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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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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Don’t Act Like a Christian

My pastor was shocked!  Even though the server had just paid him a compliment, it was hard to imagine such caustic words coming out of this charming young waitress’s mouth. It was on a recent Sunday after church.  The pastor and his wife had gone to a local restaurant with a couple that was new…

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Branding By A Novice

Lately, I have begun to work through some issues related to my branding as a coach, trainer and speaker. Except what comes to me intuitively from my bank of experience, I know little to nothing about branding. Having said that, there are two things I have learned. 1. Branding, as I understand it, is the…

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