Podcast 45: Leadership Skills: Observation

This is Podcast 45 Leadership Skills: Observation       Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE This Podcast Sponsored by Wordsprint Stay connected with your tribe!   Get Hugh’s Mini-Course on the 5 Pillars of Success for only $7 Hugh Ballou  The More the Leader Controls the Group, the Less Effective the Results Become I went to check out the position and, after … Continue reading Podcast 45: Leadership Skills: Observation

Podcast 37: Leadership Skills: Communication

This is Podcast 37 Communication Skills, Systems, and Plan     Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE     This Podcast Sponsored by Wordsprint Stay connected with your tribe!   Get Hugh’s Mini-Course on the 5 Pillars of Success for only $7 Hugh Ballou  The Podcast Transcript: Everybody talks about poor communication, but few do anything about it. – Hugh Ballou Communication is a Leadership … Continue reading Podcast 37: Leadership Skills: Communication

Podcast 33: Leadership Resources – Personal Growth

This is Podcast 33 Personal Growth Resources   Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE     Today’s resource: “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence, but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” ― Henry Ward Beecher Leaders Are Constantly Working on Skills For Nonprofit Leaders: 1) Nonprofit Performance Magazine For the first time ever, nonprofit leaders … Continue reading Podcast 33: Leadership Resources – Personal Growth

Leadership Redefined: Expanding the Paradigm for Profit

Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.  – William Wordsworth Here’s what I found online when I asked for a definition of “profit”: Simple Definition of Profit : to get an advantage or benefit from something : to … Continue reading Leadership Redefined: Expanding the Paradigm for Profit

Planning is Essential for Effective Leadership

Plan to succeed or plan to fail. – Winston Churchill Planning is Essential Every day I talk to leaders in some organization who have a great idea, an amazing product or service, and know that they can make a difference in the lives of others. Many of these people are stuck. They have a well thought-out concept, completed books, polished professional keynote or workshop, and … Continue reading Planning is Essential for Effective Leadership

Conducting Transformation: Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles are the compass that keeps leaders on track. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.  ― Stephen R. Covey Guiding principles are statements that guide our decisions and keep us true to our “Basic Self*.” When guiding principles are clearly defined, leaders can apply these principles to decisions without compromising the fundamental values that shape our … Continue reading Conducting Transformation: Guiding Principles

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: Planning – Startup

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”  ― Benjamin Franklin Planning is a key part of every success. I meet startup leaders almost every day who are implementing tactics in the absence of an overall strategy. I continue to see leaders compromise their success and the success of the organizations they lead. I have identified 5 pillars for success. Without these 5 pillars, we greatly compromise our results and … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Planning – Startup

The Friday Five…The Best Of…Foundations to Create Income

The Friday Five…The Best Of… Leadership Skills to Create Sustainable Income February 19, 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five…The Best Of…Foundations to Create Income

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: Follow Up

Successful leaders do what others are not willing to do. – Unknown   We sometimes make a plan (entrepreneurs keep a lot of ideas in their minds and don’t always make a written plan to share), and sometimes we create action items for the plan, and sometimes we connect the plan to implementation. If we do those things, then we raise the bar substantially on … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Follow Up

Leadership Skills: Validating, Learning from the Data

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 4 of 6 Validation Is Learning from the Data We are learning from interviews and field tests. It’s not only that we are right or wrong…there are shades of grey and it’s a process of discovery. It’s validating the data and interpreting it that makes the difference. I meet many people who let me know that they are “intuitive.” … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Learning from the Data

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

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 Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Form versus Freedom, Part 2

Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation. – Saint Augustine Excellence comes at the intersection of reverse polarities. – Hugh Ballou This is a continuation of the post from May 13. Here are … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Form versus Freedom, Part 2

Leadership Skills: Evaluation

Continuous improvement requires systematic evaluation. Continuous improvement requires unfiltered evaluation. – Anonymous Mastering the Evaluation is a Valuable Leadership Skill Often I interview a potential client and hear that they have a strategic plan…more often than not, it’s put away somewhere and dusty. In other conversations about creating a strategic plan, I hear the same story…we have completed the previous plan and need a new one. Both … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Evaluation

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

Resources: Tools and Products That Help Me Be a Better Leader: Planning and Running Meetings

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: Planning and Running Meetings