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; however, do not get so focused on the order of your day that you don’t notice the big experiences that come into your … Continue reading Balancing Life’s Critical Aspects

Leadership Is Influence

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 do something about that dream by acting on the vision. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 people attempting to launch a new enterprise, whether a business … Continue reading Leadership Is Influence

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

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 yourself. – Hugh Ballou, The Transformational Leadership Strategist Yes, you read this correctly. Organizations hire me to run meetings, team planning sessions, board … Continue reading An Agenda: The Enemy of Productivity in Meetings!

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 Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Responding vs Reacting

“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” – George Bernard Shaw We want to identify and solve problems instantly, when, in fact, we are not really sure what the problem really is. Our reaction is to solve problems and to move ahead, rather than creating a process to respond. Responding is a thinking state, while reacting is an emotional state. … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Responding vs Reacting

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Tradition vs Change

I have been traveling around the country presenting Nonprofit Leadership Excellence Workshops. In many instances, I’m asked what to do when a board, or members in general, are resistant to change. The phrase, “We’ve never done it that way before!” is often repeated. Change is a fearful thought if other changes in life are too stressful. Change is not an option when there is no … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Tradition vs Change

Leadership Dialogue: Hot Topic for Dialogue, Police Racial Profiling

Sharing Leadership Ideas from Real Life Each Thursday, I’ll 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 and productive discussions to happen. It takes away the risk of feeling like participants are … Continue reading Leadership Dialogue: Hot Topic for Dialogue, Police Racial Profiling

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 a fear that making a correction will hurt someone’s feelings or that the leader won’t be liked if they are critical. If the … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Making Corrections

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: 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 goodwill or respect. Setting boundaries protects our personal space and builds respect in others. Sometimes people respond with anger. That’s not the fault … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Setting Boundaries

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

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 the vision, and Charismatic Leadership is about the leader. The ethics and authenticity of the Transformational Leader are critical to the vision and, … Continue reading The Definitive Leader Builds a Solid Foundation

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 Guy Kawasaki on the American Express OPEN Forum site, I found this comment, “Act like a prospective customer and call your company to … Continue reading Check on How You are “Really Doing”

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. Sometimes, I don’t even know the writer. However, I do read and personally grow my knowledge by reading posts that challenge my thinking … Continue reading The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – August 1, 2014

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 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 25, 2014

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 influence others – both positively and negatively. I eat at good restaurants. I enjoy healthy food and am happy to pay for quality. … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Avoiding Negative Influence

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 dictate the vision, however, the conductor is completely at the mercy of the players or singers. Nothing happens until someone follows and makes … Continue reading Leadership Traps to Avoid – Power