Leadership Is Difficult, But It Doesn’t Have To Be Hard
SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
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.
5 Core Values For The Workplace
OCTOBER 2, 2013
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.
Five Irrational Fears That Keep Us From Moving Forward
JUNE 17, 2014
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.
The 3 Motives Of A Leader People Want To Follow
MARCH 25, 2013
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.
How To Wait When The Waiting Is Hard
APRIL 13, 2013
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.
The Best Leadership Exercise Just Might Be Exercise
JUNE 13, 2012
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.
10 Distractions You Can Control
JUNE 26, 2012
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.
5 Questions That Will Change Your Perspective, Not Your Problem
MARCH 27, 2012
Don’t let the title of this post fool you. Changing your perspective may be the very thing you need to do in order to change (think solve ) the problem. Too often, people are surprised by problems. Not only are they surprised, they’re quickly offended or angry by the situation.
The Three Most Important Components Of Any Meeting
JUNE 28, 2013
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.
Ten Important Lessons From Peter Drucker
APRIL 5, 2012
Peter Drucker passed away on November 11, 2005. He left a wealth of knowledge and keen insight in the areas of management and leadership. In fact, some might say that Peter Drucker and management are synonymous.
3 Thoughts On Making Personal Change In Your Life
JUNE 21, 2012
“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.
5 Ideas To Inspire Your Followership
MAY 22, 2012
Leadership is changing. Can you sense it? It’s still necessary and vital. But the way it’s practiced, exhibited, and talked about is shifting. The need for top-down, command-and-control, strong-and-solitary, hierarchical leadership is fading from view.
Three Traits Of A Lifelong Leader
MARCH 12, 2012
Look above at the top banner on my site. Located beside the deeply reflective pose I’m striking in the picture, I’ve included a tagline under my name. Developing Lifelong Leaders. I love that statement. It’s both the mission and vision of what I hope to accomplish with my life.
3 Ways To Demonstrate Trust On Your Team
JUNE 25, 2012
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.
14 Attributes of Great Coaches
AUGUST 3, 2012
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.
Five Ways To Turn Your Crisis Into A Comeback
MARCH 18, 2013
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.
10 Adjectives To Affirm Those Around You
APRIL 11, 2013
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.
Six Ways To Earn The Trust Of Those Around You
APRIL 29, 2013
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.
Thinking About Stepping Into A Leadership Position?
JULY 15, 2013
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.
33 Rapid-Fire Thoughts On Meetings
MAY 30, 2012
I have a confession to make…I don’t like meetings meaningless-gatherings-where-nothing-is-accomplished-but-someone-had-an-hour-to-kill. I realize I’m not alone. This list is probably the making of a “meeting manifesto” but for now…it’s just a list.
19 Random Leadership Thoughts From My Moleskine
JUNE 22, 2012
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 ).
How To Be A De-Motivational Leader
APRIL 26, 2012
With all this talk of trying to motivate the people around you, I’m concerned that all we’ll do is create a bunch of overachievers. Overachieving is over-rated. In order to be fair and balanced, I think we need a good lesson in how to demotivate people.
Self-Discipline Isn’t Multiple Choice
JUNE 27, 2014
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.
Seven Ways To Follow Like A Leader
AUGUST 27, 2013
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.
7 Ways To Battle The Complainer Inside Of You
MARCH 24, 2014
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.
You Might Be A Leader…
MAY 1, 2013
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.
How To Finish Strong And Not Finish Wrong [Part 3]
APRIL 20, 2012
This is third and final post in this series. You can read the previous two posts by clicking on the appropriate link: How To Finish Strong And Not Finish Wrong [Part 1]. How To Finish Strong And Not Finish Wrong [Part 2]. Keep your eye on the finish line. “It’s
How To Finish Strong And Not Finish Wrong [Part 2]
APRIL 19, 2012
“Genius begins great works; labor alone finishes them.” – Joseph Joubert, French Moralist & Essayist (1754-1824). The world is full of people who are good starters. What we need is more good finishers. The student leadership year is much more fun when you finish strong.
Self-Discipline Isn’t Automatic
JUNE 25, 2014
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.
The Invisible Act That Makes You A Better Leader
SEPTEMBER 22, 2011
Had a conversation with a student leader this last week. His team is functioning well and he’s experienced a good number of successes so far in his leadership year. With everything humming along nicely, he wondered what else he should be doing. Love questions like this.
Five Ways We Choose To Control Criticism
FEBRUARY 21, 2012
Let’s start this post off with a little dose of reality: every person gets criticized. Just let that simmer for a moment. Every…person…gets…criticized.
The One Barrier Standing In Your Way
APRIL 17, 2013
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.
Making Setbacks Work For You
MAY 8, 2014
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.
3 Keys To Creating Consistent Character
JANUARY 24, 2012
Somewhere…someplace…someone is stepping down from a leadership position. It’s not because they didn’t do their job right. It’s not because they went over budget. It’s not even because the majority of people no longer followed their leadership anymore.
Fail Forward Fast
MARCH 14, 2014
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).
Help Your Kid’s Cultivate A Leader’s Heart
OCTOBER 22, 2013
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.
The “Leadership Is Not About You” Reviews
JANUARY 14, 2014
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.
If I Spoke At Your Leadership Conference
APRIL 16, 2012
I just returned from Boston. I spent four days there with my newly elected and selected student leadership team. It was a fantastic trip. We made the journey from Boise to Boston to attend a Leadership Conference.
Developing Your Soul For Leadership
APRIL 10, 2012
I’ve often said that a person can be a leader and possess bad character…just not for very long. Over time, the neglect of one’s inner life will show itself in one form or another on the outside. A longstanding leadership principle states that you cannot give what you do not have.
12 Basic Choices Lifelong Leaders Make
AUGUST 10, 2012
When you write a blog centered around leadership development, the messages often repeat themselves.