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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The strength to stand firm, when they say you’re wrong.

img_0205Living in a world where everybody likes you and your choices is not ideal or realistic.  Here’s an old story about myself that I wanted to re-post, as it taught me a very valuable lesson.  Maybe someone else can learn from it.

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You gotta listen…

img_0284High performance teams require strong leaders, capable of influencing experts towards a specific goal. Leading a group toward any vision requires an understanding of people. This understanding only comes by listening well.

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When you feel like everyone wants something from you.

4635259E-A61B-415A-BA6E-8D531D0258E2As a leader, you will have times where everyone wants something from you.  It will seem like the questions never end, the requests get bigger and the time required to respond to these needs takes away from your “personal time”.  You may say to your self, “I can’t get a break” or “I need some time alone” or “I just want to do what I want to do”.  The truth is, the more you are entrusted with leadership duties, the more you will be called on by others to fulfill their needs.  There is, however, a way to do this without losing your mind.

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I have to fire someone…

23D277DD-4509-46BC-92C8-AF5D64AED20BAs a leader, there will come a day when you have to fire someone.  It’s not pretty and certainly isn’t something that many people are comfortable doing.  Unfortunately, I’ve had to do this several times and it never gets easier.  Mostly it’s because we’re human and inherently, a lot of us want to see the good in everyone.  We also don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings.  Yet, people underperform, everyday and people get fired, everyday.  I’ll offer 5 ways to ease the process.

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Oprah? Really? Didn’t we just do this?

C7442E41-8D13-4F77-A418-F562FC231D36I’m hearing all over the news today about Oprah Winfrey possibly running for President.  Really?  I guess anybody can try this job.  Haven’t we learned anything?  Isn’t it time to take this job seriously again?  It’s no secret that Trump is having a rough go.  I mean c’mon.  President of the United States, no experience needed, just a desire to do it and money.  What other organization can a person run without any experience, better than a qualified person with experience?  McDonalds? Nope.  Trash Man? Nope …

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