Podcast 47: 5 Steps to Effective Follow Up

Transcript for Podcast 47 is below 5 Steps to Effective Follow-Up Subscribe to Hugh Ballou’s Transformational Leadership Podcast on iTunes or Stitcher Get it on the iTunes store HERE. Get it on Stitcher HERE. is 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  Here’s the transcript: Successful leaders do what others are not willing to … Continue reading Podcast 47: 5 Steps to Effective Follow Up

Podcast 41: Leadership Skills – Managing Our Use of Time

This is Podcast 41 Leadership Skills Managing Our Use of Time     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:   Points covered in this session include the following: Keeping yourself organized Writing … Continue reading Podcast 41: Leadership Skills – Managing Our Use of Time

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

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

Leadership Skills: Coaching

“Coaching is 90% listening, and 10% listening.” – Julio Olalla Yes, that quote is right…coaching is intentionally listening. Listening is a skill within itself, as I wrote recently here: http://transformationalstrategist.com/leadership-skills-listening/ Leadership and communication are both based on relationship. Creating and maintaining relationships is the key. Leaders listen. So, what’s up with listening and coaching? Many people think that coaching is about telling people what to do or what decisions to make…that’s wrong! Coaching is … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Coaching

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: 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 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

Leadership Skills: Making Corrections

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” – Coach John Wooden So, what’s the problem? It’s a mystery that so many top leaders have trouble correcting the actions or behaviors of people they are responsible for leading. There’s a fear that making a correction will hurt someone’s feelings or that the leader won’t be liked if they are critical. If the … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Making Corrections

Leadership Dialogue: Sharing Perspective…Should Leaders Take Health Advice Away from Doctors?

Sharing Leadership Ideas from Real Life Each Thursday, I’ll 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 and productive discussions to happen. It takes away the risk of feeling like participants are … Continue reading Leadership Dialogue: Sharing Perspective…Should Leaders Take Health Advice Away from Doctors?

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 Dialogue: Sharing Perspectives

Sharing Leadership Ideas from Real Life Each Thursday, I’ll 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 and productive discussions to happen. It takes away the risk of feeling like participants are … Continue reading Leadership Dialogue: Sharing Perspectives

Leadership Skills: A Discipline of Continual Improvement

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

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

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 25, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 25, 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 – July 25, 2014

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 is as smart as all of us.” – Old Southern Sayin’   “Learning everything there is about leadership is like reaching the end … Continue reading Planning: Paying the “Upfront Cost”

Transformational Leadership Traits: Delegation

The Transformational Leader Effectively Delegates A common leadership challenge is defining how to empower teams to function at a higher level, producing more quality results. This is an opportunity to effectively manage one’s own schedule by getting things off the schedule that someone else can do. Delegation does not mean delegate it and forget it. Delegation does not mean micromanaging, either. Delegation is a high-level … Continue reading Transformational Leadership Traits: Delegation

Leadership Paradigms: Secret vs. Confidential

  Secret is withholding information for power.   Confidential is privileged information.   Knowing the difference separates good leadership from bad.   In my ebook, Creating Healthy Teams, I define the elements of conflict and provide descriptions, preventions, and prescriptions for conflict. It’s really evident how much the element of keeping secrets impacts the culture. In human emotional systems, everyone is connected – formally or … Continue reading Leadership Paradigms: Secret vs. Confidential