August, 2018

Five Ways to Improve Your One-on-One Meetings

Kevin Eikenberry

Leaders need to stay connected to and in sync with the members of their teams. Both parties have the need for updates and communication. And in my experience, many leaders and team members don’t believe that connection and communication is as effective as it could be.

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7 Leadership Tips Guaranteed to Help Every Leader

Ron Edmondson

I have a heart for leaders; especially church leaders. I’d love to help others learn from my experience, including my mistakes. In fact, investing in other leaders is a huge motivation for this blog and a lot of my ministry.

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Quotes And Leadership Lessons From Crazy Rich Asians

Joseph Lalonde

A Reel Leadership Article What do you get when you cross My Big Fat Greek Wedding with a cast of Asians? You get the hilarious, entertaining, enjoyable movie Crazy Rich Asians.

Learning through “Failure”

Lead Change Blog

There is no innovation and creativity without failure. Period. – Brene Brown. Everyone experiences failure now and then. What do you do when a poor performance triggers a strong reaction of shame and regret? How can you turn performance failure into learning? Here are 9 steps to follow: 1. Cling to the belief that you are a capable learner. Manage any negative self-talk that reinforces a brittle, fixed identity by remembering your ability to learn from experience.

Is a Lack of Awareness Holding You Back?

Leading Blog

A WARENESS is the ability to have knowledge of or are conscious of yourself and your surroundings in real time. Without it we tend to be reactive, disengaged, an unimaginative. The more conscious we are, the faster we adapt, and the higher performing we become.

10 Traits of Great Leaders in This New World of Work

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Glenn Elliott and Debra Corey : The world of work has and continues to change. Our workforce, which now consists of five generations working side by side, expects and demands different things from its organization, its job, and most certainly its leaders.

DS Hydraulics | Great Place to Work

Chart Your Course

I always talk about the importance of employee retention. Retention starts by treating your employees with respect and dignity. Here is an example of one of those businesses. Greg Smith. I started working for D&S Hydraulics, a family owned company, almost 35-years ago.

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Setbacks Aren’t Permanent. Sometimes They’re Needed

Joseph Lalonde

A week into my training for the Grand Rapids Marathon I’m running to raise money to help children in Africa have access to clean water (you can help by going HERE and donating any amount you’re able to), I was on the sideline. I couldn’t run.

Doing nothing often leads to the very best something

Aspire-CS

Photo credit: 123rf. We went to see the new movie Christopher Robin last weekend. We grew up with Winnie the Pooh books and we carried on that tradition with our own children so have a soft spot for the stories and characters.

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The Communication Secrets to Get from Good to Great

Leading Blog

N EW TECHNOLOGIES are shifting the way we work and interact. Jobs are being eliminated, and industries are being disrupted as we try to come to grips with how this technology is changing us and how we can use it. The thing to keep in mind is that machines are machines and we are human.

Indy 500 Races Can Be Won or Lost in the Pit. How’s Your Pit Crew Doing?

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest Post from Glenna Crooks, PhD: If you are a leader today you face a faster pace of change and far greater complexity than at any time in human history. As if the technical challenges, required skillsets and necessary mindsets were not enough to master, there’s more.

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Delegate to Scale a Business

CEO Blog

A friend suggested I write an article on delegation. It took me a couple of weeks before I figured out who to delegate the task to and I decided to do it myself. There have been many articles written on delegation. In writing this, I am thinking what can I add to what has already been said?

7 Easy Ways to Support Your Pastor this Sunday

Ron Edmondson

In 16 years as a pastor, I learned two things well. First, Sunday mornings are a stressful time for pastors. Second, most people who attend church love their church – and love their pastor.

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If Only People Came With Warning Labels

Joseph Lalonde

Life could be so much easier… If only people came with warning labels. You may be thinking “Yes! That’d be awesome. I could easily see the toxic people in my life.” ” or “I could recognize the people who will cause me trouble.”

Why you need to tell them why

Aspire-CS

Photo credit: 123RF. Sometimes you need to make a decision without input from others. However, when you are asked about your reasons for your conclusion, a response like “It needs to be done this way” or “No, we can’t do that” can be seen as disrespectful and authoritarian.

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Seven Ways to Be More Self-Aware

Kevin Eikenberry

There is research that shows that as humans we aren’t very self-aware. But you don’t need research to prove that to you. Even if you don’t see this in yourself, you see it in others, right?)

Out-of-the box Leadership / Leadership From Within

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post by Pratima Rao Gluckman : My daughter once told me, “Mom, I am awesome. I am good at math. I run fast. I am better than my brothers. Right?” As I looked into her darling eyes as she was desperately seeking validation, I thought, “This is where the problem lies.”

The Trust Feedback Loop

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Leadership starts with you. If you want to build a strong team, the place to start is with a look in the mirror. Your vision for your team arises from your own character, motives and beliefs. How you regard yourself determines the grandeur and scope of your vision.

5 Words which Can Keep a Church From Growing

Ron Edmondson

I’ve spent more than 15 years studying church growth – and church decline. I am frequently asked, especially by pastors in declining churches, what keeps a church from growing – what causes a church to decline.

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Experience Isn’t Everything

Joseph Lalonde

Longtime readers of my website know I have a love of ice climbing. Attempting to climb frozen waterfalls on a chilly day, what could be better? Nothing, in my opinion but yours may differ. Image by Rick Elrod. I’ve been climbing every year for the last 6 years.

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6 Tips to Balance Your Work & Life

Career Advancement

“Balance is not better time management, but better boundary management. Balance means making choices and enjoying those choices.”. Betsy Jacobson~. Kathy asks: My job keeps demanding more and more of me. I’m passionate about my career, but I don’t want it to be my entire life.

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How to Break the Hold Inertia Has on Your Organization

Leading Blog

O RGANIZATIONS get sluggish. They get clunky and myopic. They fall into patterns of inertia. And, in time they fail. But there are signs.

In 100 Words: Giving Attention

QAspire

. Everybody we meet is trying to get attention through tactics. More clicks, eyeballs, likes. What if you focus more on giving attention? What do you deeply care about? What are you trying to make happen? Who are you trying to help?

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Leading Experienced People: How to Overcome 3 Dilemmas That Make it Hard

RapidStart Leadership

What is it about leading experienced people that makes it so challenging? They know more than we do. They have been there longer. They already have their ways of doing things. Then we walk in and we’re expected to tell them what to do, and when to do it.

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12 Words of Encouragement for Pastors (Or Other Leaders)

Ron Edmondson

I love pastors. Through this blog and my personal ministry, God has allowed me to partner with dozens of pastors, helping them think through life and ministry issues.

Peak Performance Strategies To Help You Conquer As A Leader

Joseph Lalonde

We all want to experience positive growth in life both as leaders and as individuals. It has always been the greatest desire of every human. Though some attain greatness while others don’t. Stay with me.

182: The Power of an Authentic Employer Brand and EVP | with Laurie Barnes

Engaging Leader

A strong, authentic employer brand is key to recruiting, retaining, and fully engaging top talent. The most effective companies build a differentiated employee value proposition (EVP).

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Engagement Isn’t Built, It’s Uncovered

Leading Blog

W E ARE BORN with a desire to engage. We want to learn—to relate and interact. We want to connect. But over the years, depending on our upbringing, our schooling, and our work, our desire to engage gets suppressed. It gets covered up.

Not All Leaders Wear Suits

Lead Change Blog

I have seen lots of stock photos in my four years of doing freelance social media work, writing, and editing. If I use a search term like “leader,” I can predict the types of images I’ll find. The one above is an example.

Three Reasons Why Small Things Make a Big Difference

Kevin Eikenberry

You’ve heard, and probably said, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” While there is some truth in that statement, the sentiment can be very harmful if we don’t consider small things in the right context.

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7 Ways to Create Unity in a Church

Ron Edmondson

I once consulted with a church struggling to move forward. The pastor had been there a couple years, had a great vision and was supported by most everyone, there were adequate resources, the community needed a healthy church (as all do), but they never could get any traction.

What All The World’s Leaders Studied In School (2018 Edition)

Joseph Lalonde

When you’re deciding what to study at college, the chances are that not many of us would have been thinking about which subject would be best for putting us on the path to the White House, or 10 Downing Street, or the Kremlin.

Team Leadership: 4 Simple Steps to Getting Stuff Done

RapidStart Leadership

“Can Team Leadership really be boiled down into four steps?” ” Leaders are always busy, and whatever we are involved with, things only seem to grow more complicated over time. As complexity grows, it can help to view our roles as leaders in the simplest terms possible.

Straight Talk for Startups

Leading Blog

E NTREPRENEURSHIP is not for everyone. It’s not an escape from the cubicle, hard work or bosses. But it is creative. It can be enriching in many ways. And if you are successful, you can believe that you did it all on your terms.

The Long-Distance Leader with Wayne Turmel

Lead Change Blog

Do you lead teams where members aren’t physically present? Teams become more and more geographically diverse in addition to other types of diversity. But often, geographic separation presents unique challenges to leadership.

Multiplying the Effective Intelligence of Your Organization

Great Leadership By Dan

10 Prayers of a Christian Leader

Ron Edmondson

A leader’s most effective tool may be prayer. For the Christian leader, especially, prayer should be critical to how we lead. I’m 54 and I’ve not mastered this yet – even though I know how powerful prayer is for the believer.