You can’t be a leader, if you don’t understand this.

IMG_0521Some events unfolded recently that inspired me to update an article from last Thanksgiving. It’s pretty hard to motivate someone to accomplish a goal if they don’t think you’re in the boat with them. You can only yell “stroke” from the beach for so long. Pretty soon, they won’t be able to hear you. Then what?

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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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Doing nothing, when nothing is required.

IMG_0516Everyone responds to fear, but it’s how you respond that makes the difference for a great leader.  Sometimes, we’re not supposed to do anything, but that can be tough.  Especially when we’re scared.

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Turning strengths into superpowers.

IMG_0510.PNGI forget that there are many paths in life and I get concerned when others don’t follow my path.  I am especially talking about one of my daughters.  It is becoming very apparent that my strengths are not necessarily hers.

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Which is the better motivational technique, positivity or reality?

IMG_0504As a leader you’re going to always be searching for ways to empower your people to grab the brightest future possible. you want to encourage and inspire them to levels of performance far above anything they can imagine.  We are of course, supposed to be developing leaders.  One motivational techniques is to let them see the future.  A peek at the future may be a great way to get someone out of their comfort level and enable them to grow. My question today is, should that picture be more positive or realistic?

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Are your expectations causing issues?

IMG_0502We all have expectations. My expectations are probably too high at times. It’s causing issues and came to a head yesterday. Normally, I would think of this as something bad or negative about the person or group that doesn’t measure up.  For example, if people describe what they do as going “above and beyond” and in my mind they are only accomplishing the base expectation, it makes me think this person or group is lazy, which 9 times out of 10 is not the case. I can’t go on like this and expect to lead effectively.  I’m not exactly sure what to do, but here’s where I’m at with it.

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A+ Leadership.

IMG_0384Anyone can be a leader at any level, in any organization, even without a leadership “title”. This includes work, home life, charitable organizations, church groups, clubs, etc. Conversely, just because a person has a leadership “title”, doesn’t mean they’re a good leader i.e.; Manager, VP, Sr. Analyst, President, Father, Mother, Deacon, Board Member, School Trip Chaperone, etc. It takes certain characteristics to lead. Like the chameleon, leaders must see and adjust to different situations in order to reach goals. They work with the environment, not against it. In order to do this, they’ve got to have the right mindset. Let’s call it A+ leadership, for everybody.

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Don’t let them darken you.

IMG_0480You’re going to meet a lot of strange insecure people in this world.  Some people are so threatened by you, that your very presence makes them uncomfortable. Some people are so jealous of you, that they won’t let you shine in their presence.  They secretly want what you have.  Some people will make every attempt to belittle your accomplishments and not acknowledge your victories.  Even to the extent of character defamation.  Here’s what I  do in that situation.

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