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Blog: The Practical Leader
A Tale of Two Managers: Command versus Commitment
Motivation or morale problems are usually rooted in leaders failing to engage people in the broader aims and ideals of the organization.
Breaking Out of Our Mental Prisons
Self-imposed mental wheelchairs hold so many people back from being highly effective leaders. Change what happens in our head, and the universe changes.
Choice More than Chance Determines Our Circumstance
Dwelling on our problems rather than our possibilities comes all too naturally. Too often we choose to curse the darkness rather than light a candle.
Choosing Our Poison or Choosing to Let Go
Holding on to destructive emotions is slow suicide. For our own health and happiness, we must exercise our choice to let go.
Choosing Our Reality
Am I an optimist or pessimist? Which view is reality? Since we see the world as we are, either view becomes our reality. We choose our outlook.
Deepening Our Discipline
Discipline means having the vision to see the long term picture and keep things in balance. Regret can cost hundreds of hours, discipline costs minutes. An ounce of bite-my-tongue can outweigh a ton of I-am-so-sorries.
Discipline Can Be Habit Forming
Our discipline and habits spring from our passion and commitment. Motivate myself, find ways to increase my passion and get my heart into it.
Emotional Empowerment Builds Commitment
Most managers recognize that one of their key roles is motivating others, and the key to motivation is empowerment. Internal commitment is participatory and very closely allied with empowerment.
If It's Going to Be It's Up to Me
Life is an endless series of choices. Happy and successful people take responsibility for choices as well as consequences for their actions.
Leading from the Inside Out
The deepest and most lasting leadership comes from the inside out. It's authentic. It's real. When you live from the depths of the heart, you walk your talk, heed your conscience, and don't hesitate to take a stand.
Life Accumulates in Our Personal Choice Accounts
Now is the time to prepare for our next harvest. We can't wait until harvest time to plant the seeds. We can't strike a bargain to plant seeds once we see whether the harvest is worth the effort. Our choices accumulate in our personal choice accounts. We're accumulating deficits or surpluses with each decision we make.
Moving Out of a Career Rut
For professionals “on the grow” middle age can be a time of career renewal. Others can find their careers stagnating. Here are a few symptoms of stunted growth and how they can be rectified.
Our Attitude More Than Our Aptitude Determines Our Altitude
A well researched book,
, brings together the scientific proof that it's our attitude more than our aptitude that determines our altitude.
Our Fate is in Our Own Hands
Rarely do most people examine their own assumptions, beliefs, skills, behaviors, and learning levels to see how they created their own circumstances. There are many circumstances we can't control — but we can control how we deal with the uncontrollable.
People Live Up or Down to a Leader's Expectations
The behavior we get, in those who look to us for leadership, is often shaped by the picture we have of them. They become what we expect.
Persistence Goes the Distance
There are no "success secrets." However, there are success systems, success habits, and success principles applied through discipline and persistence. Failure often results from following the line of least persistence.
Purposeful Leaders Make Meaning
As we contribute our work to our team or organization, we also need to contribute a deeper sense of meaning or purpose. If we're going to be leaders, we need to take ourselves and ours to the Emotional and Spiritual levels.
Soft Skills, Hard Results (Part 1)
Leadership deals with the world of emotions and feelings. It is of an art rather than a science. Now there is hard evidence that those "soft" leadership principles are the major factor in what makes a high-performance team or organization.
Soft Skills, Hard Results (Part 2)
Research on emotional intelligence (EI) shows that a leader's personal characteristics and leadership competencies have a direct bearing on his or her personal performance – as well as on that of their team and organization.
Steering Our Leadership Wheel
The wheel represents the circular nature of leadership – there is no beginning nor end. Each of the supporting leadership principles around the outside of the Leadership Wheel are interdependent and interconnected.
Strong Leaders are the Real Deal
Strong leaders maintain a close connection between what they say and what they do. They don't try to make others into something that they are not themselves.
Thermometer Manager or Thermostat Leader?
Thermostat leaders believe they can make a difference, they work to define and create what could be rather than just reflecting what is. Thermometer managers put the blame on their circumstances for poor results.
Management versus Leadership
Vision, Values, and Purpose
Goals and Priorities
Systems and Structure
Measurement and Feedback
Education and Communication
Innovation and Organizational Learning
Training and Development
Recognition, Appreciation, and Celebration
Personal Vision, Values, and Purpose
Attitude and Outlook
Personal Integrity and Values Alignment
Passion, Commitment, and Self-Discipline
Deepening Spirit, Meaning, and Purpose
Personal Growth and Continuous Improvement
Communicating, Motivating, and Influencing
Building Team Vision, Values, and Purpose
Serving, Influencing, and Leading Upward
Fostering Openness and Transparency
Employee Engagement and Empowerment
Building Team Spirit
Coaching and Developing
Removing Obstacles & Energy Drains