Podcast 32: Leadership Skills: Setting Powerful Goals that Work

This is Podcast 32 Setting Powerful Goals that Work   Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE     Today’s resource: Setting Powerful Goals Any idea that’s held in the mind and emphasized, that’s either feared or revered will begin at once to clothe itself in the most convenient and appropriate physical form that’s available. – Andrew Carnegie (to Napoleon Hill) I dream my … Continue reading Podcast 32: Leadership Skills: Setting Powerful Goals that Work

Leading Begins With Defining Why

It all starts with why. – Simon Sinek*   Simon Sinek speaks, writes, and consults on this topic and makes a compelling case for knowing why we want to do something – especially when it comes to leading an organization. Defining the why is an individual choice, not a group decision. It’s the leader’s duty to create and define the vision, and then to define … Continue reading Leading Begins With Defining Why

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 Skills: Personal Discipline

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt Keeping on track with an action plan is the primary focus of this post. Being more productive means planning to be more productive. Studies by social psychologist from Germany, Wilhelm Hoffman, show that people with high self control are happier than those without. I suggest that happiness comes from a sense of fulfillment and completion because … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Personal Discipline

Leadership Traps to Avoid – Working Too Much

Preventing Burnout Of my four leadership principles (Foundations, Relationships, Systems and Balance) the fourth one is the key to how effective the other 3 principles can be. If we work all the time, then we are not at our best. There is a huge difference between being called and being driven, between being inspired and being compelled, and between being in control of your schedule … Continue reading Leadership Traps to Avoid – Working Too Much

Leadership Lessons: Robert Shaw

Leaders aren’t born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that’s the price we’ll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal. – Vince Lombardi During my active career as musical conductor, I continued to work on my personal skills for 40 years. Each year I experienced a transformation that impacted my conducting skills and … Continue reading Leadership Lessons: Robert Shaw

Bad Leadership Practices: The Annual Review

Of all the dysfunctional systems in organizations, the top one on my list is the annual review! Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  – Albert Einstein Here is the fundamental question, “Are you going to wait for a whole year to tell an employee how he or she is doing?” We persist in maintaining this practice, even though … Continue reading Bad Leadership Practices: The Annual Review

Failure – Giving Value to Sustainability

Here is another repost of one of my high-traffic blog posts. It’s not lack of vision that caused failure – it’s lack of leadership skills! What’s the major reason organizations fail? Usually failure is blamed on finances – lack of capital. I point to another reason. Statistics show that small businesses fail at a rapid rate, and that 90% of those that fail do so … Continue reading Failure – Giving Value to Sustainability

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, 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

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 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

What I Learned About Leadership from Others: Vincent van Gogh

I dream my painting and I paint my dream.  – Vincent van Gogh Dreaming is the First Step in Visionary Leadership – But Not the Last One It’s not how much you work, but how much you accomplish that’s important. Van Gogh created over 900 amazing paintings in a 3-year period. He had a very unhappy life which ended in tragedy. His painting still inspires … Continue reading What I Learned About Leadership from Others: Vincent van Gogh

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     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

Leadership Lessons from the Parables – The Sower

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

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 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