what do you want to “look” like in the future?

Good afternoon! I am running behind on my posting as we have traveled South for my nephew's wedding leaving little time for writing. Question - what do you want to "look" like ten years from now? What kind of person do you want to be? What do you want to be known for? I know … Continue reading what do you want to “look” like in the future?

How Good Are Your Leadership Skills?

A leader is, or should be, constantly evaluating themselves and seeking to grow and improve.  Fortunately there are tools out there to help us in our regular assessments. MindTools has a good quick assessment tool (free) that should be of benefit to you.  Click here to go to the assessment page. The key is after … Continue reading How Good Are Your Leadership Skills?

Nine Things to Do to Become More Effective

Highly effective or “successful” people tend to do some things differently. Heidi Halverson has documented nine things that these people do differently in an article and makes the statement that “successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do.” Get specific.  "Lose 5 pounds" is a better … Continue reading Nine Things to Do to Become More Effective

7 Questions to Ask Your Boss

As a leader, you are on a path of continuous growth and we need the input of others to develop well. One of those people who can provide you valuable input is your boss.  I am not talking about an evaluation sort of thing, but of you being intentional and going to your boss and … Continue reading 7 Questions to Ask Your Boss

Seven Life Management Best Practices

Well, it is a beautiful morning here in southwest Michigan and it has been a great weekend with my family. Having made some changes in my life, I have found greater fulfillment and, even more importantly, my family is healthier and stronger.  More of my weekends are now centered on my family and other key … Continue reading Seven Life Management Best Practices

Life Management – Some Best Practices

Life mismanagement is one key area that results in the downfall of too many leaders.  This is “Enemy Number  Two” in Greg Salciccioli’s book, The Enemies of Excellence, & Reasons Why We Sabotage Success. In his book, Greg lists some best practices exhibited by leaders who have learned how to build sustainable success.  They are: … Continue reading Life Management – Some Best Practices

Seven Ways Leaders Sabotage Themselves

Why do leaders fail?  Why do so many promising and gifted people wind up sidelined when they should be hitting their most effective years? It seems almost common place to see prominent leaders falling and damaging so many others along the way.  I have mentioned some good books on this in the past such as … Continue reading Seven Ways Leaders Sabotage Themselves

Leading By Example – Some Questions for Evaluation

Leading by example – I am sure you have heard that and probably often said it.  The question for all of us – are we actually living it?  Or do we sometimes feel that because of our position we somehow are exempt from the “rules”. Another question – do we really know what our values … Continue reading Leading By Example – Some Questions for Evaluation

Are You Living Intentionally? Here is a Tool to Help

“Striving to be Intentional” – this is the e-mail signature block of a friend of my wife.  She and her husband see life as a wonderful gift of God that is to be lived intentionally and not squandered. To live intentionally requires seeking God in prayer and the Scriptures, times of deep reflection and deep … Continue reading Are You Living Intentionally? Here is a Tool to Help

Work Less, Think More

What do you “think” about that title? Well, it is the title of a chapter in Mark DeMoss’ great book on leadership called The Little Red Book of Wisdom. Mark goes on to quote Albert Einstein who says, “The significant problems we face in life cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we … Continue reading Work Less, Think More