his students to learn and to develop. Here is a summary paragraph: “Creating white space in your leadership requires balance. Leadership is an art. White space doesn’t reflect a lack of leadership … Continue reading Create Space for Your Team to Contribute
Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse. – Lily Tomlin How bad does it need to get before you do something about it? (“It” is the processes and systems in your organization.) In reading a post by Guy Kawasaki on the American Express OPEN Forum site, I found this comment, “Act like a prospective customer and call your company to … Continue reading Check on How You are “Really Doing”
Everything on earth has its own time and its own season. (Ecclesiastes 3:1 CEVUK) Leaders train to be at the top of their game every day. We must be productive on a continual basis, however, there is a natural rhythm to life. There is a time to sow and a time to reap. There is a time to work, to rest, to play, and a … Continue reading Seasons and Rhythms: Lent
Among all the Leadership Principles and Leadership Skills, Self Care Stands Alone in Importance Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong and second—and best—in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having a good night’s sleep and not being hurt by new shoes. – Theodor Fontane Wayne Muller, in his book A Life of Being, Having, and Doing … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Care of Self
Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted. – Albert Einstein Looking at Things from a Different Perspective In his book, Flip Manifesto, Daniel Pink suggests that the reader ask their boss to draw an “E” on their forehead and observe which way the E faces. If it is backwards to the viewer, then the boss is not … Continue reading Quitting
I Was Trumped by My Own Wife In My Own Keynote Presentation Ha! Never follow a children’s program or an animal act! Or watch out if you invite your spouse to present during your keynote presentation. Actually, I was very pleased that my wife did such a great job of presenting her point – procrastination might be funny to you, but it’s annoying to your … Continue reading Balance…or NOT!
Transformational Leaders Model What They Preach This trait is listed last, however, setting the example is key to the success of the other traits. This is similar to the dynamic with my four leadership principles (Foundations, Relationships, Systems, Balance). The last one (Balance) empowers the other three principles. Without balance, the other principles are less effective and might not be effective at all. If you … Continue reading Transformational Leadership Traits: Practice What you Preach!
Henri Nouwen talks about the lesson from the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) in his book, Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith, in the reading for June 30. He points out that one son is distanced from his father by dissipating himself with alcohol and sex, while the other son alienates himself by working hard and dutifully fulfilling his obligations – both sons … Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Parables – Prodigal Son