What could yard work possibly teach me about leadership?

How is it possible that I learned one of life's greatest leadership lessons from doing yard work as a kid?  Like most kids, I hated doing yard work.  I grew up in a beautiful house with an incredible landscape with a huge yard that my father insisted we could maintain ourselves.  My father's attention to detail was unprecedented.  My brothers and I used to joke that he would make us cut the grass with scissors … Continue reading What could yard work possibly teach me about leadership?

Here’s what happens when we apply one of life’s simplest lessons to our leadership approach but…in reverse order.

As I'm sure is the same for many of you, my parents constantly stressed the importance of one of life's most valuable lessons; saying please and thank you.  I was taught to say please before I asked for something and thank you after I received it.  Sounds familiar, right? But if I'm being honest, this was one of my least favorite lessons as a kid.  Despite being so simple, somehow it was also so difficult … Continue reading Here’s what happens when we apply one of life’s simplest lessons to our leadership approach but…in reverse order.

Stop running from conflict. In fact, it’s time to embrace it.

If your childhood was anything like mine then you've likely heard the phrases "take the high road" and "be the bigger person" more than once.  Like many of you, I heard those phrases after an "argument" with my brothers or   friends or after someone mistreated me.  But I must admit, I struggled to understand how it was my responsibility to "be the bigger person" if I was the one being wronged.  I understood that … Continue reading Stop running from conflict. In fact, it’s time to embrace it.

Oh how the times have changed for leaders…

Contrary to popular opinion, the millennial generation is full of motivated people who can have profound impacts on the people, places and organizations around them IF they have the right leadership in place to help them succeed.  But most leaders aren't ready to have that conversation.  My experience has shown me that many leaders prefer to make comments about the lack of work ethic and motivation in the millennial generation but those comments are often unfounded. … Continue reading Oh how the times have changed for leaders…

Here’s why leaders don’t need to have all of the answers…

Correct me if I'm wrong but as leaders, we are often unrealistically expected to have the answers to every problem at a moments notice.  Our followers expect us to have an answer to every question, a solution to every problem, and a never ending bounty of knowledge at our disposal whenever they need it. Sound familiar? And in those moments when we respond with "I don't know" it's almost as if the world stops.  How … Continue reading Here’s why leaders don’t need to have all of the answers…

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