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 44: Leadership Skills, “Balance or Not!” with Leigh Anne Taylor

This is Podcast 44 Leadership Skills: “Balance…Or NOT” with Leigh Anne Taylor     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  Here’s the Video of the Presentation The Podcast Notes: Balance…or Not! I’m … Continue reading Podcast 44: Leadership Skills, “Balance or Not!” with Leigh Anne Taylor

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

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Overfunctioning Versus Underfunctioning

Over-functioning is irresponsible responsibility. – Murray Bowen We, as leaders, influence everyone in our presence. The orchestra conductor influences how the instrumentalists play: just playing the notes, or playing with passion. The conductor does not tell the orchestra how to play their instruments or play those instruments for them. Many leaders struggle with underfunctioning staff, boards, volunteers, etc., and are not aware that they have … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Overfunctioning Versus Underfunctioning

An Agenda: The Enemy of Productivity in Meetings!

No More Boring, Unproductive Meetings! An agenda is the killer of productivity in meetings. Focus on specific outcomes expressed as deliverables instead. Drive for excellence on outcomes in all activities, and you will create the DNA for excellence for your organization and yourself. – Hugh Ballou, The Transformational Leadership Strategist Yes, you read this correctly. Organizations hire me to run meetings, team planning sessions, board … Continue reading An Agenda: The Enemy of Productivity in Meetings!

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Tradition vs Change

I have been traveling around the country presenting Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Workshops. In many instances, I’m asked what to do when a board, or members in general, are resistant to change. The phrase, “We’ve never done it that way before!” is often repeated. Change is a fearful thought if other changes in life are too stressful. Change is not an option when there is no … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Tradition vs Change

Leadership Dialogue: Hot Topic for Dialogue, Police Racial Profiling

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: Hot Topic for Dialogue, Police Racial Profiling

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 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 Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Controlling vs. Collaboration

Collaboration is multiplication. – John Maxwell One of the biggest traps I experience with clients is that leadership is a term not universally understood and that leaders don’t know how to lead. We have been taught that leaders must have all the right answers and know what to do. That paradigm sets leaders up for problems. No one person knows every right answer or every … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Controlling vs. Collaboration

Leadership Skills: It’s What You Don’t Say That Causes Problems

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere. – Lee Iacocca I comment frequently about ways that leaders cause problems. We are not aware that many of the things we do will set up situations that boomerang back to us with a dysfunction, wrong result, or conflict. These unintended actions are a place for expansion … Continue reading Leadership Skills: It’s What You Don’t Say That Causes Problems

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 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

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – January 23, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending January 23, 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 – January 23, 2015

Successful Leadership Depends on Developing Clarity

  While I was interviewing United Methodist Bishop William Willimon (read the interview at Monday Morning Email April 12, 2010 *), we explored the value of clarity for leaders in any field. Even though he was defining the issue for church leaders, I find it is a universal issue. Here’s the part of the interview that deals with clarity: Willimon: One of my Cabinet members, a … Continue reading Successful Leadership Depends on Developing Clarity

The Definitive Leader Builds a Solid Foundation

“Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy “Transformational leaders don’t start by denying the world around them. Instead, they describe a future they’d like to create instead [sic].” – Seth Godin Transformational Leadership is about the vision, and Charismatic Leadership is about the leader. The ethics and authenticity of the Transformational Leader are critical to the vision and, … Continue reading The Definitive Leader Builds a Solid Foundation

Leadership Skills: Avoiding Negative Influence

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. –  Napoleon Hill   A leader is primarily a person of influence. Leaders get to choose how to influence others – both positively and negatively. I eat at good restaurants. I enjoy healthy food and am happy to pay for quality. … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Avoiding Negative Influence

Leadership Traps to Avoid – Power

Leadership is Power Yes, leadership is power, however, the use of power separates the effective leader from the mediocre leader. The perception of a musical conductor is that of a dictator – the conductor is the dictator. Well, the conductor gets to dictate the vision, however, the conductor is completely at the mercy of the players or singers. Nothing happens until someone follows and makes … Continue reading Leadership Traps to Avoid – Power

Failing is a Pathway to Success

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. ~Henry Ford I was looking at expensive rings with a variety of brilliant gems that sparkle in the light. They sparkle because they are highly polished and engraved for excellence. Gems cannot be polished without friction. I remembered at that moment that there were times in my life with friction. At the time, I did … Continue reading Failing is a Pathway to Success