Goals

Frontline Festival: Leaders Share Goal Setting Strategies for their Teams (and Themselves)

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about goal setting (especially with your team) for the new year. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about creating connection. The question for the month is:  What have you done to create connection with your team? Submit your teamwork related blog posts and answers to that question here!

Jon Verbeck of JonVerbeck.com suggests that you set five shorter term quarterly goals with the correct specific numeric targets. Ensure the goals are aligned with the overall purpose and strategy of your organization.  Discuss the goals and objectives frequently as a group and be relentless in the pursuit of accomplishing them. Follow Jon.

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates gives a simple plan for following through on your important goalsFollow Shelley

Willy Steiner of Executive Coaching Concepts  shares five key steps to setting key goals along with some examples and motivational ideas. Follow William.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited is focusing on habits for herself and her team, rather than lofty goals. Regular weekly routines and consistent communication with team members move the needle for all of their connected businesses. Follow Beth.

According to Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership, here’s why you need a system to make sure your goals drive your behavior.  Follow Wally.

David Dye of Trailblaze shares a twist with Nine Ways to Motivate Employees when You Don’t Set the Goals. Follow David.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. – Thomas Jefferson

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture encourages teams to spend time not only on goals, but even more importantly on writing values into an organizational constitution as a strong foundation for an effective and productive culture. Follow Chris.

Julie Winkle Giulioni of DesignArounds shares that BUY-IN represents more than an emotional connection to a goal.  It also reminds leaders of the five critical components of goal setting that must be incorporated into planning, conversations, and actions to help teams deliver optimal results. Follow Julie

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement  shares, “In general I believe goals are counter-productive.  To the extent they are useful they guide decision-making about what is valued and what type of improvements to aim for (incremental improvement or try to find a very different way of doing things).  As Mike Tveite says:  “I achieved my goal but not my aim.”  That happens a lot–we honestly translate aims to goals. And then we do stupid things in the name of the goal get it the way of the aim. We forget the aim sometimes and put the goal in its place.” Follow John.

Desire is the key to motivation, but it’s determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek. – Mario Andretti

According to Susan Mazza of Random Acts of Leadership, to do lists can easily transform from a useful tool to stay focused and productive to an ever-present reminder of all that you are not getting done. Here are two tips to help you and your team replace the tyranny of “too much to do” with the immense satisfaction of doing the things that matter most. Follow Susan.

According to Robyn McLeod of Thoughtful Leaders Blog, there are many best practices to setting meaningful team goals, and especially at this time of year, suggestions on how to do that proliferate. An essential first step is to focus first on “being” not “doing”; grounding ourselves; being present to what is; and moving forward with intention and purpose. Follow Robyn.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference asks: Are you acting on the change you wish to see in yourself, your workplace, and your community? To achieve real change, no wall can exist between intention and action. It’s the interaction between these two that enables new habits to stick. Follow Jon.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – Les Brown

Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights says that one of the most important aspects of setting goals is understanding individual and group motivation. The why behind the goal is often more important than the goal itself. Follow Skip.

 

The discipline you learn and character you build from setting and achieving a goal can be more valuable than the achievement of the goal itself. – Bo Bennett

John Thurlbeck of Wear Consulting shares a method for making SMARTER goals, a successful and proven model he has used in leading teams over the years. Follow John. 

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC  shares how to simplify your strategic planning with a basic project management tool—a Work Breakdown Structure (WBS). Let it be your compass for the coming year. Follow Michelle.

 

We’ve been making the rounds speaking a great deal on setting clear goals and expectations and accelerating your performance. Here’s a postcard from a recent keynote.

 

Frontline Festival: Leaders Share How They and Their Team are Preparing for the New Year

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about preparing for 2017. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about goal setting.  Please submit your very best links to your goal setting posts. The question for the month is: “What your best practice for helping teams set meaningful goals?” Submit your answers and blog posts related to this question: here!

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference tells us that preparing is more than an act of getting ready or having a fixed plan. Preparing is creating the proper conditions to act more fully in the change we desire. Follow Jon.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership suggests that we forget resolutions. Concentrate on what you will DO differently. Follow Wally.

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC offers a post, “Loose Ends and Promises”, outlining some thoughts about the transition to a new year. Follow Michelle.

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

From David Dye: In Winning Well we emphasize the importance of Committing with Clarity: mutually shared, clear commitments are the backbone of breakthrough results and healthy relationships. To that end, one way we’re preparing our team for 2017 is to create a playbook – a one-stop guide to the critical goals, messages, and activities of each strategic theme. It creates alignment, ensures we’re all focused on the same goals, and helps us to move faster. Follow David.

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture  says:  I’m a solopreneur – but I have some fine players in my “band.” (Bear with me – I’m a working musician on the side.) My publicity pro is amazing. My virtual assistant is brilliant. I’m doing more proactive strategic planning with my publicity pro with monthly calls so we can stay on top of trends and news-jacking opportunities that arise quickly. My goal for 1Q 2017 is to decide what my extremely capable VA can do more of – so I can do less of that and more content creation, writing, and marketing. Only if I trust these players more – and delegate more – can we do more for leaders, companies, and communities in the months to come. Follow Chris.

Eileen McDargh of The Energizer  shares: There are three people on my team: me, myself, and I. If I can get those three people in sync, then I can manage the other people who support me. I take myself away for three days on a silent retreat. I hike, write, and journal ideas. I meditate. I listen deeply. In the stillness that surrounds me, I come away refreshed. I don’t always have great breakthroughs and that’s ok too. The silence centers me because the rest of the year, I will be surrounded by the spoken word. Follow Eileen

Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.
~ Steve Jobs

Michelle Pallas of MichellePallas.com encourages us to understand ourselves, from all perspectives, before taking on something new. Follow Michelle.

Becky Robinson of Weaving Influence is preparing her team for 2017 by reflecting about and sharing wins from 2016 while setting goals and priorities for 2017. We’re all excited to launch a new website in the first quarter of 2017, which will more clearly reflect our company’s unique offer in the market while showcasing our authors/speakers. As we work on the website, we’re setting the stage for our best year ever.  Follow Becky.

William Steiner of Executive Coaching Concepts  says his team is cleaning up all contact files so our communications can be cleaner and more strategically targeted.  They are also going to have a nice party in January to celebrate the publishing of his new book, which was a collaborative, group effort.  Follow William.

Every day brings new choices.
~ Martha Beck

John Thurlbeck of Wear Consulting is reviewing how he did on goals in 2016 and setting goals for 2017 using Michael Hyatt’s Best Year Ever model. Follow John. 

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute is preparing her team for 2017 by focusing on their brand. She feels this will serve as the foundation for developing new products and services while also holding the team accountable for clearly conveying their brand purpose and consistently delivering their best. Follow Artika.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited has a unique arrangement — she has a small team  of colleagues that help her provide virtual assistance, and she is ON more than team, providing virtual assistance. One of her hopes for the new year is that she cultivate herself and her own colleagues in such a way that the clients HOPE serves feel like the only team HOPE is on–is theirs. Follow Beth.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
~ Oprah Winfrey
Thanks

Frontline Festival: Questions of Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about giving thanks at work. We asked contributors to share three areas they are most grateful for at work. But before we go there… how about you? What are you most thankful for at work? 

As we approach Thanksgiving in the United States, during a time of unrest for much of America, I invite you to take a deep breath and reflect. What are you most grateful for at work? And if your answer is a who, why not take a moment to tell them?

  • Who has inspired you to be more than you ever thought possible?
  • What challenges have you faced that transformed you in ways you never dreamed of?
  • What have you been able to contribute that’s made an impact you’re proud of?
  • What opportunities have you been given to stretch and grow?
  • Who pushed you past your comfort zone?
  • Who are your key collaborators and what do you most appreciate about their approach?

Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about preparing your team for the new year.   Submit your blog posts and answers related to this question: What are you doing to prepare your team for 2017? here!

Now on to our festival of thankfulness:

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.
~ Henry David Thoreau

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute believes gratitude will determine your organization’s altitude. She is thankful for receiving the blessing of the vision for Planting People Growing Justice, their team of visionary leaders, and the thousands of community members who are advancing the shared vision of #LeadershipforSocialJustice. Follow Artika.  

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates is thankful for the opportunity to get to know and learn from a wide variety of people. Because she work with many different groups and she interviews them in advance, she learns about their industry and she learns leadership and management tips.  It’s a great way to stay fresh and interested in others. Follow Shelley

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited is thankful for a successful first full year completely on her own in business, the freedom and flexibility owning a business offers, and the consistent opportunity it affords to learn and grow as a leader and person. Follow Beth.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership is thankful for the amazing men and women who are his clients and who make it possible for him to make a living doing something he loves to do. Follow Wally.

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC says that “In a world of chaos, gratitude is my go-to place for comfort.” Follow Michelle.

David Dye of Trailblaze is thankful to work with amazing people to make the world a better place; to see people become their best version of themselves; to be around people – friends, colleagues, partners, encouragers. Follow David.

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture lists: business owners and leaders who engage in creating purposeful, positive, productive work cultures; my “business band,” the players of EXCEPTIONAL EXPERTISE & GRACE that help keep my brand crisp, clear, and relevant every day; my family and friends who laugh at my jokes, hug back, and push me to be better every day. Follow Chris.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group states that “2016 has been a year of growth and learning.”  He’s grateful for his clients who express a willingness to grow and go places they never thought possible; his amazing team who put their hearts, heads, and guts into their work every day and Thanksgiving tradition: the Annual Celebration of Grandma Elsie, Her Famous #PumpkinChiffonPie & Other Recipes Follow David.

Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.
~ Oprah Winfrey

Chip Bell of the Chip Bell Group is grateful for:  1. Passion–a wonderful gift from the Almighty 2. Weaving Influence for making me look important  3. Granddaughters for reminding me what is important  Follow Chip.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement  is thankful to be able to work remotely and make a living doing what he enjoys and believes provides value to his clients. Follow John.

Paula Kiger of Big Green Pen shares that having been forced by life events to be home with an elderly and infirm relative, she is thankful that our current professional world provides opportunities to work flexibly. She’s grateful that technology helps us do our work more quickly, with less error, and finally for the people who make the work worth doing! Follow Paula.

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog expresses her thanks for 1) Witnessing clients growing and evolving (and having fun along the way); 2) Learning from clients and colleagues and 3) getting to do what I love and absolutely believe in. Follow Lisa.

If you are really thankful, what do you do? You share.
~ W. Clement Stone

Eileen McDargh of The Energizer shares “The first wealth is health. Love trumps hate. Meaningful work exudes gratitude.” Follow Eileen

Fun at work

Frontline Festival: Leaders Share about Having Fun

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about having fun.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about giving thanks.  Submit your ideas here!

Chip Bell of the Chip Bell Group finds fun in his surroundings such as a happy office with great music, quirky artifacts, awesome pictures, a gazillion books, and a cat that sleeps on the copier nearby.  The panoramic view of the lake 75 feet away also helps! Follow Chip

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited treats herself each week by making sure her weekend starts no later than 1:00pm on Fridays (her commitment to a regular bowling league also helps). She offers this fun puzzle game for teams who work at an office together.  Follow Beth.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership observes that when people say that work is “fun” they usually don’t mean it’s a party or a game. They’re talking about grown-up fun. Follow Wally.

Even though you are growing up, you should never stop having fun.
~ Nina Dobrev

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC  advises that in today’s stressful work environment, fun must be baked into our workflow to offer comic relief. Leaders must encourage humor and positive expression to slice through the thick veil of cynicism and stress. Follow Michelle.

David Dye of Trailblaze advises we start by finding the fun in the everyday. Build from there – as a team leader, I scheduled regular (and sometimes surprise) opportunities for people to let their hair down and have fun. We would go bowling, I would personally cook everyone a holiday breakfast, or I’d put together fun team-focused city-wide scavenger hunts. (Note: do these things when people are being paid – it usually doesn’t work to ask them to leave their family to have ‘fun’).  Follow David.

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture shares, “As a solopreneur, I can easily find myself writing, consulting with clients, etc. eight hours a day (or ten)! I’ve learned to schedule time for exercise (walking at 8400 feet is a treat – even in 2′ of snow), trap shooting down the hill in Denver (my daughter still beats me), regular lunches with my #DenverTweeps colleagues, and learning new music for upcoming Brian Raine band gigs @BrianRaineBand). Diversity of experiences is a must! Follow Chris.

Life is too important to be taken seriously.
~ Oscar Wilde

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog reminds us that in order to help your team, or family or anyone, have fun, you have to make fun a priority. You have to look for reasons to smile and to laugh, to maybe have a few toys or games hanging around for moments of levity, and to schedule “light time” and breaks especially in times of the most intensity and stress. Follow Lisa.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader, says that being able to cook and serve his teams has been a huge blessing to them and to him. Nothing says thank you more than taking the time to make a breakfast or lunch out of a busy schedule for the team. They truly appreciate it and it always puts a smile on his face too!  Follow Paul.

Eileen McDargh of The Energizer muses, To rise and leave a desk. To walk outside and down to the bluff overlooking the beach. To play with a dog. To feed the birds. Nature nurtures. Follow Eileen

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates gives thought to what to do when our brain wilts. Learning to recognize the signs and counteract with refreshing space for yourself (and your team) is important.  Follow Shelley

 
Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.
~ Dr. Seuss

Next month’s question: What are three things you are thankful for when it comes to your business? Submit your ideas here!

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August Frontline Festival: Leaders Share Tips about Productive Work Spaces

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival gives tips about setting up a productive work space. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about communication tips.  There are two ways to participate…either submit a blog post on the topic, or your 1-2 sentence answer to the question. Click here to participate! Now on to our topic for August:

Chip Bell of the Chip Bell Group says that everything he needs is within arms length of the desk (printer, work table, copier, scanner, large computer monitor, supplies (like scissors, stabler, rubber stamps, paper clips), speakers for music, etc. His office looks out over a gorgeous lake and his floor to ceiling book cases sit six feet from the desk. Follow Chip.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited has the following elements in her home office, the main “headquarters” for her VA and business soft skill business: stand up desk with monitor exactly mirroring the one at the sit down desk, screen behind her chair at sit down desk for a backdrop for video calls and recordings, chair for relaxed reading, and a number of items with the word HOPE on them as decor. She also has a small fountain, candle, succulents and other items throughout to create a pleasant atmosphere in the office. Follow Beth.

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC  shares that productivity is the result of an open mind and energy working together. Where we work has enormous influence over our attitude toward what we’re doing. Consider how you can change your energy by being inspired in your surroundings by taking a look at this post.  Follow Michelle.

Eric Dingler of EricDingler.com  keeps his physical and virtual space free of all clutter.  He has an inbox that everything goes in.  Once a day, he clears it following the GTD system.  He also uses the free version of Nozbe to keep himself on track and clutter free.  When he leaves his office, he has zero emails in his inbox and nothing in his physical inbox, so he leaves work free and walks in prepared and ahead. Follow Eric.

David Dye of Trailblaze finds natural light to be a key to productivity. He will turn off florescents and use desk lamps if sunlight isn’t available. Being surrounded by an aquarium, plants and living things also humanizes and relaxes him, helping him maintain perspective. Follow David.

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture finds that having a clear surface area (no matter where he’s working—his office desk or at a desk on the road somewhere) is most helpful in keeping him focused on the task at hand. Papers on his desk for needed tasks “talk to him.” Those stacks yell “Do me first!” Remove those piles and he can work his plan without distractions. Follow Chris.

Technology can be our best friend, and technology can also be the biggest party pooper of our lives. It interrupts our own story, interrupts our ability to have a thought or a daydream, to imagine something wonderful, because we’re too busy bridging the walk from the cafeteria back to the office on the cell phone.

~ Steven Spielberg

Mike Henry of MikeHenrySr.com says that his work space must be distraction free. When he is doing work he enjoys, distractions are less of a problem. But when he is doing something that isn’t very interesting, he needs to focus and can be easily distracted.  Follow Mike.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement  really enjoys living as a digital nomad and having workspaces like the one here. He admits that the setup isn’t one that optimizes productivity though it can be energizing, inspiring and motivating, and that the “digital nomad” lifestyle isn’t for everyone.  His setup is just a Macbook Pro  (he also had an iPad mini to tether if he needed to use a cell phone signal to access the Internet) all of which allows him to work from just about anywhere. Follow John.

Paula Kiger of Perspicacity  finds that despite having a lot of technology in her work space, it’s her paper notebook with information like passwords written in it that often saves the day! Follow Paula.

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog  has found that one of the most important factors to consider when setting up her work space is what inspires her and makes her smile. She is most productive when surrounded by beauty and most creative when in a spot that pulls her out of her usual space and therefore out of her usual mindset.  For example, when she writes, she never sits at her desk. A coffee shop or her couch at home works better. When not on the phone, she works outdoors as much as possible, such as on a side porch at home.  Follow Lisa.

Melissa Lamson of Lamson Consulting suggests making your workspace your own. Decorate it. Create a safe, comfortable, calm space. Follow Melissa

I’m quite an untidy person in a lot of ways. But order makes me happy. I have to have a clear desk and a tidy desktop, with as few visual distractions as possible. I don’t mind sound distractions, but visual ones freak me out.
~ Joanne Harris

According to Don Maruska of DonMaruska.com, it’s important to create opportunities for a worker to have only their most important task in front of them while working on it. Multi-tasking is inefficient and stressful. Follow Don.

Eileen McDargh of The Energizer shares her philosophy:  A place for everything and everything in its place. With light bright surroundingss, flowers, pictures of friends, and equipment hidden from view, I feel productive and free. Follow Eileen

Andy Oziemblo of Cubicle Concepts suggests that  some of the biggest gains in productivity and individual motivation can be achieved through the use of modern office designs. The use of ergonomically optimum seating, height adjustable tables, and movement inducing treadmill workstations can help one attain many health benefits along with increased oxygen in your blood. Increased oxygen in your blood allows for better focus and mental production output. To spur motivation, choose work space artwork and colors that give inspiration as well as drive you towards set goals. Follow Andy.

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates shares tips for minimizing workspace and personal distractions in her post, Stop Draining Your AttentionFollow Shelley

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute advises to create a vision board which visually reflects your goals and desired business outcomes. Post your vision board in your office as a daily reminder of your goals and progress in reaching your dreams. Follow Artika.

On my desk I have three screens, synchronized to form a single desktop. I can drag items from one screen to the next. Once you have that large display area, you’ll never go back, because it has a direct impact on productivity.
~ Bill Gates

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Frontline Festival: Leaders Share Ideas about How to Take a Break

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival gives tips about taking a break from work. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about productivity-enhancing workspaces.  There are two ways to participate…either submit a blog post on the topic, or your 1-2 sentence answer to the question. Click here to participate! Now on to our topic for July:

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited makes it a practice to take a break every week by planning her workflow to avoid work on weekends. Her goal is to have all business work done by noon on Fridays, using a Friday afternoon bowling league as a marker for the start of the weekend mindset. Saturdays and Sundays are reserved for other healthy pursuits like fellowship with her husband and friends, exercise, church, reading, etc. with occasional non-business-related projects sprinkled in. Follow Beth.

Chip Bell of the Chip Bell Group  is inspired by Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A, who wrote “Fall in love with what you do and you will never work another day in your life.” Chip says: “My brother retired a few years ago and hunts almost every day.  I asked him when he was going to retire from hunting (he has two full freezers of venison and wild turkey). Even when vacationing in foreign countries, I spend the first hour of every day doing what I love–working!”  Follow Chip.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership shares that we call short periods of downtime “breaks.” We call longer periods “time off” or “vacation” in his post, “Take a Break.”  Follow Wally.

According to Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC, the old saying of “live to eat or eat to live” attempts to temper our appetites. She contends we exchange the word “eat” for “work” to see where the American culture heads when it comes to work. Follow Michelle.

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~ Saint Augustine

Eric Dingler of EricDingler.com   places blocks of time on his weekly calendar that can be moved around, but not deleted.  One of these blocks is “day off.” Another daily approach is 30-minutes of “me time,” which he always adjusts his alarm clock to accommodate.  Follow Eric.

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture tells about a time his family created great shared memories, and ties it in to how similar activities can help your workplace culture. Follow Chris.

David Grossman of The Grossman Group has mastered how to leave email at the office when on vacation, and shares six steps to help you do the sameFollow David.

For Mike Henry of MikeHenrySr.com the breaks come when he can focus on being with people face-to-face. Maybe it is time with his wife discussing our future, or time playing with his grand children, or talking with his Mom or having breakfast with a friend. Focusing on people takes him out of the tasks and To Do lists and lets him freeze time to focus on someone else, and their needs and interests.  Follow Mike.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement  thinks vacations and breaks are so important that he has designed his life so that they are a built in part of his normal process, Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE) and Location Independent Working. He has also enjoyed vacations at national parks and shares photos here.  He also finds that weekly vigorous exercise (like basketball) helps keep him in a good frame of mind. Follow John.

Laughter is an instant vacation.
~ Milton Berle

According to Paula Kiger of Perspicacity so many of us get caught up in the web of being available 24/7, especially when it comes to our electronics. When I did a silent retreat, I took a forced break from that habit and was reminded of the power of turning everything off, even briefly. Follow Paula.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader asks: How does a leader make vacation meaningful and refreshing? By following these tips leading up to itFollow Paul.

Eileen McDargh of The Energizer reminds us that the American work ethic may not be ethical.  Studies have found that while most Americans would choose more vacation time over a higher salary, the reality is that we don’t take advantage of time off. Follow Eileen

Robyn McLeod of Thoughtful Leaders Blog  presents Why stepping away may be your best leadership move yet. Taking a break gives you the opportunity to rethink your current approaches, making time for the pursuits you love, and committing to more thoughtful and intentional actions once you return.  Follow Robyn.

The ant is knowing and wise, but he doesn’t know enough to take a vacation.
~ Clarence Day

Learn about four reasons why taking vacation breaks can help us to become a more effective leader for our team and organization. Thanks, Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer Leadership  Follow Tanveer.

Molly Page of Thin Difference  asks, “Do you ever feel like you’re too valuable to your business to take time off? Here are three reasons to set your mind at ease and schedule a break.” Follow Molly.

The number one thing that helps Julie Pierce of Valley Creek Church unplug when she’s on vacation is deleting the apps that keep her connected with work. That way she’s not tempted to check email or project boards. She justs re-install them the day I return to the office. Follow Julie.

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates has found that miniature breaks by simply closing her eyes are very helpful and enhance her leadership. Follow Shelley

John Thurlbeck of Wear Consulting says, “I have this perfectly balanced – in favor of vacations! Why? We all need to remember we are not invincible, nor irreplaceable, and we are certainly not robots! We need time to think, reflect, recharge and re-connect – with ourselves, our spouses/partners, our families and our friends. Work is an important part of our lives, but it should not be our life! Follow John. 

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Frontline Festival: Leaders share about favorite apps, technology, and productivity hacks

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival gives tips about favorite tools and technology. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about how to take a complete break from work (i.e. for vacation.) There are two ways to participate…either submit a blog post on the topic, or your 1-2 sentence answer to the question. Click here to participate! Now on to our topic for June:

What tools do you use to stay productive?

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited has used the task/recurring task functionality in Microsoft Outlook for many years. She loves how she can set up task reminders to pop up on the appropriate days, can easily change dates to defer tasks, can batch tasks into categories, and can drag an email into task format (this helps keep her in-box clean too.) She also uses Google reminders for the occasional on-the-fly “thing to remember” to pop up at a designated time. Follow Beth

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership  has been tracking his productivity for around fifty years now. Here’s what has worked for him consistently over that half century. Follow Wally.

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC shares that one of her stress saving tools is Evernote. “This application has a free component and I use it daily. How does it serve me? It puts all my information in one place, easily labeled and organized so I can find it! Follow Michelle.

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.
~ Paul J. Meyer

For David Dye of Trailblaze  Evernote is the first app he installs on a new phone, tablet, or computer. It is an extension of his brain! The other “tool” that helps stay productive: exercise–preferably a good hike in nature. He’s always more productive afterwards. Follow David.

Chris Edmonds of Driving Results through Culture shares: The apps I use daily are proven tools that maintain my sanity and enable promotion of my concepts. They include Nozbe (a cloud-based brilliant task manager), Evernote (a cloud-based “memory enhancer” – for notes, photos, and more), Tweet Jukebox (a terrific quote scheduler that will soon add Facebook and LinkedIn to Twitter posting), Sucuri (website firewall and anti-malware), WPTwin (backs up and restores my various WordPress sites), and SurfEasy (a private VPN that enables safe WiFi use, even in countries where social media is “blocked”!) Here’s a link to learn more about these and other tools I depend on.  Follow Chris

Ariana Friedlander of Rosabella Consulting recommends starting your day by identifying your Big 5 tasks for the day and keep them front and center.  These are the things you need to check off the proverbial list in order to fall asleep knowing you got the important stuff done. Follow Ariana.

I think I have over 60 apps on my iPhone. I use six.
~ Gordon Smith

As an entrepreneur with many projects on the go, Patrick Hankinson of Hello Focus grew frustrated with current tools on the market, finding that none of them really kept his team focused, becoming harder to manage as the team grew. He followed the adage, “Scratch your own itch” and created Hello Focus.  Follow Patrick.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management   Improvement  has found that taking advantage of all the great ideas among leadership and management bloggers is very important to his continued productivity and success. He feels would be greatly disadvantaged in doing so without an RSS feed reader. Follow John.

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog says, “I’m sure that everyone has wonderful tools, apps, and technology to offer that they use to be more productive, but I’ve got something else entirely that is probably my biggest secret and tool. Quietness and meditation. If I forget to find quiet time, if I forget to slow my mind and breathe, if I forget to spend time in peace and meditation, I am simply not as productive. Or as happy. Follow Lisa.

Boundary setting is really a huge part of time management.
~ Jim Loehr

Jennifer Miller of The People Equation  takes the productivity concept of “batching” to the next level with “Theme Days” and explains they can help provide focus and a sense of accomplishment. Follow Jennifer.

Alli Polin of Break the Frame  shares: “Two of my favorite apps that help to manage my productivity are 1) Evernote: I keep everything in there and it’s at my fingertips; and 2) I’m also a huge fan of Rescue Time. You can’t change where you spend your time until you know where it goes. It’s an eye opener!  Follow Alli.

Becky Robinson of Weaving Influence shares “My team uses Basecamp for every project, and using Basecamp helps us stay focused to deliver what we’ve promised. We can easily track progress, find files, and share helpful information with others. We also use Slack for in-the-moment communication and team building. These two apps are critical to our work success.”  Follow Becky.

Each minute is a little thing, and yet, with respect to our personal productivity, to manage the minute is the secret of success.
~ Joseph B. Wirthlin

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates recommends an environment that enhances productivity, with visual and auditory stimulus that aligns with getting things done (it may require headphones.)  Follow Shelley

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute  finds Hootsuite to be her favorite application, using it to organize her social media life. Follow Artika.

Unless otherwise stated, quotations are sourced from Brainyquote.com.

 

 

 

 

 

Frontline Festival: Leaders share tips about professional development

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival gives tips about professional development for leaders. Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Next month’s Frontline Festival is all about favorite apps and technology. What tools do you use to stay productive? There are two ways to participate…either submit a blog post on the topic, or your 1-2 sentence answer to the question. Click here to participate!

This month, we invited leadership experts to either submit a blog post, or answer the following question.

How do you invest in your professional development on a regular basis?

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited commits to finishing one book per month (some take more than one month) and keeping a list. Sticking with this realistic goal has helped her be continuously successful at it for a number of years. She also often listens to podcasts while driving. Follow Beth.

According to Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership you can’t lead others if you can’t lead yourself. Here is a baker’s dozen of things to master to be the best leader you can be. Follow Wally.

As part of her commitment to life-long learning, Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC  makes an effort to learn something new daily.  She finds this is also a terrific way to connect with children, to have them teach the adult something—parent-child, teacher-student. Follow Michelle.

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
~ Benjamin Franklin

Mike Henry of MikeHenrySr.com reads and listens to audiobooks. Guess which one he happens to be listening to currently? Thanks for #winningwell Mike!  Follow Mike.

One way John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement continues to learn is by reading posts of bloggers he follows.  Another good way is to write a blog. He shares that he helps you clarify and develop you thinking on topics you are interested in (plus it can build your reputation and potentially help you find work).  Follow John.

Paula Kiger of Big Green Pen has made many connections on social media which inspire her to pursue certain avenues of professional development. She admits it takes follow-through and that there’s no magic (in her opinion) white paper to revolutionize her life. However she has made connections which have made a measurable difference for her.  Follow Paula.

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.
~ Albert Einstein

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog continues to learn and grow by finding thought leaders to add to and challenge her views and knowledge – through reading (articles, online, books) and connecting one-on-one to learn what others are facing and learning. Follow Lisa

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader  makes a “To-Be” List for the week and reflects on it daily in conjunction with his “To-Do” List. His “To-Be” List governs the to-do list and helps him stay on track of what behaviors he wants, versus having his tasks define his growth. Follow Paul.

Michelle Pallas of MichellePallas.com advises to stop thinking about professional development as an event! Learning is a part of every day. Leaders learn from mentors, coaches and the people we coach. Coaching is a critical skill and, unless you are an expert, coaching as a competency should be in your personal development plan.   Follow Michelle.

The whole of life, from the moment you are born to the moment you die, is a process of learning.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights shares that his leadership as a CEO of a large global company was influenced heavily by his mom, These 9 lessons have been extraordinary to helping me lead. #Winningwell leaders should study these 9 lessons and see their influence increase. Follow Skip.

Becky Robinson of Weaving Influence meets regularly with a coach. She appreciates having an outside perspective. Her coaches challenge her thinking, help her identify blind spots, work through challenges, and give her encouragement.  Follow Becky

Shelley Row of Shelley Row Associates participates regularly with her professional association where she learns from her peers and invariably gets practical tips she can use. She also knows that sometimes you have to turn your brain off to increase its performance.  Follow Shelley

Learning never exhausts the mind.
~ Leonardo da Vinci

Linda Fisher Thornton of Leading in Context follows global trends across disciplines that impact leadership, business and ethics. She reads trend reports and books and attends webinars and live speaking events, looking for insights into leadership challenges, mindsets and approaches that will help leaders succeed in the future as the world changes.  Follow Linda.

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute suggests that movies can help you grow. These top 10 movies will provide you with the tools to serve and lead in the global community. Follow Artika.

Thank you so much! We welcome anyone looking to participate in the next Frontline Festival.

 

Frontline Festival March 2016: Fresh Insights for Leaders

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival, in keeping with the seasonal turn toward spring, is all about fresh insights for leaders.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Our thanks as well to the Brainy Quote site for being a great source of quotations.

Next month, we celebrate the launch of Winning Well, so we are asking for submissions about what Winning Well means to you, as well as giving you an opportunity to show us! Submissions due by April 15–the day of the launch!–for publication on April 22nd.  New participants always welcome–please use this form for all the details.

Now, on to some fresh insights!

Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire Collaborative Services  encourages that you are the instrument that makes your leadership work. Nothing happens without your continuous attention to yourself and your artFollow Mary Jo.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited suggests some fresh ways to say things. (Not THAT type of fresh.) Follow Beth.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership advises that it doesn’t take much to stay interested, motivated, and growing, but it won’t happen by accident. Follow Wally.

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials shares that insights can be like relationships. Sometimes we must step into a different perspective from the onset. She likens it to keeping a relationship fresh. Follow Michelle.

According to David Dye of Trailblaze, leadership theory is great, but what works day-to-day in the real world? In advance of our new book, David recently spent time with a group of accomplished managers to share their one most valuable piece of leadership advice. Here is what they said…   Follow David.

Ariana Friedlander of Rosabella Consulting brings to light some of the deep seeded cultural norms that discourage learning and how they negatively impact creativity and innovation in our organizations. Then it provides readers with some specific steps they can take to begin correcting these problems. Follow Ariana.

No winter lasts forever. No spring skips its turn.
~ Hal Borland

Chery Gegelman of Simply Understanding shares that when people perceive that your comfort is more important than their needs or the growth of the organization…your leadership quakes. Leadership is not about you or your comfort.  Follow Chery.

Liza Heidelberger of MyLeaderSphere tells us that each leader has Super Powers, but those powers can easily become overwhelmed by the Dark Side.  Here are some ways that you can responsibly care for your leadership Super Powers.   Follow Liza.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement says leaders must be concerned with the results of what they are trying to accomplish. Leadership is not divorced from implementation of ideas it is intricately intertwined with implementation. Follow John.

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog presents “What you may be missing every morning” where she shares a simple act that can transform your life. And work. And effectiveness. And enjoyment. Follow Lisa.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader  asks, “What is a leader’s role? How about making sure everything in your organization connects effectively?”  Follow Paul.

Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it.
~ Lucy Maud Montgomery

Scott Mabry of Soul to Work shares thoughts on how we invest our time and how we can undo busyness to focus more of our attention on leadership and influence. Follow Scott.

Bernie Nagle of Altrupreneur proclaims that contract is SO last century! Conscious leaders are learning that agreements based on Trust and Relationship are replacing the old paradigm of contractual obligation and “Remedy.”  Follow Bernie.

Tanveer Naseer of Tanveer Naseer Leadership   reveals three leadership lessons gleaned from the annual spring ritual of the flight of the Canadian geese in V-formation on how leaders can spur collaboration and improved communication among those they lead.  Follow Tanveer.

From Jon Mertz of Thin Difference: Mindfulness‬ and effective strategic leadership are tightly linked. More than new age thought mindfulness can shape strategic leadership.  Follow Jon.

Jennifer V. Miller of The People Equation  offers a fresh take on a classic piece of advice from leadership expert Ken Blanchard. Follow Jennifer.

Michelle Pallas of MichellePallas.com  shares that the audience decides if the story is believable. Find capable people and connect your vision with their desires. Follow Michelle.

The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.
~ Harriet Ann Jacobs

Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights happily reminds us that it’s nearly spring. Though we have no control of the seasons, we have control over our mind. Leaders can choose their season. A fresh perspective and a fresh season may just ahead for you. Follow Skip.

LaRae Quy of Mental Toughness Center! tells us that not very many people are excited to get a phone call from an FBI Agent. They tend to be even less enthusiastic when the Agent tells them they need to speak with them about a pending investigation. As a result, I had to work—hard at times—to be likable if I wanted to get my job doneFollow LaRae.

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute  says that diversity is needed to bring together the brightest minds to create solutions to business, economic and social challenges of the 21st century and beyond. Follow Artika.

Martin Webster of Leadership Thoughts reminds us that a crisis will happen in almost every business at some time and shares eight critical ways to lead in a crisisFollow Martin.

According to Julie Winkle Giulioni of DesignArounds, managers avoid career conversations fearing employees’ desire for promotions, which turns out to be a false assumption that puts career development at risk. Follow Julie.

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
~ C.S. Lewis

 

Frontline Festival February 2016: Building Productive Workplace Relationships

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about building productive workplace relationships.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month, we turn our focus to fresh perspectives for leaders. Give us your best fresh insight! Submissions due March 11th– new participants always welcome, please use this form.

Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
~ Stephen Covey

Mary Jo Asmus of Aspire Collaborative Services gives a unique approach to consider in setting relationship goals for the yearFollow Mary Jo.

Chantal Bechervaise of Take It Personel-ly  reminds us that when there’s a lack of morale, everyone becomes less productive and are not as good at communicating with each other as they need to be. Team work and collaboration suffers. This post provides tips to help improve morale and relationships in the workplaceFollow Chantal.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited knows that criticism can sting. But criticism can also be a blessing in relationships.  Follow Beth.

According to Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership, great bosses come in all shapes and sizes. They work in a variety of industries. But they all make time to touch base a lot and when they do, they make every encounter count toward building relationships. Follow Wally.

We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics.
~ Joyce Meyer

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC shares that coaching business leaders and entrepreneurs provides her with a helicopter view of how individual styles affect the “weather” in companies and organizations. There is not a formula to build productive workplace relationships–there are components.  Follow Michelle.

David Dye of Trailblaze reminds us that building your influence and leadership credibility can seem overwhelming and often drive you to counter-productive behavior. He shares two clear and easy-to-use suggestions that will help you build your influence today. Follow David.

According to Julie Winkle Giulioni of DesignArounds, effective leaders leverage the very human need for mutual respect and in the process build productive relationships, enhance employee engagement and deliver powerful business outcomes. Follow Julie.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement suggests we figure out where the system isn’t optimized for the abilities of the people and address that by changing the system to take advantage of everyone’s capabilities while limiting the impact of their weaknesses. An important part of that is assuring that interrelationships within the organization are contributing to the organization success (and not detracting from it, which can happen as cultures become toxic). Follow John.

Personal relationships are always the key to good business. You can buy networking; you can’t buy friendships.
~ Lindsay Fox

In the post, Why the mean person you work with may not be that mean after all, Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog shares that when we view others as people with the best intentions, rather than as opponents with mean motives, there is a greater chance that we will walk out with an improved relationship and better results. Follow Lisa.

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership shares that when you learn to reframe the way you respond to mistakes, you’ll create an environment that encourages and rewards risk-taking, continuous improvement, and developmentFollow Dan.

Eileen McDargh of The Resiliency Group helps us learn why creating an environment that supports people can go a long way toward firing people up so they don’t “fire themselves out”–but stay.  Follow Eileen

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference observes that human beings are creatures that thrive on storytelling. When we share our stories we connect in the workplace and across generations.  Follow Jon.

The business of business is relationships; the business of life is human connection.
~ Robin S. Sharma

Michelle Pallas of MichellePallas.com  points out that acknowledging the information comes from my perspective…”this is what I believe to be true”…removes the pretense of certainty and opens the floor for discussion. Sincere honesty wins over rumors and back stabbing.   Follow Michelle.

John Stoker of DialogueWORKS  shares that our personal and professional relationships are responsible for our happiness and our success. Taking a moment to ask ourselves specific questions will help us become more aware of the quality and health of our relationships. Being deliberately conscious about what matters most allows us to make the choice improvement. Follow John.

Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership says that great leaders are great listeners. Research shows that most people think they’re better listeners than they really are. If you want to be a better listener, focus on developing a listening attitude. Here are five tips that will help. Follow Jesse Lyn.

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute reminds us that diversity is the thread that weaves our organizations and communities together. The promotion of diversity and inclusion is integral to building productive workplace relationships. Follow Artika.

Communication, the human connection, is the key to personal and career success.
~ Paul J. Meyer

 

Frontline Festival: January 2016

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month’s festival is all about Vision and Strategy.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! Next month, we turn our focus to Building Productive Workplace Relationships. Submissions due February 12th– new participants always welcome, please us this form.

Laura Barnard of PMO Strategies takes a realistic look at change management and change resistance with ideas for doing change WITH people instead of TO them. Follow Laura.

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited asks, “Are you an overwhelmed professional?” This is the year to change that. Follow Beth.

According to Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership Strategic success takes more than smarts and a clear vision. Guts and discipline count, too.  Follow Wally.

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
~ Jonathan Swift

Liza Heidelberger of MyLeaderSphere reminds us, that like two sides of the same coin, vision and strategy are essential to moving an organization forward.  Here are some ways you can identify if you focus more on vision or strategy and what you can do to keep both in balance.   Follow Liza.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement  says that when the vision is merely a pretty collection of words that doesn’t drive decisions and behavior it is pointless. When it does drive behavior it is powerful: sadly that is rarely the case. Follow John.

In the post, You are enough, Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog reminds us that vision and strategy are only effective when we come from a position of strength, and why we should therefore give up trying to prove anything to anyone, and more importantly, to even yourself. Follow Lisa. 

Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it’s about deliberately choosing to be different.
~ Michael Porter

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference  asks: “Are you ready to engage the necessary isms of your life work?”  Consistent focus on getting the right balance between them will create a more meaningful life work opus. Follow Jon.

According to Michelle Pallas of MichellePallas.com,  having a vision and setting goals enables realization of our dreams. Crystallize that vision and let people know where you are going so, if they choose, they can help you. Follow Michelle.

Alli Polin of Break the Frame  suggests that a shared vision is critical for success but without the trust and energy of the team behind that vision even the best strategy falls apart. Follow Alli.

Where there is no vision, there is no hope.
~ George Washington Carver

Skip Prichard of Leadership Insights  posits that the same strategy, the same goals, the same execution may result in different outcomes. Why? The view. When leaders create the right view, everything changesFollow Skip.

LaRae Quy of Mental Toughness Center! shares that body language plays an important role in leadership success. Many entrepreneurs and business owners focus on verbal skills, but they fail to realize there are two conversations going on when they meet another person. The first conversation is the one where words are used to convey information; while the second one broadcasts thoughts, attitudes, and emotions through the body. If we are unaware of the non-verbal messages we are sending, the second conversation could undermine the first one. Follow LaRae.

Jesse Lyn Stoner of Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership shares that the traditional strategic plan is obsolete in this fast-paced VUCA world, but planning is indispensable. Here are five guidelines to create a *dynamic* strategic plan that will prepare you to make quick decisions when opportunities and challenges suddenly arise. Follow Jesse Lyn.

However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.
~ Winston Churchill

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute exhorts that now is the time to redefine leadership. Leadership in the 21st Century must move beyond position or title to everyday people making a difference in the world. Follow Artika.

Julie Winkle Giulioni of DesignArounds reminds us that vision without strategy is just a nice idea; and strategy without vision might be a lot of unproductive activity. Together, however, they are a dynamic duo that can drive unbeatable organizational results. Follow Julie.

May the Force Be With You: A Frontline Festival

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. This month is co-hosted with my Winning Well co-author, David Dye.

In honor of the new Star Wars movie, we begin with Star Wars-themed posts and then wrap up the year with our “Best Of 2015” posts from our contributors  Thanks. to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors! For fun, in the comments, please add your favorite Star Wars leadership quotes.

Next month, we turn our thoughts to vision and strategy to kick of the new year. Please submit your links here.  Submissions due January 15th.

Also, if you have not yet completed my 2016 planning survey, I would really like your input on how I can add more value to you and your organization in 2016. Please click here. 

Star Wars

“Do or do not, there is no try.” -Yoda

Michelle Cubas, CPCC, ACC, of Positive Potentials, LLC shares that the Star Wars saga continues in a galaxy far, far away! It is our contemporary fairy tale filled with didactic teachings that never expire, especially about leadership. We continue to enjoy the characters that represent elements of our personalities and personas. Follow Michelle.

Lisa Kohn from Thoughtful Leaders Blog In the post, There is no Try, only Do. There is no Do, only Be. Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog shares Yoda’s wisdom (from Star Wars) that it is essential for leaders to not only just “try” but to also “do”and “be.” More importantly she shares a few pointers on how to do this, especially in this busy world and busy season. Follow Lisa.

Greg Marcus of American Mussar brings us Five Mussar Lessons from Star Wars.  Follow Greg.

David Dye and I bring you a leadership interview with Chewbacca.

 

Best of Leadership Posts for 2015

“Never tell me the odds.” -Hans Solo

Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited: Beth shares several things she’s learned after 10 years in business. 10 Things I Learned in 10 Years of Business, Part 1  Part 2 Follow Beth.

Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership: You can’t lead others if you can’t lead yourself. Here is a baker’s dozen of things to master to be the best leader you can be. Follow Wally.

Sean Glaze of Great Results Team Building: I was surprised by how dirty and brown I was at the finish line, by how cold the wet clothes I was wearing felt, and by how much my legs and chest burned from the over two hours it took us all to finish. But I was also surprised by how proud our family smiles were when they took our photo. Follow Sean.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement: Successfully shepherding change within an organization is often a challenge. Often change management strategies are mainly about how to cope with a toxic culture but exclude the option of fixing the toxic culture. Why not address the root causes instead of trying band-aids?  Follow John.

Paul LaRue of The UPwards Leader recognizes those intangible and not-so-tangible traits that help measure a leaders ability to succeed. Follow Paul.

Scott Mabry of Soul to WorkLearning to lead lightly is a series of practices that can help us manage our energy and act in alignment with our best intentions. Follow Scott.

“Once you start down the dark path, forever it will dominate your destiny.” -Yoda

Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership:  What are the most important three words for any relationship between a manager and employee? Hint: it’s not “I love you.” Follow Dan.

Jon Mertz of Thin Difference: Big issues face us. We latch onto shallow statements and thoughts. Logic lacks. Depth disappears. Civility dissipates. How can we begin to think more deeply?  Follow Jon.

Michelle Pallas of MichellePallas.com: Put energy into transparent communications and #LeadON!  Follow Michelle.

LaRae Quy of Mental Toughness Center!:  As our world becomes more and more complex, mental toughness will become an essential mindset. Building mental toughness is a life long task, but here is the good news: Mental toughness is not something we were born with, it is something we can learn. Follow LaRae.

“All mentors have a way of seeing more of our faults than we would like. It’s the only way we grow.” Padme

Dr. Artika Tyner of the Planting People. Growing Justice Institute gives us Three leadership lessons from the legacy of the late B.B. King.  Follow Artika.