Week of Oct 24, 2106

Say No to the Status Quo Status quo is Latin for “the mess we’re in.” Leaders see what is, but they also have a vision for what could be. They are never content with things as they are. To be leading, by definition, is to be in front, breaking new ground, conquering new worlds, moving away from the status quo. Dissatisfaction with the status quo does not mean having a…

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Week of Oct 17, 16

Coming Together as a Team As people who care about each other grow together and work toward a common goal, they get to know each other better. They begin to recognize and appreciate each player’s unique qualities. And that leads to the development of a team “fit.” A good team fit requires an attitude of partnership. Every team member must respect the other players. They must desire to contribute to…

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Week of Oct 10, 16

Encourage Others’ Strengths When some leaders begin to work with others on their development, they gravitate to weaknesses rather than strengths. Maybe that’s because it’s so easy to see other people’s problems and shortcomings. But if you start by putting your energies into correcting people’s weaknesses, you will demoralize them and unintentionally sabotage the enlarging process. Instead of focusing on weaknesses, give your attention to people’s strengths. Focus on sharpening…

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Week of Sept 26, 16

Reading Between the Lines Leadership intuition is often the factor that separates the greatest leaders from the merely good ones. Some people are born with great leadership intuition. Others have to work hard to develop and hone it. But both ways it is a combination of natural ability and learned skills. The best way to describe this informed intuition is an ability to discern intangible factors, understand them, and work…

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Week of Sept 19, 16

                                                                      Give Yourself Away As a team leader, how do you cultivate an attitude of selflessness? Begin by doing the following: Being generous: If team members are willing to give of themselves generously to the team, then it is being set up to succeed. Avoiding internal politics: Good team players worry about the benefit of their teammates more than themselves. Displaying loyalty: If you show the people on your team loyalty,…

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Week of Sept 12, 16

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Give Yourself Away Nothing has such a positive impact on a person as giving to others. And people who have a giving spirit are some of the most positive people I know. That’s because giving is the highest level of living. They focus their time and energy on what they can give to others rather than what they can get from them. And the more a person gives,…

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Week of Sept 5, 16

Communicate Well To Lead John W. Gardner observed, “If I had to name a single all-purpose instrument of leadership, it would be communication.” If you cannot communicate, you will not lead others effectively. If you lead your team, give yourself three standards to live by as you communicate to your people. Be Consistent – Nothing frustrates team members more than leaders who can’t make up their minds. Be Clear -Your…

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