Foundations

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

Relationships

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

Friday Five

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

Foundations

Leadership Skills: Decisiveness

“Procrastination in the name of reducing risk actually increases risk.” – Colin Powell I work with many leaders in several countries and in many cultures. There are many things that good leaders have in common. One of the top skills is the

Friday Five

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

Relationships

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

Foundations

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

Foundations

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

Balance

Leadership Skills: A Discipline of Continual Improvement

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. – James Allen The business buzz words and miracle programs get overused, trite, and annoying, especially when they compromise the quality of the work output that they

Foundations

Start Now!

  I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it. – Pablo Picasso Perfection paralysis is a condition that keeps many leaders from obtaining their best results. You may know someone, or

Foundations

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

Relationships

Do the Opposite

A Time for Everything There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1   The Tao of Leadership is one of those books that every leader needs to own, to read, and to reread on a