Take a moment to contemplate this question. Do you want success: more than your desire to stay in your comfort zone? more than your desire to be liked by others? more than making people feel comfortable with their standard of average? more than sleep or watching television? I mean how badly do you really want this thing… Continue reading How Badly Do You Want Success?
Your body uses micro-expressions to reconcile inconsistency between your words and your thoughts. Most micro-expressions occur in the eye region. Detection is usually subconscious. This is why professional poker players wear sunglasses or a hat to shade their eyes. Said differently, people can sense when their leader is inauthentic. Even if they can't articulate what… Continue reading Leadership Micro-expressions
On the surface this may seem like mere semantics; a play on words. You know TO-MAY-TOE vs. TO-MOT-TOE. For me the difference is much more significant. When I was a junior, I earned our high school's coveted honor of being the only non-senior to start for that year’s varsity basketball team. I was not the… Continue reading Playing to Win; or Playing Not to Lose?
Occasionally I turn to NPR as a break from the sound of my own brain being sucked out of my ears by continuous mind-numbing advertisement and bubblegum laced popular music. In 2013, I happened across a half-hour initerview with Pulitzer Prize-wining author Anne Applebaum promoting her book, “Iron Curtain,”. For forty-five seconds, I listened to… Continue reading The Leadership Lessons from Stalinist Art
Do you remember that kid in grade school who raised their hand to answer every question; who would remind the teacher to assign homework; who challenged every A- or B assignment grade they received? For me in fourth grade that kid was Ted D.Chances are you can remember having; or being Ted in school. Many classmates had a… Continue reading Messing Up the Curve
For those in leadership, have you ever wondered to yourself, “Does it really matter?” I am sure you work really hard at your job. We all work really hard at our jobs. Most of us, with any fortune will move on to other roles; or we will promote people from our team to larger responsibilities on other… Continue reading Does Your Leadership Matter?
Leaders of this brand have now problem attracting followers.
I’ve worked with thousands of leaders over the years and the most successful ones achieve results while acting with respect, care, and fairness for the well-being of everyone involved. Many companies put pressure on leaders to reach or surpass goals at any cost. But wise companies realize that leaders who can achieve results by creating a motivating work environment are the leaders who will sustain future success.
What’s the secret behind this kind of leader? I think truly effective leadership begins on the inside—with your heart. Leading from your heart is about leadership character and intention, which form the backbone of servant leadership. As a leader, you must ask yourself why you lead. Is it to serve or to be served? Answering this question in a truthful way is so important. You can’t fake being a servant leader. I believe that if leaders don’t get the heart right, they simply…
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Apathy Is On the Rise! Employee Engagement at All-time Low! Today's Workers Lack Innovation! Headlines like these cause concern for those in leadership who are accountable to shareholders, investors, founders or consumers to deliver improved ....results, quality, performance or anything that relies on people for success. Every business, non-profit agency and educational institution is learning that… Continue reading Calling All Leaders!
Look around and answer this question. Are you living up to your maximized potential, or are you coasting on natural abilities? There is a difference. I believe God gives each of us natural abilities; some sort of specialness that only we have. But he does not expect that to be the end of the story.… Continue reading Return on Potential
In 2010 a friend shared a video that changed my view of the role of leaders. In his landmark Ted Talk, Simon Sinek explained that great leaders inspire action by communicating their "why"(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qp0HIF3SfI4). Like you, I have been frustrated by command and control managers who suck the joy out of work. I have also felt the empowerment of… Continue reading It’s Your “Why”!