Foundations

Leadership Skills: Staying Focused

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,

Systems

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

Relationships

Raising the Bar on Team Performance

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

Foundations

Lessons from Other Leaders: Napoleon Hill

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

Foundations

Leadership Skills: Rehearsal

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

Balance

Balance…or NOT!

 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

Foundations

Leadership Stories: Stepping Up

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

Relationships

Leadership Stories: The Operating Room Team

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.

Balance

Transformational Leadership Traits: Practice What you Preach!

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

Foundations

Transformational Leadership Traits: Clarity of Vision

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.  

Foundations

Daily Leadership Discipline – Emotional

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

Relationships

Running and Leadership – Accountability

  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