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Through Adverisity comes Opportunity

Albert Einstein wrote “In the middle of every difficulty lies an opportunity." Over the years, I have learned this to be true.  However, when you are in the middle of all the “alligators” it is difficult to accept this as truth. As I write this, the coronovirus has made its way to the United States.  The administration is announcing measures the state and federal governments are going to take to combat the virus.  While these are unprecendented, and uncharted times,  I truly believe there is an opportunity for our team to embrace. During a season when things aren’t going so well, the leader has to step up. Leaders must radiate positive energy throughout the organization when things are going well, [...]

By | 2020-04-21T14:04:14+00:00 March 15th, 2020|Leadership|0 Comments

Servant Leadership

At some point in our leadership journey we all realize to effectively influence and inspire we must “flip the switch” from “me" to "we." There simply is no other way to help people grow and reach their full potential.  In simple terms, IT’S ALWAYS ABOUT THE PEOPLE. In Bill George’s book, True North, he cites Jack Welch of General Electric.  Jack is a West Point graduate and a star at GE.  Jack said “When you become a leader your challenge is to inspire others, develop them and create change through them, you’ve got to flip the switch and understand that it’s about serving the folks on your team." There it is in a nutshell.  It’s not about me/you, it’s about [...]

By | 2020-04-21T01:35:41+00:00 March 10th, 2020|Leadership|0 Comments

Passion vs. Conviction

People want to follow a passionate leader.  When we as leaders are passionate about a topic, it can be contagious.  So what is the difference between passion and conviction? We can be passionate about something and have not necessarily lived it,  or may not have successfully experienced what it is we are passionate about.  It's primarily intellectual.  An example could be in sports.  A coach of a team (never played the sport) can be passionate about playing hard, preparing, winning, the game etc. However a coach who is convicted, has played the game, prepared, practiced- his/her players will feel the conviction. Conviction breeds credibility.  It is stronger than a belief.  A conviction is a belief so strong that it governs [...]

By | 2020-04-21T01:31:05+00:00 March 2nd, 2020|Coaching, Connecting, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments

Characteristics of an Effective Mentor

Author Fred Manske Jr. Secrets of Effective Leadership nailed it when he said: "The ultimate leader is one who is willing to develop people to the point they surpass him or her in knowledge or ability.” There are several characteristics of an effective mentor.  First is Wisdom.  There is no substitution for experience.  Your past successes and failures are your bank account for an effective mentor.  Next is Empathy. Chances are you were mentored and can relate to the place the mentee is in.  This leads to the next characteristic of Patience.  Growing and developing people takes time.  If you are not willing to invest the time needed, you simply can’t be effective at mentoring.  The next is Highly-Skilled.  As [...]

By | 2020-04-21T01:21:52+00:00 February 25th, 2020|Coaching, Leadership|0 Comments

It’s all about the People

Isn’t it true that people are an organization's most appreciable asset?  What I’m learning is the longer I’m in the seat the more value I need to place on people -- in particular the top 20%. When it is all said and done, I believe leadership isn’t about strategy, efficiency, marketing systems or high quality products -- it’s about people! We lead people -- not manage them.  Our people skills are the leader’s most critical asset.  Developing, practicing, and honing people skills are a good investment of our time as a leader. There is no substitute for the leader who is good with people.  If you are good with people you can lead in a variety of contexts. Bottom line [...]

By | 2020-04-21T01:15:30+00:00 February 20th, 2020|Coaching, Connecting, Development, Empowering, Leadership|0 Comments