Leadership Skills: Team Selection

Teamwork makes the dream work, but a vision becomes a nightmare when the leader has a big dream and a bad team. – John C. Maxwell Having the dream team is every leader’s dream, however few know how to build that team. We tend to gravitate to people we like, regardless of their fit for the culture we have or are creating. Selection of team … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Team Selection

Leadership Skills: Validating, Asking the Right Questions

Validating as a Leadership Skill, Part 3 of 6 Validation Is Asking the Right Questions We conduct surveys with the wrong questions and are not looking for data. We are mostly looking for a validation of our idea, position, or plan. I meet many leaders in the concept stage for a proposed enterprise. Whether it’s a business or a tax-exempt organization, there are similar comments: … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Validating, Asking the Right Questions

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: Coaching

“Coaching is 90% listening, and 10% listening.” – Julio Olalla Yes, that quote is right…coaching is intentionally listening. Listening is a skill within itself, as I wrote recently here: http://transformationalstrategist.com/leadership-skills-listening/ Leadership and communication are both based on relationship. Creating and maintaining relationships is the key. Leaders listen. So, what’s up with listening and coaching? Many people think that coaching is about telling people what to do or what decisions to make…that’s wrong! Coaching is … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Coaching

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

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

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Having All the Answers versus Asking Good Questions

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. – Voltaire   Transformational Leaders Lead with Good Questioning Skills In Monday’s blog post this week, Leadership Skills: Transparency  I started sharing ideas about how transparency creates trust and also allows team members to function at a high level. If the leader has all the answers and claims to be the only one with the right … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Having All the Answers versus Asking Good Questions

Leadership Resources: Facilitation Tool – Problem Solving

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 Leadership Resources: Facilitation Tool – Problem Solving

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

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – May 23, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 23, 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 – May 23, 2014

Process Builds Effective Teams

Transformational Leadership is Both Skill and System     We dance round in a ring and suppose,  But the Secret sits in the middle and knows. – Robert Frost   Relationship BECOMES Process. Process CREATES Trust. Trust FORMS Community. Community BUILDS Relationships.   Think about systems by using the model above. The Transformational Leader creates and maintains systems, for others to function as leaders within … Continue reading Process Builds Effective Teams

Conducting Transformation: Creating a Culture of Excellence

Orchestrating Success is the Leader’s Duty and Delight The musical conductor steps on the podium, announces the selection and the place to begin the rehearsal, raises the baton, and gives the prep. What’s the prep? Read on… The conductor is in front of a choir or orchestra with a clearly defined culture. This culture is one of excellence and of high functioning. Every participant is … Continue reading Conducting Transformation: Creating a Culture of Excellence

Leaders Cause Problems

Leaders Set Up Teams for Failure   Musical conductors are aware that the results they get are a direct reflection of what the ensemble is seeing. The first line of correction is to change language, conducting style, or technique, or try a different tack. In my keynote presentations, I often include the following demonstration of team dysfunction (see video clip below).   Here’s a clip … Continue reading Leaders Cause Problems

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 – 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

Leadership Skills: Team Empowerment

Develop Effective Process  Relationship BECOMES Process. Process CREATES Trust. Trust FORMS Community. Community BUILDS Relationships.   The Transformational Leader works with people. Working with people means establishing systems that people can understand and follow. The sequence above is true about teams. You recruit persons for your team because you know and trust them. However, factors in a personal relationship do not necessarily transfer to a good … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Team Empowerment

Leadership Stories: The Operating Room Team

Learn from Observing High-Performance Teams I had cataract surgery recently, first the left eye and, a week later, the right eye. I was anxious both times, even though the doctor and the hospital both had stellar reputations. What I experienced both times was great. It was a high-performance team in action. Every touchpoint was demonstrating excellence in engagement and in performance. I had the distinct impression that … Continue reading Leadership Stories: The Operating Room Team

Transformational Leadership Traits: Affirmation

The Transformational Leader Affirms And Celebrates Competence If the orchestra respects the conductor, they play as he or she intends. If they do not respect the conductor, they play exactly as he or she conducts. – Anon. Respect goes both ways. Many cues from the conductor are very subtle. Sometimes a cue is given simply with the eyes. Effective leaders are aware of the importance … Continue reading Transformational Leadership Traits: Affirmation

Daily Leadership Discipline – Spiritual

  Transformational Leadership and Spirituality The Transformational Leader is a spiritual leader. Wayne Dyer states that we are spiritual beings in a human body. Many times, our humanness displaces our awareness of our spiritualness. As we age, we are able to be more aware of our spiritual selves. We can learn to trust our intuitive thoughts and feelings. We are more aware that we are … Continue reading Daily Leadership Discipline – Spiritual

Bread for the Journey – Relational

Leaders build and maintain healthy relationships “Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.” – W. Clement Stone Surround yourself with people who will inspire and equip you to do more than you can accomplish alone. The buzzword in some cultures is “team.” Team implies a connection as a group – … Continue reading Bread for the Journey – Relational