From 2021

11/17/2021. Thinking about personal leadership definitions. I first heard this concept several years ago and dismissed it. I learned a great definition from my military training that defined leadership as a process of influencing others by providing purpose, direction, and motivation in order to accomplish the mission while working to improve the organization. It is a good definition in many ways.

A few weeks ago, I attended a leadership development class featuring Clint O. Longenecker. One of the exercises asked participants to create their personal definition of leadership. Given that I long relied on the military definition, I copied and repeated it as my definition.

Today I was reading Leadership Rising by John Antal and he included the same exercise.An important lesson is to hang around people who are smarter than you. Another is to always seek new information that helps you make better choices and become a better person.

After hearing about this activity for a third time, I rethought my position on a person leadership definition. This is what I developed this morning. Leadership is a process used to apply power necessary to others in order to influence them to voluntarily accomplish tasks, goals, and missions by providing purpose, direction, and motivation while working to improve the individuals as people and leaders and the organization.Just my thought at this point in time. Reach out on the contact page to share yours with me.

9/30/21. On learning from mistakes. Enjoy.

7/9/21 About this time two years ago, I began a study of trust. The more I learn, the more I realize there is to learn. I did a post not too long ago on the topic, yet there is so much more to it. You may notice an increase in posts related to issues around trust. As my post title stated, it is the cornerstone of the leadership foundation built on character. I thought seeing trust as the cornerstone was a major paradigm shift for me, yet, as I dig even deeper I realize trust is so important in every aspect of our lives, not just leadership. Check back to see my progression on thinking about trust.

4/24/21 The weather in my part of the world has been crazy. We have had hot sunny days and cold snowy days beck to back. It is a daily reminder that nothing ever stays the same. While true that things change at different rates, change is still inevitable. Successful people and leaders recognize change is coming. We cannot always predict the way change goes, but we can examine patterns of change in our circle of interest and prepare for likely outcomes. You may not mail the exact right action for change but you will be closer to the starting line than those who ignore the changing seasons.

03/10/21 Found this little gem in Pocket this morning. It supports the importance of scheduling your time. That include scheduling time for your to-dos.

2/25/21 I have been at this blogging thing for a few years now. I did have a couple of slow years but the last two, I have been posting pretty regularly. I was focusing on producing quality content and failed to notice that my last post, A Plan Without Execution is a Novel, was number 100! Woohoo! Thanks to the thousands who have stopped in to read my thoughts and left a comment or word of encouragement. Here is the link to the post.

2/1/21 In my post Ten Minute Rule: Adopt Habits of Successful People, I encouraged readers to engage in habits of successful people by finding about 10 minutes each day to do those things. Doing is the secret to accomplishment. I found this on my feed today: Do These Things Everyday After Work and You can Achieve Anything. The difference between the two is time. The After Work article encourages readers to adopt a doing habit for one hour each day for 30 days. I find it is easier for find about 10 minutes than 60 minutes to do something. Give it a read. If it works for you, great. If not, try 10 minutes instead.