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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Group Projects Suck!

img_0272This is a reblog of a post from a couple of years ago.  It’s still pertinent today, maybe even more than ever…

When I was in college, almost every class had an element of working in groups or figuring out something within a team. I can’t tell you how many times I cringed, when I heard the professor describing the project and giving the criteria for grades. My issue? I was a pretty good student, obsessively driven to get an A in each class. I worked harder than most and didn’t want my grade to be reflective of folks who weren’t “putting in the work”. Continue reading to see how I survived.

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A mature leader says “no”.

img_0300A new leader might think, “It would be great if I could give my team everything they desire.” Higher compensation, benefits, resources, information, the list goes on. But a mature leader understands, not only is that impossible, it could be detrimental. Continue reading for 5 reasons why saying “no”, when required, is important.

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Rage Response

IMG_0536I wanted to repost this, as I learn this lesson over and over. We all get angry and that’s okay.  It even happened to Jesus more than once, so don’t get upset that you got mad at someone. It’s how we react that matters. If we do it right, anger can actually be used to our advantage.

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