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Be a leader. Be a giver.

Curiosity may have killed the cat, but generosity brings life to all parties. As leaders, we have the privilege to give in many ways. Our generosity is not limited to our financial resources. There is no better feeling than to give your resources to another person and causes in need. “When one candle lights another, there are now two lit candles.” We can give our time and energy to causes. Volunteerism is our honor and privilege. Organizations, whether they be civic, charitable, or industry need talents and skills of effective leaders. We all have the time. It is true. The old saying,"busy people get things done." Our communities need our wisdom, talents and skills to guide and direct the impact of [...]

By |2020-11-04T02:05:27+00:00November 4th, 2020|Coaching|0 Comments

Leaders cannot overcommunicate

It's really simple, when we take on the role of a leader, we implicitly acknowledged we are the Chief Communication Officer, or the CCO. Communication is at the core of our leadership. Author John Hamm in his book, "Unusually Excellent," states, "Communication is to an organization is like water is to a garden, it keeps things vital, growing and healthy."  What leader does not want an organization that is vital, growing and healthy? He further points out, "Our people are like the plants -- if they are neglected they show signs of drought early and live in distress until we return them to a hydrated state." This is an excellent illustration for us to ponder. When we are effectively communicating we [...]

By |2020-10-28T01:42:48+00:00October 28th, 2020|Leadership|0 Comments

Decisive Decision-Making is Key

We make decisions all day long. Some are more important than others. Some are "Mission Critical" and have serious consequences. Whatever the case or circumstance may be, there are always consequences with every decision. I've learned, the decisions I make today, will determine the stories I tell tomorrow. Certainly our gut and intuition have a role in decision-making, however, gut and intuition are typically based on our past experiences. That is fine, we just need to be careful with too much emotion clouding our decision. Let's remember, the emotion of anger is the most prominent emotion of impending good judgment. The following are some guidelines I use in decision-making. While they are very basic, hopefully you will find them helpful: [...]

By |2020-10-21T00:38:01+00:00October 21st, 2020|Coaching, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

What’s in a vision?

If you Google vision, you will find many resources on how to craft the perfect vision statement. Creating a vision for any organization takes time, effort, and leadership support; but they are essential to the future of any organization.  Here are a few things I think are important to creating a vision. Your people will never buy-in to your vision until they have bought into you.  Don't be naive. Just because you are in charge doesn't mean you have automatic buy- in. Your leadership must be earned. I have learned there are two aspects people must buy-in: YOUR CHARACTER and YOUR COMPETENCE. In other words: can I trust you? And how will you help me get better? The vision must be [...]

By |2020-10-14T00:50:00+00:00October 14th, 2020|Coaching, Connecting, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Declare a war on poor performance. 

As leaders, we should create an environment where people come to work every day to prove themselves over and over again. No one gets paid to budget their efforts or pace themselves. That is easier said than done, I know this very painfully. Too many compromises, too many hanger-oners, too many lack of performers. Through the years , I have learned some truths that may help in declaring a war on poor performance. Evaluate your roster and ask yourself whether you would re-hire your people. If not, it's time to exercise what is referred to as the Three T's to turn things around: train, transfer, or terminate.  Identify which poor performers are diminishing your standards. Be aware that keeping the [...]

By |2020-10-07T00:20:18+00:00October 7th, 2020|Coaching, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments
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