Archives For Leadership

We we take responsibility for our circumstances and our outcomes, we become a leader. Our leadership influence will have the biggest impact when it is based on who we are. I call that character-based leadership.

“Why?” can be a challenging question. Do you use it as an excuse for the past or as a reason for the future? Does the answer to your “Why?” hold you back or launch you?

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Earn This

May 27, 2016

Memorial Day causes me to consider the sacrifice given by others for my freedom. Captain Miller’s charge to Private Ryan from the movie Saving Private Ryan challenges me every year.

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Change With Patience

March 29, 2016

It takes patience to change anything. Change is hard. When the change involves others, often patience is the only weapon you have at your disposal.

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Lead With Patience

March 21, 2016

How do you react when something happens to delay the outcome you are working toward? What role do expectations play in the exercise of patience?

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To stultify means to cause to appear stupid or foolish. When we fail to give our team the resources for success, we inspire a sense of futility. Have you ever considered you might stultify your teammates?

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Once, I made a foolish statement to a coworker out of anger and had another attitude adjustment. I learned a valuable lesson about respect. Don’t make the same mistakes I made. Character-based leaders understand genuine respect based on true humility is currency.

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13 Signs of Un-Leadership

October 31, 2015

What would you say are the most deflating activities made by your leaders? Check out my list of 13 and add any you think are missing!

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This is the 5th in a series of 6 articles on the attitude adjustments I had to make when I became a manager. With little management training and only a few managers to use for examples, my early management experiences were frustrating and demoralizing. I was drained, stressed and exhausted all the time. It seemed like everything was wrong.

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My first management job felt like boot camp or pledge week for 2 years. Almost everything I did was wrong or hard, and I used to say “half of what I know and everything I didn’t know was bad.” It was a draining and trying time.

My life returned and my development as a leader progressed only when I started to embrace new (for me) ideas for leadership.  I call those Attitude Adjustments.  You can read about the others here.  Today’s adjustment, the 4th in this series, is the idea that everyone leads.

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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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