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

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – May 23, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 23, 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 23, 2014

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

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending April 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 – April 18, 2014

Leadership Principles: Over-functioning as Irresponsible Responsibility

Here is another repost of one of my high-traffic blog posts. Roberta Gilbert writes about over-functioning in her book, The Cornerstone Concept. Murray Bowen, creator of Family Systems Theory, once declared, “Over-functioning is irresponsible responsibility.” The #1 complaint I hear from leaders: that they, as leaders, do too much and their teams do too little. Leaders blame others for what they create. There is a reciprocity in … Continue reading Leadership Principles: Over-functioning as Irresponsible Responsibility

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – October 11, 2013

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending October 11, 2013 Continuing in my new tradition, 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 and get me to think outside … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – October 11, 2013

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – September 6, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 6, 2013 Continuing in my new tradition, 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 and get me to think … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – September 6, 2013

The Friday Five, Blogs that Matter – June 21, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending June 21, 2013 Continuing in my new tradition, 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 and get me to think … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs that Matter – June 21, 2013

Leadership and Writing: 5 Reasons I Write

Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. – Henry David Thoreau Words are a lens to focus one’s mind. – Ayn Rand Who Is My Audience for Writing? I write for myself and for leaders wanting to impact the world in a positive way. We can do things like everybody else, or we can change the … Continue reading Leadership and Writing: 5 Reasons I Write

Leadership Skills: Care of Self

Among all the Leadership Principles and Leadership Skills, Self Care Stands Alone in Importance Happiness, it seems to me, consists of two things: first, in being where you belong and second—and best—in comfortably going through everyday life, that is, having a good night’s sleep and not being hurt by new shoes.  – Theodor Fontane Wayne Muller, in his book A Life of Being, Having, and Doing … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Care of Self