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.

Give Win First

June 7, 2016

Everyone seems to want to win. Many want a “win-win” relationship. We’re OK if the other guy wins as long as we do. There’s one problem, someone has to take the risk…

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The Most Worthy Cause

June 2, 2016

The answer to the question “Why?” helps us determine the value of an effort. Sometimes we might want to ask ourselves if we’re the only person to set the value or if there is a higher Authority? What does God value and why is he doing something?

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“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.

Often in the workplace, a common solution to problems is to offer more training. Continue Reading…