The Friday Five…The Best of…The Best Blog Posts of the Week

The Friday Five…The Best Of…The Best Blogs of the Week April 1, 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 of the Week

Leadership Skills: Planning – Startup

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!”  ― Benjamin Franklin Planning is a key part of every success. I meet startup leaders almost every day who are implementing tactics in the absence of an overall strategy. I continue to see leaders compromise their success and the success of the organizations they lead. I have identified 5 pillars for success. Without these 5 pillars, we greatly compromise our results and … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Planning – Startup

The Friday Five…The Best Of…Foundations to Create Income

The Friday Five…The Best Of… Leadership Skills to Create Sustainable Income February 19, 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 … Continue reading The Friday Five…The Best Of…Foundations to Create Income

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 Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Changing Self vs. Changing Others

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. – Leo Tolstoy   I constantly hear leaders complaining about others in the culture that they lead and focusing on how to change the behaviors of others in order to change the outcomes. The leadership methodologies that I support and champion are Transformational Leadership and Bowen Family Systems. The synergy in those … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Changing Self vs. Changing Others

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Excellence vs. Mediocrity

Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected. – Steve Jobs   As a musical conductor, I understand that concert goers want excellence every time we perform…every time. We are only as good as our last performance. Performance is a skill, as well as an art. It’s not striving for perfection. It’s maintaining excellence in standards. Musicians … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Excellence vs. Mediocrity

The Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – July 3, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending July 3, 2015 Every day I learn something that advances my leadership knowledge and competency. Here are quotes from 6 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 3, 2015

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 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 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 Friday Five, Blogs That Matter – January 16, 2015

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending January 16, 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 16, 2015

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 2, 2014

Blogs of Note for the Week Ending May 2, 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 – May 2, 2014

Leadership Skills: Words Are Power

Words, words, words. Our society is full of words: on billboards, on television screens, in newspapers and books…. With so many words around us, we quickly say: “Well, they’re just words.” Thus, words have lost much of their power. * – Henri Nouwen   Transformational leaders choose words carefully. Here’s a column that I wrote to choral conductors about words: 5 Dumb Things Directors Say … Continue reading Leadership Skills: Words Are Power

Transformational Leadership Traits: Delegation

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

Leadership is Easy

Make things as simple as possible, but no simpler. – Albert Einstein   It’s normal human nature to make things complicated. Upon searching the Internet for leadership definitions, one finds an enormous amount of data about leadership. Many of the papers on the websites are very scholarly and well written, and far too complicated. Truth is simple. There are points of clarity and apparent contradictions. … Continue reading Leadership is Easy

Transformational Leadership Traits: Create Leaders

  Build Leaders Within Teams   “None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Old Southern traditional saying   The Transformational Leader creates a leadership system within organizations and builds teams of leaders. This might seem to be contrary to the usual definition of leadership. It would seem that the leader must have followers. Certainly that is true. However, there are other … Continue reading Transformational Leadership Traits: Create Leaders