Podcast 40: 5 Signs That It’s Time to Invest in Your Leadership Skills

This is Podcast 40 5 Signs That It’s Time to Invest In Your Leadership Skills     Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE   This Podcast Sponsored by Rock Paper Simple Let the world know about your brilliance!   Get Hugh’s Mini-Course on the 5 Pillars of Success for only $7 Hugh Ballou  The Podcast Transcript: Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, … Continue reading Podcast 40: 5 Signs That It’s Time to Invest in Your Leadership Skills

Podcast 16: Leadership Interview with Dr. Jeff Magee

This is Podcast 16 Leadership Interview with Dr. Jeff Magee     Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE Leadership is Redefining “Profit” see my post HERE Hugh: Greetings, this is Hugh Ballou. My guest today is Dr. Jeff Magee. Jeff Magee has been a long-time friend and business associate. What kind of companies do you work with? Jeff: You and I are … Continue reading Podcast 16: Leadership Interview with Dr. Jeff Magee

Podcast 05: Build a High Functioning Culture

This is Podcast 5 Building A High Functioning Culture Get it on the iTunes store HERE. Get it on Stitcher HERE. Hey, it’s Hugh. Thanks for joining me today. Today’s topic is how to build a high-functioning culture. I spent 40 years as a musical conductor. I will use musical analogies; I can’t help it. I know how to build a high-functioning culture. I worked for 40 years … Continue reading Podcast 05: Build a High Functioning Culture

Planning is Essential for Effective Leadership

Plan to succeed or plan to fail. – Winston Churchill Planning is Essential Every day I talk to leaders in some organization who have a great idea, an amazing product or service, and know that they can make a difference in the lives of others. Many of these people are stuck. They have a well thought-out concept, completed books, polished professional keynote or workshop, and … Continue reading Planning is Essential for Effective Leadership

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

The Friday Five…The Best Of…The Best Blog Posts

The Friday Five…The Best Of…The Best Blogs of the Week February 5, 2016   I’m constantly discovering something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. This series presents the best ideas and resources that I have discovered during the week. The list of the 5 best will vary randomly, featuring my top posts, the top posts from others, leadership books and resources, and top concepts. I don’t benefit … Continue reading The Friday Five…The Best Of…The Best Blog Posts

Leadership Skills: Communication is Relationship

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

The Friday Five…The Best Of…My Best Blog Posts

The Friday Five…The Best Of…My Most Read Blog Posts January 15, 2016   I’m constantly discovering something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. This series presents the best ideas and resources that I have discovered during the week. The list of the 5 best will vary randomly, featuring my top posts, the top posts from others, leadership books and resources, and top concepts. I don’t benefit … Continue reading The Friday Five…The Best Of…My Best Blog Posts

Leadership Skills: Principles

You have inherited a lifetime of tribulation. Everybody has inherited it. Take it over, make the most of it and when you have decided you know the right way, do the best you can with it. – Murray Bowen Over the past 5 years of study of Bowen Systems, I have gained specific knowledge that helps me with my work with organizational leaders in many … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Principles

Leadership Skills: Decisiveness

“Procrastination in the name of reducing risk actually increases risk.” – Colin Powell I work with many leaders in several countries and in many cultures. There are many things that good leaders have in common. One of the top skills is the ability to make a decision. Decisive leaders create decisive teams. In past years, I have worked in organizations that utilized the Myers-Briggs Type … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Decisiveness

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

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – March 6, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending March 6, 2015 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 – March 6, 2015

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – February 13, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending February 13, 2015 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 – February 13, 2015

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – February 6, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending February 6, 2015 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 – February 6, 2015

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Responding vs. Reacting

The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. – George Bernard Shaw Yes, there is a difference. Is been said that the difference in reacting and responding is about 10 seconds. Our normal animal behavior is to react to defend ourselves. The learned response is from our developed cortex brain. We must learn to override our instincts to react by thoughtful … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Responding vs. Reacting

Leadership Skills: A Discipline of Continual Improvement

Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound. – James Allen The business buzz words and miracle programs get overused, trite, and annoying, especially when they compromise the quality of the work output that they claim to support. You know the programs. These programs have names like Six Sigma, Kaizen, Lean, Agile, and others. Some have buzzwords or phrases like Think Outside the Box, At … Continue reading Leadership Skills: A Discipline of Continual Improvement

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – January 9, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending January 9, 2015 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 – January 9, 2015

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – January 2, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending January 2, 2015 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 – January 2, 2015

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Doing vs. Reflecting, Part 1

“Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous” – Confucius I’m writing this post on Christmas Eve 2014. It’s not a time that most people in America are working. It’s time for family, friends, and faith celebrations. It’s a celebration remembering the birth of Jesus Christ. No matter what your faith, Christmas is about Christ. Celebrating the goodness of faith and family is a wonderful addition to … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Doing vs. Reflecting, Part 1

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