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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Haters vs. Leaders – Part 4 – Maintain the momentum

IMG_0583Real simple today… Haters are gonna hate and leaders are gonna lead. Some people can’t stand to see you do well. They’ll support you all the way until you get to a certain point, then as soon as it’s clear that your vision surpasses their’s, they switch up on you. Going from supporter to heckler. This series offers what leaders can do to deal with this situation.  Today is our final installation, maintaining the momentum.

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Haters vs. Leaders – Part 3 – Learn from haters.

IMG_0583Real simple today… Haters are gonna hate and leaders are gonna lead. Some people can’t stand to see you do well. They’ll support you all the way until you get to a certain point, then as soon as it’s clear that your vision surpasses their’s, they switch up on you. Going from supporter to heckler. This series offers what leaders can do to deal with this situation.  Today we deal with part 3 – learn from the hater.

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Haters vs. Leaders Part 2 – Ignoring the hater.

IMG_0583Real simple today… Haters are gonna hate and leaders are gonna lead. Some people can’t stand to see you do well. They’ll support you all the way until you get to a certain point, then as soon as it’s clear that your vision surpasses their’s, they switch up on you. Going from supporter to heckler. This series offers what leaders can do to deal with this situation.  Today we explore part 2, ignoring the hater.

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Haters vs. Leaders. Part 1 – “Identification please”

IMG_0583Real simple today…  Haters are gonna hate and leaders are gonna lead.  Some people can’t stand to see you do well.  They’ll support you all the way until you get to a certain point, then as soon as it’s clear that your vision surpasses their’s, they switch up on you.  Going from supporter to heckler.  This series offers what leaders can do to deal with this situation.  Let’s start with part 1, identifying the hater.

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A+ Leadership.

IMG_0384Anyone can be a leader at any level, in any organization, even without a leadership “title”. This includes work, home life, charitable organizations, church groups, clubs, etc. Conversely, just because a person has a leadership “title”, doesn’t mean they’re a good leader i.e.; Manager, VP, Sr. Analyst, President, Father, Mother, Deacon, Board Member, School Trip Chaperone, etc. It takes certain characteristics to lead. Like the chameleon, leaders must see and adjust to different situations in order to reach goals. They work with the environment, not against it. In order to do this, they’ve got to have the right mindset. Let’s call it A+ leadership, for everybody.

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The Boss is still talking…

img_0327Ever have a boss that was a great story teller and really seemed like they cared about their people? This person says all the right things, is the center of attention and seems “bigger than life”. They are often the loudest ones in the room and have everyone’s ear. Is this person also a bad leader? Worse yet, are they a bad leader who doesn’t know it? I’ve seen this before. Being a leader is more than having an outgoing personality. It’s the ability to influence people and groups towards expected ends. Read on about true leadership.

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What’s 1 thing every leader must know, in order to succeed?

img_0294Leaders learn a lot and know many different things. Some of these things can be learned on the job or through various industry experience. A lot of times, education serves as the background for a leader’s knowledge. But there is one thing, that every leader must know in order to succeed, no matter the business or industry, no matter the level of leadership. If a leader fails to understand this, they will fail. Continue reading to find out what every leader must know.

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How to say “Thank You”.

img_0281As a leader, being grateful should be considered a key component in your leadership skill set. Unfortunately, it is often overlooked. When utilized properly, gratitude has many benefits and works to increase your influence. We should use this with co-workers, family, friends and anyone we care about. But it’s not simple. There is a specific way to say “thank you”.

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