The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 8, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 8, 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 – August 8, 2014

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

Watch the Director!

What you can learn about leadership from the musical conductor is comprehensive. I spend my time working with great people doing great things. The more competent clients realize how much they don’t know, and they’re willing to be open to new ideas, and challenges to old habits and old ways of leading people. Over the years, I have developed leadership programs based on the skills … Continue reading Watch the Director!

Failing is a Pathway to Success

Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. ~Henry Ford I was looking at expensive rings with a variety of brilliant gems that sparkle in the light. They sparkle because they are highly polished and engraved for excellence. Gems cannot be polished without friction. I remembered at that moment that there were times in my life with friction. At the time, I did … Continue reading Failing is a Pathway to Success

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

Leaders: Make Your Own Decisions

Another of my favorite high-traffic posts from previous years… Effective Leaders Take in Data and Then Make Wise Choices Life is the sum of all your choices. ~ Albert Camus It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are … Continue reading Leaders: Make Your Own Decisions

Leadership Stories: A Shoeshine Can Change Your Day

Transformational Leaders Look for the Kairos Moments that Bring Clarity and Inspiration * I stopped to get a shoeshine in the Chicago airport. There was no one present when I arrived at the shoeshine chair. After a few minutes, I heard a voice coming from down the corridor. “Just have a seat!” he cried. So, I lifted myself up into the the high chair, expecting … Continue reading Leadership Stories: A Shoeshine Can Change Your Day

Planning: Paying the “Upfront Cost”

Paying the upfront cost of planning is far, far, cheaper than the cost of the fix.   “Where there is no vision, the people perish: But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” – Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)   “None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Old Southern Sayin’   “Learning everything there is about leadership is like reaching the end … Continue reading Planning: Paying the “Upfront Cost”

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – November 8, 2013

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending November 8, 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 – November 8, 2013

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – October 25, 2013

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending October 25, 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 25, 2013

Transformational Leadership Traits: Delegation

The Transformational Leader Effectively Delegates A common leadership challenge is defining how to empower teams to function at a higher level, producing more quality results. This is an opportunity to effectively manage one’s own schedule by getting things off the schedule that someone else can do. Delegation does not mean delegate it and forget it. Delegation does not mean micromanaging, either. Delegation is a high-level … Continue reading Transformational Leadership Traits: Delegation

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – October 4, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending October 4, 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 – October 4, 2013

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – September 27, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 27, 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 27, 2013

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – September 20, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 20, 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 20, 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 – August 23, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 23, 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 – August 23, 2013

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 16, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 16, 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 – August 16, 2013

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 9, 2013

Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 9, 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 – August 9, 2013

Leadership Skills: The Lid

Leaders grow; they are not made. – Peter F. Drucker  I’m reading Cynthia Zhai’s blog post about The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You by John Maxwell. Here are some quotes from her blog: In the first law–the law of the lid, John Maxwell intended to tell us that there is a lid on a person’s leadership ability and this lid determines his level of effectiveness. The lower a … Continue reading Leadership Skills: The Lid