Podcast 46: Leadership Skills: Being Vulnerable

Transcript for Podcast 46 is below Transformational Leadership Is Vulnerability Subscribe to Hugh Ballou’s Transformational Leadership Podcast on iTunes or Stitcher 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  An effective leader does not have all the answers, but asks good questions. … Continue reading Podcast 46: Leadership Skills: Being Vulnerable

Podcast 45: Leadership Skills: Observation

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

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 36: Leadership Skills: Embracing Opposites

This is Podcast 36 Embracing Opposites     Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE Transcription Below This Podcast Sponsored by Wordsprint Stay connected with your tribe!   Get Hugh’s Mini-Course on the 5 Pillars of Success for only $7   Dreams are not the opposite of reality. Dreams inform reality. – Seth Godin* © Hospitalera | Dreamstime.com – Yin Yang Photo Leaders struggle … Continue reading Podcast 36: Leadership Skills: Embracing Opposites

Podcast 30: 5 Perilous Practices That Take Good Leaders Down

This is Podcast 30 5 Perilous Practices That Take Good Leaders Down   Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE     We all do things that we wish we had not done. Those are usually called “Learning Experiences,” unless the event creates a catastrophic backlash or questions the leader’s integrity. We can use whatever words we want to use, however, in some … Continue reading Podcast 30: 5 Perilous Practices That Take Good Leaders Down

Podcast 27: 5 Leadership Gaps that Compromise Success and Set Up Failure

This is Podcast 27 5 Deadly Leadership Gaps   Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE       Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction. – John F. Kennedy Removing the Barriers to Success When I work with leaders, I find repetition of some of the same issues. The issues are mostly of our own causing. Leadership actually sets up … Continue reading Podcast 27: 5 Leadership Gaps that Compromise Success and Set Up Failure

Podcast 15: Legacy Interview with Cal Turner, Jr.

This is Podcast 15 Interview with Cal Turner, Jr.: The Legacy of Dollar General     Get it on the iTunes store HERE Get it on Stitcher HERE Leadership is Redefining “Profit” see my post HERE This is interview #6 in the legacy series. In this podcast Orchestrating Success: Converting Passion to Profit, we think of profit in results other than money. This one includes money, ultimate success, … Continue reading Podcast 15: Legacy Interview with Cal Turner, Jr.

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Mindset of BOSS versus Influencer

“The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.” ~ Kenneth H. Blanchard The notion of being a boss as an effective leader is far gone. Once when I had a team, they gave me an official “BOSS” card. I was a card-carrying boss. The card pointed out that boss spelled backwards is “Double S O B.” Funny! But it’s not funny. Pressuring team members and dictating … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms, Mindset of BOSS versus Influencer

Balancing Life’s Critical Aspects

Life is a promise; fulfill it.  – Mother Teresa (now Saint Teresa) In previous posts, I have encouraged you to plan your day by planning your work. In order to accomplish the most, it is important to put everything into logical order; however, do not get so focused on the order of your day that you don’t notice the big experiences that come into your … Continue reading Balancing Life’s Critical Aspects

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

Leadership Is Influence

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. – John Quincy Adams     Envision the Future Everybody has a dream. Only 3 out of every 100 people will actually do something about that dream by acting on the vision. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 people attempting to launch a new enterprise, whether a business … Continue reading Leadership Is Influence

Conducting Transformation: Guiding Principles

Guiding Principles are the compass that keeps leaders on track. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.  ― Stephen R. Covey Guiding principles are statements that guide our decisions and keep us true to our “Basic Self*.” When guiding principles are clearly defined, leaders can apply these principles to decisions without compromising the fundamental values that shape our … Continue reading Conducting Transformation: Guiding Principles

Leading Begins With Defining Why

It all starts with why. – Simon Sinek*   Simon Sinek speaks, writes, and consults on this topic and makes a compelling case for knowing why we want to do something – especially when it comes to leading an organization. Defining the why is an individual choice, not a group decision. It’s the leader’s duty to create and define the vision, and then to define … Continue reading Leading Begins With Defining Why

An Agenda: The Enemy of Productivity in Meetings!

No More Boring, Unproductive Meetings! An agenda is the killer of productivity in meetings. Focus on specific outcomes expressed as deliverables instead. Drive for excellence on outcomes in all activities, and you will create the DNA for excellence for your organization and yourself. – Hugh Ballou, The Transformational Leadership Strategist Yes, you read this correctly. Organizations hire me to run meetings, team planning sessions, board … Continue reading An Agenda: The Enemy of Productivity in Meetings!

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

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

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

Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Responding vs Reacting

“The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” – George Bernard Shaw We want to identify and solve problems instantly, when, in fact, we are not really sure what the problem really is. Our reaction is to solve problems and to move ahead, rather than creating a process to respond. Responding is a thinking state, while reacting is an emotional state. … Continue reading Leadership Perspective: Reverse Paradigms – Responding vs Reacting

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

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