One quality of a great leader is the ability to delegate authority while retaining responsibility, a valuable lesson I learned from my former boss, Mike Pulliam. Mike helped his leadership team realize that it was a privilege to lead, demonstrating his servant leadership by setting the example, developing others, and supporting us along the way. As our boss, he believed it was his responsibility to train his team and allow us room to make mistakes. He believed

Read More

The first verse of the Beatitudes in the Bible says, “Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the Earth.”  Like many others, I always had difficulty with the term meek. To me, it was synonymous with being weak. And yet nothing could be farther from the truth. The word meek comes from the Greek word praus which translates into strength brought under control. In Matthew 11, Jesus refers to himself as meek: “Take my

Read More

  NEW DIRECTIONS IN LEADERSHIP CORPORATE TRAINING New Directions Leader As Beginner: Part Ten “Every minute I’m a different man.” – Pablo Picasso How do we maintain “beginner’s mind” and sustain a constantly fresh outlook, one that will give us clear insights – instead of dull, routine or unimaginative perceptions – so as leaders we may inspire those who follow us?  Arthur Rubinstein, the great classical pianist, had a response to the above question, and it

Read More

  Have you ever been in a situation where your confidence was shaken? If you’re being honest I know the answer is yes! Since we’ve all been there, how did we get past it, if we ever did? I realize that probably the majority of us who’ve had our “confidence bell” rung, have a tough time climbing back into the ring for more. We figured out that avoidance is less painful. Is it really? Carrying

Read More

After years of study about barriers to change and optimization, I have identified 4 core management beliefs that impact profit, culture and change: 1) what management believes about change 2) what management believes about their role in change 3) what management believes about what is possible to achieve 4) what management believes about what is possible to change These beliefs: 1) either limit or maximize profit in ways that equipment and systems cannot do. 2)

Read More

Leaders know how to follow too; they know that being a team player means setting the example, even if they may not want to … (watch video)   Tom Crea is a Leadership Speaker and Performance Coach who works with groups of managers who want to build teams and lead.  He served a career in the U.S. Army where he specialized in developing leaders, improving communication, and building teams. For more information visit www.blackhawkleader.com

Read More

No matter where you go in life, you’ll find that humans share similar goals: we are all seeking happiness, success, good health, wealth, and love. Some are fortunate to acquired some or all of them. And yet as quickly as we obtain them we can lose them or they can disappoint and hurt us. You study and prepare for the career of a lifetime, reaching the pinnacle of success only to suffer the consequences of

Read More

Leadership Stew

Posted by Mark Sorrels on January 01, 2000
0
Category : Blog, Integrity, Leadership, Motivation, Vision

Hobo stew, poor man’s stew and Burgoo are delicious dishes that please the palate and fill the tummy.  The cooking of beef, rabbit, chicken, potatoes, carrots, onions and other ingredients in the same pot is what gives stew its unique flavor and place in the culinary world.  Looking into the pot, one can easily identify the various types of meats and vegetables called for by the recipe.  When one carrot is removed from the pot

Read More

 I’d like to have a conversation about how to “Be Better” when put in challenging situations.  Haven’t we all had experiences with others whom we felt or believed were challenging us in an unkind way? This could be those whom we are close to or just casually know.  I don’t know about you, but my normal instincts have always been to retaliate in anger, which almost always ended poorly. I’ve learned that the wise thing

Read More

Semantics to some, but if people are the organization’s most valuable resource, servant leaders will treat everyone with dignity and respect. One definition of management is to be in charge, to exert control or to make submissive to one’s authority, discipline, or persuasion.  Another definition of leadership is to show the way, to guide, or to direct. Which do you prefer? Would you rather be managed? or led? Management and leadership characteristics are not the same.   When

Read More