Podcast 36: Leadership Skills: Embracing Opposites

This is Podcast 36 Embracing Opposites     Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE Transcription Below This Podcast Sponsored by Wordsprint Stay connected with your tribe!   Get Hugh’s Mini-Course on the 5 Pillars of Success for only $7   Dreams are not the opposite of reality. Dreams inform reality. – Seth Godin* © Hospitalera | Dreamstime.com – Yin Yang Photo Leaders struggle … Continue reading Podcast 36: Leadership Skills: Embracing Opposites

Leadership Skills: Decisiveness #2

The world is starving for original and decisive leadership. – Bryant H. McGill     Decisiveness  Nick Tasler, in his book Why Quitters Win,* defines three primary sources of decisiveness – nature, training, and incentive. Leaders make effective decisions for different reasons. Not being able to make decisions is a decision in itself, which can set up negative dynamics…mostly unintended consequences. How many traffic accidents have happened because … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Decisiveness #2

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

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

Leadership Skills: It’s What You Don’t Say That Causes Problems

You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere. – Lee Iacocca I comment frequently about ways that leaders cause problems. We are not aware that many of the things we do will set up situations that boomerang back to us with a dysfunction, wrong result, or conflict. These unintended actions are a place for expansion … Continue reading Leadership Skills: It’s What You Don’t Say That Causes Problems

Leadership Skills: Planning for Balance

Life moves pretty fast; if you don’t stop and look around every once in awhile, you could miss it. – John Hughes Leaders tell me how hard they work. Some tell me how long it’s been since they took a vacation (sometimes it’s been years since they took a vacation). Some tell me that they work long days and work every day of the week. It seems … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Planning for Balance

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – January 31, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending January 31, 2014 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 – January 31, 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

Leadership Paradigms: Secret vs. Confidential

  Secret is withholding information for power.   Confidential is privileged information.   Knowing the difference separates good leadership from bad.   In my ebook, Creating Healthy Teams, I define the elements of conflict and provide descriptions, preventions, and prescriptions for conflict. It’s really evident how much the element of keeping secrets impacts the culture. In human emotional systems, everyone is connected – formally or … Continue reading Leadership Paradigms: Secret vs. Confidential

Leadership Qualities: Different vs. Differentiation

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves. They therefore remain bound. – James Allen, As A Man Thinketh What sets you apart from other leaders? When I began my current journey as a leadership resource for corporate executives, pastors, social benefit leaders, entrepreneurs, and solopreneur thought leaders, I observed similar behaviors and patterns in leadership execution, regardless of the type … Continue reading Leadership Qualities: Different vs. Differentiation

Leadership Stories: Blind Spots

Many Lessons Come from Experiences Out of Our Normal Experience From time to time, I go to a Waffle House for breakfast. It’s fast. It’s dependable. It’s a friendly place. It’s a place where the food is fresh. It’s not a gourmet restaurant. It’s a practical kind of place. In and out – quick and easy – good for less money – friendly and attentive atmosphere. … Continue reading Leadership Stories: Blind Spots

Transformational Leadership Traits: Create Leaders

  Build Leaders Within Teams   “None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Old Southern traditional saying   The Transformational Leader creates a leadership system within organizations and builds teams of leaders. This might seem to be contrary to the usual definition of leadership. It would seem that the leader must have followers. Certainly that is true. However, there are other … Continue reading Transformational Leadership Traits: Create Leaders

Transformational Leadership Traits: Let Go of Some Things

Define Things Others Can Do We try to do too much. We have not taken the time to define what we should be doing. We should set aside time to think, plan, and strategize. We have not defined what we want others to be doing. There’s not much more to say. Start today. The more you rehearse this, the better you get at it. Please … Continue reading Transformational Leadership Traits: Let Go of Some Things

Transformational Leadership Traits: Clarity of Vision

Transformational Leadership Transformational leadership was birthed from educational systems and the military.  The writings of BM Bass and JM Burns are cited in many, if not most, articles on transformational leadership.  In the best sense, transformational leaders equip and create community.   Traits and Characteristics The following list is my summary of key traits for you to learn – and perfect – if you truly … Continue reading Transformational Leadership Traits: Clarity of Vision