Leadership

Re-focusing Vision II

A recent conversation with a friend reminded me of the reflections included in this post.  I had written earlier this year [May] on the need to re-focus. Here are some additional comments. From time to time it’s necessary to re-focus your vision, reconsider expectations and renew your commitment to the

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Riding the Jungle Swing

Several weekends ago we held the latest in a number of annual leadership class retreats at Ness Lake Camp and Conference Center.  From students’ reports, the retreat is a high point of their experience in taking leadership classes at the college. I have had the privilege to be involved in

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Leadership: vision, success and value

One of the many privileges of being a teacher is the opportunity to learn from those being taught.  This has been my experience in recent weeks.  One of my roles is to engage and challenge my students about building self-leadership into their lives… becoming leaders from the inside out. I

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Adventure in Phoenix Part II: Emotional Intelligence

It’s been more than  three weeks since I wrote the first post setting the stage for my EQ (Emotional Intelligence) adventure; exploring the Six Seconds Model. For much of the five days I spent in Phoenix, we were involved in a variety of hands-on activities and exercises as we attempted

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Adventure in Phoenix: Part 1

It’s the end of another teaching year and I am feeling the physical and mental tiredness that comes with it.  Lots to wrap up; so much to do, so little energy to do it.  Several months ago, I signed up for  a professional development workshop scheduled for the end of

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Do you want to climb?

Helping individual leaders (or individuals) grow is a great way to extends your influence and impact! We begin by believing that every person is a potential candidate for development; worthy of the time, effort , energy and resources that their development requires [John Maxwell]. However, unless an individual is willing

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The power of small beginnings/things

Thought I would share with you some words that have recently been a source of inspiration to me. I chose to call this post “the power of small beginnings”. The acorn never sees the oak tree.  The tree that springs from the tiny acorn has the potential to produce hundreds/thousands

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By the numbers

I mentioned in an earlier post that I have the privilege to mentor emerging young leaders.  I recently received this piece on attitude from one of these leaders. Much has been said about the importance of attitude.  Winston Churchill described attitude as: ” a little thing that makes a big

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Modeling the way

Leaders make mistakes…  We are midway through the term and I am realizing that I am not teaching leadership but mentoring a group of young leaders, each at different points in their journey.   I am learning to lay aside my expectations so that I can meet people where they

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Effective Leadership

I am part way through Steven Sample’s book entitled: “The Contrarian’s Guide to Leadership”.  Among other ideas, Sample examines the characteristics/qualities of  an effective leader and the difference between being “effective” and being “good” as a leader.  According to Sample, the effective leader should have the following characteristics: A clear

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