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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.

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?


Dave Ramsey
Personal money-management expert, national radio personality, and best-selling author of The Total Money Makeover

 As a leader you have the responsibility to serve those you lead!

  • 300 people employed at his company.
  • Not boss of those people I am the servant of all those people.
  • Businesses are operated by people who know how to serve their people, customers and communities!

What are the principles that caused us to grow as a business? 

5 Keys things to enable us to win

1. People Matter: This the DNA of our organization. This has to be how you live. 

  • Your customers are people.
  • Your customers matter, they are people, they have sickness, they are not just a place to extract money from!
  • Your team members are people. 
  • Your team matters, they are not just units of production.
  • In many companies their people have  become a commodity.
  • Companies wonder why their why they have people who are not loyal to them. It is because you are not loyal to them.
  • Loyalty breeds loyalty. Be loyal to your people.
  • Love your competitors, treat them well and with respect.

2. An Incredible, Excellent Team Matters:  Our organization is a place where excellence matters.

Of course our company is made up of nice people we fired all the jerks!

  • We have won six years in a row in Nashville  an award as the best place to work for in Nashville.
  • Start the hiring process by prayer, send us the right person, keep your crazy people away.
  • Make sure you really get to know your people during the recruitment process. It takes longer but it is worth it in the long run. 
  • We will fire you for gossip, it is destructive. You must hand your negatives up, never down. I will warn you once,  fire you second time. (See more on this here: The Five Enemies of Unity)
  • As a leader you need to be intentional about the culture you cultivate in your organization.

3. Slow and Steady Matters: This wins the race!

  • You must be consistent.
  • You must have a no quit attitude.
  • He who is impulsive imparts folly.
  • Don’t have business ADD, can’t run after everything that is shiny.
  • Must keep focus.
  • Asked a billionaire what is key to your success?  He reads the story of  the tortoise and the hare, tortoise always win! 
  • Building a successful business is a crock pot process.
  • Take your time!
  • I have worked my butt off for 15 years and now I am overnight success!

4. Financial Principles Matter: You must run business with a budget. You spend less than you take in. You must get out of debt.

  • Slow down, run your business on less than it takes in, operate with margin.
  • Stay out of debt.
  • Debt increase risk and this will maximize the impact of your mistakes.
  • When everything is going good even stupid looks good.
  • Be generous!
  • Be generous and giving to your community.
  • Be generous to your team.
  • Be generous with customers. 
  • You need to have moral component to your business. 
  • By having a generous culture you team will act differently and function at a higher level.
  • When you have generous spirit it sparks creativity among your team members.

5. A higher calling matters: When you play for something bigger than you, you will fight harder, work harder, and achieve more.

  • Define your higher calling.
  • Why do you do what you do?
  • What gives you meaning and purpose?

Leave an amazing legacy!

  • How have Cathy family turned chicken into a higher calling?
  • Their on mission that is bigger than chicken!
  • They are shaping lives of teenagers all over country.
  • What you do for a living has got to be worth getting up every morning.
  • It has to energize you to go busting through all the walls.
  • You won’t do all it takes if you don’t have a higher calling.
  • Your organization must understand the Why? 
  • You better know what your why is and your team better know what your why is.
  • Got to have something that you are aiming at.
  • How cool would it be that you created thousands of millionaires like Microsoft did. Impacted so many lives in such a big way. Changed their family tree forever. 
  • Studying family businesses and how they transition from generation to generation.
  • One part of my higher calling is leaving legacy of those I have had a part in developing and sending them on their way to achieve bigger and better things. To observe them out there when they are doing their own thing, achieving great things on their own. That is rewarding to reflect back on the fact I had some part in their success. 
  • What will your legacy be?
  • What will the dash on your tombstone represent?
  • I am all about making my dash count for as much as possible by leaving a legacy that I can be proud of.

 

Soledad O’Brien
Anchor and Special Correspondent for CNN

 

  • Dig into tough conversations, this is leadership, dig into the stories

Give voice to everyone, this is leadership, this not just a good thing, it is critical to our success!

  • Once you realize what you were called to do do it as if God himself ordained it for you to do!
  • Dr. King was a regular man doing what he saw needed to be done.
  • When you examine the writings and speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. you get to see what words he chose, he was a man who chose his words very carefully.
  • He was a regular man who was present when called to duty.
  • He was inspired by a moment and stepped up.
  • He wanted to know how men raise up after being knocked down
  • He decided to lead, to take a stand, to take a position others might now agree with and yet he decides to stand up anyway.
  • Leadership is about justice, to stand up for others for whose voices are not heard
  • Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a message that made others uncomfortable
  • True leadership is about departing from the script as you know it. Leadership is about going off script, taking a different path.
  • True leadership requires blunt conversations.
  • True leadership takes time, it does not come in a moment. History making changes takes time but it will come!
  • Dr. King’s speech that is most popularly know as the “I have a Dream” was instead titled “Normalcy Never Again”
  • The speech was about standing up for marginalized people. 
  • When Dr. King used the words “I have a Dream” it was a result of an ad lib after hearing comments from the crowd shouting for him to tell them about his dream, he then turned over his written speech and went off script speaking from his heart.
  • When you tell stories about people who are marginalized they often become defacto leaders.
  • We are obligated to listen to others.
  • We can’t shut out the people we disagree with, that is not leadership, that is being an obstacle.
  • We must come together with those who we might disagree with.
  • Dr. King stated, “that a leader is not a searcher of conscious, but instead a molder of it, conscious ask the question is it right?”
  • You can become leaders by sticking to those tough questions.
  • Some leaders struggle to lead and motivate a team because they are stuck in what people think about them.
  • True leadership is getting people to talk about uncomfortable situations and having those blunt conversations

 

Marcus Buckingham

Strength strategist, best-selling author and researcher

Choices

Stand Out-His newest book 

  • Started out by discussing many of the choices he had made in his life concerning his career and how it unfolded over the years.
  • These choices I have made just felt right, felt authentic. 
Authenticity is your most precious commodity!
If you lose your own authenticity you have lost everything!
Leadership Development in the Age of the Algorithm
  • Every content deliverer, has to say to the customer:  Who are you?
  • Have you noticed the first question content providers ask today is: who are you?
  • Netflix gives you a movie quiz and as a result your home screen is different than mine.
  • NY Times, far right column is things you will be interested, your algorithm for their content.
  • Google, Amazon, Facebook all have your algorithm in place and that determines the book recommendations and ads you see on your home pages each day.

The only places we notice it now is where it is not at yet!

  • Leadership is idiosyncraticleadership does not fit into the competency models, that person does not exist in real life, those are only models, someone’s compilation of what an idea leader should and should not be, leadership just does not fit into that box!
  • Studied various companies to see what made them successful, what made them great at what they do (Evaluated companies such as Best Buy and Hampton Inn)
  • Discovered these companies had various leadership styles, and those leaders used different techniques to come up with excellent results. 
  • People often capture the technique but mess the concept of what the technique has captured. Many times companies try to roll out techniques across the entire organization without fully understanding the true reason for that techniques success. 
  • You must remember that you can teach any leader the right concepts like reflecting back when you find excellence happening in your organization, but this often gets confused with teaching the techniques instead.
  • Everyone got fixated on the “technique” being used and not on capturing excellence and reflecting it back to the people who are exhibiting the great behaviors that lead to the great results.
  • Many companies then create culture of rules for the techniques being used and totally nullify the effectiveness of the “technique” because it was being executed without an understanding of what actually made that work for that location.

Techniques of one leader are not easily transferred to the practices of another leader!
  • You have to pick your own algorithm.
  • What’s your edge as a leader, you particular competitive advantage?
  • If we understand this, we can teach you the proper techniques that fit your edge
The 9 Strength Roles
  • We measure you on 9 strength roles and you are defined by your top two.
  1. Advisor: What is the best thing to do? You are a practical, concrete thinker who is at your most powerful when reacting to and solving other people’s problems.
  2. Connector: you are always looking to see what is best in us, you are a catalyst, your power lies in your craving to bring two people or ideas together to make something bigger and better than it is now.
  3. Creators: what do I understand? I need time to process information, I don’t like surprises, I need quiet time, you make sense of the world, pulling it apart, seeing a better configuration and creating it.
  4. Equalizers: what is the right thing  to do, you want to make things right, you see world as moral commitments, you do what you say you are going to do, you are a level-headed person whose power comes from keeping the world in balance, ethically and practically.
  5. Influencer: always selling, everything about you is moving me from where I am to your agenda, you engage people directly and convince them to act. Your power is persuasion. 
  6. Pioneer-what’s new, what’s next, walk around corner and see for ourselves what is there, you see the world as a friendly place where, around every corner, good things will happen. Your power comes from your optimism in the face of uncertainty.
  7. Provider: No person gets left behind, you go one by one and ask each person, are you OK? You create an environment where I believe you care in genuine manner, this creates innovation and creativity. You sense other people’s feelings, and you feel compelled to recognize these feelings, give them a voice, and act on them.
  8. Stimulator: You ask how can I raise up the energy level in the room? You feel responsibility  for the emotional status in the room, you invigorate us. You are the host of other people’s emotions. You feel responsible for them, for turning them around, for elevating them.
  9. Teacher: how I learn? How can you learn? You see yourself as a work in progress, you see others as a work in progress as well. We are never done learning. You are thrilled by the potential you see in each person. Your power comes from learning how to unleash it.
  • When you study the best performers in a particular field you don’t necessarily find the same profiles in the top performers.
  • There is no perfect leadership profile, only perfect practices that fit your profile.

 

What is the greatest value you bring the team?

Steve Jobs example of how the 2nd time at Apple he was better version of himself, more persuasive, more effective, got fired from his own company first time around but was much more effective the second tenure.

How do you take what is unique about you and make it the most effective?

 

  • Situational Judgment Test is to determine which are your top two strength roles. The Stand Out test put you in different types of situations and ask what would you do? From this your top two strength roles are determined.
  • Your summary of your results will be a summary of what you would do, not based on what you see yourself as, or what you think you are, it is based on your behaviors.