This is Podcast 45 Leadership Skills: Observation Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE This Podcast Sponsored by Wordsprint Stay connected with your tribe! Get Hugh’s Mini-Course on the 5 Pillars of Success for only $7 Hugh Ballou The More the Leader Controls the Group, the Less Effective the Results Become I went to check out the position and, after … Continue reading Podcast 45: Leadership Skills: Observation
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
The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place. – George Bernard Shaw Did you get my email? “Did you get my email?” is a typical question from those who think that communication is about data. Many times the email is sent just prior to a scheduled time for personal interaction. The question also reveals the person’s lack of social … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Communication is Relationship
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
Collaboration is multiplication. – John Maxwell One of the biggest traps I experience with clients is that leadership is a term not universally understood and that leaders don’t know how to lead. We have been taught that leaders must have all the right answers and know what to do. That paradigm sets leaders up for problems. No one person knows every right answer or every … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Controlling vs. Collaboration
Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas A. Edison How do you continue to grow in your professional skills? When a question is presented to 10 leaders, there are typically more than 10 responses, because each of them has a unique perspective on what leadership really is about. Many … Continue reading Leadership Paradigm Shift: 5 Misconceptions About Leadership
Having a mentor is essential. Recently, I had a chance to meet with Art Ross. Art served as senior pastor in St. Petersburg, Florida, at the church where I was Director of Music. Art and I had conflict when we worked together. We were both creative and in control. He was head of staff, and I … Continue reading Don’t Go It Alone!
Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 15, 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 – August 15, 2014
Blogs of Note for the Week Ending August 8, 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 – August 8, 2014
It’s OK to Repeat… Well I can’t stress it enough…Repetition, Repetition, Repetition! Prospects are like children. You need to keep your name and your call to action (offer) in front of them at least on a monthly basis. From an email by Amy Fortis www.radiusconnection.com I usually think that once I have said it, that’s enough. Just because it’s a priority in my … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Repetition
A Time for Everything There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 The Tao of Leadership is one of those books that every leader needs to own, to read, and to reread on a regular basis. When things are not going as I think they should, I want to jump in and fix everything with the team … Continue reading Do the Opposite
What you can learn about leadership from the musical conductor is comprehensive. I spend my time working with great people doing great things. The more competent clients realize how much they don’t know, and they’re willing to be open to new ideas, and challenges to old habits and old ways of leading people. Over the years, I have developed leadership programs based on the skills … Continue reading Watch the Director!
Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently. ~Henry Ford I was looking at expensive rings with a variety of brilliant gems that sparkle in the light. They sparkle because they are highly polished and engraved for excellence. Gems cannot be polished without friction. I remembered at that moment that there were times in my life with friction. At the time, I did … Continue reading Failing is a Pathway to Success
Conflict exists… Conflict shows that there is creative energy… Conflict is not resolved, it is managed… Do not pull back from conflict, move toward it… Keep from becoming anxious… There is much more to say, but if you can start with these you can succeed… To learn more, check out my new mini-book: Creating and Sustaining Healthy Teams: Preventing and Managing Conflict http://www.theleaderaccelerator.com/healthy-teams/ This is a repost of a 2012 article. Hugh Ballou The Transformational … Continue reading Got Conflict?
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
In my Monday series of favorite posts, here is another high-traffic post. There is a wonderful framing of true leadership skills in the blog post at The Practice of Leadership titled Are You a Leader or Just a Boss? Here’s a quote from the post: Just having a title does not make you a leader, leadership is about influence. Title only buys you time to exercise … Continue reading Demanding Leaders vs. Nurturing Leaders
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 Transformational Leader Effectively Delegates A common leadership challenge is defining how to empower teams to function at a higher level, producing more quality results. This is an opportunity to effectively manage one’s own schedule by getting things off the schedule that someone else can do. Delegation does not mean delegate it and forget it. Delegation does not mean micromanaging, either. Delegation is a high-level … Continue reading Transformational Leadership Traits: Delegation
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
Five Blogs of Note for the Week Ending September 27, 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 – September 27, 2013