• TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, JULY 3, 2014
    Why Can’t Anyone Motivate Me?
    When it comes to motivation, you might think this requires giving something to someone else that pumps them up (like a pep talk, a bonus, an ultimatum, etc). But motivation actually comes from the inside of a person. It’s a person’s own desires and energy that fuels action. photo credit: Calidenism via photopin cc. Learn To Lead By Leading
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 1, 2014
    Excellence Is An Attainable Goal
    I’d like to talk to all of the student leaders in the room for a moment. Everyone else can listen in if you’d like). As a student leader, you bring a unique set of strengths, abilities, and weaknesses to the table. You may or may not feel like you possess the “leadership” gene. photo credit: anjan58 via photopin cc. Living The Standard.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, JUNE 30, 2014
    How To Do One Thing For 90 Days In A Row
    January 1 is such an exciting day. Sooo many people are all geared up to make changes. They start writing. They start working out. They start eating vegetables. They start… Then there’s January 11. Not such an exciting day. And not very many people doing what they set out to do on January 1. It’s because we don’t have a plan.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 27, 2014
    Self-Discipline Isn’t Multiple Choice
    If I’m going to take a test, I like to take multiple choice tests. That way I know the correct answer is there…somewhere. Even if I don’t know which one is correct, I can still guess. But self-discipline isn’t a multiple choice test. It’s a True / False test. I either have it or I don’t. Let me back up a bit.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014
    Self-Discipline Isn’t Automatic
    Miranda Lambert has a song out entitled, Automatic. You can watch the music video below. The chorus of her song seems really appropriate for this next post on self-discipline. I’m a big fan of tools and technology that can actually carry some of the heavy lifting of my everyday tasks. That’s the beauty of those things…right?
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 24, 2014
    Self-Discipline Isn’t Emotional
    “But I don’t feel like it.” ” I don’t know how many times I’ve said that, heard that, or read that when I challenged someone to follow through on their promise. How much of our life is directed by our emotions? How many times do we default to our feelings instead of our commitments? They’re just fickle.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014
    Self-Discipline Isn’t Convenient
    Self-discipline sounds a lot like punishing myself. It’s all about sacrificing what I want to do for what I have to do. It’s “making myself do the thing I have to do, when it ought to be done, whether I like it or not.” Huxley). The good news is you and I can learn to become more self-disciplined. We can get better at it.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 17, 2014
    Five Irrational Fears That Keep Us From Moving Forward
    If you are a human being (which means all alien beings can stop reading now) then you are going to experience fear. Fear is emotion – raw, unfiltered anxiety that has evolved over time to protect us from the painful and maybe fatal situations we encounter. Rational fear is good fear. It protects us. Healthy fear is like wisdom’s cousin.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014
    Making Setbacks Work For You
    This is a guest post by Robert L. Dilenschneider, author of The Critical First Years of Your Professional Life. How can you tap into the power of a setback — and make it work for you? I have nine recommendations. If you’re shocked by the setback, ask yourself why. ” And that’s not entirely our fault. Be gentle with yourself.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014
    Three Ways To Capture Your Vision
    I recently returned from a leadership conference with my newly elected student leaders. We bonded and created fun memories. We even made up a few new words that will stick with us throughout the next year. The conference and journey together gave us all increased momentum as we anticipated what we wanted to accomplish in the near future. In vest.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, MARCH 24, 2014
    7 Ways To Battle The Complainer Inside Of You
    In his groundbreaking book, The Road Less Traveled , Dr. Scott Peck offers in the opening sentence, what he later identifies as “the greatest truth”: Life is difficult. He goes on to say, “Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult. Photo credit: Getty Images.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 19, 2014
    Four Reasons You Need Vision To See Where You’re Going
    It’s that time of year when we get to hear the campaign speeches from our candidates for student leadership positions. Beyond their ability to give a good speech, they each share their hopes and dreams for next year. They lay out their plan to make it “the best year ever.” ” They are sharing their vision for the future.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014
    Five Ways To Find Fulfillment In Your Day
    When you lay your head on your pillow at night, you drift off to sleep with a sense of fatigue. But that fatigue can be caused by a couple of different things. You’re tired and frustrated from spinning your wheels all day but not having much to show for it. I love it when I can look back on my day and feel a sense of satisfaction. for today.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014
    Fail Forward Fast
    The following is an excerpt from the book, The Way of the Seal: Think Like an Elite Warrior to Lead and Succeed , by Mark Divine with Allyson Edelhertz Machate. Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister (1874-1965). We got him out after a moment of panic. Author Bios.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 11, 2014
    Developing A Philosophy Of Failure (Part 2)
    In Part One of this article I explained why it was important to develop a philosophy around the ways we approach, handle, and learn from failure. In this second part, I will offer six questions to aid in the process of developing our own philosophy of failure. I wish we talked about failure more than we do in student leadership development circles.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014
    Developing A Philosophy Of Failure (Part 1)
    The most effective leadership development processes give people the opportunity to learn to lead by leading. Even if you spend an enormous amount of time preparing students for leadership, you’ll never know what kind of leader they will be until they start leading. We’re not just talking about setting up chairs in the wrong configuration.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2014
    For The Good Of Others
    Leadership starts with taking responsibility, first for oneself, then, for the good of others. In other words, leadership starts with you but it’s not about you. It’s about working for the good of others. Imagine the following scenario: You walk into your house and your mom or dad is standing over a broken lamp on the floor. I didn’t do it.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014
    The Power Of Trust (Book Excerpt)
    The following is an excerpt from the book, The Age of the Customer, by Jim Blasingame. Few things help an individual more than to place responsibility upon him and to let him know that you trust him. Booker T. Washington. When humans began choosing trust over fear, they started trading with each other instead of taking what they wanted by force.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014
    The “Leadership Is Not About You” Reviews
    One of the best parts of launching a book is making new friends. Someone once told me that “a book is a business card that people don’t throw away.” ” I’d have to agree. Writing a book creates all kinds of opportunities for conversations. What a gift! I’m taking these straight off of the Amazon page. mobi file).
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2014
    It’s Not About Me
    Today is the first day of the ten day launch of my newest book, Leadership Is Not About You. Can I tell you something? It’s exciting to launch a book. It’s such a great feeling to see all of your words spread out on a bunch of pages with a nicely printed cover. I opened the package and there it was…my book…times 150!
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 2014
    New Book: Leadership Is Not About You
    You elected or selected students in your school, church, or organization to be leaders. You even call them student leaders. But now they’re doing everything by themselves. They are working hard, but they’re not leading…anyone…else. I’ve just released my latest book, Leadership Is Not About You. mobi file).
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 2014
    Learn To Lead By Leading
    One of the reasons people are interested in leadership development is because it so closely aligned with personal development. Working on one’s leadership capacity requires some work in the area of personal growth and an understanding of one’s temperament, personality, and skill set. photo credit: kendura99 via photopin cc. How about an experiment?
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2013
    “Your Resolution” Starts With Y
    It’s that time of year. The end of one. The start of another. And I know you are tempted to do what you always do. You want to make a resolution. Don’t do it. You made a resolution last year. Remember? Look how long that lasted. I believe there’s a time and a place for a person to make resolutions. I believe in resolutions.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 27, 2013
    What Do You Want In 2014?
    This is the time of year when we think about and talk about goals. I wrote down six goals for 2013 around this time last year. I accomplished half of them. That’s 50% (I just did the math in my head). Some people might look at that and think that I failed. But I can’t believe how successful I feel. I learned how to use new software.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2013
    Hacking The Passion Gap
    This is a guest post by Mike Myatt, author of the new book, Hacking Leadership. Review any list of positive leadership traits and “ passion ” will undoubtedly rank near the top – rightly so. On more than a few occasions I’ve witnessed passion run amok resulting in untold harm. Related posts: Opening The Door To Leadership.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2013
    Time To Take A Leadership “Selfie”
    The word “selfie” has been declared the Word Of The Year for 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries. I am simply reporting that as news. I’m not sure if it’s good news. It’s never been easier to capture yourself in the moment and share it with the world. The tools are easily at our disposal. It’s self-evaluation. .
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2013
    How To Inspire Others Without Saying A Word
    Don’t underestimate the power of your example. I’m often asked: Is example enough? What do you think? Does the boss who says one thing and does another influence you? Does the person whose private life would destroy their public life seem like the type of person we want in leadership? We can all see where example is powerful.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 2013
    Be Bold: Your “Future Best”
    This is a guest post by my friend, Jeff Shore. Jeff is a highly sought-after sales expert, speaker, author and executive coach. “I I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself.”. Mikhail Baryshnikov. Your best is not the same as the highest you can achieve! photo credit: Sanctuary photography ? back !
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2013
    Challenged To Do More By Doing Less
    I never realized I was doing it wrong for most of my life. It seemed obvious to me that you peeled a banana by pulling on the stem. Then one day, someone explained to me that there was a better way. I needed to start peeling a banana like the monkeys do. It really is easier to peel a banana this way. My life will never be the same. 80/20 principle.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2013
    Effective Offline Brand Strategies
    This is a guest post by Rachel Matthews. Online marketing is all the rage these days and for good reason. Each day, more people are turning to the internet in search of the products or services they need. However, an effective brand marketing strategy should be multi-dimensional. photo credit: pasma via photopin cc. Promotional Items. Drop Cards.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2013
    The Heart Of Leadership: Book Giveaway
    I am grateful to be a part of the launch of Mark Miller’s latest book, The Heart of Leadership. I will tell you how you can enter into my giveaway for a free copy of the book below. The basic question each leader must answer is this: Are you the type of leader people want to follow? Where does this willingness come from? Leave a comment below.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013
    Help Your Kid’s Cultivate A Leader’s Heart
    This is a guest post by Mark Miller. Mark is launching his book The Heart Of Leadership this week. As we launch The Heart of Leadership , I’m reminded of how grateful I am that several of the leadership character traits I outline in the book were instilled in me early in life. I still stand by that sentiment. Here are three ideas…. Name it.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2013
    5 Core Values For The Workplace
    This is a guest post by Robert L. Dilenschneider, author of A Briefing for Leaders: Communication As the Ultimate Exercise of Power. There are many fine values, such as courtesy, confidence, ingenuity, thrift, and so on. The trouble is that the list of values grows easily and can cause many employees to lose their focus. They fail to prioritize.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013
    Leadership Starts With You (The Webinar)
    I recently did a “live” webinar for the amazing sales associates of Thirty One gifts. This webinar was hosted by Courtney Hawkins. She is a Senior Executive Director at Thirty One Gifts. We recorded the webinar and I wanted to make it available to you. You can access it by clicking the picture or the link below. Length: 1:12:00.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013
    How To Leave A Great Impression As A Speaker
    We had just spent a full day of training. My students got to hear from a variety of speakers. I walked out of the conference hall and headed toward a group of them huddled up in the corner staring at their phones. “So…how were the speakers?” ” I asked. Here are some of their responses… They were great! Tweet This ).
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2013
    Failure: Will You Quit Or Will You Question?
    I slumped down next to a tree near the finish line. I was exhausted and I was frustrated. I had just completed a cross country race. It was the second race of the season. I came in last place. It’s no fun being last. Every single one of the 80-90 runners that day had crossed the finish line in front of me. ” My coach approached me.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
    Leadership Is Difficult, But It Doesn’t Have To Be Hard
    Here is a quote that communicates a profound truth in a simple way. There are leaders and there are those who lead. The quote is by Simon Sinek. He is the author of a fantastic book called Start With Why. He also offers his insights in quotable form on Twitter. The quote serves as a warning. Click to tweet that ). Of course we do. You can do this!
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 29, 2013
    Are You Addicted To Tools And Allergic To Work?
    I need to make a confession. I like tools. I’m always resisting the urge to slip an extra screwdriver or socket wrench into the cart. I can’t walk down the aisles of a Home Depot without seeing a tool I’d like to have. Even if I don’t need the tool now, I can always imagine how it will come in handy…someday.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 27, 2013
    Seven Ways To Follow Like A Leader
    I’ll often get asked what it takes to be a great leader. Those asking the question are typically looking for one or two standout, key principles or characteristics. They want it simple and succinct. I’ll be honest here, my answer to that question often changes. Leadership is a matter of context, so I’ll often tell them it depends.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2013
    Preparation Is Your Secret Sauce
    We have a couple of weeks until the start of our Fall Semester. It’s GO time! This is an exciting time of year in the life of student leadership. Our student leaders are arriving on campus a few days before everyone else to get everything ready. It’s time to put our plans into action. photo credit: atmtx via photopin cc. You do not grow.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013
    10 Strategies To Increase Your Mental Focus
    I tried out a new workout yesterday at a place called 9Round. It combines cross fit and kickboxing training moves into a fast-paced workout at nine different stations. You walk in, jump in, and go hard for 30 minutes. During the workout I saw a poster displaying the core values of 9Round. It was inspiring (you can view it here ). Use white noise.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, JULY 15, 2013
    Thinking About Stepping Into A Leadership Position?
    I am constantly on the lookout for students who have the potential to lead. When I find them, I ask them this question: Have you ever considered applying or running for a student leadership position? I want to encourage people to lead. The only way one truly learns to lead is by actually leading. photo credit: paurian via photopin cc.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 9, 2013
    Increase Your Motivation In 5 Minutes
    Maybe you can relate to the following scenario… I have a task that I need to do. I know it needs to be done because I wrote it down on my to-do list. I know it needs to be done today because I put today’s date next to it as a deadline. I have everything I need to be able to successfully accomplish this task. We lie to ourselves. Try it.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, JULY 4, 2013
    15 Unorganized Thoughts On Being Better Organized
    The stuff of life can pile up quickly. Each day I accumulate new to-do’s, countless pieces of paper, unforeseen problems, random interruptions and numerous distractions. Over time, I begin to form piles. Piles on my desk. Piles in my mind. Piles around the goals I’m working to accomplish. photo credit: sanden. via photopin cc.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 28, 2013
    The Three Most Important Components Of Any Meeting
    I have a love/hate relationship with meetings. I love them when they’re necessary. I hate them when they’re full of unnecessary elements (like my presence). I love them when they move us forward. I hate them when they don’t move us any closer to our goal. I love them when they take less time than allotted. People are busy.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 2013
    The Psychology Of A Company Leader
    The following is a guest post by Scott McGinty. Look at a CEO of a fortune 500 company, get a sense of their personality, and then look at the CEO of a successful startup. Chances are, they’re going to be very different. Larger firms CEO’s will be more distant, and much more professional, with investors in mind. What Makes an Exceptional Leader?
  • TIM MILBURN  |  SUNDAY, MAY 19, 2013
    Five Online Communities To Strengthen Your Productivity Skills
    This is a guest post by Lewis Jacobs, a free lance writer and social media specialist. You’ve heard the phrase “natural born leader.” But what if you aren’t a natural born leader? How do you go about acquiring the skills and tools and the confidence to become a leader in your own right? Where to turn though? Basecamp. iGoogle. HootSuite. Trello.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, MAY 7, 2013
    Three Benefits To Going All In
    Every now and then, ESPN will air the World Series of Poker. They play Texas Hold’Em for gobs of cash and bragging rights. The most dramatic moments occur when one of the players at the table utters two words… All In. photo credit: Reza Vaziri via photopin cc. It’s typically an all or nothing move. It’s contagious. You grow.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2013
    You Might Be A Leader…
    One question that I’m often asked is whether or not I believe every person can be a leader? My answer: yes and no. I answer “yes” because I think every person has the potential and the responsibility to lead oneself well. I believe leadership does start with you. photo credit: theloushe via photopin cc. But I also answer “no.”
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013
    Six Ways To Earn The Trust Of Those Around You
    I walked into the room full of newly elected student leaders. You could feel the excitement. You could sense that each one of them was motivated to do his or her very best. They all wore the same t-shirt. They were all on the same team. Every new year is full of excitement and anticipation. photo credit: mikebaird via photopin cc. Be vulnerable.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 25, 2013
    Getting The M.O.S.T. Out Of Your Student Leadership Year
    The life of a student can be very demanding. You are learning to balance your classes, your relationships, your workload, and your free time. On top of all that, you became a student leader. In the midst of the demands, it’s easy to begin to live from event to event…from one task to the next. M anage your year. Be O thers-focused.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013
    Beautiful Skin Can’t Cover A Rotten Heart
    Do you know how to pick out a quality piece of fruit? Everyone I talk to seems to have a technique to pick out the sweetest, juiciest, and tastiest ones in the pile. But I don’t have that ability. For example, I was trying to make these fancy fruit parfaits for a special meal I was preparing. The recipe called for a mango. Abraham Lincoln.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013
    The One Barrier Standing In Your Way
    I have a running joke with some of my friends. You might have a similar one. We imagine what we’d do if we won the lottery. We dream about how we would spend all that money. We talk about how many problems we could solve with our winnings. ” We all smile. None of us wants to spend the money on a lottery ticket. They want to get involved.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 2013
    How To Wait When The Waiting Is Hard
    I don’t like to wait. The study of leadership seems to be about doing, about making something happen. But there are situations where I have made the decision to wait. Because that’s the right decision. A good decision can become a bad decision if it’s not the right time. Timing matters. photo credit: ?Legend? Legend? ”).
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2013
    10 Adjectives To Affirm Those Around You
    It was the end of the night. Our students had worked hard all day to put together a top notch event. There were numerous details and all of the elements of the event seemed to exceed expectations. As we were milling around the room, cleaning up all of the decorations, I turned to the student in charge and said one word to her, “Awesome!”
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 2013
    How To Enhance Your Eye For Detail
    There’s a scene near the beginning of the movie, Sherlock Holmes (2009 with Robert Downey Jr and Jude Law), where Holmes and Watson have thwarted an occult-like ritual led by the evil Lord Blackwood. As Watson moves in to grab Blackwood, Holmes abruptly stops him. Watson is relieved and amazed. How did you even see that?”. Slow down.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, APRIL 1, 2013
    How Do You Respond To The Voices?
    As I was driving into work today, I turned off the radio and just drove in silence. But it wasn’t quiet. In the stillness of the cab of my truck, I could hear the voices. Not the crazy voices. The ones that form the the messages that flow out of my thoughts. They all masquerade behind the sound of my own voice in my head. Steve Jobs.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013
    The Power of WE
    Love the message in this video. This is the kind of campaign I can get behind wholeheartedly. For more information about G5 Leadership and other resources that supplement this campaign, visit this page. Related posts: Leadership And The Power Of Stories. Consistency Gives Self-Discipline It’s Power.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27, 2013
    Ten Pills That Are Tough To Swallow
    I remember when I was little. I had the toughest time swallowing pills. I would put them in my mouth, drink some water, throw my head back, swallow the water…and the pills were still in my mouth. photo credit: Deborah Leigh (Migraine Chick) via photopin cc. There are lessons life has to teach us. These are my “pills.” Change hurts.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013
    The 3 Motives Of A Leader People Want To Follow
    We are in the process of electing/selecting our group of student leaders for next year. We call them “student leaders” because they will fill the various leadership roles we have identified on our campus. These include positions in student government, resident assistants, peer mentors, etc. Consider the following three suggestions.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013
    Book Review: The Power Of Starting Something Stupid
    If you were to drop by my office right now, you would see stacks of books that have been given to me for review purposes. It’s become apparent that if you have a fairly successful blog and have written your own books, people are happy to share their work with you. It’s the new marketing machine of publishing. Covey. Start to live.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 2013
    Develop Your Self-Leadership M.A.R.K.E.R.s
    When I’m standing in front of a room full of people and talk about the importance of leading yourself well, everyone typically nods their heads. They nod for a couple of reasons: 1. They know they need to lead themselves well. They know someone who hasn’t led him or herself well. Affirmative nods are one thing. These M.A.R.K.E.R.s
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2013
    Five Ways To Turn Your Crisis Into A Comeback
    A Note To My Readers: You may have noticed I took a six month hiatus from blogging on my site. The biggest reason is mentioned in this post. If you’re one of my subscribers and committed readers, I’m grateful for your attention. I will begin to add more content to the site in the days and weeks ahead. I love comeback stories. Why now?
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2012
    How To Sustain Team Success Through The Storms of Adversity, Uncertainty, And Change
    This is a guest post by Dennis N.T. Perkins, Author of Into the Storm: Lessons in Teamwork from the Treacherous Sydney to Hobart Ocean Race. photo credit: sebr via photopin cc. Make the team the rock star. Winning tactic : Find committed team members who want to go to Hobart. Realistic job previews are important.” Perkins with Jillian B.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
    Three Characteristics Of An Influential Leader
    There’s a simple test you can take to see if you’re a leader: turn around and see if anyone is following you. People may follow you for all kinds of reasons. I tend to break them into three categories: They follow you because they have to – you are an authority over them. photo credit: manufrakass via photopin cc.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2012
    Put Exercise On Your Calendar Not Your To-Do List
    Maybe you can relate to the following dilemma: I put all of the tasks I want to accomplish during the day on a list. I call this…my to-do list. Throughout the day I attempt to tackle all of the items on my to-do list. On good days, I’ll try and accomplish the more important tasks rather than simply going after the most urgent ones.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2012
    How You See Problems Helps You Solve Problems
    It’s a fact of life that no matter what you’re involved in, if you stay with it for any length of time, you’re going to encounter problems. Student leaders who are surprised when problems surface during their time in leadership have an unrealistic view of things. In fact, if there were no problems there wouldn’t be any need for leaders.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 2012
    3 Ways To Maintain The Momentum Of The Moment
    The beginning of a school year, the start of a project, or the launch of a campaign are moments filled with energy and hopeful enthusiasm. Everyone is excited at the start of something. I just returned from a weekend retreat with the new freshman students on our campus. There was a palpable sense of anticipation and excitement. Make the most of it.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 28, 2012
    5 Ways Student Leaders Fail A Little
    I am in the business of helping student leaders succeed. But you must realize that I probably define success differently than most. Within the world of student leadership, the road to success is sometimes paved with failure. For a student leader, failure can be the fodder of lifelong lessons. When they fail, it tends to stop them in their tracks.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2012
    A System For Rapid Realignment
    This is a guest post by Dr. George H. Labovitz and Victor Rosansky, co-authors of Rapid Realignment: How to Quickly Integrate People, Processes, and Strategy for Unbeatable Performance. As you read this post, think of ways you can implement this realignment system within your own environment of culture. Create an online alignment portal.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 13, 2012
    Opening The Door To Leadership
    Have you ever tried to get into a restaurant or store in the middle of the day but the door wouldn’t open. You look at the sign displaying the business hours – the business is open but the door won’t open. You see people inside and wonder why they have locked themselves into the building. Then you see it…the other sign.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 10, 2012
    12 Basic Choices Lifelong Leaders Make
    When you write a blog centered around leadership development, the messages often repeat themselves. Do a search for “leadership” on Google and you’ll come across hundreds of thousands of articles, posts, tips, principles, and illustrations to help you improve in the area of leadership. These are messages that deserve repeating.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2012
    You Steer Where You’re Looking
    My good friend, Mike recently took me mountain biking on some of the trails running through the foothills above Boise. Before this, I mostly rode my bike on the street and on the local greenbelt. It became quickly obvious – hills are a game changer. We rode up until I couldn’t go any farther. Hills are also the ultimate weight-loss plan.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 6, 2012
    Join Our Community Of Lifelong Leaders
    In a couple of weeks, students will return to campus for another school year. It is our student leaders who show up first. When they arrive we’ll tell our stories about the summer. We’ll go on a retreat and bond and laugh and prepare. Then we’ll focus on all of the things we have to do to get ready for the start of the school year.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 3, 2012
    14 Attributes of Great Coaches
    The following is a guest post (reprinted from his site) by Garret Kramer , the author of Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life. Garret’s last guest post on timmilburn.com generated a lot of conversation. He will challenge your assumptions. Read this post with an open mind, then go out and pick up his book. Author Bio.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 2012
    Seven Stages In The Life Of A Difference-Maker
    You’re the only one who can make the difference. Whatever your dream is, go for it. Earvin “Magic” Johnson. At the beginning of each school year, I invite student leaders to think about what they hope the end of the year will look like. This is why I encourage student leaders to possess a “make-a-difference mindset.”
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012
    3 Ways To Reconnect When You Return
    I’m back in the office after some time away. Summer = one of the perks of working at an academic institution. The first day back after summer is a bit surreal. You’re back, but you’re not really back. It takes time to reconnect when you’ve been away. It could be summer break. It could be a vacation. Reconnect relationally.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 24, 2012
    Symbols Express Meaning In Ways Words Cannot
    The front of Beaver Stadium in Pennsylvania has a bare spot. The spot was formerly the home of the Joe Paterno statue. The bronze image of a man who had coached a football program into a national powerhouse. The flattened, metal silhouettes of football players attached to the wall behind the statue removed as well. Symbols carry meaning.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, JULY 23, 2012
    Who You Follow Influences Who Follows You
    Leaders aren’t exempt from following. In fact, the leader who says he or she isn’t following anything or anyone is a dangerous person. Every person who fills a leadership position or role is a follower of something or someone. Every leader operates under some type of authority. This authority comes in a variety of forms.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2012
    3 Things Putting A Golf Ball Taught Me About Decision-Making
    I spent four hours on the golf course yesterday with my son Mitch. He’s a funny guy (I told a story about him in yesterday’s post ) and becoming a pretty good golfer. Golf, like most sports, teaches principles that can be applied to other areas of life as well. As one golf pro told me, I’m much too close to my ball after I hit it.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012
    Forgiving May Be The Best Form Of Living (and Leading)
    I haven’t read a lot of leadership articles that tackle the subject of forgiveness. Yet with all of the other leadership talk pointed at allowing people to fail, learning from one’s mistakes, and getting up one more time after you fall down…forgiveness has a huge role to play here. In the words of C.S. The secret is freedom.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2012
    10 Reasons Why I Tweet
    People often ask me why I tweet so often. I love the potential and possibilities that exist within the social networking platform known as Twitter. It’s a cool tool if used effectively. I joined Twitter in March, 2007. My first tweet simply said, “I just joined twitter…” And nothing happened. Tweetbot on my iPhone/iPad.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
    Serving With An “Extra Mile” Motive
    I think we would all agree that serving others is a good thing. In fact, it is a great thing. Many companies will pride themselves on their excellent customer service. Entire philosophies of leadership have centered around the idea of the leader who serves those around her. But not all service is created equal. Serve others because you have to.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, JULY 13, 2012
    8 Ways To Measure Your Leadership Effectiveness
    I am taking a break from writing for a few days to strategize for the second half of 2012 and for a speaking engagement in Southern California. While I’m away, I’m re-posting some of my most popular posts from the last year. I hope you enjoy reading or re-reading these posts. I’ll be back and better than ever on July 16, 2012!
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2012
    Five Ways To Deal With Difficult People
    I am taking a break from writing for a few days to evaluate the second half of 2012 and for a speaking engagement in Southern California. While I’m away, I’m re-posting some of my most popular posts from the last year. I hope you enjoy reading or re-reading these posts. I’ll be back and better than ever on July 16, 2012! struggle with anger.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, JULY 5, 2012
    3 Subtle Ways We Get Stuck In Relationships
    I am taking a break from writing for a few days to evaluate the second half of 2012 and for a speaking engagement in Southern California. While I’m away, I’m re-posting some of my most popular posts from the last year. I hope you enjoy reading or re-reading these posts. I’ll be back and better than ever on July 16, 2012! Unexpressed gratitude.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 4, 2012
    5 Ways Leaders Impact The Lives Of Busy People
    I am taking a break from writing for a few days to strategize for the second half of 2012 and for a speaking engagement in Southern California. While I’m away, I’m re-posting some of my most popular posts from the last year. I hope you enjoy reading or re-reading these posts. I’ll be back and better than ever on July 16, 2012!
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012
    A Note To My Readers
    Hello Friends, Readers, and Followers! First of all, let me express how grateful I am for your interest and attention to this site. I’ve worked hard for the last six months to invest more time, energy, and writing here. You’ve amazed me. My blog stats have more than doubled since January. Thank you! No related posts
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, JULY 2, 2012
    How Will Your Halftime Help You?
    Welcome to the beginning of July! While it might not be the literal halfway point of 2012, six months have passed and there’s six months to go. It’s all downhill from here. Or maybe it’s uphill for you? I watch a lot of sports (Hi…my name is Tim…I’m an ESPN addict!). They evaluate what happened in the first half.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 29, 2012
    Timeless Principles In Developing Student Leaders
    Who do you work with? Boomers, Busters, Millennials, Post-Millennials? There’s a lot of differences that exist between each generation. There’s also a lot of information out there to help us understand and interact with each other in the midst of those differences. But we have a lot in common as well. I’ve come up with four.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 28, 2012
    7 Things You Can’t Lose And Keep Leading
    A student came up to my office because he had lost his cell phone. I asked him if he had tried calling it. He hadn’t thought of that. We called his number and his backpack started ringing. We found the cell phone. We’ve all lost things. I’ve lost my keys. I’ve lost money (no, not in Vegas). Faith, like trust, is a risk.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27, 2012
    Ten Surprising Concepts that Teams (Organizations, Too) Should Adopt — Starting Now
    NOTE: This is a guest post by Garret Kramer, Author of Stillpower: Excellence with Ease in Sports and Life. I found this article to be very challenging to my own thinking and current paradigms. I am excited to read more in Kramer’s book, Stillpower. For evidence, just look at the erratic behavior of many well-known players. Not so.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 26, 2012
    10 Distractions You Can Control
    We’re all busy. We can all fill up a to-do list with the greatest of ease. But if you’re anything like me, it’s sometimes difficult to get the stuff on the list done. Of course, there are all kinds of strategies of what to do and how to do it. But even the best strategy can be thwarted by an untimely or irresistible distraction.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012
    3 Ways To Demonstrate Trust On Your Team
    One of the most influential books in my personal leadership development is Patrick Lencioni’s The Five Dysfunctions of a Team. It is profound in its simplicity. In this post, I’m interested in addressing the first dysfunction Lencioni identifies – the absence of trust. Trust lies at the foundation of every successful team.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2012
    19 Random Leadership Thoughts From My Moleskine
    I will often be asked how I find the time, ideas, and insights for the posts I write here on timmilburn.com. My response: Everyday. Everywhere. I carry a Moleskine notebook with me all the time (Steve Farber calls this a WUP ). When I observe something or have a few moments to reflect – I start writing. Some of them simply live in my notebook.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 21, 2012
    3 Thoughts On Making Personal Change In Your Life
    “If you really wanted to be any different, you would be in the process of changing right now.” ” - Fred Smith. I was listening to talk radio the other day. They were discussing who they thought the hardest working actor in Hollywood was. After going round and round, they came to the conclusion it was Sylvester Stallone.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012
    The Three W’s Necessary To Accomplish Your Goals
    I had a recent conversation with a group of young people at a leadership roundtable. As we went around the table, each shared about success and failure as it related to using their time wisely each day. Some people acknowledged their tendency to procrastinate while others talked about the pressure of deadlines. I am not sure what to do next.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  MONDAY, JUNE 18, 2012
    Public Speakers Practice Public Speaking By Speaking Publically
    If you want to be a better public speaker, stop reading this blog post. Go out there and speak…publicly. I’m not against learning better practices, identifying key strategies, and gleaning from the wisdom of others. By all means, read, study, and learn. Like most anything else – you learn by doing. That may be very true.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012
    12 Basic Truths To Build On
    I received a number of emails about yesterday’s post on the importance of exercise. So many people agree it’s a simple, basic, and necessary idea that’s difficult to follow through on. There’s other simple truths out there we know to be true but often forget or fail to heed. Here’s twelve of them in random order.
  • TIM MILBURN  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 13, 2012
    The Best Leadership Exercise Just Might Be Exercise
    You might not think that this post has much to do with leadership. I would argue that it has everything to do with your ability to lead yourself and others well. It’s a personal issue that is made public every time you interact with others. I want you to take a hard look at your physical fitness. I’ve got one question: Are you in shape?
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