Podcast

Podcast 54: Leadership Is Visionary

Listen to the Podcast If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams Envision the Future Everybody has a dream. Only 3 out of every 100 people will actually

Balance

Balancing Life’s Critical Aspects

Life is a promise; fulfill it.  – Mother Teresa (now Saint Teresa) In previous posts, I have encouraged you to plan your day by planning your work. In order to accomplish the most, it is important to put everything into logical order;

Systems

An Agenda: The Enemy of Productivity in Meetings!

No More Boring, Unproductive Meetings! An agenda is the killer of productivity in meetings. Focus on specific outcomes expressed as deliverables instead. Drive for excellence on outcomes in all activities, and you will create the DNA for excellence for your organization and

Systems

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

Relationships

Leadership Skills: Authenticity

I once saw a reporter stop a man on the street and ask him what he thought about apathy and indifference. He responded with, “I don’t know and I don’t care!” A friend once told me, humorously, that I should be sincere

Relationships

Leadership Skills: Making Corrections

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” – Coach John Wooden So, what’s the problem? It’s a mystery that so many top leaders have trouble correcting the actions or behaviors of people they are responsible for leading. There’s

Systems

Leadership Skills: Setting Boundaries

“No” is a complete sentence. ― Anne Lamott Setting boundaries is difficult for most of us. Somehow, we have been taught that if we don’t please others, it’s a bad thing. I have discovered just the opposite…trying to please others does not build

Relationships

Oops – I Goofed!

Success is going from failure to failure without losing your enthusiasm.  – Abraham Lincoln Look in the mirror. Would you be inspired by you? It has been said that we are the result of the 5 people we hang around the most.

Foundations

The Definitive Leader Builds a Solid Foundation

“Effort and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.” – John F. Kennedy “Transformational leaders don’t start by denying the world around them. Instead, they describe a future they’d like to create instead [sic].” – Seth Godin Transformational Leadership is about

Balance

Check on How You are “Really Doing”

Things are going to get a lot worse before they get worse. – Lily Tomlin   How bad does it need to get before you do something about it? (“It” is the processes and systems in your organization.) In reading a post by

Foundations

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 1, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 1, 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.

Foundations

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 25, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 25, 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

Foundations

Leadership Skills: Avoiding Negative Influence

Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another. –  Napoleon Hill   A leader is primarily a person of influence. Leaders get to choose how to

Foundations

Leadership Traps to Avoid – Power

Leadership is Power Yes, leadership is power, however, the use of power separates the effective leader from the mediocre leader. The perception of a musical conductor is that of a dictator – the conductor is the dictator. Well, the conductor gets to