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 the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking and get me to think … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs that Matter – May 31, 2013
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, 1907-1988, novelist and screenwriter Entrepreneurs are famous for engaging in lots of activities. There is no guarantee that activities will create progress. It’s … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Staying Focused
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 with fellowship, food, football, and more fun. We say Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas on only one day. There are many cycles … Continue reading Merry Christmas, Leader
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 played a major role in creating the problem, just as conductors create musical problems by their actions. Many times, when leaders complain about … Continue reading Raising the Bar on Team Performance
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 constantly, and a resource for leaders in every field. His primary book is titled Think and Grow Rich. It’s about success. He talks … Continue reading Lessons from Other Leaders: Napoleon Hill
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 Erica Sipes has a blog called “Beyond the Notes.” The point is that making music is more than playing all the … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Rehearsal
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!
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 in the Conference, and advised him that church musicians should be involved in planning the 5 worship services normally held during this multi-day … Continue reading Leadership Stories: Stepping Up
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. It was a high-performance team in action. Every touchpoint was demonstrating excellence in engagement and in performance. I had the distinct impression that … Continue reading Leadership Stories: The Operating Room Team
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!
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. Traits and Characteristics The following list is my summary of key traits for you to learn – and perfect – if you truly … Continue reading Transformational Leadership Traits: Clarity of Vision
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 available as As a Woman Thinketh Reading and studying Murray Bowen’s Family Systems Theory, guided by Roberta Gilbert for the last two years, I … Continue reading Daily Leadership Discipline – Emotional
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 floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. … Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Parables – Build a House on Solid Ground
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 came, the five who were prepared entered the celebration; 3. The unprepared returned after the celebration began and were rejected. Here’s the key … Continue reading Leadership Lessons from Parables – The Ten Virgins
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. On stony ground, the plants grow, but only for a short time – like people who hear, but do not really listen to … Continue reading Leadership Lessons from the Parables – The Sower
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 want anyone to judge us poorly. When we set a goal and share that goal with someone, it might be frightening. What if … Continue reading Running and Leadership – Accountability