Podcast 45: Leadership Skills: Observation

This is Podcast 45 Leadership Skills: Observation       Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE This 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  The More the Leader Controls the Group, the Less Effective the Results Become I went to check out the position and, after … Continue reading Podcast 45: Leadership Skills: Observation

Podcast 30: 5 Perilous Practices That Take Good Leaders Down

This is Podcast 30 5 Perilous Practices That Take Good Leaders Down   Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE     We all do things that we wish we had not done. Those are usually called “Learning Experiences,” unless the event creates a catastrophic backlash or questions the leader’s integrity. We can use whatever words we want to use, however, in some … Continue reading Podcast 30: 5 Perilous Practices That Take Good Leaders Down

Podcast 16: Leadership Interview with Dr. Jeff Magee

This is Podcast 16 Leadership Interview with Dr. Jeff Magee     Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE Leadership is Redefining “Profit” see my post HERE Hugh: Greetings, this is Hugh Ballou. My guest today is Dr. Jeff Magee. Jeff Magee has been a long-time friend and business associate. What kind of companies do you work with? Jeff: You and I are … Continue reading Podcast 16: Leadership Interview with Dr. Jeff Magee

Without Discernment, Leaders Fail

We learn, then we digest that learning; finally we discern the appropriate application of the learning. – Hugh Ballou Leading is Applied Wisdom I’ve just finished presenting to people this week in 5 separate groups. Some of the presentations were keynotes. Some of them were workshops or lessons. The common thread was leaders wanting to gain wisdom. Some were leading from middle management and others … Continue reading Without Discernment, Leaders Fail

Podcast 05: Build a High Functioning Culture

This is Podcast 5 Building A High Functioning Culture Get it on the iTunes store HERE. Get it on Stitcher HERE. Hey, it’s Hugh. Thanks for joining me today. Today’s topic is how to build a high-functioning culture. I spent 40 years as a musical conductor. I will use musical analogies; I can’t help it. I know how to build a high-functioning culture. I worked for 40 years … Continue reading Podcast 05: Build a High Functioning Culture

Planning is Essential for Effective Leadership

Plan to succeed or plan to fail. – Winston Churchill Planning is Essential Every day I talk to leaders in some organization who have a great idea, an amazing product or service, and know that they can make a difference in the lives of others. Many of these people are stuck. They have a well thought-out concept, completed books, polished professional keynote or workshop, and … Continue reading Planning is Essential for Effective Leadership

Leadership Skills: Team Selection

Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team. – John C. Maxwell Having the dream team is every leader’s dream, however few know how to build that team. We tend to gravitate to people we like, regardless of their fit for the culture we have or are creating. Selection of team … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Team Selection

The Friday Five…The Best of…Things NOT to Do!

The Friday Five…The Best Of…Things NOT to Do! March 4, 2016   I’m constantly discovering something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. This series presents the best ideas and resources that I have discovered during the week. The list of the 5 best will vary randomly, featuring my top posts, the top posts from others, leadership books and resources, and top concepts. I don’t benefit from promoting any … Continue reading The Friday Five…The Best of…Things NOT to Do!

The Friday Five…The Best Of…Thought Leaders’ Concepts

The Friday Five…The Best Of… …Thought Leaders’ Concepts January 22, 2016   I’m constantly discovering something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. This series presents the best ideas and resources that I have discovered during the week. The list of the 5 best will vary randomly, featuring my top posts, the top posts from others, leadership books and resources, and top concepts. I don’t benefit from … Continue reading The Friday Five…The Best Of…Thought Leaders’ Concepts

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – October 2, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending October 2, 2015 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 – October 2, 2015

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 3, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 3, 2015 Every day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 6 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 3, 2015

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, Having All the Answers versus Asking Good Questions

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. – Voltaire   Transformational Leaders Lead with Good Questioning Skills In Monday’s blog post this week, Leadership Skills: Transparency  I started sharing ideas about how transparency creates trust and also allows team members to function at a high level. If the leader has all the answers and claims to be the only one with the right … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Having All the Answers versus Asking Good Questions

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – February 20, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending February 20, 2015 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 – February 20, 2015

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Responding vs. Reacting

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. – George Bernard Shaw Yes, there is a difference. Is been said that the difference in reacting and responding is about 10 seconds. Our normal animal behavior is to react to defend ourselves. The learned response is from our developed cortex brain. We must learn to override our instincts to react by thoughtful … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Responding vs. Reacting

Leadership Paradigm Shift: 5 Misconceptions About Leadership

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison   How do you continue to grow in your professional skills? When a question is presented to 10 leaders, there are typically more than 10  responses, because each of them has a unique perspective on what leadership really is about. Many … Continue reading Leadership Paradigm Shift: 5 Misconceptions About Leadership

Leadership Resources: Personal Growth

  “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence, but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”  ― Henry Ward Beecher Leaders Are Constantly Working on Skills For Nonprofit Leaders: 1) Nonprofit Performance Magazine For the first time ever, nonprofit leaders have a leadership magazine dedicated to the needs of the social benefit sector…we are pleased to introduce Nonprofit Performance Magazine, … Continue reading Leadership Resources: Personal Growth

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 18, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 18, 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 18, 2014

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – May 9, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 9, 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 – May 9, 2014