Podcast 27: 5 Leadership Gaps that Compromise Success and Set Up Failure

This is Podcast 27 5 Deadly Leadership Gaps   Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE       Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. – John F. Kennedy Removing the Barriers to Success When I work with leaders, I find repetition of some of the same issues. The issues are mostly of our own causing. Leadership actually sets up … Continue reading Podcast 27: 5 Leadership Gaps that Compromise Success and Set Up Failure

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 Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Overfunctioning Versus Underfunctioning

Over-functioning is irresponsible responsibility. – Murray Bowen We, as leaders, influence everyone in our presence. The orchestra conductor influences how the instrumentalists play: just playing the notes, or playing with passion. The conductor does not tell the orchestra how to play their instruments or play those instruments for them. Many leaders struggle with underfunctioning staff, boards, volunteers, etc., and are not aware that they have … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Overfunctioning Versus Underfunctioning

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Leading vs. Managing

Leaders lead people; managers manage things.       Effective leadership is essential for success! We manage money – we lead people. We manage our time – we lead people. We manage systems – we lead people. We manage projects – we lead people.   Are you a true leader, or are you following the pattern you have been taught? Leaders think for themselves and … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Leading vs. Managing

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…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 – Maintaining the Attitude of Gratitude

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. – John Fitzgerald Kennedy For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends. – Ralph Waldo Emerson My attitude is eternal Gratitude! – Hugh … Continue reading Leadership Skills – Maintaining the Attitude of Gratitude

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 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 ability to make a decision. Decisive leaders create decisive teams. In past years, I have worked in organizations that utilized the Myers-Briggs Type … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Decisiveness

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 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: 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

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

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 claim to support. You know the programs. These programs have names like Six Sigma, Kaizen, Lean, Agile, and others. Some have buzzwords or phrases like Think Outside the Box, At … Continue reading Leadership Skills: A Discipline of Continual Improvement

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Doing vs. Reflecting, Part 1

“Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous” – Confucius I’m writing this post on Christmas Eve 2014. It’s not a time that most people in America are working. It’s time for family, friends, and faith celebrations. It’s a celebration remembering the birth of Jesus Christ. No matter what your faith, Christmas is about Christ. Celebrating the goodness of faith and family is a wonderful addition to … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Doing vs. Reflecting, Part 1

Leadership Paradigm Shift: 5 Misconceptions About Leadership

Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison   How do you continue to grow in your professional skills? When a question is presented to 10 leaders, there are typically more than 10  responses, because each of them has a unique perspective on what leadership really is about. Many … Continue reading Leadership Paradigm Shift: 5 Misconceptions About Leadership

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