Our Blog

An ongoing series of informational and challenging entries about Effective Leadership, Personal Growth, and other areas of Personal and Organizational Excellence.

Our First Blog Entry - Effective Leaders

May 13, 2019

Effective Leaders don't tell others what to do.  They learn from others what they're capable of doing and support them in their quest for excellence.

Organizational Excellence

May 22, 2019

Organizational Excellence includes having clear, relevant, and easily understood position descriptions for every team member.

Leadership Excellence

May 25, 2019

As a leader, you may be captive to a rigid schedule with numerous meetings. However, Leadership Excellence is when you visit one-on-one with your leadership team members to learn and to provide timely, as-needed, coaching and support. This, along with your demonstrated integrity and trust, convey a terrific servant leadership model that positively impacts your leadership team as well as the organization’s culture.


Be sure to be there for your leadership team members and not simply rely on their professional development trainings to do the job.

Leadership Excellence

June 3, 2019

You demonstrate Leadership Excellence when you redirect employees to their immediate supervisor should they come to you with a concern, complaint, or issue. Your judgement will determine whether you need to follow-up with the supervisor or not. However, demonstrating transparency throughout such processes will ensure Integrity and Trust is maintained for all parties at all levels.   

Integrity in Leadership Excellence 

June 6, 2019

  • Interested in the success of others
  • Never uses others for personal gain
  • Trusted to be honest and fair
  • Ethical in all undertakings
  • Gives praise to others for their great qualities
  • Responds to criticism without anger, negativity, vindictiveness
  • Inspires others to be transparent without them being fearful
  • Truthfulness is always the standard
  • Yields to others’ expertise with respect and encouragement

Ongoing Personal Growth

June 17, 2019

Our ongoing personal growth is critical for sustained success in a changing world.  Be the inspiration to others by intentionally and continually seeking out excellent professional development opportunities. 

Avoid Leadership Bias

July 13, 2019

As a Leader, if you manipulate your leadership team’s decision-making process in favor of your own premeditated preferences, you’re demonstrating Leadership Bias. To avoid this, contribute to the discussion process with Integrity and lead a healthy, honest, and trusting process resulting in a supportive outcome from all leadership team members.

The Characteristics of Connection

July 31, 2019

Any message you try to convey must contain a piece of you. You can’t just deliver words. You can’t merely convey information. You need to be more than just a messenger. You must be the message you want to deliver. Otherwise, you won’t have credibility and you won’t connect.

John C. Maxwell, from his book titled, “Everyone Communicates Few Connect.”

Becoming a Virtuoso Leader

August 7, 2019

You can reshape your character. You can strengthen your character habits and, by so doing, improve your leadership skills and results.

Fred Kiel, from his book titled, “Return On Character: The Real Reason Leaders and Their Companies Win.”

Being a Role Model for Integrity

August 16, 2019

Think back to when you were around four years old and consider all those individuals throughout your life who helped to mold you into who you are today.  Maybe a father, a mother, your favorite teacher, a stranger, and the list goes on and on. Now, we have opportunities to pay back by doing the same.


Let's touch someone's life today and every day by helping them mold integrity into their own lives. 

As a Leader, what Legacy will you leave?

August 23, 2019

Listened to others intentionally - or - was always thinking about how to                     respond?

Encouraged your team members - or - criticized them?

Grew and led a culture of integrity - or - created a culture of distrust?

Acknowledged and cheered team members’ successes - or - downplayed                  their accomplishments?

Connected well with all leadership team members and others - or - was                      always distant and closed?

Yielded cheerfully to others’ expertise - or - shot them down even if only in                  subtle ways?


How you work with others today is on track to become your Legacy tomorrow.  

One of the mistakes leaders need to avoid:

October 30, 2019

One of the mistakes leaders need to avoid is to misjudge a team member and take inappropriate action based on that misjudgment. This in turn may be devastating and irreversible for the team member who has virtually no opportunity to plead his or her case.


Leaders need to dig deeper into learning and understanding the full situation from the team member’s perspective on the issue. The leader’s goal should be to support and coach a team member rather than take devious and harmful action that impacts a team member. 

A Humble Leader Demonstrates Valuable Strengths.  A Non-Humble Leader Often Demonstrates the Following: 

October 30, 2019

Neglects to be totally honest.

Opposes others with great ideas.

Narcissistic personality.

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Has a big ego to protect.

Undermines the impact of a high performer.

Makes others discouraged.

Belittles rather than encourages.

Little or no empathy shown.

Envies the natural gifts of team members.

Poor Leaders Bully Team Members

January 1, 2020

Poor leaders can’t help but use the “I” word and the “My Team” phrase when addressing accomplishments, and the “You” word when placing blame.  Regrettably, poor leaders also demonstrate a vindictive spirit to address their own insecurities.


In 2020, let’s also focus on the victims of poor leaders so we can empower them to reduce their stress levels until positive change occurs.

Servant Leadership

March 30, 2020

Servant Leadership demonstrates a genuine commitment to serve others first.  Some of these qualities include focused listening, valuing what others have to share, taking time to understand others' perspectives, encouraging your direct reports to be creative, providing feed-forward rather than feedback, and portraying a caring heart.  

Servant Leadership

April 9, 2020

The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality,

the last is to say “Thank you.”

In between the two,

the leader must become a servant.

Max De Pree

Servant Leadership is the absolute key to 

 Leadership Excellence.

You will never become a fine leader

until you become a fine servant

Ellie Lofaro

Integrity

May 4, 2020

Integrity is one of several paths.  It distinguishes itself from the others because it is the right path and the only one on which    you will never get lost.

M.H. McKee

Integrity

May 12, 2020

Integrity has no need of rules.

Albert Camus

Renewal and Transformation

May 14, 2020

Let's take advantage of this coronavirus time for Personal Renewal and Transformation, a time for re-framing and transforming by dropping undesirable habits and creating new habits to positively impact both yourself and your environment.