You can’t win by accident.

IMG_0415Being a winner is such an “on purpose” thing.  It’s a habit and a mindset.   Winning takes practice, persistence, faith and focus.  It’s not going to happen by accident. There are many people out here working very hard to ensure you don’t have accidental success.

That’s why things worth having are hard to attain.  You don’t accidentally come in first place.  People don’t accidentally complete the project.  Teams don’t accidentally win championships.  These things take concentrated effort and sacrifice.

As a boss in the middle, you have to remember that no one is going to give you anything.  You need to go hard.  You need to go wisely.

You can only trust God 100%, so keep Him first!

Leaders must say no when necessary.

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 good leader understands, not only is that impossible, it could also be detrimental. Continue reading for 5 reasons why saying “no”, when required, is important.

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Group Projects Suck!

img_0272When 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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How to recover from mistakes.

img_0257You made a mistake. You lost confidence in yourself. Your performance is starting to suffer. People tend to do that from time to time. As a leader I have found that thinking positively, with the right perspective, can help you recover. This is a simple idea, yet hard to do. Here are 5 ways to ensure you think the right thoughts, in the midst of a mistake.

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Servant leadership and influence.

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As we begin the Thanksgiving Weekend, I am reminded about something a mentor told me years ago. “You can’t keep what you have, unless you give it away”. Seems counter-intuitive, but when applied properly, it can make all the difference. Thanksgiving is not only about giving thanks, it’s an opportunity to give, period.

Serving others places great value in them and is an awesome motivator. It works with teammates, co-workers, loved ones, etc.. This means selflessly giving away your time, talent, wisdom and experience. Love others as you love yourself and you will gain the ability to influence others toward goals. Do this sacrificially and you get to keep that influence. People are more willing to follow a leader that sacrifices something for the cause. Find someone or something to pour love into, not only on Thanksgiving, but everyday.

We’ve always done it that way, how could this happen?

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Incidents often occur at organizations, where the root cause is found to be “human error”. In other words, a procedure was not followed properly or was otherwise ignored. Chances are it’s not the first time this procedure was broken. So how does this happen?  We have an answer to this question and suggestions for leaders who want to avoid this issue.

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PEOPLE THAT ARE AFRAID SHOULD READ THE HUMAN INSTRUCTION MANUAL.

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People are afraid right now. It’s a fact. They justify their fears by saying “this or that could happen” and “the future is unknown”. By that logic we would always be afraid and unfortunately, that’s true for a lot of people. On the inside, we know we’re not supposed to feel this way. We innately know that on a daily basis, our life should be set up to live without constant fear. That’s why we go to work, earn a living, put a roof over our head, clothes on our back, support our children, etc… We’re naturally driven to seek out a sense of peace and security. One could argue that when we are fearful we are in a sense broken, or in a broken situation. So, how can we fix it?

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Mr. Trump taught us a few things about leadership and goal setting.

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You may have voted for Donald Trump. You may not have. It doesn’t matter at this point, it’s all over and we must stay united. I did not vote for either major party candidate. Having said that, I am not in alignment with those who think the country is doomed, nor do I think America will suddenly become “great again”. I am going to trust God and allow Him to work through our government officials. In short, I have a “wait and see” attitude.

This article is about what I learned from the election. Specifically, what I learned from Mr. Trump. As students of leadership, we should take every opportunity to learn from every situation. His team accomplished what was seemingly impossible. He will be sworn in as President of the United States, without ever having served in public office or in the military. No one has ever done that before. At the beginning, hardly anyone gave Mr. Trump a chance. He’s a billionaire businessman and a celebrity! It was a joke, yet he managed to pull it off. And he didn’t just barely win, he won big, against one of the most famous and well established politicians alive today. What was his secret? There are 6 key takeaways that every leader should pay attention to: Continue reading “Mr. Trump taught us a few things about leadership and goal setting.”