Needed: Principled Leadership

Which is more important:  principle or expediency?  Think through that question while join me into this excursion with leaders. Although I listen to a fair amount of political discussion, I seldom write of it.  But in the last few days, with the election cycle heating up in anticipation of fall mid-term elections, I am becoming…

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Leadership: Winning or Succeeding?

Does one “win” at leadership or “succeed” at leadership? Is there a difference? In answering the question, let’s first look at some differences in the two words. Winning is about a single achievement. Succeeding is about process. Winning is about an event. Succeeding is about a life. Winning is about an end. Succeeding is about an environment. Winning is a matter of…

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Never Too Late?

It’s something you’ve wanted all your life. Time has slipped away. You’ve never pulled the trigger on your dream. Pride or despair, perhaps, has kept you from reaching out for the resources that were within reach. It now seems hopeless. It was the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra’s annual Big Band Fever concert at the Tivoli Theatre…

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Why Do I Need You?

It’s a conundrum…we want a sense of well-being, but naturally (for most of us) resist accountability. I witnessed a perfect picture of this antipathy just this morning. I was sitting in church taking Papa responsibilities for my 7 and 4 year old male grandchildren. Nathaniel, the 7 y.o., has a quieter personality, somewhat reflective and…

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Here’s Your Chance: Leading Because of Where You Are

It’s crazy to think someone could lead before anyone even knows the leader. But it happens every day. The bad news is that it doesn’t last very long. Maybe you’re there now. John Maxwell calls it Level 1 Leadership. Nicholas Cardot and many others call it Positional Leadership. It simply means that you, by definition,…

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