3 Reasons to be a Learning Leader

Always LearnGood leaders know things.  Great leaders learn things.  They never stop learning.  This is a simple reminder for us to live life within certain boundaries.  I have determined in my life to Never Never Never stop learning.  Great leaders consistently attend webinars, spend money on education, attend conferences, and buy books (oh, and actually read them).  They listen to podcasts, read blogs, and connect with innovative thinkers.  Great leaders focus on creating a learning culture in the teams they are on and lead.

 

There are 3 main reasons you should always learn

Keeps you Humble

Leaders who commit to learning, never get in a place of arrogance, thinking there is nothing more I can be taught.  A culture of learning places you in the position of a student, mentee, or apprentice.  That is a humbling thing.  Especially if you have been in leadership for a long time.  Yet there is nothing worse than a leader who thinks he doesn’t need to learn anything.

Keeps you Relevant

Things are changing at such a fast pace.  If you don’t commit to continual learning, what you learned last week will be irrelevant next month.  Connect with next generation and previous generation leaders.  They both remind how much we still need to learn.  Leaders who stop learning become irrelevant very quickly, change positions frequently, and experience high level of team turnover.

Keeps you flexible  

A commitment to continual learning will bring flexibility in your leadership, and systems.  You will continually shift in your learning style.  You may for a season read a book every 2 weeks.  Then for a while you will watch VidCasts or listen to PodCasts.  You may attend seminars both live and online.  When you continually learn you will be flexible in the format you receive information.  You will also be flexible in your approach to leadership.  In other words, the leadership methods you used in the past and even now will not be the methods you use in the future.  Continually learning keeps you flexible in your leadership style.

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Why Leaders Should Go To Church

Attending ChurchOk, most everyone who knows me knows I am a pastor and expect me to say this.  But before I was a pastor or “had” to go to church, I went.  I am a public fan of church.  I know church has gotten a pretty bad rap lately, and for a majority of the population today, church has become a past pursuit.  But, I still believe attending a weekly faith filled service enhances our daily lives.

Leaders, especially, should go to church because of the place of influence in the work place, family, community, and society we enjoy.  Leadership is influence and your influence sets the tone for the direction of everything you are involved in as a leader.  When you attend a church that is Bible Based and has a message of faith hope and love, it has the potential to influence every area of your life.

Attending Church

Sets the tone for the week

The message of the church is good news.  Starting your week with good news sets the tone for the rest of the week.  The positive and convicting message and music in a church service creates an atmosphere that follows throughout the week.

Sets the tone for the family

A leader is only as affective as his family is strong.  Families who attend church together are more likely to stay together (90% more likely).  Marriages are stronger, children do better in school (grade point higher, more likely to attend college).

A Place to connect with good people

Not perfect people, but good good people.  People who attend church by in large are trying to make a difference in their world.  They are not perfect and will make mistakes, but isn’t that the point–To connect with those who are doing exactly what you are doing as a leader, trying to make a difference, making mistakes along the way, correcting them, and moving on?

Reminds me, it’s not about me

Being part of a church reminds me that life does not revolve around me.  A true church will be about reaching the poor and those less fortunate in life.  I am persuaded to be other minded.

Reminds me who I am

I am a creation of the creator.  Church Reminds me there is a bigger plan and I am not the center of it, I play a vital role in it.

Here’s a weekend project for you:

Find a local church, if you don’t already have one, and attend it this weekend, after your experience post here what you thought.

Question:  How does attending Church influence you for the Good?

3 Pitfalls of Authenticity

authenticityI have noticed a trend in leadership circles.  It’s the trend of Authentic Leadership.  The idea that leaders and their teams are connecting with who they really are.  No more:

  • politics
  • fake smiles
  • tolerance for the sake of feelings
  • saying anything in order to get past a conflict or hurdle.

Being authentic basically means:

  • true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character

Sounds good, “be real…don’t be fake…be honest…don’t sugar coat it…”

We say things like:

“We just want to be authentic…“I’m going to be authentic in my leadership…We are going to be authentic in our team.”

In other words, we want to get down to who we are, we don’t hide any thing.

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5 Signs of an Authentic Leader

Yet lately I’ve noticed some unintended byproducts of I call Self-Centered Authenticity.  Some pitfalls if we only work at being authentic.

Sacrifice Excellence-Leads to Laziness

  • “This is just who I am. I am being my authentic self”
  • “I’m inconsiderate, inflexible, boring, overly optimistic/fantasy, scatterbrained…”
  • “That’s the way I am made and you just have to deal with it.”
  • “I’m not going to change for you or then I wouldn’t be my authentic self.”

Changing for the good of the team and self is difficult.  The outcome of self-centered authenticity is simply laziness in the leader.

Sacrifice Compassion-Leads to Rudeness

  • “Let me be authentic here…I don’t like you.”
  • “You are not what this organization needs”
  • It’s all about the organization, or about the leader.
  • Self-Authentic Leaders make decisions based on their past, personal preference, and personal benefit and not the benefit of the team, organization, or the individual.

That all may be true and needs to be communicated but not to sacrifice compassion.  There can be trauma with too much transparency.  Self-Authentic leaders speak the truth but not in love, care, compassion or other-mindedness.

Sacrifice Quality-Leads to Low Standard

  • “I’m late…that’s just who I am”
  • “I’m unorganized…that’s how I do things”
  • “I’m not a good communicator…talk to me on my terms.”

Being Authentic does not mean you sacrifice Excellence, Compassion, or Quality.  Being authentic means you face your weaknesses first (not the weakness of others), realize your struggles, and compensate for your gaps.  Be honest with yourself and others and vow to up the excellence, compassion, and quality of your work and life.

Once you begin to lead from an authentic place you will build trust to guide others to lead and live authentically.  When you are known as truly authentic in your leadership the #1 sign is trust.  People trust someone who is authentic and will tell it like it is so all will excel in excellence, compassion, and quality.

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Success Secret-Stop trying to be a person of success

Try not to be a man of success but a man of value -Albert Einstein

Value blogWhen success is your goal, target, or end game, everything you do becomes a tool or technique to that end. And people can tell. Instead of being a success try being of value.

Instead of using everything and everyone to get ahead, try using everything for everyone to become better.

Success is not a goal, it’s a byproduct.  When you become a person of value success naturally comes along.  It is the byproduct of value.

Signs of a Person of value

A Giver and not a Taker

  • People of value realize all they have is to be used and given.

Passion over Position

  • People of value do not compromise their passion for the sake of the position.
  • People of value let their passion drive them into the position.
  • People of value do not let Passion go away as the position increases

Conviction over Convenience

  • People of value do not look for the easy way out.

Outward focus not Inward focus

  • People of value realize they can add to those around them.

Other minded not self-consumed

  • People of value think more highly of others than they do themselves

Transparent not guarded

  • People of value let others learn from their failures and victories
  • People of value let their life become lessons for those around them.

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3 Stages of Change

The Road to ChangeThe New Year is a great time to make the change you want in your life, family, team, and organization. Navigating change can be difficult as a leader. Knowing the stages of change will help in leading the change that needs to come. In each stage there will be those who go with you and those who walk away.

 

3 Stages of Change

Resistance to change

Everyone is resistant to change in some form or fashion. We believe that everyone needs to change except us. Change is always accepted in theory or symbolism but not in substance and practice. When we are faced with a need for change we have to fight the resistance to change.

  • Realize change is for the good not the bad
  • Realize change is for the whole and not the part (me)
  • Realize change is inevitable

Tolerant of change

Once you move pass the resistance, you move into toleration. This is not full on acceptance but simply operating in both the old and the new. Many people will live this way simply to avoid conflict. Your family, team, or those around you will simply observe the changes for a while to see if you are really serious. This is where most changes fall apart. The new of the change has wore off and the reality of the affects of the change is taking place. It is at this point a crucial decision has to be made. Will you and your world embrace the change or not.

  • Realize tolerance is not Acceptance
  • Realize tolerance is not Agreement
  • Realize tolerance is not Advancement

Embrace the change

The final stage of change is embracing the change. This is full on acceptance of the new way things are done. The change becomes the habit, lifestyle, mindset, atmosphere, and environment. Once you have moved to embracing the change take inventory of those still around. They are the ones you can count on to lead and take part in the new order.

  • Realize small victories and Celebrate
  • Realize Convictions are worth the change
  • Realize Change takes time

What stage of change are you in?

2016 Has Begun!!! Time to Change for Good!!!

Fresh Start 2016 picI love the feeling of a fresh start. That’s what today is-A fresh start

This is a time to shift into gear and get started on the things we want to accomplish in this next year. You have set goals, made resolutions, and committed to making 2016 the best year ever!!! This year start the year different. Make the changes and keep the resolutions and don’t go back.

That’s easier said than done!!!  Here’s How:

3 Steps to a Fresh Start

Destroy Doubt

Expect nothing from a position of doubt. Don’t say “I’ve tried this before and it will probably end the same way”. The point of a fresh start is “fresh”  Have a Fresh point of view!!!

Past in Context

Recently Odell Beckham (Football Player for New York Football Giants) was suspended for one game due to un-sportsman like conduct. He later said, “I learned from the ban, but won’t change”. In other words he put his past into context. He made a huge mistake but won’t let the mistake distract him from being the best.   Realize what distracted you in the past, the mistake you made, what moved you off course and correct it. But never, never, never let it defeat, destroy, or detour you from being your best, and accomplishing your goal.

Future Focus

The best is yet to come. Live like that. No matter what has happened or how many times you have tried, you are still breathing, have energy, vision, and passion. Use that to push on into the most incredible future. You have been given a plan and a future that is out of this world. Focus on it and achieve it!!!

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E2 = AYG Simple formula to Accomplish Anything Anytime Anywhere

This is a simple little equation I use to accomplish anything, anytime,goals anywhere. A leader’s ability to accomplish goals is priority.  This next year can be the best year ever for accomplishing your goals, keeping your resolutions, and changing for good.

What do you want to accomplish in 2016?

  1. Get to your ideal weight
  2. Get out of debt
  3. Run a 5k, marathon, or a triathlon
  4. Get more involved in church
  5. Write a book
  6. Work on your marriage
  7. Go back to school
  8. Go to Hawaii

The possibilities are endless.

Here’s the Formula!!

E2 = AYG

E (Execute) x E (Everyday) = Accomplishing Your Goals

That’s it – Do something toward accomplishing your goals everyday—Even if it seems small.

Too many times we set goals but never create an execution plan. They sit on our goals list and never get accomplished. Looking at a big idea or goal can be overwhelming and we don’t know where to start.

Here’s How:

  1. Review your goals everyday
  2. Breakdown your goals into small task sized steps
  3. Schedule each task during the week.
  4. Execute each task toward the Goal
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Quit trying to figure out ways of saying NO!!!

I have been noticing a trend in leadership lately. The trend is encouraging leaders to say “No” without guilt. I get it…we are all busy and great leaders have a tendency to over commit. If we don’t stay balanced, we are doomed to fatigue and fail. Yet, I am not sure approaching this problem of overcommitting by looking for ways to say, “No” is really the answer.

As leaders we are here to show the way, clear the confusion, and navigate the next steps. Think about it. Imagine if your child came to you and said she is failing in math, and needs your help. Her math is above your knowledge, you really don’t have time to help, and your focus could not possibly be in her best interest. Would you simply say sorry can’t help you or try to find the best way to say no without feeling guilty?

No Way!!!

You figure out the best “Yes” you could find. She’s your kid!!! As a leader you’re in the same position. Your team and those who follow you are looking to you for help, advice, decisions, and problem solving. If you are in the position of trying to figure out how to say no, maybe you need to re-evaluate the position you are in.

Instead, stop trying to find ways of saying “No” and start finding ways of saying, “Yes”!!!

3 things you can do to say your best yes!!!

Network

  • Connect with as many people as possible
  • Each person is a potential referral
  • Each person you meet has skills you do not have
  • Each person you meet offers a unique perspective
  • Be a connector. You will come across people who need what they offer.

Record

  • Get contact information
  • Keep accurate contact information
  • When you meet a person ask what they do.
  • Ask if they would be willing to be part of your network
  • Tell them you often come in contact with people who could use their help

Define

  • Clearly define your yes
  • Realize saying yes does not mean you are responsible
  • Recognize your ability and availability.
  • If you cannot personally be involved, connect them with someone in your network who can

As a leader I am constantly asked if I can help, teach, or inform. I am always willing to do what I can, exactly what I can. I define the help, information, or assistance I can give. When someone asks for my help and it is a request for something I know someone in my network is better equipped to handle I say, “yes I can help”. I put them in contact, or I personally contact the one who can offer the assistance. In that way I have been able to say, “yes I can help and here is the level of my help”.

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3 Lessons to make 2016 The best Year Ever!!!

2016
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I have just finished a massive project that took several years to accomplish. The preparation was intense and I learned some very good but hard lessons. I want to share with you just a couple of lessons I learned.

Planning is powerful

Goals are funny things, they seem to be easy to make but hard to accomplish. When you set your mind to accomplishing something remember it doesn’t just happen. You have to make a plan to make it happen.

Preparation is powerful

The more I prepare the more confident I become. It is difficult to overestimate the power of preparation. The key is to start early. Every holiday season I take time to prepare for the next year. I sit down and focus on what I want to accomplish. I start with looking back on the past year and what happened. Then I decide what I want my next year to look like and what I want to accomplish. When I take time to prepare, the goals I set are much more likely to be met

Procrastination is powerful

Procrastination is just as powerful as preparation.   It makes you think you have all the time in the world.  It also makes you think that your task or goal will not take as long as it actually will. The outcome is a missed opportunity, failed attempt, or blown deadline at worse and a average attempt at best. Procrastination destroys confidence and instills intimidation, fear, and lack of accomplishment.

Take time right now to make 2016 your best year ever!!!

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Leaders Earn It!!!

R128 Leadership-Earn This picWe just past Memorial Day in the United States. The day we remember those who have paid the ultimate price for the freedom and liberty we have in this country. As I was enjoying the day, I remembered a line in the movie “Saving Private Ryan“. The scene where Capt. Miller (Tom Hanks) looks at Private Ryan (Matt Damon) and says “Earn this…Earn it” That line and the thought of earning what others have paid for with their lives has struck me. At the end of the movie and old Private Ryan Visits the Grave of Capt. Miller. Overcome with emotion he asks his Wife, Have I led a good life…Am I a good man?” What a question. What does it take to earn the freedom we have been given? What does it mean to lead in life, to be a good person?

Earn it!!!

Take responsibility

  • Refuse to play the blame game.
  • Quit making excuses
  • Blame and excuses are the marks of the unsuccessful
  • Be responsible for your actions and the actions of those you lead
  • Accept feedback from both criticism and complements

Give back

  • Whatever we have in this life is due to those who have gone before
  • Give back to the generation before you
  • Give back to your generation
  • Give back to the generation coming behind you
  • Give credit
  • Give honor
  • Give Respect
  • Give yourself

Set Boundaries

  • Live within predetermined boundaries
  • Spend less than you make
  • Be productive everyday
  • Decide to be positive
  • Love yourself so you can love others

Diligent leaders understand the power of earning.  When it is earned you gain.

Benefits

  • Influence
  • Respect
  • Honor
  • Character
  • Purpose
  • Abundance
  • Interdependence
  • Maturity
  • Growth
  • Freedom

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