Archive for February, 2007|Monthly archive page

You Just Gotta Have Fun and Cheer Each Other On

Last night, legendary women’s basketball coach Pat Summit of the University of Tennessee entered the men’s game in a cheerleader uniform and sang “Rocky Top” to help cheer the men’s team on. Earlier in the year men’s coach, Bruce Pearl, cheered the women’s team on by painting his body orange.

Wouldn’t it be amazing to see your boss come in and cheer you on? (Would be funnier if he did it in a cheerleader uniform or painted orange) Some of the best leaders I have been around understood the importance of cheering their team on. In any journey or project there are bound to be obstacles, but with a leader near you to tell you, “you can do it,” or, “good job,” it will make it that much easier to persevere succeed.

As a future leader, my goal is to be someone people can come to when they need some encouragement. One of the biggest gifts I look foward to is seeing my team succeed and being able to tell them good job, or when my team is struggling I can tell them that they can do it and see them beat the odds.



Beyond Skill

“Leadership courses can only teach skill. They can’t teach character or vision-and indeed they don’t even try. Developing character and vision is the way leaders invent themselves.” – Warren Bennis “On Becoming A Leader”

With character and vision comes direction and trust. Anyone can direct people, but it is character and vision that bring people back again and again to be lead because they trust the leader knows where they are heading.

Responsibility Really Does Exist in Corporate America?

I came across a post at Seth Godin’s blog that blew me away. Titled, “Responsibility” I thought it would be about another corporate trying to get out of something that went wrong, but to my suprise it was the direct opposite. Jim Davis, CEO of New Balance actually takes responsibility! Maybe their is hope corporate leaders after all, or could this just be fluke?

Growing Exponentially In Experience

As a new graduate in the workplace I have found how much different it is than the classroom. In the classroom we learn from a book about the ideal situation in a generic industry, but in the “real world” we word with a specific industry, that is always changing and has specific rules and procedures. Because of all these factors it that experience can be more important to succeed in the workplace. The problem as a new person in the workplace is gaining the necessary experience quickly.

This past week I attended meetings with other participates in the leadership program I am where I work, and one of the interesting things one of VP’s encouraged us to do is to “cheat” experience. At first I when he said cheat it kind of through me off, but once he explained how it made sense. He made three points that I thought would help me and others new to the workplace tremendously:

– Listen and ask those with experience

– Make their experiences your experiences

– Believe those with experiences

Through other’s experiences and learning I can take them and apply them to situations I might run into in the job and might prevent some of the mistakes others had gone through. Instead of growing in experience day by day now I will be able to grow exponentially through others too.

Leading By Ego

One area in leadership that I probably struggle with most is with my EGO. It seems everytime I let my ego get in the way it is because I want something without considering what it could do for others. I want to lift myself up without lifting others up.

Is leading by Ego the best way? Yes, we want to be successful, but at what cost? I believe full heartly that ego can lead to success in the short-term but like the leaders of Enron and Arthur Anderson it can catch up to you. we can only fill our ego for so long before it needs more. One of the questions I continue to ask myself to keep my ego in check is, “Am I here to be served or to serve?” This question is one of the keys that Ken Blanchard writes about in his book “Lead Like Jesus.”

Useless Leader

I found this great post over at the The Practice of Leadership Blog titled, “Seven Failings of Really Useless Leaders” that I thought was really insightful. All seven of the points made in the post have to deal with the leader killing something instead of bringing life into the team like a great leader does.

First Edition of the Leadership Growth Blog Carnival

John Hill presents Is Your Best Good Enough? posted at Universe Of Success.

presents No Plan B! posted at Walt Nation!

Caroline Latham presents I don’t want to ever retire. What can I do to remain sharp? posted at SharpBrains: Your Window into the Brain Fitness Revolution.

David Maister presents A Case Study in Professional Ethics posted at Passion, People and Principles, saying, “Deciding to “own the problem” and accept responsibility for a screw up requires guts, courage and ethics.”

Charles H. Green presents Seductive Statistics posted at Trust Matters, saying, “Effective leaders understand the difference between earning trust and measuring it.”

Arvind Devalia presents What the world needs today? posted at Arvind Devalia, saying, “The world needs true leaders more than ever before.”

Arvind Devalia presents Leadership in the current climate of change posted at Arvind Devalia, saying, “Practice leadership based on the courage to live the change you wish to bring about.”

Wilson Ng presents Succeeding by Looks posted at Reflections of a BizDrivenLife, saying, “Can you be happy or be successful by beauty alone?”

Dennis presents 20 Questions to Change Your Life posted at A Pile of Coins, saying, “(Re-)evaluate your work-related goals and achievements.”

Paul Michael presents How to complain and get a good result posted at Wisebread Finance.

Craig Harper presents The Science of Success. posted at Renovate your life with Craig, saying, “I am of the opinion (and yes, I know it’s not a popular one) that success isn’t as hard, or as complex as some people make it. And before you write to disagree with me, yes, I acknowledge that the above statement is dependant on your definition of success… but I am speaking generally (as I often need to, when speaking to an audience of more than one).”

Vihar Sheth presents Creating Exceptional Value posted at green | rising.

David Maister presents Lessons from a Natural Manager – new careers podcast episode posted at Passion, People and Principles.

Brian S. Nick presents Hard Truths for Leaders posted at Young-Manager.

Debra Moorhead presents How to Determine Your Top 20 posted at Debra

Vahid Chaychi presents Get Inspired by the Success Stories and Interviews posted at Internet Marketing Tips, saying, “You may get disappointed while you have started a new business and it has not given any good result yet. Most people give up at this point and stop working. One of the best things that prevents you to give up, is reading the success stories and interviews of successful people in your niche. Learn how to find and read them every week.”

Erek Ostrowski presents Being Effective With People: Part 1 (Listening) posted at Verve Coaching, saying, “When we cultivate the ability to listen, we begin to hear other people in a new way. We begin to hear what they’re really saying, instead of hearing our own thoughts, emotions, judgments, and assumptions about what they’re saying.”

Priscilla Ortiz presents If You Think You Could… posted at Priscilla Ortiz – Journal to Prosperity, Path to Freedom Inc..

Krishna De presents 5 time saving tips to archive research materials – BIZ GROWTH NEWS posted at Biz Growth News.

David Maister presents Learning to Manage – new careers podcast episode posted at Passion, People and Principles, saying, “This podcast episode explores the skills new managers will need to excite, energize, organize, and produce with your team in any situation.”

Charles H. Green presents The Horizontal Imperative posted at Trust Matters, saying, “In a horizontal world, power comes from influence, not authority.”

Steve Faber presents _The 4 Keys to Success Are posted at Debt Free.

Thank you to all the contributers, and I look foward to seeing what great articles there are for the second edition of the Leadership Growth Blog Carnival.

Leaders as Artists

It is interesting to watch artists and musicians as they creating or write a masterpiece. Artists do not just throw something together, but usually are inspired by something or someone in their enviroment. As great leaders, like artists, we need to look around and see what inspires us. Like great songs and art pieces, leaders that are inspired, inspire others. One of my favorite singer/songwriter Colby Logan is right when he says, “Inspiration is the key.”