This is the 3rd in a series of stories about my leadership journey. My first management position was less than successful. As I’ve moved beyond that job, I’ve learned about a few attitude adjustments necessary for leadership transformation.

The problems in my first management position stemmed from everyone having their own vision for the future. It occurred to me that, even though I was the boss, each team member was free to make their own choices.  The scope of my leadership could never eclipse their power to choose. Everyone chooses the energy and the passion and the interest they bring to a job. We also may be free to chose the method.  And for many even what they choose to do and the order they choose are up to them.  Either your team chooses to do what was best for the organization or they didn’t. In the end, few people do things because they have to. They choose to do them because they believe the choices will get them where they want to go.

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My first management position provided several opportunities for mismanagement and poor leadership. Much of what I’ve learned from leadership I learned after having made many mistakes over that 2 year stint. I regret learning things the hard way and the difficulty I caused for my team.

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I spent several years as a bad boss.  I reacted poorly to the stress of my new leadership position and I developed a bad temper. I became (more) insensitive, explosive, negative and critical. And I micro managed. Much of what I now read or write about leadership challenges me to apologize to those people who used to work with me.

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What do you love to do? Years ago I first used What Color Is Your Parachute? in my job search. I was a frustrated salesman. I didn’t like sales and had moved into operations only to lose my job. Now what? Continue Reading…

A guest post from Mike Figliuolo, co-author of Lead Inside the Box: How Smart Leaders Guide Their Teams to Exceptional Results

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Survey Drawing Winner

July 19, 2015

Well, the Faith in the Workplace survey is complete. We closed the polling May 31.  Thank you very much for taking the survey.  We used Polldaddy, which is the polling service built into WordPress.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be evaluating the responses. We had 591 complete surveys taken.  Another 259 were not completed (30%). Of the completed surveys, 517 people offered to allow us to ask some follow up questions and we’ve already talked or emailed with about a dozen.  We plan to reach out to some other people in the next month or so.

I’m grateful and amazed. To everyone who took the survey, thank you very much.  Of the completed surveys, 90% or 534 people self-identified as Christian by answering “yes” to the question, “Do you consider yourself a Christian?” Another 50 people answered “no” to the same question, while 4 answered “I’d rather not say,” and 3 answered “I’m not sure.”  Of those identifying as Christian, 43 people said they were employed full-time by a church or para-church organization.

Many people questioned the survey. My goal was to get answers from those 3 groups of people: Christians who worked for an organization directly involved in the faith, Christians who did other, non-faith-related work, and non-Christians.  The questions for each group were different, and several people asked why.  The reason was we were looking for different information from each of the groups.  For the non-Christians, we wanted to know about their perceptions of Christians with whom they have had a personal interaction.  For the Christians in the secular workplace, we wanted to understand their attitudes about how they live and share their faith in their everyday lives. And for the Christians who work for a church, we wanted to get their perceptions of those Christians who do not work for the church.

In the end, we are extremely pleased and grateful for the results.  We got a variety of responses, but some themes cross all the groups.  For example, I still have some analysis to do, but the overwhelming majority of respondents mention something about the need for Christians to wait to be asked before talking about their faith.  Most also feel Christians shouldn’t assume they’re right and everyone else is wrong.  I’ll be evaluating the results for a few weeks and will have more to say on the blog and in what I hope becomes a book very soon.  In the end, since this was my first survey, I have learned much and expect to learn a lot more as I analyze, interview and write.  Again, thank you for your interest and participation.

33088386_sA total of 357 people entered the drawing.  The winner was Rita Pauley.  Her name was selected randomly and she received a $100 Amazon gift card. Congratulations to Rita!

Do you have any other thoughts about my idea or the survey?  Please feel free to share below.  This is part of a project to write about how Christians can be more relevant in the world today without being a pain in the you-know-what. We (yes, I’m a Christ-follower) can and should live our faith individually, responsibly and in a way that serves our friends and community rather than ignoring or offending them.  As always, your thoughts are welcome. Thanks again.

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This year, my employer changed to a high-deductible plan to help maintain some sense of sanity with our health insurance  premiums. Because my wife and I both need maintenance prescriptions to live, we began to learn how to manage deductibles and to work to keep our health-related expenses to a minimum. So I found places like GoodRx and others that help you with the cost of your medicine.

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Focal Point Tulsa websiteJoin me Wednesday June 17, 2015 at 7 AM for Focal Point Tulsa breakfast forum. The topic is how to Energize Change.  The talk is part of a business leadership networking breakfast forum.  On Wednesday they’ll be meeting at Oklahoma Wesleyan University at 10810 E. 45th Street, Tulsa OK. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided.

Have you ever thought about what it takes to Energize Change? I’ve spent the last several years reading, writing and speaking about leadership development. A favorite topic of mine is related to leading change. In the end, no one needs a leader to lead same. We all want to make a difference… change. Many of us want to lead change rather than holding on to the status quo. So we’re going to explore 4 ways we can be more effective energizing change in our teams and our organizations. There will be time for open discussion and some networking both before and after the talk too.

I hope you can join us. For more information, check out Focal Point Tulsa’s website.  I look forward to seeing you!

9572961_sThere are words that grab my attention. Some are opportunity words like success, excitement, future. Others are inspirational words like honor, loyalty, integrity. Still others are warnings. As a leader, I want to always hear these 4 words to keep me from slipping in the quality and the energy associated with leadership. Continue Reading…

I learned 3 important leadership lessons from the choices my Dad made in 1957. Face your challenges, don’t compromise and people matter.

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