Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 31, 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
Man, alone, has the power to transform his thoughts into physical reality. ~ Napoleon Hill In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia, until ultimately we become enslaved by it. ~ Robert A. Heinlein,
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
Raising the Bar: How to inspire members to function at the highest level One constant complaint I get from clients is that teams underperform and that they, the leaders, are overworked. Often, when exploring the facts, I find that the leader has
Definiteness of Purpose is the Compass for Your Leadership Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve. Every failure brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage. Napoleon Hill has become a legend, quoted by leadership trainers
To Be the Best Leader, One Must Practice…and Practice Correctly “Music did not reveal all of its secrets to just one person.” – Ralph Vaughan Williams “In every failure, there is a seed of a future success.” – Napoleon Hill
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
If You Don’t Make a Difference, Then Who Will? I first met Will Willimon when he arrived at the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was the new bishop in 2004. I called him up, representing the church musicians
Learn from Observing High-Performance Teams I had cataract surgery recently, first the left eye and, a week later, the right eye. I was anxious both times, even though the doctor and the hospital both had stellar reputations. What I experienced both times was great.
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
Transformational Leadership Transformational leadership was birthed from educational systems and the military. The writings of BM Bass and JM Burns are cited in many, if not most, articles on transformational leadership. In the best sense, transformational leaders equip and create community.
2 of 5 in the series Control of Self is a Primary Leadership Competency “A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances.” – James Allen, As a Man Thinketh, also
5 of 5 in the series Build a Strong Foundation Matt 7:24-29 Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the
4 of 5 in the series Being Prepared Mt. 25:1-13 – the parable of the wise and foolish virgins is a parable of judgment. 1. Five virgins came prepared with extra oil for their lamps, five did not; 2. When the bridegroom
2 of 5 in the series The Parable of The Sower: Matthew 13:1-24 The story of sowing seeds, which is like God’s word. On hard ground, birds eat the seed – like people who do not listen.
Hidden Goals Don’t Work 5th of 5 Set your goal. Share your goal. Accountability is energy. We think that being accountable to someone might bring us criticism if we fail. We don’t want to look bad. We don’t