America got soft after the 80’s.

IMG_0589The United States has become soft.  We have issues telling the truth because we’re afraid we’ll hurt people’s feelings.  We have a tendency to sugarcoat the things, because we feel the truth will crush someone’s spirit.  We are relegated to telling off-color, awkward jokes, which leaves others wondering if we’re serious or not.  This is almost always followed by the line “I was just playing”.  Yeah right…

We also diminish the attainment of goals, by giving everyone a trophy, instead of just saying “you lost”.  These facts are well documented, but I want to know, why?  What the heck happened?  I know one thing, it sure didn’t start in the 80’s.

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Haters vs. Leaders – Part 4 – Maintain the momentum

IMG_0583Real simple today… Haters are gonna hate and leaders are gonna lead. Some people can’t stand to see you do well. They’ll support you all the way until you get to a certain point, then as soon as it’s clear that your vision surpasses their’s, they switch up on you. Going from supporter to heckler. This series offers what leaders can do to deal with this situation.  Today is our final installation, maintaining the momentum.

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Haters vs. Leaders – Part 3 – Learn from haters.

IMG_0583Real simple today… Haters are gonna hate and leaders are gonna lead. Some people can’t stand to see you do well. They’ll support you all the way until you get to a certain point, then as soon as it’s clear that your vision surpasses their’s, they switch up on you. Going from supporter to heckler. This series offers what leaders can do to deal with this situation.  Today we deal with part 3 – learn from the hater.

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Haters vs. Leaders Part 2 – Ignoring the hater.

IMG_0583Real simple today… Haters are gonna hate and leaders are gonna lead. Some people can’t stand to see you do well. They’ll support you all the way until you get to a certain point, then as soon as it’s clear that your vision surpasses their’s, they switch up on you. Going from supporter to heckler. This series offers what leaders can do to deal with this situation.  Today we explore part 2, ignoring the hater.

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Haters vs. Leaders. Part 1 – “Identification please”

IMG_0583Real simple today…  Haters are gonna hate and leaders are gonna lead.  Some people can’t stand to see you do well.  They’ll support you all the way until you get to a certain point, then as soon as it’s clear that your vision surpasses their’s, they switch up on you.  Going from supporter to heckler.  This series offers what leaders can do to deal with this situation.  Let’s start with part 1, identifying the hater.

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Words Matter

IMG_3983You see it everyday in the media.  It’s very apparent, maybe today more then ever, that words matter.  This lesson is learned very young in life and extends into adulthood.  It’s become such a normal part of life to hear negative words, that we often tell people to “have a thick skin” and “just ignore it”.  Even positive words can be dangerous.  That’s when we caution people with phrases like, “don’t get a big head” or “that person only wants one thing from you”.  Having said that, people should develop within themselves a certain level of spiritual fortitude, where they draw their value from God and not man.  But that’s not all we should do regarding positive and negative words.  Read on for some ways leaders can use words more effectively.

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5 things leaders must do everytime.

IMG_0562There are a lot of ways to lead a team.  Usually leaders will develop a style that matches their own strengths, as they pursues goals.  Each goal reached is a victory used to catapult the team to another level.  By utilizing various techniques, good leaders influence their teams to expected ends.  There are 5 things leader must do everytime in order to maximize their effectiveness and be part of a winning team.

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What’s better than being the best?

IMG_0518I just watched a series on HBO called “The Defiant Ones”.  I didn’t know what I was getting myself into.  I just thought it was a story about Dr. Dre and NWA’s rise to superstardom.  I can’t say I was a huge fan of the music, but I do like a good success story.  As always, I’m steadily looking for leadership lessons in everything and this documentary provided me with an unexpected epiphany.  And it didn’t have anything to do with Dr. Dre or NWA.

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