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

Podcast 40: 5 Signs That It’s Time to Invest in Your Leadership Skills

This is Podcast 40 5 Signs That It’s Time to Invest In Your Leadership Skills     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  The Podcast Transcript: Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, … Continue reading Podcast 40: 5 Signs That It’s Time to Invest in Your Leadership Skills

Podcast 36: Leadership Skills: Embracing Opposites

This is Podcast 36 Embracing Opposites     Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE Transcription Below This Podcast Sponsored by Wordsprint Stay connected with your tribe!   Get Hugh’s Mini-Course on the 5 Pillars of Success for only $7   Dreams are not the opposite of reality. Dreams inform reality. – Seth Godin* © Hospitalera | Dreamstime.com – Yin Yang Photo Leaders struggle … Continue reading Podcast 36: Leadership Skills: Embracing Opposites

Podcast 10: Interview with Roberta Gilbert

This is Podcast 10 Interview with Roberta Gilbert: The Legacy of Murray Bowen Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE Leadership is Redefining “Profit” see my post HERE Dr. Roberta Gilbert is a psychiatrist whose special interest is Bowen family systems theory and its extensions and applications to individuals, families, and organizations.  She is the founding director of the Center for the Study of … Continue reading Podcast 10: Interview with Roberta Gilbert

Leadership Skills: Communication is Relationship

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. – George Bernard Shaw Did you get my email? “Did you get my email?” is a typical question from those who think that communication is about data. Many times the email is sent just prior to a scheduled time for personal interaction. The question also reveals the person’s lack of social … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Communication is Relationship

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…The Best Of…My Best Blog Posts

The Friday Five…The Best Of…My Most Read Blog Posts January 15, 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five…The Best Of…My Best Blog Posts

Leadership Skills: Validating, Checking the Right Data

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 5 of 6 Validation Is Checking the Right Data Not validating the right things is a trap. Henry Ford asked people what they wanted and they said a faster horse to get places faster. He validated the concept and created a product to meet that need. Rather than stick with a faster horse, he was able to reframe the … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Checking the Right Data

Leadership Skills: Validating, Learning from the Data

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 4 of 6 Validation Is Learning from the Data We are learning from interviews and field tests. It’s not only that we are right or wrong…there are shades of grey and it’s a process of discovery. It’s validating the data and interpreting it that makes the difference. I meet many people who let me know that they are “intuitive.” … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Learning from the Data

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Excellence vs. Mediocrity

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. – Steve Jobs   As a musical conductor, I understand that concert goers want excellence every time we perform…every time. We are only as good as our last performance. Performance is a skill, as well as an art. It’s not striving for perfection. It’s maintaining excellence in standards. Musicians … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Excellence vs. Mediocrity

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 Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Talking versus Listening

“When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen.” ― Ernest Hemingway Recently, I created a post about listening. As a musician, I have learned to listen, however there is listening, and there is listening with intention. We often listen without really listening for intent. We listen to form our response, or prejudge the content, or prejudge the context, reason, or content of the person … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Talking versus Listening

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – March 6, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending March 6, 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 thinking … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – March 6, 2015

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 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

Resources: Tools and Products That Help Me Be a Better Leader: Planning and Running Meetings

Let’s Chat About Leadership… This blog series appears on Tuesdays, and focuses on resources that I use as I pace my ability to continually strive for my greatest effectiveness. Leaders get things done. In order to accomplish this objective, it’s important to have the necessary skills and systems in place. I have tried many things over many years and have settled on what’s simple, reliable, and … Continue reading Resources: Tools and Products That Help Me Be a Better Leader: Planning and Running Meetings

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

Resources: Tools and Products That Help Me Be a Better Leader: Outsourcing

Let’s Chat About Leadership… This blog series appears on Tuesdays, and focuses on resources that I use as I pace my ability to continually strive for my greatest effectiveness. Leaders get things done. In order to accomplish this objective, it’s important to have the necessary skills and systems in place. I have tried many things over many years and have settled on what’s simple, reliable, and … Continue reading Resources: Tools and Products That Help Me Be a Better Leader: Outsourcing

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

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – February 13, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending February 13, 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 13, 2015