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Leading teams

April 23, 2011
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What kind of leadership are you providing your team?

If you’re the leader within a small business, a midsized one, or a large corporation, you have to be equipped to lead a multitude of personalities and teams.

Leadership can be unpredictable.

Over the course of history – nations, corporations, and other organizations have sought out leadership assistance and consultation to transform teams. Why? Why would anyone pay for human intellectual property (thought) that seems like it should be second nature?

It’s the same reason the NFL pays coaches millions to lead a team. Leadership matters. A strong methodology and execution of it makes the difference between a winning team, and a losing one.

Delane Hulen, the CEO of Acuitus International, trains individuals, CEOs and teams to reach goals. Acuitus means “to sharpen” in Latin.
And that’s what leaders do.
“You can’t put a price on effective leadership,” Hulen says. “It means everything in the world of organizational structure, team building, and how strong your business becomes.”
Are your people buying into the philosophies of leadership, or are they fighting it behind your back?

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April 22, 2011
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There are about 300 living astronauts in the United States. And to be an astronaut, you’ve got to have a whole lot of leadership ability, including discipline, education and determination. My friend and leadership coach Tony Jeary recently went to a gathering of leaders where he met Tom Henricks, an astronaut who has flown several missions for the space program.

What kind of leader are you?

You may not be an astronaut leading a mission, but the principles you need to succeed are all the same.

In my book, Face to Face Leadership, I talk about being a holistic leader where the things you do at home, are the same as the things you do at work. So leadership traits are developed within an individual, which means that whatever we strive to be better at, will effect a lot of different areas of our life.


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Leadership is a decision

April 14, 2011
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Seth Godin said that you don’t have to have charisma to be a leader, because leadership gives you charisma.

I’d take that even a step further, to say that if you want tonposess a lot of great personality traits that will make your overall life better – strive to be a good leader. Because if you’re strong, caring, concerned abiut others, and willing to help people grow- your going to be a great friend, husband, father, and boss. If you have integrity and the ins you do in your personal life are the same as the things you do at work, your whole life will feel more balanced and comfortable.

Leadership is a decision.


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Leadership is intentional

April 10, 2011
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When you think about the advantages of having a great culture, you have to realize that you’ll either have a good one or a bad one. Theres really no in between.

Employees don’t appreciate working in an environment that isn’t supportive or empowering. And mediocre cultures don’t allow people to be the best they can be. In a stagnant environment, employees do one of two things. Complain, or leave. If they complain they cost you money. If they leave, the training to replace them, costs you money.

If they complain and don’t leave its even worse. Ever talk to someone who blasted their boss and the company they work for?

Leadersip pays.

And you have to really be intentional to be a great leader.


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The book has arrived!

April 9, 2011
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Seeing your book in print is worth the wait.

After years of learning, thinking, achieving my MBA, serving patients, speaking and teaching, connecting, getting prepared, leading and being led, and then finally putting words on paper, it’s here.

In the book I talk about how to lead face to face. How to be present, engaged, and energized as a leader who loves what you do.

The qualities of a leader

Self awareness

Authenticity

Engagement

Can you think of someone who has been a powerful mentor in your life?  

Chances are, that person is real. Authentic. Open. Honest. Transparent.  Theres no duplicity.  

Engagement is an unspoken act that speaks volumes about who we are. Those of us who are engaged create cultures of commitment. Those who are disengaged, create cultures of compliance!

Emotional absenteeism is a term I use. That’s a quality of someone who is disengaged, just going through the motions.


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Leadership is an investment

April 5, 2011
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Making the decision to be a leader will cost you something.

As with any decision you make in life, you’ve got to invest your energy, time, and mental resources to be successful.

When you are a leader, you have to give.

Leaders invest in others. The very best leaders give because they want to see growth and development in those they lead. They build strong cultures, and spend time investing in the things that matter.

This week I invested in time with Tony Jeary, a top leadership coach to CEOs and entrepreneurs. Sometimes you have to meet with people who can see your blind spots, and help tweak your business and your strategy to be even better than it is now. This takes a willingness to receive feedback, both positive and negative. It’s all a part of becoming a better human in the process.

Are you ready to make the investment?


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Leadership coach Tony Jeary reviewing Face to Face strategy

April 5, 2011
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waiting, waiting, waiting

April 4, 2011
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My book is at the printer and I’m ready for it to be published.

I’ve seen a preview already, and shared the cover here and on facebook, and with a few select friemds and business colleagues. But I’m ready for the pages to be printed with my words, and for the boxes to arrive. I’m ready to hand them out at conferences, to be able to give someone my life experience in one easy to read bound package.

Waiting is the hardest part. But in the end, it’s worth the wait. Update: publisher called! Books are almost ready!


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