3 ways ‘haters’ can help you.

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Jesus has haters.  From before he was born, all the way to now, his haters are all around us.  He reminds us that while living for him, we will experience this fate as well.  Seems like a shame, but there is value in understanding that not everyone is going to like you.  Read on for three specific things haters can do for you. Continue reading “3 ways ‘haters’ can help you.”

Dump the Thanksgiving speech.

IMG_0597Some people spend a lot of time coming up with the perfect Thanksgiving speech or post that expresses their “thankfulness” for this or that.  I think as leaders we shouldn’t fall into that trap.  Time to dump the Thanksgiving speech.

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Turning “stars” into leaders.

IMG_0591In life, we often hear about “stars”. This word is often associated with people like Lebron James or Carson Wentz, rising above their circumstances and performing above and beyond what is normally expected. Or the term is reserved for people like Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and Chris Pratt, whose careers and lifestyles seem so far above ours, that all we can liken them to is “stars”. But what might a “star” look like in an everyday situation?

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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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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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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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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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