Relationships

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.

Relationships

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

Foundations

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

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 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

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

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

Systems

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.

Systems

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

Systems

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

Systems

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

Systems

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

Systems

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

Relationships

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.

Relationships

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

Foundations

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

Relationships

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