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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.

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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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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In The Strength of Not Knowing, author Steve Keating (@LeadToday) says strong leaders “have the courage to admit what they don’t know.” Every day, we’re confronted with the opportunity to act like we know something we don’t. In fact, I probably did that today. But I did it a lot more often before I learned the power of an honest question. Continue Reading…

We’ve received almost 400 responses to our survey so far. Here are 3 lessons I’ve learned from spending a couple of days reviewing responses and reflecting.

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