Podcast 31: Leadership Resources: Facilitation Tool – Problem Solving

This is Podcast 31 5 Steps to Effective Problem Solving   Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE     Today’s resource: A facilitation tool for solving problems Problem Solving Is a Process, Not a Snap Decision This is a much bigger problem (funny) than it seems. Problem solving is something we don’t do very well as leaders. Many times, we set up problems … Continue reading Podcast 31: Leadership Resources: Facilitation Tool – Problem Solving

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

Podcast 15: Legacy Interview with Cal Turner, Jr.

This is Podcast 15 Interview with Cal Turner, Jr.: The Legacy of Dollar General     Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE Leadership is Redefining “Profit” see my post HERE This is interview #6 in the legacy series. In this podcast Orchestrating Success: Converting Passion to Profit, we think of profit in results other than money. This one includes money, ultimate success, … Continue reading Podcast 15: Legacy Interview with Cal Turner, Jr.

Leadership Is Influence

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams     Envision the Future Everybody has a dream. Only 3 out of every 100 people will actually do something about that dream by acting on the vision. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 people attempting to launch a new enterprise, whether a business … Continue reading Leadership Is Influence

The Friday Five…The Best of…The Best Blog Posts of the Week

The Friday Five…The Best Of…The Best Blogs of the Week April 1, 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…The Best Blog Posts of the Week

Leaders, Define Your Standard of Excellence

You must have control of the authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.   – Irene C. Kassorla One of the most common problems I encounter, when working with leaders to build results and create effective teams, is described in the statement, “My people just don’t do what I need them to do.” … Continue reading Leaders, Define Your Standard of Excellence

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…

The Friday Five…The Best Of… December 18, 2015   I’m constantly discovering something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. This series presents the best ideas and resources that I have discovered. 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’ve discovered. I don’t benefit from promoting any of these posts … Continue reading The Friday Five – The Best Of…

Leadership Skills: Validating, Asking the Right Questions

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 3 of 6 Validation Is Asking the Right Questions We conduct surveys with the wrong questions and are not looking for data. We are mostly looking for a validation of our idea, position, or plan. I meet many leaders in the concept stage for a proposed enterprise. Whether it’s a business or a tax-exempt organization, there are similar comments: … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Asking the Right Questions

Leadership Skills: Validating, Preventing Entrepreneurial Blindness

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 2 of 6   Validation Prevents Entrepreneurial Blindness Entrepreneurial blindness is falling in love with one’s assumptions so deeply that there is no room for reality. This is a story that we tell ourselves. We don’t listen to others with an open mind…we look for someone to agree and argue with those who don’t agree We have a great … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Preventing Entrepreneurial Blindness

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

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 Dialogue: Hot Topic for Dialogue, How Do National Holidays Impact Entrepreneurs?

Sharing Leadership Ideas from Real Life I’m Hugh Ballou, an entrepreneur. This post is about entrepreneurship and National Holidays…Balance in life. On Thursdays, I’ll often 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 … Continue reading Leadership Dialogue: Hot Topic for Dialogue, How Do National Holidays Impact Entrepreneurs?

Leadership Skills: Discernment

The culture of compromise is often accepted as the price of mass. But in fact, this is the crowded road to popular acceptance, and it works far less often than the compromisers believe it will. – Seth Godin* Ours is a world where we are saturated with information which we are expected to absorb and respond to, often instantly. Not only must we respond, but … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Discernment

Leadership Skills: Observing Triangles

“The basic building block of any emotional system is the triangle.” – Murray Bowen Triangles are… It’s quite simple. Triangles in human relationships and personal interactions exist. They are neither bad nor good. They just exist. Having said that, triangles can, and often do, cause problems in the culture. Let’s define culture as any group that’s in relationship. Culture can be family, social organization, religious … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Observing Triangles

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

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: Focus on Results

Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. – Jack Canfield I learn something … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Focus on Results

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – January 30, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending January 30, 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 30, 2015

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