Heading into a job interview.

IMG_0528Next week, I am interviewing someone for a job in one of my locations.  I’ve done plenty of these over the years, but it’s always good to revisit the “why” and “how” beforehand.  Here’s an update on my short list of parameters for “hiring well”.

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High expectations can be bad. Ask my wife…

IMG_0523You ever hear people say, “keep your expectations low and you’ll never be disappointed”.  I’ve always thought that was a pretty simplistic worldview.  One that if abused, would lead to an average existence.  I’ve also heard people say, “keep your expectations high”, “keep pushing”, “never give up”, “your dreams will fail if you let them”, “sleep is for losers” and my personal favorite, “winners win and losers lose”.  On most days, I totally buy into this thought pattern.  However this mindset, when used cavalierly, can be detrimental as well.  The trick is timing and perspective.  Unfortunately, I learned this lesson the hard way.

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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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Ever lie on your blog?

IMG_0508I just had a funny thing happen to me last night.  I typed a lie because it sounded more sexy than the truth.  Before I even completed the sentence, I said to myself, “c’mon, get honest”.   Truth is, I want to “keep it real and be totally honest”, but there’s a part of me that doesn’t want to show weakness.  I gotta get over that quick.

So I fessed up and told the truth.

My final thought, if your not being totally honest, your lying.  If you’re going to lie on your blog when you say you’re being honest, what’s the point?

 

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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The pursuit of perfection landed me in the emergency room this week.

img_0266A repost, but one I dearly needed to revisit.  It can happen to the best leaders. They want results. They want their team to win. They want perfection. But, is that necessary? Is it even possible? At what cost does a leader pursue perfection? Here’s 5 reasons why being obsessed with perfection is not good leadership. And trust me, I need this list more than anyone, as I’ve had to learn this lesson the hard way.  It basically put me in the hospital this week…

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Attitude is an on purpose thing. Boss in the middle prayer challenge. Days 12 & 13.

IMG_0463I prayed yesterday morning and went through my day.  It was pretty uneventful, until right before bed.  My best friend told me that in general, I am a negative and angry person who has high expectations of others.  I am subject to mood swings and nothing anyone does is ever good enough for me.  I also complain about everything, everyday.  Read on to see what happened after that.

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