Go beyond what you feel like doing and do what’s right. Every time you do what’s right when you don’t feel like it, you are growing.

  • There is little need to talk about ethics for the people who are ethical everyday.

  • It’s hard to go wrong doing what’s right.
  • Making tough decisions isn’t the hard part, acting on the tough decision is the hard part.

  • The most successful people do what is right, whether it’s easy or not.

“What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Your rearview mirror is so small & your windshield is so large because what lies ahead is much more important than the past
  • Dreams only come true when the dreamer takes action. Joel Osteen
  • The Difference between a Boss & a Leader: A BOSS says ‘Go’ & the LEADER says ‘Let’s Go'” ~John C. Maxwell

Don’t live down to expectations. Go out there and do something remarkable. Wendy Wasserstein

RT @adamostrow: On corporations being more open: ““if you’re going to be naked, fitness is no longer optional”

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg – not smashing it. -Arnold Glasow

The person who knows ‘how’ will always have a job. The person who knows ‘why’ will always be his boss. (Diane Ravitch)

RT @bobgoff: We plant sod where God wants to plant seed. He’s more interested in growing our character than having us look finished

Ideas are fleeting. Keep writing utensils handy at all times to capture your next great idea.

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You can’t truly lead someone unless you truly care about them first.

Insecure people have no capacity to be humble. #Humility comes from knowing who you are. – @JeremieKubicek

“Make a decision to live a daily lifestyle of personal and developmental growth.” – @JohnCMaxwell

You only go from Ordinary to Extraordinary by small differences PRACTICED DAILY!

“Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” – Thomas Jefferson

 

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. (Thomas Paine)

“I’m so optimist I’d go after Moby Dick in a rowboat & take tartar sauce with me” Zig Zigler

I’m “too busy” to do X is code for X is not a priority for me.

Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

I will speak ill of no man and speak all the good I know of everybody.

He who is good at making excuses is seldom good for anything else.

We do not stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.

 


Last night I watched the latest hot movie, The Avengers. As I reflected on the movie’s themes I was struck by the great lessons the movie had concerning teamwork and leading teams.

In the movie you have an all-star cast of heroes who are pitted against villains from another world. The leader has a vision to put together a “Dream Team” of these super heroes to protect the earth against attacks from other worlds. His dream of being successful is almost thwarted due to his inability at the outset to take all these highly successful individuals and pull them together in unity as a team. Each of their individual agendas, personalities and weaknesses almost sabotages the effort to hold off the inevitable doom from these alien adversaries.

Here is a list of some of the super heroes weaknesses that was inhibiting the formation of the Super Hero Dream Team:

Ironman-self-absorbed: his self-centeredness leads him to not be a very willing participant in the whole “team” concept. Very much a lone ranger who likes to do things according to his own ideas, desire and beliefs. He has a great deal of difficulty subduing this characteristic to function well on the team.

Do you have a team member who has not embraced the “team” concept due to an arrogance that isolates him from the rest of the team and robs the team of getting the great contributions he could contribute?

Hulk-ill-tempered: as we know his temper leads to all kinds of destructive actions that leave a wake of rubble behind him. He has to go to great lengths not to allow himself to be provoked into anger.

Do you know someone whose temper is a disruptive force on your team?

Captain America-communications issues: due to being in a frozen sleep for decades of years he lacked understanding the modern day language being used by his team and often struggled to understand what was being said.

Does your team have communication issues for one reason or another that is preventing your team from operating at a higher level?

Thor-family issues: emotional ties to the villan who is his brother, his brother was the evil villain who was seeking to set up his kingdom on earth and have everyone bow down to him, there are some pivotal moments when he struggles with the emotional side of this being his brother and not wanting to fight him, he still had hopes he could convince him to turn from his evil ways.

Do you have team members who are struggling with some personal issues that are holding them back from being top performers and contributing greatness to your team? How could you help them overcome those issues?

Black Widow-loyalty issues: a former spy who struggles with loyalty issues, she is a former spy who did not hold loyalty in high regard. She sold her services to the highest bidder and had difficulty showing devotion to the cause at the outset.

Do you have team members who don’t display loyalty and devotion to the team’s vision? How do you address that?

Nick Furry (Leader of  S. H. I. E. L. D.) authenticity issues:  Struggles with authenticity issues which lead to a lack of trust from his proposed team members. He held back information from his team and developed a lack of trust from the team members that he almost did not overcome.

As a leader do your people trust you? If not, why? How can you become more authentic as a leader and build a high level of trust in your organization?

Lessons

1. Great talent does not always equal great teams.

2. Individual weaknesses can hamper or even destroy team chemistry and effectiveness.

3. Great leaders unify great talents to make great teams.

4. Individual aspirations have to be yielded for the greater good of the team in order to achieve maximum effectiveness and truly create a Dream Team.

5. There is no room for arrogance on your team if you hope to achieve maximum effectiveness.

6. Without unity your team’s effectiveness is great reduced, if not destroyed.

7. When a team is unified your effectiveness is multiplied.

8. Successful teams have loyal team members.

9. Successful leaders of highly successful teams develop and cultivate a culture of mutual trust.

10. Personal issues can impact a team’s performance in negative ways and cause very disruptive situations if not addressed and handled correctly.

 

This is a call to all dads out there to take a moment and work on your leadership practices in the home!

Make sure to go to Michael Hyatt’s blog today and read the guest post by Dave Stone who is the Pastor of one of the largest church’s in the country, Southeast Christian Church. He is the author of, Building Family Ties with Faith, Love and Laughter. You can also register to win a free copy of the book.

Go read!

Then go lead!

At home!

Here is a great book co-written by one of the late John Wooden’s former players, Andrew Hill, who went on to be a greater success off the court than he ever was on the court. He attributes much of his success to the 21 secrets he learned while playing for John Wooden at UCLA. Take a look at the list then pick up the book it is a great read. 

Be Quick-But Don’t Hurry

Andrew Hill & John Wooden

Secret #1: The Team With The Best Players Almost Always Wins

Secret #2: Be Quick-But Don’t Hurry

Secret #3: Focus On Effort, Not Winning

Secret #4: Keep It Simple

Secret #5: Make Your “Yes” Mean Yes

Secret #6: Balance Is Everything

Secret #7: A Good Leader is First & Foremost, A Teacher

Secret #8: Game Time Is When The Coach’s Job Is almost Over

Secret #9: A Great Leader Cannot Worry About Being Well Liked

Secret #10: Great Leaders Give Credit To Others, But Accept The Blame Themselves

Secret #11: Seek Consistency—Avoid Peaks & Valleys

Secret #12: Fairness Is Giving All People The Treatment They Earn & Deserve

Secret #13: The Team That Makes The Most Mistakes…Wins!

Secret #14: Surround Yourself With Strong, Opinionated People

Secret #15: Teamwork Is Not A Preference, It’s A Necessity

Secret #16: Rules Are Made To Be Followed, Not Broken

Secret #17: Concentrate On Your Team, Not The Opposition

Secret #18: Adjust To Your Players—Don’t Expect Them All To Adjust To You

Secret #19: Failing To Prepare is Preparing To Fail

Secret #20: Practice Doesn’t Make Perfect, Perfect Practice Makes Perfect

Secret #21: Be Honest, Direct, & Willing To Risk It All For Your Beliefs

I want to introduce to servant leadership in action through an organization called Truth In Nature . This organization was started several years ago by a former co-worker Jeff Davis and his wife Carrie.

Here is a summary from their website ( http://www.truthinnature.org/ )  that best describes what they are all about:

Truth in Nature is a single parent youth organization that is based in Paulding County, GA.  We reach out to single parent youth in middle and high school in our local communities to get them involved in the outdoors.  We have youth involved that have experienced divorce, death of parent, parent incarceration, living with grandparents, and even parent way with military or career responsibilities. These are just some of the examples of the youth we involve.  During our outdoor programs and activities we take the opportunity to minister and share Christ with them while emphasizing walking a Christ filled life into their young adult years and beyond.  

God’s outdoors is a unique place to form bonds and experience Christ.  His nature is all around you and during our programs  you could find yourself out on the lake fishing, floating down a river on a tube, sitting in a deer stand, camping under the stars, or horseback riding through the hills.  You are surrounded by His creation.

We look forward to what God has lined up for us at every program and are always welcoming new faces.  Please explore the  website to find out more.  (http://www.truthinnature.org/ )

We look forward to hearing from you!

Tight Lines, Steady Aim, Cleansed Heart!

Jeff and Carrie Davis

This couple is putting their leadership abilities to work to invest in the lives of our youth in this area and are having an eternal impact on many young people. What a great example and standard this couple is setting for the rest of us to step and follow.

Check out the event below or go to their website to see how you can support this great organization and a have a part in supporting these servant leaders who are having an eternal impact on many young lives.

http://www.truthinnature.org/

I have recently read a number of blog posts and book authors who contend that not everyone is a leader. I disagree with those assertions. While I do agree that not all of us will have what it takes to be a CEO or tackle some other high level executive post in our lifetimes. However that does not exclude us from being leaders in our own circle of influence on a daily basis.

John Maxwell defines leadership as follows:

Leadership =Influence

If we use this as our core definition for leadership then all of us fit into the category of a leader. Each of us exerts influence over other people in our lives on a regular basis.

Look at this list of influencers that impact our lives daily:

  • A parent influences their children.
  • A spouse influences their spouse.
  • Children often influence their parents.
  • A neighbor influences a neighbor on where to shop for the best deal on lawn care, groceries, hair stylist etc…
  • A co-worker influences another co-worker on where to eat lunch, get their dry cleaning done, what concert to go to etc…
  • A waitress influences you on what to eat that day by telling you the great specials that are available or what are the local favorites.
  • Your handy-man influences you on some needed repairs to your house.
  • Your mechanic influences you on some needed work so your car doesn’t break down.
  • Your hair stylist influences you on your new hair cut style.
I think you get the point, and this list could go on and on. Make up your own list and take a moment to recognize all the people who exert influence over you in the course of a day. Once you do this you will realize that leadership is alive and well in many forms all around us all day.
Are you a leader? I think we all have to answer yes and realize each of us has leadership roles and responsibilities in our lives and that we owe it to ourselves and those we exert influence over to work at being better at some of the most basic leadership skills.
While you might not aspire to be a CEO I would hope you aspire to be a better parent, spouse, friend, neighbor, co-worker…you fill in the blank________.
Each of us can grow in our leadership and use our improved skills to better impact our circle of influence in a more positive and effective manner.
Andy Stanley states that:
“Leadership is a stewardship, it is temporary and you are accountable!”
So let’s all commit to learning to lead more effectively in the days ahead.
Are you ready to learn how to lead?

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